Ugh, self portraiture. Camera is already packed, hello Instagram.
We should be, hopefully, in India at this point, but until we’re officially back in wifi land, a quick, pre-schedule post.
I know nothing about fashion, I don’t have any high maintenance beauty routines, I don’t know how to accessorize to save my life. But I like to think I’ve perfected the art of dressing smart for international travel. Here’s my uniform:
1. A long, nicely-tailored tunic-type shirt or sweater. It should be something that you can sleep in comfortably but that could also read “business casual” if necessary. Tunic length is nice when traveling to more conservative countries and for avoiding weird gap-between-shirt-and-pants issues as you contort yourself into your tiny seat or across your neighbors lap to reach the restroom.
2. Skinny dark/black jeans or nice leggings. This isn’t about looking cool, this is all about practicality. The cleaner your pants stay, the cleaner you stay. On international flights, especially from places like China and India you do NOT want to expose any more of your person or clothing items to the floor of the airplane restroom than you have to, hence pants that hit at the ankle.
3. Slip on shoes and socks. Not only are slip-ons easier going through airport security, but its nice to be able to easily slip off your footwear and curl up without worrying about dirtying up your seat or blanket. I always pack socks, at least for the airplane because my feet get cold.
4. A nice big, somewhat heavy scarf. Rather than pack a blanket and a jacket, I always just wear a scarf to help stay warm on the plane and on the tarmac. I try to make sure its something that could also be used as a towel or a head covering, should the need arise.
5. My hair in a single french-braid. After traveling across the world, I don’t like my hair looking like a greasy advertisement to the world that “hello! I haven’t showered in over 36 hours!” French braids tend to just look better, more messy chic, the longer I wear them (up to a point). Should I land to find out that another shower won’t be in the cards anytime soon, I just undo the braid, finger comb, and I have a new hairstyle that can get me through at least a few more hours of activity.
Finally, it’s not just what you wear, but what you bring with you that matters.
I’m always afraid of landing in a foreign country and finding out that our luggage is lost (has happened) or that I’m going to have to get through another day and a half of work/social functions with nothing more than the clothes on my back (has also happened).
As such, no matter how much baby gear we need to bring, no matter how much of our luggage I need to devote to my oatmeal and cranberry rations, I always make sure I have the following items in my carry-on:
1. Face-wipes (a great way to wake up after a long flight)
2. Super-thick skin cream (for slathering all over my face and hands)
3. Basic make-up (mascara, concealer, lip balm and blush-the last one is key for looking truly alive after a long flight)
4. A clean pair of underwear.
5. A toothbrush and/or listerine strips.
That’s it, that’s my travel uniform. What’s yours?
(Shirt and shoes are J. Crew–I never buy anything from there unless it’s on sale but that striped shirt was my first ever exception. Scarf is Chinese knock-off, shoes are Sanuks–my favorite shoes ever, so comfortable and regularly on sale a few times a year. Earrings are Target, toiletry case is Muji-the best store in the whole world)
Will taking his pre-airport nap.