I’m embarking on a fairly long stay in the Midwest for weddings and family affairs (moving my baby brother into his first grown-up apartment, my niece’s first birthday and seeing my parent’s new home for the first time). When I pack to go on an extended stay – or really anything more than a quick weekend I always create a base layer in my bag for fitness. A few of my more general packing and what to wear through the airport tips are below (as well as a funny story on what NOT to wear when going through security!).
First things: I used to travel for work + my long distance relationship. I was through an airport an average of 3 times a month for an 18-month period. After having more than a few bags take a beating by the very gentle bag handlers it became very evident it was time to invest in serious luggage. Big, big, big fan of the hardtop suitcases with 4-way rolling wheels. My items are secure and I have more mobility when zipping through the airport. I’ve really grown to love the Heys brand of bags (you can find deals on Overstock … hint, hint!). Pricey, but worth every penny for their protection and durability.
Second: the base layer! I used to pack an outfit for every day I planned a workout. What was I thinking?!? Now I select my quickest drying and most versatile pieces to go in the bag (like the Lorna Jane ‘See Me’ tights and my trusty sports bras). Equipment: jump rope, TRX and my Suunto watch for the days I go on a run (yes I do that occasionally!). I rely on workout DVDs and on-demand workout podcasts to keep me motivated as well. This month I have a trial subscription to Power Yoga and I am so excited to dive into the workouts! The other items that always go into my bag – Sonya Dakar sunscreen & Yes to Carrots Blueberry & Coconut Facewipes. These wipes smell edible! I always, always, always clean my face and neck following a workout as breakout prevention. Sweat in the moment is good; sweat lingering in your pores is bad news.
For the day of travel I layer up. I thought I would be smart last summer and wear a maxi dress for even more ease of travel. Guess what: maxi dress = full body scan + patdown at the airport. I was absolutely furious. Long dresses pose a threat to airline security. I’m not easily angered but the TSA workers set me on edge. And if you think it was just coincidence that I was selected, think again ladies. While gritting my teeth, biting my tongue and trying to not let select curse words fly I asked if this was protocol for dresses. Turns out it is… Leave your cute dresses in the bag and opt for layers. I am currently obsessed with my polka dot top from Zara and my lightweight colored AG jeans. Shoes are always easy & comfy and the hat is to cover my eyes if I want a nap or a break from a talkative neighbor.
full outfit + Shoemint shoes
final gratuitous puppy shot... he gets anxious over bags being packed
I’d love to know if you have any great tips for traveling. GOOP’s newsletter for the week covers tips for frequent fliers. If you can muster through the nonsense that applies only to fabulously wealthy people, there are a few great tips embedded in her email!
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