Taigan-Travel-Tips-MainBeing home for the holidays is the best, but it doesn’t make airports any less bad. They’re completely overcrowded, insane, and just generally miserable.  So keep reading for our best ideas to make packing, security and the flight less stressful.

Baby it’s cold outside, but skip the boots. They’re hard to get on and off and the security line is bound to be insane. The last thing you want is to be juggling your purse, passport, and ticket while trying to get your boots off. Instead, opt for these loafers, which will make things just a little bit easier.

When you’re flying overnight, avoid makeup. Airplanes are incredibly dry, so pack Preserves Night Moisture to keep your skin dewy and fresh. You may be a bit jet lagged, but at least you’ll look good.

Plan in advance. Don’t count on your groggy, jet lagged self to figure out what’s next, especially if you’re visiting somewhere new. There are tons of great travel guides that’ll ensure your trip is fun rather than stressful.

Peanuts or pretzels? How about neither. There’s nothing worse than spending a long flight hungry. Treat yourself to candied southern pecans and maybe even a glass of wine…or two.

Don’t depend on paper luggage tags to get your bag to its final destination. But just because the alternative is practical doesn’t mean it needs to look bad. These python and ostrich luggage tags can be used again and again. Best of all, you’ll be flying in style.Taigan-Travel-Body


About Julia Reed

Julia Reed is a columnist at Garden & Gun magazine and a contributing editor at Elle Décor. She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, and The New York Times, and makes frequent appearances on MSNBC. She is the author of five books, including But Mama Always Put Vodka in the Sangria, Adventures in Eating, Drinking and Making Merry and One Man’s Folly, The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood.

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