I’ve been flying for almost two years, and I’ve started to notice a trend when it comes to what passengers wear when traveling.
- Your body DOES expand in the air- so wear clothes that will expand with you. Your body bloats when you travel. It’s not pretty, not fun, and the last thing you want to do is arrive at your destination feeling like the blueberry girl from Willy Wonka. Trust me: I’ve gotten to my hotel, changed into a bikini, and had those indents from my skinny jeans running down my legs for HOURS! I recommend wearing leggings for the stretchy waistband, a flowy/loose top, and a cute sweater to keep you warm. Don’t forget a super practical and adorable cross body purse, it’s small enough to put into your carryon bag (if you’re bringing more than one) but functional enough to hold your phone, passport, headphones, and lipgloss.
- The plane gets cold, and I’m not just talking like a little chilly. Just because you’re flying to the warm weather, doesn’t mean the plane is going to be warm. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen flying to Los Angeles or Miami wearing a pair of shorts and a tank top. But that same person asks me not 15 minutes into the flight for a blanket because they’re too cold. Honey, do you not realize that we are traveling 35,000 feet in the air going 500+ mph? It is -30 degrees outside! Seriously. So if you’re naturally cold, wear layers like a scarf and a jacket. If you’re naturally warm, still wear pants and a long sleeve.
- High heels? Really, ladies? I have to wear high heels for my job, but even I change into flat shoes when I’m in the air. High heels may look cute, and trust me- they ARE cute! But they’re just such a hassle. Having to take them off and put them back on through security is annoying. And having to run through the airport to make it to your flight on time in 4 inch heels? No thank you! I know packing the heels will make your suitcase a little bit heavier, but it’ll be so much easier to travel in flats or your workout shoes. And more comfortable! Remember, the bloating thing? It applies to your feet too. Sorry!
- Don’t roll out of bed and jump on the plane. I know that flights can leave incredibly early and your first instinct is to just throw your hair up, put on a hoodie, and splash some water on your face. Resist that temptation. You will thank yourself later for getting up 30 minutes earlier when you land and you’re ready to start your vacation. You never know who you’re going to see in the airport or who’s going to sit next to you on the plane. I’m not saying you should look like you’re going the Grammys, but brushing your hair is a good start. If I have an early flight, I have a quick 15 minute routine to get ready: tinted BB cream, eyeliner, either a slicked back bun or a cute hat, and a quick spritz of perfume. Enough to make you look (and feel!) presentable to meet anyone, but casual enough for you to still get some sleep before your early flight.
- Wear your heaviest clothes to avoid overweight baggage fees. If you’re traveling for more than a week, or you know that your bag is borderline too heavy, consider wearing your heaviest clothes aka those knee high boots. When I travel, I always wear my heaviest jacket, scarf, sweater, bulkiest shoes, etc. on the plane so I can fit more into my bag and not worry about the weight. If you get too hot on the plane, you can always throw your jacket on top of your bag. Your wallet will thank you, some airlines charge up to $50 to check a bag and an additional $50 if it’s overweight. And if you think you can just bring your heavy bag as a carry on and avoid the fees, remember you have to lift it and put it in the overhead compartment. Not to mention, drag it around the airport with you.
These are just a couple tips for traveling, hope this helps you all on your next adventure!