Barbara DeLollis, founding editor of USA Today’s
Hotel Check-in Blog
I’ve traveled to Montreal, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, and Barcelona in the past six months. My go-to travel outfit depends on where I’m going, but style is almost always paramount to comfort.
When heading to warmer tourist/beach destinations, I usually pick a dress that doesn’t wrinkle, along with sandals that will let me run through the airport to catch my flight if need be. I’ll typically add an accessory that won’t trip up the TSA but that adds some sparkle to a possibly mundane look, such as the belt in the photo. Since I always get cold on planes, I throw on a black blazer and toss a scarf in my bag. I keep jewelry to a minimum, again to reduce hassles at the security checkpoint.
When heading to cooler climates and/or big cities, I grab my other “uniform”: a pair of designer jeans, a comfy T-shirt, a blazer, and boots. For some inexplicable reason, I usually opt for heels, even if it means I’ll have to run in them in the airport. Most of the heels I buy are comfortable anyway, so it’s not a big deal. When I’m heading to cities, it also means I’m likely going to be in a mad dash the entire time and won’t have time to waste stopping to change out of boring travel attire.
Regardless of what I’m wearing, I typically use my favorite dark leather bag and the gray roller suitcase my dad gave me; it’s nothing fancy, but it makes me think of him! The only time I check luggage is when I’m heading to Virtuoso Travel Mart in Las Vegas. This conference is heavily attended by fashionistas, so if you want to even attempt to join in on the fun, you need to pack different outfits for day and night for five consecutive days!
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