Travel Comfortable In Style

MyOwnJudgeThe holidays mark many a season. There’s the cold front knocking at most doors, the rush for gift shopping, the food gluttony (no? Just me then), and of course – the traveling!

Holidays are great for traveling deals, seeing sights unseen at other times of the year (when else will you see the Rockettes perform?), the kids are on vacation, see family, and well – it’s travel, so you don’t need a million reasons, do you? With the onslaught of airport security demands though, you’re in for a fun ride. From succumbing to checks of your luggage, minimizing your liquid products, and letting security cop a feel only allowed on the third date or later, you really have to mentally prepare yourself for the experience.

I’m always amazed when people come dressed to the nines at an airport. Sure, some people are going straight somewhere off the plane, or are coming from, but don’t they have a cozy pair of something to change into? Do people know that at high altitudes, their body parts may bloat, and they might feel a tug of their mini skirt, or discomfort in their too tight pants? What about the hour it will take to take off their pull up boots (just me again)? Best yet – what about that jog they need to make to get to the plane on time in platforms?

Such was the mindset when I saw photos of Kim Kardashian checking in her luggage for a flight. Above the knee boots (and heels at that)? Not I said the blog editor.MyOwnJudgeSome travel tips to be comfortable on the go:
Stay Low to the Ground
Yes you heard me. Land that airplane and pack a pair of flats or two – how difficult (and time consuming) is it to wiggle out of high boots or heels? Plan to cut it close to liftoff? Maybe sneakers are your best bet. Invest in No Tie Shoelaces to be able to make the removal and redressing process easy. No wasting time for bending down to tie ’em! Wearing flats? Remember to pack/wear socks! When you hit that airport floor barefoot and wonder what kind of germ is waiting to attack your sole (guilty) you’ll learn your lesson once and for all.

Keep It In Your Bag
That metal detector will find everything you forgot and everything you thought you remembered. Prior to the flight, stash everything in your bag instead of your pockets to prevent that “oh this!! I forgot I had this in my pocket” moment.

Plastic is Fantastic
Keep a ziploc bag handy in your bag just in case. Women are especially guilty of forgetting that the mascara, lip gloss, or mini perfume in their handbag is actually liquid and can risk saying goodbye to their favorite Chanel Inimitable Mascara (yet again guilty). If you want to save money on the obnoxious prices for food, you can also carry an empty bottle to fill with fountain water once you pass the checkpoint (but most people consider it too much an inconvenience).

Remember to keep your identification and flight materials in one spot, if you’re packing heavy in your carry-on, pick a bright colored passport case or wallet so that you can spot it without a ten minute search. Make use of the internet to check into your flight before you leave, and even check baggage if you can. A tip I learned from watching some late night television has been to use a work address on your luggage tag so as not to alert thieves of your address while you’re away. Blankets and pillows for a long flight are most recommended, as are snacks. That’s just what I have learned among a few flawless (and much more flawed) travels.

What tips have you learned along the way?

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Beauty Blunder No More

PhotobucketI don’t know if the readers have heard yet or not, but the yaya-meister has caught the travel bug. I will be venturing out of the American borders for sunnier and warmer times. I am Barbados bound!

As I get ready for the Caribbean climates (can’t wait to hide my jacket and boots!) I have reverted back to packing soft fabrics, slinky sleeves, tank tops, etc. But the space in a suitcase is limited, and the needs and wants are never.

Enter Miss Oops Holiday Survival Kit ($18). The miniature set is perfect for travel, and is packaged cute enough for a gift.

The set includes:

  • Miss Oops Mishap Tape
  • Miss Oops Rescue Sponge
  • Miss Oops Lint Roller

First of all, I am a sucker for packaging. So it is no surprise that I was head over heels for the simple packaging (slightly reminiscent of the Tiffany’s blue) with Miss Oops herself looking slightly worried.

All of the items are perfect for on the go (great for travelling or fitting into your handbag) and tackle the smallest but most often repeated offenders. The tape is for keeping your too open shirts together a la Jennifer Lopez with her down to there gown and not Janet Jackson or Tara Reid with their wardrobe snafus. The tape is hypo-allergenic so you can stick it to other fabric or skin! I do recommend adding a safety pin or two just in case your clothing is extra stubborn (you can never be too safe!). The sponge helps remove powder and deodorant stains. Use it by buffing the areas dry – or lightly wet. The sponge is great when trying to get into nooks and crannies like near buttons, zippers, pockets, or corners. Last but not least, the lint roller is perfect for removing lint, but also stray hairs and dust that tends to attach itself to you as the day rolls by. Perfect for visiting family with pets who are inconsiderate to your trendy fashions! 🙂

A tip? Cut your Rescue Sponge in half to use one for removing deodorant stains, and the other to use with a little bit of soap to clear smudges from shoes (don’t do this on suede or leather!). You might not have to use soap, but will want to wet it (i.e. when removing street salt from your boots), and it’s always best to separate what you use for clothing & shoes (no street debris on my shirts please!).

Disclaimer: This set was sent to the author for review. All reviews on MOJ remain unbiased and unpaid. For more info, feel free to contact the author.

What’s your secret to a hassle free holiday?

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