For many collegiettes who are planning on studying abroad this summer, packing is a main concern. It’s relatively easy to pick out cute summery dresses and bathing suits to wear once you reach your destination, but selecting the right outfit for travel is the tricky part. Jetsetter fashion must be a balance of chic and comfy. Although you will be on the plane and in the airport for many hours, it is important to make a good first impression on your new classmates and friends once you arrive.
Must-Have Items for Your Carry-On
First, do yourself a favor and pack a spare outfit. It doesn’t have to be runway-worthy (it can be just a t-shirt and Nike shorts) but you will be glad you did it if you happen to spill or pick up an airplane smell or there is a mix-up and your luggage gets lost. Next, get a full pack of oil-blotting pads and throw it in the bag. Make sure to include a miniature folding toothbrush and a tiny travel-size tube of toothpaste. If you are on a long flight and have to suffer through layovers as well, you will not regret being able to brush your teeth and feeling a little bit cleaner. If you are taking any jewelry or nice sunglasses overseas with you, save yourself the heartbreak and pack them in your carry-on where you can monitor their whereabouts at all times.
The Top Half of Your Plane-Wear
The outfit you choose to wear on the plane flight could be a saving grace or the thing that pushes you off the edge. No matter how hot it may be in Florida, the plane could get chilly, so do not leave without a jacket or cardigan. Layering is key, and it is a trick to get more space in your checked luggage. Plus, the jacket could double as a pillow or blanket. If you are cold natured, it is also recommended to wear a lightweight scarf that could be transitioned into your European wardrobe once you land. Wear a slouchy tank or top for optimum comfort and use the jacket to give your outfit a more tailored feel.
The Bottom Half of Your Plane-Wear
Do not wear anything too short on the plane. It could be the cutest skirt ever, but after seven hours of awkward adjustments it might not seem as cute. Do yourself a favor and wear pants that aren’t too constricting. Think cotton pants or leggings instead of short shorts or tight jeans. Shoes are a different story. If you have problems with packing under the weight limit, you will probably be forced to wear your heaviest shoes on the plane to lessen the weight of your checked baggage. If you are wearing boots on your flight, slip a pair of rubber flip-flops or ballet flats in your carry-on that you can change into once you get settled in to your seat. Consider packing a pair of Dr. Scholl’s for Her Fast Flats- they aren’t the most fashionable footwear but they are light and take up next to no space. If you have a choice, wear your most comfortable running shoes or broken-in sandals, so sore, tired feet are not an issue.
Consider all possible airport situations and select an outfit that you will feel happy and confident in for hours. Long flights are no excuse to look sloppy, but that doesn’t mean you should be in discomfort! Follow these guidelines and you will be sure to have a fabulous trip!
Check out these links:
Splendid drawstring cotton straight-leg pants
Dr. Scholl’s For Her Fast Flats
TANA cropped t-shirt