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mile high style
Gavin Reynolds

With the Winter weather finally (hopefully) behind us, there’s no better time to organize a last-minute spring fling. Maybe you’re just jetting off for a relaxing long weekend on the beach.

Or perhaps you’ve just had it with the unpredictable spring weather and it’s an open ended ticket with nothing but adventure on the horizon.  No matter what your plans are, it’s important to plan ahead.

My grandmother often regales my family and I with tales of a time when air travel was actually an incredibly refined affair, as ladies and gentlemen dressed up to take to the skies. An era when the world suddenly got so much smaller, your dream destinations were within your reach and cocktails were served at thirty seven thousand feet by equally sophisticated flight attendants. Fast forward to 2015 and it seems as though air travel has lost more than a bit of its charm.

My passport is an eclectic mixture of fantastic memories. I’m fortunate enough to get away a few times a year and I am admittedly, organized to the point of obsession. However, even I can admit when I am in need of a refresher. It was somewhere between YYZ, YVR, LAX and HNL when I started doing what I do best, taking notes.

Pack Simple and Smart

When planning for a holiday, always focus on where you’re going rather than just what you’re dying to wear. Do your research and find out what the weather is going to be like including the average high and low as some tropical destinations can get surprising chilly in the evening. If the goal is to travel light, focus on packing dark colours including black, grey and navy. These are easy to match, versatile and are less likely to show wear and tear during your journey. Once you’re all set, lay everything out and make a check list. Not a list maker? No problem. Take pictures of everything you’re planning to bring using your camera phone. It will come in handy at the end of your voyage and ensure you don’t leave anything behind.

Travel Light

A great holiday is all about rest and relaxation so leave the baggage behind. There is nothing more irritating than getting off of a long flight only to realize that your luggage is nowhere to be seen. Most airlines will allow you to take one carry on item along with a smaller bag like a purse or briefcase with you on the plane. There are plenty of ways to travel light. Rolling your clothes not only saves space in your suitcase, it also decreases wrinkles. If your bag still looks a bit heavy, ask yourself ‘Do I really need that?’ If you’re staying at a half way decent hotel or resort, chances are they’ll have towels, hair dryers, umbrellas along with many other items you use but don’t necessarily need to bring yourself. Finally, have a small bag on hand at home with travel sizes of all your favorite soaps, shampoos and moisturizers. That way, you’ll be all set for your next adventure.

Airport Style

It’s almost impossible to open up any weekly magazine without seeing the latest and greatest ‘airport style.’  It could be Lorde in head to toe denim or Victoria Beckham showcasing her latest collection by using one of the terminals at LAX as her own personal runway. You may be itching to copy Kim Kardashian’s latest look from JFK however, the harsh realities of airport security might send you running for your tracksuit. When it comes to your own sense of style at departures and arrivals, dress simple and smart. A smart look is especially important when you’re running late for your connecting flight. You’re more likely to breeze through the various checkpoints with a look that’s free of straps, buckles and other metallic elements that will surely draw attention. Avoid too much jewelry as you’ll just need to take it off and put it back on. Simple, comfortable shoes such as trainers or high tops are ideal in case you need to pick up the pace and are best paired with a pair of comfy campfire socks for those often long, cold flights. Layer up with a comfortable sweater or blazer that’s easy to remove and always bring along a large scarf that can easily double as a blanket or eye shade in case you find yourself doing without while en route. There’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort when you plan ahead.

The Journey

We’re so focused on the destination that we forget about the long voyage just to get there. When booking your flight, cover your bases. Airline food and entertainment isn’t what it used to be. Once you’ve cleared security, stock up on a few big bottles of water and healthy snacks. A lot of airlines are eliminating in seat entertainment systems to reduce the overall weight of the aircraft. Before your next flight, load up your iPad or tablet with your favorite games, movies and TV shows prior to takeoff.

A Little Bit of Home

We all need a break from the ordinary everyday grind. However, it’s still easy to miss the simple comforts of home. When traveling, especially for extended periods of time, it’s important to take things with you that provide elements of familiarity. Personally, I am a smell person. Even in the nicest hotels and resorts, I simply cannot stand the smell. I find the best solution is to pick up a travel size of my favorite candle. The moment I begin to unpack I place the candle somewhere in the room and light it up. For me, this makes a world of difference. To ensure a great night’s sleep, I sometimes bring my favorite pillowcase with me as well.  Finally, what is a fantastic vacation without great music? A portable, chargeable speaker to pair with your smart phone is the perfect accessory for parties on the go. If you find yourself without one, there’s no need to stop the music. Place your phone in a glass and you’ve got the perfect makeshift speaker for your next impromptu celebration abroad.

Bon Voyage!

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