Traveling can be a complicated, frustrating, and stressful process. Whether you’re taking a quick road trip or hopping on a trans-Atlantic flight, the goal is to make your travels as comfortable as possible. While most people are consumed with what techno gadgets to pack (ex. iPod, iPad, laptop, DVD player, noise cancellation headphones, etc.), my number one concern is usually what I’ll be wearing? While the rules to picking the right travel outfit are few, they shouldn’t go without notice. Having made some wrong travel fashion moves in my past, I’ve coined myself an expert in the area of comfortable travel loungewear.
Here are my 5 Rules for Picking the Most Comfortable Clothing for your Travels
Rule no. 1- Make function equally as important as fashion in your travels.
Just because you’re trying to travel comfortably doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re wearing pajamas. And just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean that you have to dress up. Consider some modern, stylish loungewear. Perhaps some sleek, lounge pants and a cozy cardigan. Nothing too restrictive and binding. Just because it’s loungewear doesn’t mean it’s got to be worn in the walls of your home.
Rule no. 2- Keep in mind your final destination.
Will you be meeting friends or business colleagues? Will you be going straight to your hotel or walking directly into a business meeting? Pick clothing that is comfortable, yet appropriate for where you need to be on the other end of your trip. There are so many types of comfort pants that aren’t restrictive and give you ample mobility. Women even have the option of stylish loungewear dresses.
Rule no. 3- Consider keeping a change of clothing close by that is easily accessible.
If you’re unable to make your travel outfit work for you post-airplane or car, consider packing the needed wardrobe essentials somewhere that you can easily get to, either in a carry on bag or at the top of your suitcase. That way, you can quickly grab what you need without hassle.
Rule no. 4- Dress for your climate.
And by climate I mean the arctic temperatures of the friendly skies or the humid, stuffy conditions of the car. For some reason, the airlines love to freeze you to death and perfecting the temp in the car is next to impossible, so it’s best to prepare with layering. Find a light, stylish cardigan or sweater to keep you warm if needed. And the bottom layers definitely need to breathe, so pick soft, airy fabrics that won’t leave your back wet, and non-restrictive waistbands that won’t leave an impression in your side.
Rule no. 5- Think about wrinkles.
When you jump off of the plane or out of the car, will your crisp white shirt be bunched up from sitting and your pants completely wrinkled? Never travel in linen! One hundred percent, untreated cotton wovens tend to wrinkle, too. Choose fabrics that don’t scream, “I’ve been sitting down for the last 3-4 hours!”