Travelling is one of the best experiences of your life. You visit new places, experience new cultures and do outrageous things you would never do back home. The memories you make while travelling will enrich your soul and truly last a lifetime. But I still like to travel in style while I make those memories.
On the other hand if you aren’t organised, travelling can also be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. Because it’s not just the scheduling side of things you need to worry about. Once you’ve booked your flights, accommodation, transfers and activity tours (like a ninja no doubt), there are two more things you need to think about.
- Travelling and arriving in style: what should you wear on the flight, and how can you take care of your skin in-flight?
- Having an outfit for every occasion and activity without blowing the luggage limit.
Travelling and Arriving in Style
First things first – no track suits at the airport. I know you want to be comfortable but the days of juicy couture have long passed. If you are on a long haul flight you could consider packing a tracksuit in your carry on so that you can wear it during the flight and change back into something stylish before landing. Or go for a pair of soft harem pants with converse shoes… casual chic 101.
If you aren’t going to change into something comfortable in-flight you should still pack a change of clothes in your carry on. There’s nothing worse than stepping off the plane looking creased or scruffy. Especially if you are meeting someone at the airport or are headed straight to an appointment.
Layer up. The air conditioning on planes is quite often on the cold side. Pack a scarf or a cardigan to make sure you’re comfortable.
Wear comfortable (read: stretchy), flat enclosed shoes. Comfortable/stretchy because your feel may swell during the flight which makes narrow heels or boots uncomfortable or difficult to zip up. I tend to stay away from sandals, thongs or open toe shoes because my feet get too cold.
They look stylish and chic whilst hiding a multitude of sins, including bags around those tired eyes!
Pack makeup wipes, hand cream, moisturiser, lip balm, a powder compact and a soft hair tie in your carryon. Take your makeup off when you get settled on the plane. Put your hair up in a messy bun on top of your head and secure it with a soft hair tie (don’t tie it too tight). Use the moisturiser, hand cream and lip balm as needed during the flight. When you land, undo your hair and it should fall nicely into loose tousled waves. Put a light layer of powder on to take the shine off your skin.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink a litre of water for every four-five hours you spend in the air. Even more if you consume any alcoholic drinks. I actually love coconut water and I try to drink 1-2 cartons before a flight and another after a flight, but I understand that it’s an acquired taste so if you don’t like it then just keep loading up on the water.
Having an Outfit for Every Occasion and Situation
Research your luggage allowance. Some airlines have different weights for certain locations or if you are a platinum or gold member sometimes they give you an increased allowance. You should also check if there are any restrictions about what you can bring to your holiday destination or restrictions with what you can pack in carry on luggage. It’s best to check out Smart Traveller before you start packing.
Now, remember when I said you needed to be organised? After you have booked your flights, accommodation and tours you should have a good idea of where you are going each day and what your activities will be. Write it down – along with any specific outfit requirements you may have (i.e. an evening dress for an elegant dinner or thermal underwear for an overnight camping stay).
Building a Travel Capsule
Once you have the essential items listed or the one-off event specific outfits sorted you need to start thinking about building a travel capsule collection. A capsule collection is a grouping of clothes that mix and match to create multiple outfits.
For a summer vacation lasting 1-2 weeks, during which you have access to clothes washing facilities, I would recommend 14 items:
- a white t-shirt
- A tank top (any colour so long as it coordinates with the bottoms)
- A button down linen shirt in white/off white or black
- A skirt
- A dress
- A light weight jacket or cardigan
- Slip on sneakers
- Ballet flats
- Sandals / slides
- A light weight scarf
- A hat
- A backpack or cross-body bag (frees up your hands for more exciting things!)
From these 14 items you can make 12 different outfits – plus adding the jacket to any of the outfits also changes the look and gives you extra options.
Obviously if you are going to a colder climate you will need to add in extra layers and swap the sandals for boots but using the above model of three tops, three bottoms, a dress, a jacket plus a few accessories you can see how easy it is to create a stylish and functional capsule collection for your holiday.
What are your best tips to travel in style?