Saturday, July 4, 2009

Airport Etiquette, Part 1 - Attire

What would the traveling cowgirl blog be without a few posts about traveling? My first installment is for everyone those of you who may go through airports once a week or once a year because I think we all need a few reminders on how to keep our (and those around us) travel spirits up. It seems like we have made a full 180 turn from 40 years ago when people truly dressed up to get on a plane or had a traveling suit when traveling…now we are lucky if the person sitting next to you isn’t wearing their pajamas. Now I understand that no one LOVES to travel in a suit and heels, but at times it is necessary. And I also understand that when you are traveling for leisure you want to be comfortable, but puhlease refrain from wearing your flannel pajama bottoms and Victoria’s Secret PINK cami with your Uggs, anything that looks like you work out in it or smells like you've worked out in it (ok, so those that can get away with this is traveling sports teams who wear their warm-up uniforms, completely acceptable) or anything with a hole in it that wasn’t in the garment the day you purchased it. First of all you just don't look good dressed that way, secondly you should be slightly concerned if you have broken any of the above rules in the last 24 months that you might be on the nomination list for the next edition of What Not to Wear, Stacy and Clinton would have a hay day with you and I can't say I would blame them. A couple of other reminders: 

1. Planes typically are cooler than what most people feel is comfortable and some airlines are no longer providing blankets or pillows so pack a sweater or light jacket so you will be comfortable. 

2. When going through the TSA line remember that you will have to take off any item of clothing that isn’t required to cover you up so be prepared to remove your jacket, cardigan or open shirt and you will also have to remove your shoes (no matter what kind of shoes they are) so try and wear something that is comfortable to walk throughout the airport but also easy to remove and get back on while you are in line. 

Traveling Cowgirl Airport Tip: Roll a pashmina or thin sweater and leave it in your carry-on bag so you always have a cover up when the plane is like Alaska on New Years Day.

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