What to Wear When You Travel
Wear some socks. Please. Apparently the most effective way to combat terrorists is by making all of us take our shoes off at the security check point. I don't really buy this as a deterrent (if anything, the sight of my bunions just might make even a sane person want to commit an act of terrorism) but the rules are the rules and you will most likely be required to take your shoes off before you can get on the plane. I usually wear mules with toe socks; they are easy to slip on and off, and my toes don't touch the airport floor. I have friends who carry athletic socks in their bags and slip them on just for the security walk, which is another option. If you're really feeling brave you can go baretoes, but keep in mind that you may be randomly chosen for an EXTRA security check, and there you will be, with your toes hanging out while you get wanded. I suggest you go for socks.
Wear shoes that are easy to get on and off. Yesterday I said that I didn't want to be behind you in the security line if you were taking off all your jewelry; today I will say that I don't want to have to wait while you meticulously lace and tie your shoes. Slip ons! Please! (Also, apparently you don't want me behind you in line at the grocery if you're writing a check.)
Layer, layer, layer! This is the time of year when a two hour flight can take you from one weather extreme to another; rather than leaving Boston dressed for your Florida destination, which may make for a very chilly day of travel, layer up. If you're starting somewhere cold, for example, and ending up somewhere warm, think about wearing a tank or tee, a light sweater, and a light jacket with chinos (warmer than a skirt but not as warm as jeans). You can take the jacket off, and then the sweater, if need be (but make sure you have the right bra on under the tank or tee, please). Your carry on bag should be large enough to store at least the sweater, if not the sweater and the jacket. Going from warm to cold? Start with your jacket and sweater in your bag and put them on as needed.
Limit carry on luggage to ONE bag. ONE bag, not a purse AND a laptop bag AND a rolling suitcase. ONE BAG. This is both common courtesy and good fashion sense; you have two hands, so carrying three bags is a hassle. If you want to carry your luggage on with you, keep the total number of bags to two (suitcase and small purse or laptop bag). I check everything that I absolutely can't live without at the other end, which these days is pretty much just my glasses and my iBook. Carry medication with you. And it's nice to have a change of underwear and a toothbrush with you, just in case.
Here is the ultimate litmus test: if you had to spend two days in THIS outfit, carrying THIS bag, could you do it in relative comfort? If you dress in layers, wear comfortable shoes with some sort of socks, and keep your carried items to a minimum, you absolutely could.
Although I really hope you don't have to.
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