Now if there’s one thing I know how to do, it’s fly. I’ve been a frequent flyer since I was a babe. Thanks to family living in different countries and a mother with an aversion to holidaying in the UK, I was brought up with going to the airport and boarding planes several times a year. This last year I flew a hell of a lot as although I was living in Paris I was frequently flying back to the UK for family commitments and holidays, so I’ve therefore deemed myself qualified to give you some tips (if you’d like them) on how to travel comfortably whilst also looking chic!
Tip #1: Clothing
Choosing that airport outfit is always the bane of my life, but I’ve figured out some basics.
- Wear layers – Layer your top half, you may be flying to Africa where there’s 40+ celsius weather, but to get there you’ll be about 40 000 feet (roughly 7 miles/11km) above the ground and up there it gets pretty cold, so take some stylish knitwear and a pashmina ok? On the other hand walking around the airport and dragging your suitcase can work up a bit of sweat, so you need to be able to strip off layers too.
- Wear comfy bottoms – Whether it’s a floaty maxi skirt or my personal fave some leatherette leggings, comfortable bottoms are a must. If, like me you’re going to be cramped up in economy class for a couple of hours you don’t want to be wearing some super tight jeans, am I right? (I know I am.)
- Footwear – I am never ever going to be the sort of girl who approves of wearing heels to the airport, all that standing around, all that walking to your terminal gate just screams “wear flats!”. You may see celebs wearing heels and looking all leggy and chic when they are at the airport but I bet they aren’t having to carry their own bags, and have probably enjoyed a massage in their VIP lounge before boarding onto First Class where they got loads of champers and a full length bed to lie down in. Wear comfy shoes, trains, dolly shoes, whatever, just make sure you’re comfy!
- Jewellery – hold back on the jewellery, a necklace and watch and you’re sorted, an airport (with airport security) is not the place to pile on the bangles and rings!
Necklace: H&M Jumper: Primark Leggings: New Look Trainers: Converse Bag: Zara Watch: River Island
Here are Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Fearne Cotton and Georgia May Jagger all looker chic and comfortable at the airport!
Tip #2: Luggage
Hand luggage is always a tricky one, and you’ll need to check with your airline what their restrictions are weight wise and with the dimensions, although there is a standard cabin size bag. If you are checking in hold luggage, you’ll also be taking hand luggage with you, here are my tips on packing the essentials but packing light in regards to your hand luggage.
- Liquids – Because some crazy folk have worked out how to make liquid bombs, the liquids you can take through in your hand luggage have been severely reduced (hopefully this will change soon thanks to some fancy liquid scanner stuff). You can only take through liquids in containers of 100ml or less, and they must fit into a clear resealable plastic bag, for more details check out this website. Because of this its best to put most liquids in your cabin luggage, expensive perfumes etc are probably best in hand luggage just incase your cabin luggage gets lost.
- Laptops and tablets – I would definitely advise keeping these on your person when flying, you never know whether those guys putting your luggage in the hold are rough handed or not. You will have to take laptops and tablets (iPad etc) out of your hand luggage when going through security so make sure they’re easy to remove!
Small tip – if you have anything that are essential to you, e.g. me with my contact lenses, put them in your hand luggage! If for example you lost them or say some important medication it may be exceedingly difficult for you to find them where you’re going (this has happened to me before and having to describe to a Thai pharmacist which tablets I was after was very difficult!), then take them in your hand luggage, clothes etc can be replaced far more easily than vital medications or your ability to have 20/20 vision. Also, things such as phone chargers are probably best to go in your hand luggage too.
Hopefully even a small part of this was helpful! Bon Voyage!