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Fit Travel Tip: Wear Sneakers During Travels

Usually I try to dress up a little bit when I am traveling. My parents always made us dress up for plane rides, and it's one of those things that has stuck with me through my adult years.

Last weekend I broke my code and decided to wear sneakers and comfortable pants on the plane. I don't know about you, but comfortable clothes make me move a lot more than heels and a skirt, and I was pleased to be comfortable. Not only did I find myself walking around the terminal a lot more while skipping moving sidewalks and escalators, jogging to make my connection was not an issue with my sneaks on. You may already do this, but if not, think about traveling sporty on your next trip. You might find that you'll even end up burning calories while killing time. Happy travels!


minhoca minhoca 9 years
for the response to dressing nice by requirement... i know that once i flew on a "buddy pass," this is when you get a discounted flight off an airline employee and they have strict dress code requirements and would not let me fly in a tank. it had to be a collared shirt etc.
7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
Be careful wearing anything open-toed in an airport. Last year I was wearing sandals, and sliced my toe open on a metal lid on the floor at the terminal (it was during boarding, so you couldn't see the floor well through the mass of people). I had to find an emergency doctor to piece me back together and spent the rest of the business trip limping. Wear sneakers. You should see my hot scar.
lostcitygirl lostcitygirl 9 years
I always go for comfort/ease of going through security and warmth. I'm always cold on planes, so I always bring something to layer with. I always wear flats when traveling, the vary in level of dress. I typically go for, fitness casual I think the term or something in stores. I'm flying Friday and will probably wear my mary jane keds, but I'm going from Texas to Michigan. Destination plays a large role in what I wear, and layovers. If I have layovers, I wear shoes that are okay for running. :-)
trouble450 trouble450 9 years
I just can not get comfortable with wearing flip flops anywhere outside of the pool area or beach. They can be a nightmare on your feet and even worse for cleanliness. I mean, what's with the concern over taking off you shoes at security? It's for 3 minutes of your several hour long trip. Whew - that being said - anything but cut-offs or pjs that make you comfortable on your trip and acceptable for your destination and you are golden!
BalooB BalooB 9 years
I usually dress nicely but comfortably when I fly. I wear Chucks and jeans or flats and jeans with a nice top. I do always make sure that I have a little bit of make up on and my hair done decently, and to be fair it has gotten me a fair few free upgrades. Thats as good a reason as any for me.
cmill38 cmill38 9 years
i have this habit of always having my hair and make up done but wearing a cute jogging suit or my personal fave Polo yoga pants and a polo fitted cotton tee. i find the flight much more plesant in compfy clothes.
Greentea1203 Greentea1203 9 years
I always dress up. I can't stand when people wear sweats. Have some class and at least put on some dress trousers--those are just as comfy.
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
Most of my traveling is for work, so I have to dress up at least a little bit -- you never know what will happen to your luggage! I wear heels a lot anyway, so they don't bother me at the airport -- and I know I'm going to be sitting down on the plane anyway. My favorite shoes to wear for travel are knee-high boots. The heels on mine are chunky, so they're easy to walk in, but I still have an element of style. Not great at the security line but better than laces. Anyway, after all that biz travel, I don't like to get too casual when I fly. Knit pants are comfy but I feel like a slob after an hour or so, when they get all stretched-out. And I rarely wear sneakers except to work out. So the best I can do is twill pants and flip-flops or ballet flats.
kia kia 9 years
My hubby and I both invested in sneakers primarily for travel. I have a pair of Pumas made of white linen. They dress up easily, come off with a velcro flap, and stow really small in my luggage if I don't wear them at my destination city.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
StPat Jack - can you explain? I ask because I had a friend who's dad was a pilot and we had to dress up too when we were using their discounted flights. But is that a rule? or just protocol? I agree about dressing more casually and never understood the women and men who are dressed up unless they were coming from work or a business trip, but then again my idea of dressing casually isnt sweat pants and sneakers, its a loose skirt and flats. I do kind of think that the women in tight pants and stilettos look funny dragging their luggage on wheels and teetering dangerously down the hall.
TidalWave TidalWave 9 years
I wear something i can slip on and off easily because i hate having to take my shoes off through security.
Nina_79 Nina_79 9 years
There are ways to look nice but still be comfortable. Wear a pair of simple pants with stretch in them instead of sweats or a skirt and a pair of ballet flats, they are just as comfortable as sneaker but you can also slip out of them on the plane. There is a way to dress in between looking like you are going to the gym and Victoria Beckham in 9in heels.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
I used to always wear sweats and sneakers to fly, but now I'm so embarrassed when flying to or within Europe looking like that - I don't go for heels, but it has to be a pair of dressy flats and a pashmina, or else you stand out like a sore thumb.
jessie jessie 9 years
usually jeans, t-shirt, sweatshirt (in case its cold on the plane), and slip-on tennies or crocs. comfort is the key. i usually don't wear my sneakers, i hate having to deal with taking off and retying them after going thru security.
kwood8 kwood8 9 years
I usually wear sneakers anyway since they take up soo much space in my luggage!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I always wear flip flops. But I almost always wear flip flops anyway. I hate shoes. But I usually wear jeans and a tank, nothing too crazy, just comfy and simple. Sometimes I bring a big scarf in case it gets chilly.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I actually like when people dress a bit on the "nicer" side. Even going out to dinner these days, I remember growing up people got dressed up to go out to eat but it's so commonplace now and casual that it's just not done as much (unless it's an ultra fancy restaurant and/or special occasion). That being said, I usually wear either a long skirt or comfy travel pants (comfy material that doesn't wrinkle) and shoes that are easy to slip off since you have to take them off to go through security.
adelka adelka 9 years
My parents always had us dressed in comfy clothes (not PJS though) when we were little. Now I stick to comfy (still no PJS allowed-they are for bed only!). Heels would seriously limit my walking around and make me crabby, probably. Although, I don't generally fly anywhere that I have to look super nice for landing, so I would probably have a different attitude if I flew for work or something. So, I guess it depends!
minhoca minhoca 9 years
i fly alot, and always wear a pair of comfy jeans, shirt, and flip flops (with socks in cold climate). easy slide off in the airport and i'm from south texas... we can run in flip flops, not a problem.
em113 em113 9 years
I never understand the women I see at the airport in heels. So unnecessary and impractical (and often really trashy looking!)
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 9 years
I always travel in Born sandals. 1) They are easy to slip on and off trough security 2) They are easy to slip off on the plane to put socks on and don't take up valuable leg room under the seat 3) They are comfy so I can walk the airport during my connection. I keep moving the whole time, trying to stretch my legs as much as possible. Even if you are traveling to a cold climate, you can keep a pair of boots packed near the surface so you can change once you get your luggage. But sandals doesn't mean looking like a slob. Esp. not Born sandals with tailored pants or a long skirt. I like comfy but don't get people who wear the sweats equivalent of pjs in public.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I never got on a plane until I was in college and when I had to be at the airport at like 5 am, I definitely wore something comfy! I don't think I'd ever dress up to fly unless I had to be somewhere important when I landed. I like to walk around the concourse during my layovers, so sneakers are a MUST!
linditamaria linditamaria 9 years
you wouldn't catch me dead in an airport with heels on. walking barefoot through security on that dirty floor? no thanks.
jdeprima jdeprima 9 years
It depends on where I'm traveling--you wouldn't catch me dead in a European airport in anything with laces. It's heels for traveling abroad, cute flats for domestic. I'm not an especially vain or stylish person, but I have certain rules, one of which is no sneakers unless I'm working out.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Planes are already uncomfortable enough, but really some people look like they haven't showered for days!
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