Traveling out of the country? What you wear when you travel is an important factor in traveling. Although often overlooked, there is such a thing as an appropriate attire when traveling especially if you are going international. It is best that you do your research first on what is considered appropriate or not in your country of destination. Although comfort should always be a priority, it should never be an excuse to look sloppy. Your best bet is to come up with an outfit that is comfortable yet smart and stylish at the same time.
What to Wear
1. Wear comfortable pants and top
The most important part of your outfit will be your pants. Consider the style and the fabric of your pants. Your pants should be soft, a little bit loose and comfortable. You may look fashionable with a tight fitting pants but they are not worth compromising your blood circulation especially if it is a long flight.
The same is true with your top. Choose something simple, relaxed. modest and comfortable. Consider the fabric as well. Avoid fabrics that easily get wrinkled like linen.
2. Do Layering
Airplane cabin temperature fluctuates. It is either too hot or too cold. While airborne, it is normally cold. Thus, your clothes should be enough to keep yourself warm. However, when it is on the ground, the air conditioning is off. If for some reason, your flight cannot take off on time or there is a delay in exiting the plane; your clothes should not be thick or else you will begin to sweat because of the heat. The best solution to this fluctuating temperature is to do layering.
Layering is a way of dressing wherein you wear numerous pieces of clothing on top of the other. You could just add on layers if you think the temperature is getting cold and remove layers when it is getting hot. Layering is also the solution if the weather in your country of origin and destination are different from one another. It can also come in handy if your travel destinations have multiple climates.
3. Wear Slip on Shoes with Socks
The best shoes to wear when travelling are slip-ons. Wear sneakers, loafers or ballerina flats. They are comfortable and easy to put on and off. Protect yourself from germs by wearing socks. Remember that you will have to remove your shoes during airport security checks. Wearing socks will prevent you from going barefoot and being infected by fungus from the dirty airport floor.
What Not To Wear
1.Bulky Jackets / Oversized Coats
Bulky jackets or oversized coats take up so much precious luggage space. Leave them at home.Opt for a thinner and lightweight jacket. Again, protect yourself from cold weather through layering.
2. Expensive Jewelries
Unless you have your own house in your country of destination, let’s face it, there is always the danger of losing expensive jewelries when you travel. There is a possibility of misplacing it. In addition, wearing expensive jewelries might just attract the wrong kind of attention. You will just end up being a thief and pickpocket magnet.
3. Heels / Strappy Sandals / Flip Flops
Your choice of footwear is also very important. Resist the temptation on wearing heels or strappy sandals no matter how much it matches your outfit.
Imagine you are running late and you have to sprint dragging your luggages for about 2-3 kms from the check-in counter to your boarding gate in your heels? I bet, you would definitely regret wearing heels especially if you are travelling in airports such Beijing, Atlanta, Zurich, Frankfurt, London, New York, Seoul, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and Dubai.
Strappy sandals especially gladiator sandals with lots of laces are also not advisable. Just think about all the people lining up in the security checks. You don’t want to be the cause of delay because of your complicated footwear.
Flip flops on the other hand might be comfortable to wear but it comes with serious safety warnings. Flip flops will not only slow you down, they might also cause tripping.
4. Large Tote Bags
Refrain from using large open tote bags no matter how convenient it is for you. It will only serve as temptation for pickpockets or worse people with evil intention can easily drop contraband items in your bag without you knowing.
5. Ripped Jeans
Wearing baggy, ripped and distressed jeans is an absolute no-no for various reasons. For one, no matter how cool you think you look, other people from different culture might not view it the same way. It might be frowned upon and seen as a sign of disrespect.