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“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” Fitzhugh Mullan

Off came my jacket. Then my belt.

“Mam, you have to take your shoes off.”

Ugh, travelling today feels more like a striptease than an actual security check.

I remember when I was a child. Dressing up for a plane trip was something I just loved doing. I remember saving new clothes so I would look “nice” on the plane.


Now it's simply about the easiest things to wear because you're just gong to have to remove complicated accessories to board a plane.

Which is why it's important to plan ahead when you're travelling. And Rock Fever this week? Well I'm going to try and help you with that.

So tip one this week is: Dress in layers! Is it going to be hot in Jamaica? Is it going to be snow-layered Toronto? Regardless of your destination the actual trip is probably going to alternately freeze and boil you. Airplanes might stabilise air pressure, but little is done for climate control.

Bring the pashmina and you're looking pulled together and you're going to be warm. If you layer it over a T-shirt and the temperatures soar then you're going to be ok too. For him? (Or her as far as I'm concerned). A hoodie with a zipper to help peel it off should security require it also provides coverage for your head. (Remember 80 percent of body heat is lost through the head).

Want to bring your jewellery? Do you have bracelets that are family heirlooms you cannot lose? Well my tip two is: If you CANNOT lose the jewellery then DO NOT bring it. When you're travelling you will never be in places as secure as your own home. And if you're going to countries where the cost of your gold necklace is the equivalent of their lifetime's work, then leave it at home. You're being ostentatious and you're asking to be robbed.

But tip three is if you have to take it: DO NOT try to wear it through security. I don't want to be behind you as you try to fiddle with the clasp to your bracelets, necklaces and squeezing the rings off your fingers.

Which brings me to tip four: Pre-pack (and by ‘pre' I mean before you arrive at LF Wade International Airport) them in your carry-on luggage, which will be in your possession at all times. Plus, if you pre-pack jewellery in a secure pocket and it takes you longer to get through security than your bag, your items will be safe.

Recently engaged? Tip five: Buy a cubic zirconia lookalike and leave the real one at home! Attract less attention and worry less about your special ring.

Now, you have what to wear on top, what to wear in your ears, on your finger and on your wrist. How about your legs? Tip six: perhaps sweatpants are not really your thing (they're not mine) but when you're travelling, especially for any length of time, stretching is important. Find black pants or cargo pants with a bit of spandex in them and they will stretch with you and will not be loose and messy when you arrive.

Of course these types of pants will not, or should not, require belts. But if you do require a belt, which can be embarrassing to remove in public, make sure and follow tip seven: pack any metal belts in your carry-on and put it on in the bathroom on the other side of security.

That brings us to your feet. Yes, boots might be fun, but they're tricky for any quick on-off movement. So tip eight is: wear slip-on shoes. Both men and women can find respectable and fashionable slip-on, slip-off, flat shoes. Heels? You're just asking for trouble while you're on the plane.

Of course if you colour code your clothing and shoes, tip nine is: you're going to look pulled together no matter how long you have been travelling for. So try all black or all white (though not as safe for spills) and you will also find it easier to match accessories (hats, scarves, belts) to make it look better at the other end of your trip.

Which brings me to the last tip: organise your carry-on BEFORE you arrive at security. Your laptop better be in a case you can take out. Liquids? Everyone knows they better be in their own clear bag, so do it. You won't be the exception, you'll be the focus of everyone's ire if you fail to get this sorted.

How fast can you get through security? Well next time follow these tips and see! Of course I didn't have to worry about that for my next trip: Toronto. I was delayed four hours so instead of a rush, I had to find something to fill my time.

So visit my website: www.robynswanderings.com and next week it's all about wasting time in the airport (LF Wade and otherwise).

A British Airways jet makes its approach over Ferry Reach.
An airline passenger holds a clear plastic bag containing carry-on items as a result of stricter security rules following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the US and other airline security scares.
Above and top: Passengers are screened by airport security staff in the US. With the general requirement nowadays to take off jackets, belts, shoes and other metallic objects at these checkpoints. It makes sense to plan what you are going to wear while travelling to minimise any inconvenience.

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Published March 30, 2011 at 9:58 am (Updated March 30, 2011 at 9:57 am)

Dressing plane and simple

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