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What Do You Wear When You Travel?

Author: Lauren Coleman

As we’re full pelt into the summer season, most of us are hopefully going to get some form of break in over the next few months. Regardless if you’re travelling by plane, train or automobile then comfort is the name of the game isn’t it?

I remember getting all dolled up when we went on our megamoon in the hopes of getting an upgrade. We didn’t and I spent the whole flight feeling very constricted in a blazer. I had also accidentally thrown a G&T all over me whilst grappling with the seat in front of me trying to cross my legs which further heightened my level of uncomfortableness. Never again.

Some general things I try to remember.

Wear Your Heaviest Items

I went to Iceland wearing a faux fur coat under a ski jacket so I didn’t have to sacrifice any luggage allowance, and it also meant I had a nice bit of outerwear to don when we were going out for a fancy meal rather than some borrowed ski attire. Same goes for shoes, I usually wear my converse rather than flip-flops to take up less room in the case and they’re easy to slip on and off going through security.

Layer Up

I love a to take a scarf of some description for a flight or car journey. I’ve been known to wear a cotton sarong around my neck before when there’s been an unexpected air con blast. It also doubles as a cushion. I’m also fond of a cardigan too which makes an even cosier cushion.

Warm Socks

I detest having cold feet and so often take my White Company Cashmere Socks on a flight with me. They’re super soft, hardly take up any room and keep my toes toasty which means I might just get some shut eye.

Avoid Belts

I love a belt as much as the next person but how annoying is it when you have to take it off to go through airport metal detectors? Same goes for a long car journey, I feel like I’ve been cut in half if I’m wearing one for too long. Oh and kirby grips too. Metal detectors go wild for them.

Lounge Bra

Having recently moved over to wireless bras, I have to say what a revelation! I’ve bought a load of the £5 Primarni lounge bras and they’re so flipping comfy and supportive. The cross over back means the straps don’t dig under my arms like standard bras do in my new size. M&S have some similar ones which arr far more comfortable than their wired counterparts especially when you’re contorted into a confined space!.

Comfy Bottoms

Thank the lord for the ath leisure trend. I can still fit in my cashmere joggers but I have to say I’ve never worn them to travel in as they feel a little bit too casual for me. I usually opt for a trouser with loads of stretch in them like a pair I’ve had for many moons from H&M.

Refillable Bottle

It used to be frowned open to take your water bottle and ask for a top up in a restaurant but no more. There are also water fountains when you get through to the ‘other side’. My niece has a collapsible bottle that I’ve had my eye on which she slips into her back and then pops up to fill with water and stay hydrated.

Neck Pillow

I’m a big fan of my blow-up pillow from the pound shop. It stops my head lolling about and takes up hardly any room. I do like those fancy ones with microfibre beads but figure they take up a lot of space.

What are your essentials for travelling? Does anyone get an upgrade these days? Any tech bits and pieces you like to take with you. My other half took noise-cancelling headphones on a long haul flight recently and said they’re a game changer.

A few travel related archive posts for you on holiday luggage, flying and and road trip essentials.


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15 thoughts on “What Do You Wear When You Travel?

  1. Omg, Lauren, I feel like we’re the same travel person. Socks are key for me. I get so upset for people who travel without socks, like how are you going to survive at 37,000 feet?! Similar issue with people who don’t bring layers (LIKE MY HUBS), planes are usually COLD.

    Also no to belts and all the yes to non-wired bras (I can’t go back to wired since having my son, just no why do they even exist?!).

    Another thing I always carry with me is a cotton sarong as it has multiple uses, especially now with my son as I can drape it around him if he’s sleeping and I can’t be bothered to ask for a blanket.

    If someone could invent/point me in the direction of sophisticated looking trousers which are as comfy as joggers – I’ll be set for life.

        1. I have heard SO many things about these Hush joggers, I feel like I need to invest in a pair. Loungewear is life! X

      1. I first bought these after I had my son nearly 6 years ago. I have these in 3 colours and buy on repeat when a pair wears out. Yes I wear them so much they can wear out! They are amazing – very comfortable but look good. Love love love!

    1. If I have cold feet when I’m travelling I’m so mardy Kate. I’ve been livid when I’ve forgotten a pair!
      The sarong is an excellent tip x

  2. I go for comfort rather than being smart for flights. I tend to wear leggings with a loose t-shirt, a zip up hoody and a big scarf which can double up as a blanket, and a sleep mask – even though I can never sleep on flights. I find the round travel pillows are best for putting round my middle and resting my arms on them, but after a recent camping trip (never camping again!) I will be taking a blow up pillow on flights – really comfy and they save so much space in hand luggage. I wear thin slippers/slipper socks too.

    I’m quite busty and need the support from an underwired bra, but I have been wearing these crop tops!2750!3!262268897189!!!g!391320036719!__EFKW__&device=c& from M&S over the last few weeks and have found them really supportive and comfortable – even for a hike last weekend.

      1. I found it true to size. I need a large to contain my buxom bosom and thought the crop tops looked a bit small when I took them out of the packaging, but they were very stretchy and a good fit.

  3. I can never understand why people wear sandals and flip flops to the airport. Firstly I always think airports are really quite dirty and I’m usually cold on the actual flight. Also I really can’t bear other people’s feet any where near me. That might just be me though.

  4. I’m with the comfort factor too and loads of layers! I find the plane always cold and can’t believe people sit around in t-shirts, shorts and sandals…..
    Like you Lauren, I always wear trainers so I’ve at least a comfy and practical pair of shoes so I have the option of walking on holiday and always wear my heaviest items too.

    1. Planes are freezing Kate! I much prefer a winter flight to a summer one as you have more clothes on to start with!

  5. Linen elastic waist pants, cashmere cardi, cosy socks and a hamman towel as a wrap that then doubles as sarong/ scarf/ towel whilst away

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