As an avid traveler, I’ve learned the dos and don’ts of not just traveling, but traveling in style. Why not be a jetsetter, even though you might be going to visit family in the middle-of-nowhere Texas? Or, like me, you’re traveling overseas for Irish dance competitions…maybe that’s just me. But anyway, wherever you’re going, here are points that will guide your travels, and maybe glamorize them at the same time….
1) Layer, layer, layer!
When flying on a plane, no matter the season, it’s important to LAYER your clothes. Hopefully you’ve looked up the weather of your destination and know what to expect, but getting from Point A to Point B is where layering is crucial. The plane might be perfect temperature (yeah right!), let’s be honest, it’s either going to be too hot, too cold, or hot one second and cold the next. Being the warm blooded mammals we are, this is how you avoid being uncomfortable. Your softest pair of jeans is a must! I don’t want to see any baggy sweatpants on anyone. Then put on a lightweight t-shirt; follow it with a cozy cardigan. Thirdly throw on a jacket (leather is chicest, pleather if need be). The key item to essential layering is the scarf. A cotton, printed scarf for example will add some pizzazz. The scarf is not just a flimsy fashion statement, it’s functional too! When you want to curl-up and (try to) get to sleep, wrap you scarf around you instead of the scratchy, germ-infested airplane blanket. If you remember one thing when getting on a plane, it should be to layer. (PS. Please avoid wearing UGGs on your flight, way too cliché)
2) He’s making a list, he’s checkin’ it twice…
This time, instead of ole Saint Nick, YOU should make a list of everything that you’re bringing in your carry-on. Once you land at your destination, you’re bound to leave your iPod in that pocket that has the Sky Mall magazine and barf bag. Instead of waiting till the last minute to check, why not just check that handy list you made earlier, ten minutes before landing. Then you won’t forget anything and you can B-line it off that flying, disease ridden piece of metal. Surprise! Your alarm didn’t go off and you have to make your return flight home! Good thing you’ve made this list, now you can check off all those valuables in your carry-on so you don’t leave any in your hotel room never to be seen again. Now you have time to pack your luggage that you saved for the morning of your flight.
Make sure you have your D on flight! Whether it’s a laptop, iPad, iPod, iPhone, etc. etc. etc. No matter how long your flight, you will not be able to sleep the whole time and you will get bored. Be sure to make a “Flight” playlist of songs that you love and that you won’t get sick of, after hearing them 5 times. Load multiple movies onto your D so that you have a selection, just in case you’re not in the mood to watch Mean Girls again (a rare possibility, I know). Lastly, if you grow bored of your D, bring magazines and books! Can you imagine? Reading an actual book, instead of your nook? Well, after playing all your apps and watching all your movies, a trashy magazine will be gladly welcomed.
4) Miss A. Laneous
Some various tidbits for your flying pleasure. Take an Advil Cold and Sinus, just in case. You don’t want to run the risk of getting a stuffy nose at 10,000 feet in the air. When you’re ears are a-poppin’, you want to be able to breathe through your nose. On that note, bring gum (obviously) to keep those ear-ways clear. If you don’t mind looking like a fool, you can also stick your jaw out as far as possible to get your ears to POP! Bring two small suitcases instead of one large one. It is absolutely, positively not chic to be lugging around an overweight duffel. Two mini rollers will allow you to breeze in and out of the airport with ease.
A basic summary of these tips is this: stay organized! You don’t want to be scrambling around, not knowing where anything is, especially when you’re running late or in a crunch. Flying is never predictable and you need to be ready for any mishap that’s thrown at you, and hopefully after reading this, you can do so in style!