With vast differences in arrival and destination temperatures, confusing and costly excess baggage charges, and general pain-in-the-butt factors in the TSA screening lines, choosing what to wear to the airport this winter will get a trip off on the right- or wrong- foot. These tips and guidelines should help travelers be more comfortable, prevent excess baggage fees, and keep everyone moving quickly through security checks.
Consider the difference in temperature of your destination.
If going to a warm place, can you avoid taking your overcoat and accompanying scarves, gloves, boots? Consider leaving them at home, or in the car at the airport, and instead layering up. You can always ditch a layer into your checked or carry-on bag when you get to the airport, if you left room. Plus, when you arrive, you can remove another layer and be comfortable from the time you exit the plane.
If you are going to a cold place, instead of packing them, wear your coat and hat, scarves, gloves, boots. It can slow you down a little in the TSA screening, but it can save you some excess baggage fees. Just use the pockets of the coat to hold the accessories to help speed your progress through the security check. Plus, airplanes are so cold this time of the year, so your jacket can double as a blanket in case the cost-cutting airlines do not provide any on your flight.
A great travel trick is to use a pashmina or similar wrap as a blanket, scarf and jacket throughout your trip, unless you are a straight male, in which case a Mexican serape (poncho) could work, albeit a bit bulky.
Select items carefully knowing you might have to remove them for security checks.
Boots that take a personal assistant to get on or off are a bad option to wear to the airport, especially when you remember your limbs tend to swell when traveling. Lots of jewelry and accessories can also slow you (and the rest of the line) down, and you run the risk of losing some of it in the removal/replacement process. Men might want to consider some sort of murse/man bag/computer bag that can safely carry all of the items you normally try and stash in your pockets: phone, change, wallet, sandwiches, etc. Then you can have all of your items for the cabin in one easy-to-access place. And, for your mother’s sake, make sure your socks are hole-free!
Protect your clothes and your image with underarm sweat guards.
Inside, outside, hot, cold, jetways, runways. All those temperature changes mean that you are going to get a little sweaty from time to time. Nobody likes being the smelly person on the plane (and no one wants to sit next to the smelly person on the plane), and nobody likes hauling around dirty clothes. Try this trick: apply disposable underarm shields to clothing before you leave home. Know that even when you are struggling to get your carry-on into the overhead bins that you will not be flashing sweat stains to your seatmates. When you finally get to your destination, you can remove and toss the used pads, and maybe, if turbulence did not cause your beverage to spill onto your shirt, you can wear it again, having saved valuable space in your baggage.