Being in transit is like a sport. Your goal is getting from point A to point B the smoothest way possible, and just like with runners and cyclists, the proper clothing allows for more agility, oxygen flow, and a greater range in motion. You’d rather look artful, swift than to be digging through various sacks and wedging your hands into pockets to retrieve a crumpled boarding pass. Knowing what to wear while traveling not only speeds up the process, but it also makes you look like an excursion aficionado.
What to Men’s Need To Wear While Traveling
Tips on how to dress well, even in transit. We’re breaking down the best travel clothes and what not to wear.
What Men’s Need To Wear On A Plane
While some claim that sweatpants and an old hoodie are sufficient for flights, airports are an inherently sexy place, and in the end, it feels good to look nice at these international hubs where people from all over jet to unique locales for their own interesting reasons. And if you’ve got some wait time, it’s fun to embody the archetypal well-dressed, mystery man at the airport bar. You may even strike up exciting conversations with strangers. We’re not saying you need to break out classy outfits on-the-go, but you can do better than your “3 AM Taco Bell Outfit.”
How long is your flight?
The first element to look at when determining what to wear while traveling is flight duration. Sadly when you’re on a thirteen-hour flight, not even the sexiest suit can keep you from irritation. For shorter flights of one to four hours, you can get away with wearing nice dark wash denim and Chelsea boots. For longer flights, though, you’ll definitely want looser fit pants.
What Not To Wear While Traveling
Avoid Fussy Laces
And lots of buttons for that matter. Remember, dressing for flights is always going to involve a lot of on and off. When choosing the right travel shoes, you’ll want something comfortable that can slip off easily when going through security. A pair of athletic sneakers would be prime. They’re comfortable for standing in lines, running to terminals, and just long wear in general. But avoid sneakers with tight or complicated laces. You don’t want to have to untie your shoe every time you take it off or pause to retie them every so often.
If you’d like to dress a little more formal, opt for Chelsea boots . These fashionable laceless boots slip on and off with a tug.
Avoid Too Many Metal Accessories
This is hopefully as obvious as not carrying a full water bottle through security. Feel free to keep your wedding ring or Rolex on, but be aware that you’ll need to remove it when going through TSA. Anything more than one or two metal accessories will become a hassle. Plus, any expensive items that run the risk of falling off or being lost in transit just cause additional stress. Minimalism, traveling light–that’s the ideal.
Avoid Wearing Strong Scents
You know the embarrassment of spraying a little too much cologne and feeling like you’re holding someone captive in an elevator or car? Well, imagine if that person isn’t able to escape through sliding doors or rolling down a window. Do your ego and the person sitting next to you a favor by taking it easy on the cologne. If you need a refresher, stick to one to two pumps and try to apply it in the bathroom.