Nowadays our luggage looks more like something a secret agent would have handcuffed to him rather than the classic styling of the early days of aviation. It's a good idea if you travel frequently, to invest in one great piece of luggage that will last a lifetime and ooze class while doing it. The Moore & Giles Parker is one such option that blends classic styling with superior build quality. Something like that will mean it'll also be easy to find on the conveyor (but it's designed to fit as your carry on).
Hang or Roll
If you're travelling for business or with a suit, the good news is many airlines will hang your suit for you, and if that's the case, be sure to have a quality garment bag that's up to the task. If not, you can roll your suits before packing, starting at the stitching to minimise creases.
Breath of Fresh Air
Get some water and get some mints before flying, no matter how short the journey. All that stagnant air and plane food isn't going to leave your breath smelling like roses, so to save some pain for the first person you speak to after landing, keep yourself hydrated and your breath fresh with water and preferably mints, like Fisherman's Friend. Strong enough to work fast, not tasty enough to down a whole packet in 7 minutes.
It’s not as bad as you think. If you’re like me, I hate the idea of putting on a suit, which happened to me this past weekend actually where a tux was the dress code. However, as always, once it was on I felt just as comfortable as I would in track pants and a tee shirt (almost). This has to do with the fact that when you know you’re looking your best, that offsets any discomfort you may feel in comparison to classic comfortable clothing.
You don’t have to go overboard, but if you’re flying domestically, let's says a flight less than four hours, chinos and a plain tee or polo would suffice. Throw on a light coat if weather permits, and you’re set to impress if you happen to strike up a conversation with someone significant.
If it’s a longer international trip, donning a collared shirt and dress shoes isn’t out of the question, particularly if you have business to attend on the end of the journey. A well made collared shirt from WoodyRoo, for example, is extremely comfortable and versatile, and will be far more impressive than a hoodie over a tee.
Little things make big differences, and you won’t be uncomfortable. Just like nothing tastes as good as looking good feels, nothing is comfortable enough to outdo how you feel when you’re looking smart.
Make use of airport lounges where possible. Getting to the airport early and breezing through security without rush or panic will ensure you’re not a sweaty mess when you board, and you’re not anxious. Arrive early and grab a bite at a lounge, it’s a great way to unwind a little before the journey.
Roger Sciberras is the Creative Director for Gallantoro, focusing on mens style, fashion and personal development. Before joining Gallantoro, Roger worked across a variety of fields including the finance sector, health & fitness, speech coaching and acting, before focusing on writing on all topics of manliness.