What to Wear
A matching trackie and fresh white kicks aren’t the only option of travel wear, even if wearing gym clothes to do non-gym stuff has become a Saturday ritual (I ain’t judging). It makes sense to travel in comfort, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look half presentable too. A DKNY cozy would be my ultimate comfort multi purpose item. Soft and cosy cashmere, that basically doubles up as a blanket when it gets chilly in-flight. Something like this that doesn’t crease is essential if you want to arrive looking somewhat human and put together on the other side.
Even my hoodie travel pillow is grey. My sister bought this for me for Christmas during the Black Friday sales while we were in Tenerife and I have to admit, I’ve used it outside of a travel situation (I was sick, okay?). But, come on, it’s the best invention ever…a drawstring hood and a neck cushion in one. I don’t know about you, but I’d prefer not to have the chats with my seat-neighbour, this sends out a “do not talk to me” signal and I don’t even care if that sounds rude. I can’t remember the name of the shop but a quick Google search for ‘hoodie pillow’ and you’ll find them. Mine is the non-inflatable kind because I don’t have the lung capacity for that sort of thing.
LuggageI’ve never really lusted for many designer things, but one day I will own a full set of Louis Vuitton monogrammed luggage, one day.
I already mentioned the security shoe-bacle, but there are more ways to save time going through security. Make sure to choose your queue wisely, obviously avoid kids and OAPs, business men have too many gadgets so they’re not even a good bet any more. Look for solo travellers carrying little hand-luggage. Speaking of gadgets, you’ll have to take your laptop out of your bag and out of it’s case so if you’re checking in a case and don’t need to work until you arrive, check it in. Your travel insurance covers loss and damage and it’s one less thing to haul around.
Girls, clip-in extenos can and will trigger the metal detectors, so save yourself the embarrassment. Belts have to come off as well, plus who wants to be restricted in jeans while flying, so I usually go for thick black leggings (remember, leggings are not pants…so choose yours wisely and consider what you’re wearing on top). I eat, sleep and breathe with my stack of Alex and Ani arm candy but trying to get them off in a hurry is no easy feat, so I skip them on travel days.
On the red-eye I nearly always end up mindlessly buying a coffee just before boarding only to be told I can’t bring it on, having to chuck it, then standing in a queue for the next five minutes. When they tell you you’ve got time, that you can stand aside and finish it…believe them.
Most airlines offer the option of choosing your own seat, although some charge extra. Unless you need to be sitting beside someone, I say leave it up to chance…I find I can usually wing it at the gate (by asking nicely at the desk before boarding commences or even once on the plane if it’s not full).
Upgrades are really rare nowadays, but if you’re brazen enough it’s usually only an option for solo travellers and make sure you’re well dressed and not carrying a tonne of crap with you. I’ve been moved up front due to my TV screen not working before, it’s luck of the draw. If you do wangle it, make sure to act like you’re supposed to be there to avoid any air-rage from full-fare paying passengers!
You know those people who queue for an hour before boarding opens when there’s assigned seating? Yeah, don’t be one of them. As long as you can see the screen and hear the announcements, chill until your row has been called.