September 6th, 2012
I’m a serious homebody, so even traveling for a few days can stress me out. In order to alleviate some anxiety (and to make sure I never become a full-fledged hermit), I follow a routine that makes being away from home a bit easier. Over the years I’ve received a lot of questions about how I travel – everything from my detailed packing lists (which I share in my book), to the beauty items I don’t leave home without. Since I leave for New York on Saturday, I figured it would be an ideal time to offer a glimpse of what I wear on the plane so that I feel comfortable and chic, without leaving home in a sweatsuit.
1. Oversized sunglasses. For super early flights when I can’t be bothered to put on make-up, they’re great at making you look put together, even if you’re not.
2. Light layering. I was once stuck on a flight that had no air conditioning (wearing a wool sweater, naturally) and I was miserable. I now make sure to wear a breathable cotton tank top with very minimal jewelry. The same goes for accessories in general – avoid anything that could potentially set off the metal detector, including a big watch, chunky jewelry, a metal belt – even an underwire bra!
3. A good wrap sweater is worth investing in – it should be versatile, soft, and billowy so that it can transform into a makeshift blanket, mid-flight. This one’s by Barney’s Co-op, but has since sold out.
4. Stretchy pants + comfortable flats. Black jeans are ideal for traveling, since they’re dressy enough should you need to go straight from the airport to dinner. The main thing is to make sure they have a good amount of stretch and aren’t too tight. I like to wear some sort of flat shoe that I can slip on and off at security – just make sure to pack along some cozy socks to change into once you’re in the air.
5. Big carry-all. This bag is my favorite – it holds a ton of stuff, including all of my airport essentials (noise-reducing headphones, laptop, iPad, snacks, hand sanitizer, etc.) and eliminates the need to take along two purses. Just make sure the one you bring along has the option of a long strap, which is necessary when balancing multiple suitcases.
I’d love to hear – what are your essentials when traveling?