When it comes to long-haul travel with a munchkin in tow, my first and foremost priority is comfort (that, and having enough baby toys and entertainment to keep your little monster from bawling out of utter boredom).
As much as I admire the travelling outfits of the 1950s and 1960s, I much prefer to go for a more casual approach when travelling for leisure; plus, where would I put a puffy skirt on the skimpy economy seats BA generously allows its passengers? Similarly, although I am used to flying in sky-high heels for work, to me it's an impractical choice when it comes to juggling the push-chair, a handbag and a wheelie suitcase: I much prefer ballerinas for personal travel, they are comfortable and closed which means that my toes don't get all cold or dirty as they would in sandals. Of course, the minute I get a crew of minders like Mrs Beckham I might just have to reconsider...
On the other hand, I cannot understand the people who travel in their sweatpants, aren't those reserved for the gym or running track? It seems as random as wearing flip-flops to a board meeting, or a ball-gown to a playdate... I am all for comfort but there are limits!
So... my travelling outfit these days usually ressembles this:
From left to right:
- Linen tee-shirt, Jigsaw
- Patent leather ballerinas, Bloch at Matches
- Houlihans in vintage plum, J Brand at Donna Ida
- Wayfarers, Ray-Ban at Harrods
- Heart-print scarf, Whistles
- Tote, Anya Hindmarch at Harrods
I know what some of you are thinking, travelling in jeans is far from practical, they get tight in all the wrong places etc. However I have to tell you it is not true with the new stretch-infused jeans of modern times! Now there's yet another reason to give your old teenage year 501s to charity and upgrade to some cool J Brands or James Jeans... They are the secret to cool and comfy travel! And believe me I know what I'm talking about: I get more bloated than a hot-air balloon after five hours in a plane...
Of course I don't travel just with a handbag, there are all of Monsieur Baby's flying essentials to take on-board, but also the little things that make my life less stressful on a flight, such as a super-soft cashmere jumper, and some tea sachets from Mariage Frères, as I hate the tea and coffee that airlines offer. Having recently purchased a Kindle from Amazon has been the best thing ever for me: an avid reader, I never fly without a couple of books in my hand luggage, and having this superlight gizmo now means my back gets a break and I don't get "near the end of the novel" panic mid-air! Thankfully for all these things and more I take a little trolley suitcase with me, and having finally outlived my faithful Samsonite from business school, I have recently splurged in a gorgeous 21'' trolley by Globe-Trotter, it looks quite fine don't you think?
- 21'' trolley, Globe-Trotter
- Cashmere socks, Brora
- Kindle, Amazon
- Cashmere jumper, Austique
- Toiletries case, DVF at Matches
- Magazine stack, from the airport news shop
- Eau de Beauté spray, Caudalie at SpaceNK
- Russian Breakfast tea bags, Mariage Frères
- Silk lavender eye mask, Holistic Silk at Cult Beauty
How about you, what are your top travel tips?