Everyone always runs into that one person at the airport or checking into a hotel that looks put together and not haggard like they just traveled for ages. Believe it or not, it’s not that hard to pull off. Below are a couple of quick tips to make your travel look effortless.
- Wear something that doesn’t wrinkle easily. Synthetic blends seem to stand up best to heavy travel, so make sure you choose items in your closet that fit this criteria, or items that you have worn before that you know hold up wrinkle free at the end of the day.
- Ditch the sweats. This may seem silly, after all, you want to be comfortable, but a little effort goes a long way. Studies have found that there tends to be a direct correlation between your mood and your dress. If you look put together, you will feel put together.
- Choose shoes you feel comfortable in, but also compliment your outfit. There are tons of affordable, simple, stylish flats and wedges out there for women. For men, choose shoes that you feel good in, that are clean, stylish, and broken in. Sensitive feet? Look into some shoe inserts that will make your life a little more comfortable. I’d also recommend slip-ons if possible, dealing with straps and laces in the security line can be a struggle you probably don’t need in your life.
- Sunglasses can be your best friend. They can help me sleep, and they usually hide my dark circles if I have been travelling forever.
- Always listen and follow along with the flight safety briefing. Ok, I know we have all heard it before, but give the flight attendant the respect they deserve. Also there may be something in it for you… I can’t tell you how many free cocktails I have received for simply being polite and responsive. At a minimum, it is the right thing to do.
- Freshen up in the bathroom. Before you head out of the airport, wash your hands or face, fix your hair, makeup, whatever. This type of self-care can help you feel refreshed at the end of exhausting journey. Take a second for yourself to catch your breath if possible, you deserve it after having to deal with the frustration of traveling long distances.
- Take a breath, and if you feel like it, smile to yourself. I have found that after a tiring day if I give myself a smile, my mood instantly improves. Let’s say smiling isn’t for you, do whatever it is that you usually do to pick yourself up a bit, whether it is a nice coffee, picking up a paper to read, or buying your favorite gum, revel in the small things.
- Finally, enjoy yourself. Sure, work trips and traveling to your vacation spots can be exhausting and unforgiving, but let yourself have the small moments of getting your favorite drink on the plane, reading your favorite book, or simply taking some time to zen out your flight can do wonders for your experience.