‘Tis the season to be traveling. If your plans involve air travel — commercial, that is; you private plane people can wear whatever the hell you want — this timely advice (adapted from a post on WhoWhatWear) should come in handy. Click here for the full piece.
You want to avoid cramping and swelling caused by too-tight clothing and inactivity. Problems can range from the serious (DVTs) to uncomfortable bloating. An elastic waistband is your friend, and with a nice top layer no one needs to know you’re channeling Edith Bunker.
One more reason to choose natural fabrics! And cover your arms, legs and feet in case the unforeseen happens and you have to go down the emergency slide. A long-sleeved cotton t-shirt is breathable as well as protective.
High Heels, Backless Sandals, Flipflops
They make it difficult to quickly evacuate the aircraft, and could hurt others if they go flying off. Heels could puncture the evacuation slide and they’ll sure make it a lot harder to run to another gate if necessary.
Meanwhile, that tiny airplane bathroom is even nastier if something on the floor gets on your toes. ‘Nuff said. Opt for closed shoes such as sneakers, low heels or flats, or boots.
Studs, buckles, zippers, belts can set off metal detectors and slow you down. The same is true for bold jewely. And it’s better not to put your valuables on the conveyor belt; just store them securely in a small case in your purse or carry on until you’ve gone through security.
Not Enough Layers
Airplane cabins can be frigid, so wearing layers makes sense. You can always remove a sweater or cashmere shawl if you get too warm.
Pack a change of outfit in your carryon if possible, too — fresh socks, a tee and underwear at a minimum. It makes life much more pleasant if you’re stuck on the tarmac in an emergency, or your checked luggage is delayed or lost.
Thank you for te reminder.! I rarely fly any more, but when I do a king sleeved silk shirt is a must. I was also thinking of getting better hand luggage but have not splashed out yet.
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I’m always in favour of nice hand luggage, especially since you’re doing so much train travel and therefore are far less likely to damage it. 🙂