Travel in winter
For most of us living in climate regions with cold winters, winter travel to warmer regions is a challenge. For an Alaskan it would mean schlepping a down coat around in Hawaii or Mexico, for instance, just because it is 40 below upon leaving or it might be that cold upon coming back. The best advice to solve this problem? Have someone bring to and pick you up at the airport who will take/bring the appropriate coat, shoes, gloves, scarf and hat.
Planes are often a little chilly as pilots turn the ventilation down to save fuel. Good thing! Your contribution should be to bring a blanket (you can latter use it at the beach), light jacket or a cardigan. Wearing a cotton sweater over a T-shirt is also a good way to stay comfortable on the plane.
Best shoes for air travel
Wear shoes that you can easily take off/put on to not annoy everyone behind you in the security line. Thus, steer away from shoes with laces or buckles. Flip flops belong in the luggage, not on you feet while on travel. They just look cheap, and are a hassle to run in when you try to catch a connection. Furthermore, flip flops belong on the beach, not the airport. It is just against the dress code 😉 . Not to mention that they break every style except surfer beach style. Unless you can catch a bus running in heels or are a ballroom dancer, leave the heels for the female CEOs and managers in First Class.
Winkle-free clothes are key
Since you have to sit on the plane, wear clothes that resist wrinkling. If you decide to wear jeans, go for a loose cut or a jeans with stretch. It is just to uncomfortable to have the waistband cut into your belly. Steer away from sweat pants, they have their name for a reason. They belong into the gym. Yes, and please don’t wear PJs.
When your outfit asks for a belt, make sure you have it in your carry-on so you can finish your look once you are thru security.
Easy travel outfits
Here are five comfy, but effortlessly stylish travel outfit ideas:
- Long sleeve tunic, long sweater or trench coat (have a long T-shirt underneath the trench because you may have to take it off) over leggings with ballet flats or pointy toe flats
- Loose jersey dress with cardigan and ballet/pointy toe flats or old school fabric sneakers
- Boyfriend jeans with sleek striped long sleeve T-shirt, printed wide scarf, and ballet flats or pointy toe flats
- Jeggings, long slouchy white T-shirt with black cable-knit long or grandpa knit-collar cardigan, light or open toe booties
- Loose printed skirt, ballet flats, matching (striped) T-shirt, cropped denim jacket or cardigan
The next photos show some inspirations which are variation of the above suggestions. Have a save trip and nice vacation.
Are you going on travel some time soon? What will you wear on the route? Let me know, send me an email. I am curious.
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Photos: G. Kramm
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