Ahh, the airport, one of my favorite places to be. It either means I’m headed off to an adventure or about to return home to my bed (which either way is very exciting). I love packing, snacking, and people watching, which makes why I love the airport pretty obvious.
After years of traveling alone I have basically got my airport style down to a science. Starting out with very little consideration for how I dressed to now wearing almost the exact same thing every time, I have come a long way. Through this trial-and-error process, I have narrowed down some simple things you shouldn’t wear to the airport.
Lots of/Any jewelry or a belt:
Jewelry, belts, and other metal accessories will all take up time getting through airport security. Often times you might forget to take something off and have to spend additional time at TSA to realize you left your big watch on. Not to mention, it will take more time to put it all back on. If you insist on wearing jewelry, keep what you want to wear in your carry-on and put it on after you are cleared through TSA.
Again, this adds time at TSA. Not only are you inconveniencing the people behind you, you’re adding unnecessary stress to your travel experience. Opt for slip-on sneakers (+ socks because no one likes smelly feet), Birkenstocks, or something easy to get you through TSA.
A giant handbag full of stuff as your additional carry-on:
This is especially relevant to those of us who only do carry-on. If you have your carry-on luggage and then try to put all of your other things like liquids, cosmetics, etc. in your purse and lug that around you will be miserable. Use a backpack and put your purse in either your carry-on or your backpack and take it out when you get to your destination. The backpack is easy to carry, transport, and fits a lot more with better organization. For those of us who check luggage, this might not be as necessary since most of your stuff can go in your luggage but, I still recommend a backpack for everything you bring on the plane with you! Backpacks zip completely, which prevents your stuff from spilling everywhere if your bag falls over.