As a kid, I loved going to the airport. It was a chance to watch the planes come and go, and look at the people maneuver their way in and out of the airport. For some reason, that excited me.
Naturally, observing airport style became quite the habit. I don’t do it much these days, but when traveling, it brings back fond memories. Consider this my kinda airport style.
First, there’s the security line to survive. Easy on/off, slip on booties create less hassle. Plus, who wants to put their feet on the stinky airport floor, so socks should most definitely be a must.
On to the security agents, scanners and all the other hoopla that causes my body temperature to spike from 98 to 102 degrees in no time at all. Usually, when traveling in the cold months I always wear a light tee first, then up to two additional layers. Don’t worry, they start coming off by the time you hit security clearance, and when all the security clearance is complete, walking up to 3 miles to your departure gate is not uncommon. This is when the tee under the sweater and shirt will definitely cool things down for you. Let’s not forget, if you’re traveling to a warmer climate, you’ll be needing the tee also.
Can you handle your hand luggage? I got smart(er) and purchased a piece of TSA approved hand luggage. You should to, because when boarding, it will definitely lessen your chances of being told to check your luggage into cargo because the overhead bins are filled to capacity or because it’s a heavy.
My handy, handbag must be able to hold my mac book, ipad, headphones, a few snacks, 2-3 of my fave magazines, oral care essentials, passport holder, wallet, crossword and Soduku books and makeup bag, with toiletries. Phew! Obviously, a cross body won’t do.
About an hour or so into the plane ride, usually when the plane is in midair, it’s all go for the AC. Those layers that was peeled off during the 3 mile walk to the departure gate usually goes back on. Remember, blankets are not guaranteed anymore. For most airlines, in economy, it’s first come first serve. And, if you’re in the last group to board, you won’t likely won’t be served. Sorry.
Last but not least, sunglasses. Yes, I wear them in the airport and inflight. For me, it’s a matter of being able to stare at others freely. Remember, I like observing folks in the airport. Also, if I happen to be seated at the window, the sunnies help diminish the sun’s glare. Of course, covering my half opened eyes while sleeping is also a good enough reason to wear them. ( joking. Well, maybe not. I don’t know what my eyes do when i’m sleeping). But, since I do’t usually sleep in the day, the sunnies help to create an atmosphere that conducive for a nap.
There you have it. That’s my airport style analysis. What are your essentials when flying?