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quick tip: what to wear when you travel.

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Vacation! Huzzah. It’s about gosh darn time. I’m heading out to see the parents (affectionately referred to as Barb and HTRP — Hal the Retired Plumber) in North Idaho for a full week of relaxation in the wilderness. Idaho is the anti-Manhattan in the best possible way. The air is clear and there are no taxis honking wildly and a ‘traffic jam’ is only ever like five cars slowing down because there’s a moose in the road. It’s a glorious adventure in great sleep and days spent in the kitchen and dinners at the picnic table in the back yard. I. Can’t. Wait. I love me some city but I’m a country girl at my core.

Getting from New York to Idaho, as you can imagine, is a bit of a trek. Multiple flights and a significant drive are par for the course, which is why when it comes to my travel wardrobe; comfort, longevity and multi-purpose use are at the top of my list. No one needs to look like a total schlub when they’re traveling (don’t even get me started with the people who wear their pajamas to the airport), but your wardrobe should be thoughtfully selected — this isn’t the time for a ball gown either. You can meet the needs of your travels and do it stylishly with a few simple tips.

A few things to consider:

Planes and airports are dirty places. Like really dirty. Choose an outfit that can handle that. Stick to dark colors and durable fabrics in case your seat mate decides that some of their red wine would look really great on your jeans. Leave your whites and pastels at home.

Temperatures tend to fluctuate greatly during travel. Who hasn’t been on a flight that was stifling one minute and freezing the next? Come prepared with layers to ensure you’re equipped for whatever temps come your way. Stick to natural fabrics that are breathable and are less prone to wrinkles. And factor in the weather at your destination — do you need to bring a jacket? Does your outfit translate easily to different climates? Don’t forget your sunglasses!

You carry a bunch of shit with you when you travel. You know you do, so invest in a stylish yet durable travel tote. Don’t bring your entire apartment with you, but have a bag big enough that it can easily carry your wallet, a bag of travel-sized toiletries, your laptop/tablet, a snack for the plane, and anything you’re taking to entertain yourself during your flight or layover.

You’re basically going to get naked going through security. With security protocol the way it is these days, keeping it simple is key. I’m loving the gladiator sandal trend for spring, but if I can’t slip my shoes on and off with ease, they’re not my day-of travel choice. This applies to clothing as well — choose pieces that are easy to take on and off and limit the amount of accessories you wear. This will save you time getting through security and will limit the serious side eye you’ll get from other travelers when it takes you 20 minutes just to disrobe.

Below are a few favorites from my travel wardrobe (incidentally also what I’m wearing today, minus the Givenchy tote — but isn’t she pretty?). These get me from Point A to Point B with ease, and I look good doing it. Onward to Idaho!

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quick tip: find the best seat on the plane.

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OK, let’s rank the things I care about deeply based on how much I talk about them with my friends:

1. Beauty products and how to get the most out of them (this one’s just obvious, isn’t it?)
2. Simple and delicious food (here, there and everywhere)
3. Comfortable and efficient travel (oh Lordy, do I have a novel’s worth of commentary on this one)

That third one is a subject I have yet to tackle here on the blog, so let’s get into it, shall we? I’ve been fortunate enough to see quite a bit of the world in my 33 short years (being the daughter of a plumber who also happened to have his pilot’s license), and over time I have curated quite a list of particulars when it comes to how I like to travel. I am a loyalty program enthusiast mostly so I don’t have to wait in long lines. I have a very specific and limited ‘day of flight wardrobe’. I don’t check a bag, ever.

And very high up on that list? I am (SUPER) picky about my seat on the plane. I like a window seat. I like sitting in the front of the plane. I like as much leg room as possible even though I’m only 5’4″. And since I don’t have endless disposable income that would allow me to sit in First Class for every flight, I rely on one simple thing to ensure I choose the cream of the airline seat crop — SeatGuru.

Screen Shot 2014-03-25 at 11.08.37 PMI don’t even remember how I discovered SeatGuru, but it has changed the way I travel. It’s so simple: you enter your flight information into their system, and it returns with a map of the plane, a list of in-flight amenities (wifi, entertainment systems, meals, and the like), and best of all — it shows you which seats are the best seats on the plane (and which are the worst). You can follow the easy red/yellow/green color coding system for a quick view or you can mouse over the seats for more details. Pull this up as you’re booking your ticket and selecting your seats, and even if the best seats on the plane are taken, it will at least help you avoid the dreaded ‘red seats’ (usually seats with no window, no ability to recline, or those with close proximity to the bathroom). You will know what it feels like to be an informed traveler and your flying experience will be better for it.

So check out SeatGuru the next time you’re booking a flight. It won’t save you from the overly chatty seat mate who isn’t picking up on any of your ‘I just want to read my book in peace’ signals, but is there any way to avoid that when traveling? (Seriously, is there? Because I seem to be a magnet for over-sharers. Build me a website to deal with that.)