Tips for flying that will leave you looking effortlessly chic for any destination
Air travel takes a lot out of a person. All the lines, the luggage, the cranky passengers—and that’s before getting on the plane! It can be difficult to keep up appearances when we travel and most of us end up throwing in the towel. But why settle for looking less than our best when it doesn’t have to be that way? Get tips from two experienced travelers who spill the beans on how to fly and look fabulous in and outside of the plane.
It’s all about layering
“No matter where I’m flying, layers are key,” says Ona Abelis, a freelance writer and frequent traveler. “I’m a fan of bringing cardigans onto flights since they don’t take up too much room in my big purse. They are also good for layering if it’s too hot or too cold on the plane.” Wearing layers is especially important if you’re transitioning from cold weather to hot tropics or vice versa. When switching climates, peeling off or putting on layers will ensure your body is prepared for whatever temp the thermostat reads.
Dress for security check points
Airport security check points are a real pain. Off go the shoes, then the belt. By the time you make it through the screening process you’re a hot sweaty mess. To avoid such nastiness, Ona advises women to keep their flying attire simple. “I like whisking through airports so I try to keep the jewelry to a minimum. I usually wear tiny earrings and a necklace that I can take off quickly. I also avoid shoes with laces that can’t be taken off easily at security check points or on the plane.”
Another great tip—stick to shoes that can make the transition to any weather situation. A boot which works well with wool pants in cooler weather can easily be paired up with a skirt, transforming your outfit into a chic warmer climate look. Any item that does double duty will be one less thing to pack and worry about.
Beth Monda, a vice president of marketing for a major clothing brand, says her job keeps her constantly on the move. Since she flies a lot, she believes hydration is the key to looking fresh after a flight. “I drink lots of water and apply a thicker moisturizer the day I’m flying so my skin doesn’t feel tight.” The air on a plane is notoriously dry and our bodies can get dehydrated pretty quickly without us even knowing it. So next time, drink more water than you think you need and throw a small tube of cream in your purse to replenish tired, dry skin.
Pack light and carry-on
“I prefer to travel light and be nimble than drag a ton of heavy stuff around,” says Beth, who always opts for carry-on luggage when traveling. “I want to get to the airport as late as possible and get out of the airport as quickly as possible!” A carry-on suitcase not only shaves off minutes waiting at the baggage claim, but it guarantees your luggage won’t end up at a different destination. Beth also says she brings along a tote bag big enough to haul all of her personal items, a laptop, and a few gossipy magazines to read on the plane.
What to remember
The next time you get ready to fly somewhere, don’t stress out. Keep your outfits simple, pack light and select attire that can transition for different climates. You’ll emerge at your destination looking effortlessly fresh—no matter how long you’ve been on the plane.