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With winter now here, it’s a good time to discuss what to wear travelling on either long or short-haul journeys.
I have many shock horror travel stories to share, but I do promise to narrow it down to one.
I will never forget a beautiful week-long vacation I had in Bali… until I boarded my 2-hour delayed flight home… which was originally scheduled for midnight.
So there I was… huddled up, trying to catch some much needed sleep… wearing bali pants and a pair of thongs.
It was AWFUL!
I then managed to sit through a gruelling 6-hour flight home, with nothing but a cotton sarong to drape over myself.
Needless to say, I will never skimp on my clothing – no matter how warm the temperatures are outside.
So to save you from this misery, and in preparation of my up and coming across-the-world journey, today I will be sharing 5 different tips on travel-wear.
1. Sportsgirl Marble V Tee $34.95
2. Sportsgirl Renee Unstructured Tote Bag $59.95
3. Country Road Speckle Sweat Pant $79.95
4. Country Road Cropped Hoodie $99.95
5. Seed Amber Sneaker ‘Silver’ $59.95
6. Nike Free Run Black/White $170
First and foremost, it’s important to layer when travelling. I cannot emphasise this enough!
Why? Because layering will allow you to either warm up or strip off depending on the temperatures outside, in airports and on aeroplanes – absolutely essential when you’re travelling through different climates.
But when it comes to layering, it’s important to remember the layers must be lightweight – with the most outer layer being the bulkiest, while checking the outfit still works once all layers have been stripped.
Try to also stick to breathable fabrics, like cotton, and either use a vest, poncho or wrap as your outer layer, as jumpers can be rather difficult to pull on and off when you’re in a small space (wearing a seatbelt).
1. H&M Sweatshirt ‘Light Grey/Striped’ $24.95
2. Gentlemen’s Hardware Case $47
4. Target Soft Jogger Pants $25
5. H&M Padded Bodywarmer ‘Dark Blue’ $49.95
6. TDE Midnight Navy Passport Holder $69.95
2. Jogger pants
I am notorious for breaking this rule.
While I absolutely love my jeans, I have learnt over time they’re not appropriate for travelling.
Certain styles (including the boyfriend jean) are fine to get away with, particularly for short-haul journeys, as they shouldn’t be too restricting.
If you are travelling long-haul – I highly recommend you invest in a jogger pant. I’ll admit I have a new found love for this style and is very easy to either dress up or down. It’s also great to stick to block colours (mainly black and navy) as this way if you’re spill inclined, it won’t be too noticeable!
3. Overnight bag
While space is relatively limited when travelling, it’s okay to go big with your bag.
Just be sure to find something with at least a few pockets or enclosures inside, that way your most essential documents are kept handy, and other valuables secure.
And if you prefer something a little more stable than a tote, opt for a backpack instead! I do find zips add that little bit more security to your goods when travelling.
1. Seed Stripe Sweater ‘Ink Blue’ $69.95
2. Cotton On Posh Suede Shopper ‘Pink’ $39.95
3. Country Road Relaxed Jogger ‘Navy’ $79.95
Oh, shoes. You are the enemy when travelling.
I personally find I can’t beat sneakers – but will still always carry a pair of thongs and a fresh pair of socks in my bag too.
Whether it’s Converse, Adidas, Nikes, or even Sketchers, I find enclosed shoes are the safest and cleanest to travel in. Shoes with laces are also handy if you’re inclined to swell when in the air.
If you’re prone to dry or either break out when travelling, listen up!
I cannot stress enough just how important it is to carry a travel-size moisturiser or serum with you. Why? Because aircon.
You may think it has not much of an effect, but by the time you step off that flight, you will most certainly feel it.
I find when travelling, even if it’s on a train, being enclosed with dry air has an enormous effect on my skin. And by that, I mean it sucks every last bit of moisture out of me!
So my one essential I will always carry, is a night time moisturiser when travelling. I tend to choose night over day, as the cream is likely to be more intense.
But it is also about finding out what works best for you.
You can read more about skincare here.
… And Stylers, as sad as I am to say, this will be my last post for now, as next month I am off to study abroad at university in California. I wish you all the very best, and I thank you very much for your support on this incredible journey I’ve had as part of the Styling You team.
So fitting in with today’s theme, what’s on your list to pack? Have you got any holidays planned?
Samantha Cheney is a Brisbane-based freelance writer at www.samanthacheney.com, and is currently completing her Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Business degrees at the Queensland University of Technology. Her interests include travelling, writing, and photography. Check Samantha out on instagram to follow her adventures @sammycheney