Do you remember a time when people actually dressed up to go out, especially when traveling? In the days of yoga pants in public and pajamas on the airplane, I feel we're missing out on the experience previous generations had and the excitement of travel. It seems now (to some) it is so casual they just roll out of bed and onto the tarmac with out a thought as to what they look like.
How did we get this way?
If you are over the age of ten, I'd say pajama's to the airport is not appropriate! It doesn't take much time to pick out a simple outfit and run a comb through your hair, and when you do take that extra step, you will be rewarded. You will notice strangers (and airport security) are a lot more friendly AND you may even relish in the chance of an upgraded flight, free drinks, and many friendly smiles.
I will admit, I used to be a member of the mile high pajama club. I'd wear baggy sweatpants and a sweatshirt, had unkempt hair, and usually was cramming last minute items into my backpack creating a much to heavy, unorganized mess that I was then stuck with for the rest of the day. As I've gotten older I've changed, and realized just the simple act of planning ahead and dressing up to travel, tends to leave me more relaxed, appreciated, and I have an overall more enjoyable time. It also makes traveling feel special and exciting. If it were just as routine as sleeping...what is the fun in that?
For me, traveling comfortable and in style means a simple dress, (made of a comfortable cotton or stretch fabric) and a light sweater (usually because of air conditioning). I wear ballet type flats that not only look cute but are practical (can be taken off easily and I can run if needed). I always bring a slightly larger purse than normal (one that can carry my all important travel essentials, like toiletries, ipad, sketchbooks, snacks, etc) and one small rolling carryon that fits at least two changes of clothes. My purse/bag fits on top of my rolling luggage so that way one arm is always free and I don't look like a loaded up camel. Also, I usually carry a mini cross-body purse inside my larger purse so when I get to my destination I am not lugging around an extra large purse everywhere.
On long flights, at least one change of clothes is essential to getting off the plane feeling refreshed, but also handy when you get wine spilled in your lap mid flight (yes this just happened to me and thank goodness I packed an extra dress in my carryon avoiding what could have been an uncomfortable, grape-smelling disaster for the rest of my flight). Depending on how large your purse is, you could even pack a wrap dress in there and not bring a rolling luggage. But generally, a carryon with all the essentials incase something did happen to your checked bags is a good bet. Always be prepared. Always. You really never know what could happen, who you are going to meet, and the best way to make your trip stress free and relaxing (as vacations should be) is to be prepared.
Here is an example of my go to travel outfit and accessories:
(Click on the images to see my Polyvore site with product descriptions)
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