My mother always tells me that I was only two weeks old when I first traveled by plane. I’ve been a die-hard traveler ever since. I was born in Asia and I’ve been flying back and forth to Florida for my entire life. My father lives in Hong Kong and I’ve been spending the summers and winters there with my brother since I was about seven. The 20-hour haul has taught me a lot about how to dress and what essentials to bring while traveling. Although I won’t be going to Hong Kong to see my dad this year, I will be traveling to New Orleans to adventure and explore with the rest of my family this holiday season.
The mistake that many travelers make is mixing up comfort and frumpiness. Dressing cozy doesn’t mean that you should be allowed to leave the house in pajamas and UGGs at any time. I mean, they’re called ‘UGGs’ for a reason. When I’m traveling, I like to play a little game: “What Can I Wear To Be Mistaken as a Low-Key Rockstar?” Airports can be crowded and anonymous, so take it as an opportunity to play with fashion rather than push it to the wayside.
My go-to travel outfit consists of a pair of basic black skinnies, an oversized striped T-shirt, a classic denim jacket, a big leather carry-all and my favorite Natalie + Dylana Suarez x Modern Vice JETT boots. I love this look because it’s classically simple yet edgy. I like to add a red lip while traveling because it makes me feel more put together. I often find outfit inspiration in women who travel for a living, such as Alexa Chung and Mish Way of White Lung. At the end of the day, it’s all about being functional, practical and comfortable while still showing off my personal sense of style.
My top five travel essentials:
- J.R. Watkins Lavender Lotion — helps keep my skin moisturized and smells amazing.
- Red lipstick — makes me feel lovely, even after a 20-hour flight.
- Sudoku puzzles — these manage to keep me entertained for hours.
- Psssst! Dry Shampoo — this stuff is a life saver when you’re suffering from ‘plane hair’.
- A good read — I’m currently in the middle of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling and it’s hilarious.
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