How to Prepare for Holiday Travel – What to Wear

Christmas treeWhat with the holidays so (SO!) close, a lot of you may be packing up to return to family, in-laws’ or otherwise, in other towns/states/countries(!) — so it’s time to start preparing for your fall/winter travel!

What with more and more stringent baggage restrictions nowadays, the question of what to wear on planes is pretty important. You don’t want to wear anything too festive or too nice, as you’ll look a bit silly while running last-minute errands at home — and when you’re traveling, there are always last-minute errands — and dressier outfits aren’t always the most comfortable. Certainly don’t put on anything that really needs pressing or dry cleaning, don’t wear jeans (they’re just not comfy enough!) . . . so what do you wear?

This time of year is prime time for layers. See if you can find a movement-friendly pair of pants (not necessarily sporty pants, unless you’re thinking yoga), a long tank top, a cushy cardigan or wrap, and a scarf. Planes are notoriously chilly, so the more (simple) layers you put on, the more personal temperature control you’ll have. Solid colours (especially neutrals) will be easier to mix and match, so if you have plenty of solids in your suitcase, you won’t have to worry about clashing prints. This will allow you to pack lightly!

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Do your best not to bring this much with you!

If your trip is only a few days long, consider packing two pairs of jeans: one casual (light to medium wash), one dressier (dark wash). Avoid bulky pieces like chunky sweaters (supercute at home, but a pain to lug around in baggage you’re trying to keep light) and keep to lightweight tops you can layer. Cardigans and vests are your friend! Remember, you’re visiting extended family, not making statements at the country club. Keep it simple, at least on off days where you’re not celebrating. For those festivities, packing a fun new dress is certainly appropriate (if not expected!). Take care to pack nicer pieces of clothing in tissue paper (or plastic dry-cleaner bags) to help prevent wrinkles, as this reduces friction. Remember that the more crammed your suitcase is, the more “stressed” your clothing will get, so keep your luggage to just the essentials, your toiletries and beauty products (more on this in the next installment), and gifts.

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travel-friendly solids

Premier Designs holiday jewelry 2013

Holiday sparkle!

As for jewelry, see if you can find some simple, yet versatile, jewelry that will match several outfits. Sometimes bringing “sets,” say, a silver set, a gold set, a black set, will help you accessories simpler, casual outfits. Having sets of colour-coordinated pieces will keep you looking put together, so pack them together in a jewelry-specific bag, taking care not to tangle necklaces.

If you’ve followed our advice and stuck with mostly a neutral colour palette, you can have fun with colour by packing accessories that pop. Luscious fall/winter colours such as burgundy, gold, emerald green, deep violet — experiment with scarves, earrings, shawls, rings . . . have fun! A punch of colour (or prints) with the right accessory on top of a neutral outfit can bring some interest to your travel wardrobe.

Ashika Sachdev by Visions for the Art of Hair

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