Travel Tips December 24, 2017
These Are The 7 Things You Should Always Wear While Traveling
We all put a lot of thought into what goes into our luggage when we travel, but do you give your travel outfit the same thought. Turns out, what you don for the journey can make a big difference in your comfort and safety. Here are a few things that you should always wear while traveling.
1. A Scarf, Even In Summer
Hear me out. Airplanes are notoriously chilly places. These days, it’s less likely your seat will be laden with freebies like blankets and pillows, especially if you’re not on a longer flight. A quality, decently large scarf that you can wrap around your shoulders can mean the difference between shivering your way to your destination and traveling in comfort.
Are you the type that never gets cold? Bunch it up and use it as a pillow. Embarrassing coffee stain down your front courtesy of a bumpy car ride? Scarf to the rescue. Heading to church or a religious site? Instant modesty.
2. Glasses, Not Contacts
It may be counterintuitive, but glasses will probably keep you comfier in transit. Besides not having to pack contact solution, your eyeballs will be happier on long flights without having to deal with contacts behaving badly due to low-humidity plane air.
3. Quality, Comfy Shoes
Now is not the time for those sky-high stilettos or ratty sneakers that are liable to disintegrate en route. Arm yourself with a pair of practical yet stylish shoes that will get you through airport security without too much fuss (i.e. zippers or slip-ons rather than laces) and keep your feet from throbbing the whole way.
4. Layers, Layers and More Layers
The smartest way to travel is like an onion – wrapped in layers of lighter and heavier clothing. Especially if you’re traveling from a hot clime to a cold one, or vice versa, you’ll want the ability to adjust your clothing accordingly. Nothing worse than shivering or sweating through the whole journey.
5. Simple Jewelry, If Any
There are plenty of reasons not to pile on the glitz when you’re traveling. It makes you a target for thieves, not to mention the giant hassle that tiny bits of metal create at airport security. Plus, traveling can get hectic. Unpacking and repacking can lead to items getting lost or forgotten in the shuffle, and you don’t want to leave that heirloom watch behind in a hotel room.
6. Something with Pockets
When you’re on the go, you don’t want to have to lug around a purse or backpack all the time. Sometimes you just need somewhere to store your phone, ticket stubs or boarding pass. A light jacket with pockets that zip or button or a pair of pants with real pockets (looking at you, fake women’s jeans pockets) will make things simpler. While you should always make sure your valuables are secure and concealed, there’s no reason to drag a purse around if you only need to carry a lip balm and cellphone.
7. Compression Socks
Stylish? Depends. Necessary? Absolutely. Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) is an alarmingly common condition that can strike without warning on long-haul flights. It occurs when a blood clot forms after a prolonged period of sitting or lying down. The clot usually forms in the leg, but may travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the lungs, causing a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. This can happen to anyone and symptoms may not always be apparent until it’s too late. Luckily, a good pair of compression socks can reduce your risk on long flights. Pick up a pair and breathe a little easier.
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this list of things that you definitely don’t need to pack. What do you think every traveler should always wear?