What To Wear When Travelling

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2014 is shaping up to become a good one, travel-wise. In a couple of weeks I’m heading to Edinburgh, then I have a month of madness – New York, Oregon, Andalusia. I’m also hoping for a little 1 year wedding anniversary trip in September, funds allowing. That’s a lot of travelling which means a lot of long waits in airports, cramped journeys in small seats and lugging overweight bags about.

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Coatigan, Free People | Jumper, ASOS | Jeans, Topshop | Trainers, Nike Free at ASOS | Bag, c/o Antler | Sunglasses, Orla Kiely

I was asked by Antler to create my perfect outfit to wear for travelling. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, Antler have been creating pioneering luggage for nearly 100 years, and I was given the beautiful Elspeth Tote to help make my travelling outfit both stylish and practical.

I teamed the tote with jeans – I know the general consensus is denim is BAD for travelling as it’s uncomfortable to sit in for long periods of time, but Topshop’s Leigh jeans are more like jeggings than jeans – super soft and stretchy. The perfect travelling outfit for me consists of layers – planes can go from hot to cold in minutes so it’s good to wear separates that you can take off/put back on easily. Antler kindly sent me an ASOS voucher to add to my travelling wardrobe, so I bought this loose grey cotton jumper and layered it over a Uniqlo long-sleeve tee. Over the top is my Free People coatigan which doubles up as a pillow or blanket – very important to choose mulitasking items!

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With my ASOS voucher I also bought a pair of Nike Frees – I’m on a real trainer kick at the moment and these are the shoe du jour. They’re crazy comfortable – perfect for sprinting across sprawling airports or stomping the streets of NYC (again with the multitasking!).

To finish off my outfit, I’ve got my sunnies to cover tired travelling eyes and the Elspeth Tote on my arm. As you’d expect from a brand with such a long history of luggage expertise, the bag is packed with handy storage features like inner zips, shoulder straps and a multitude of pockets.

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Now I’ve got my airport outfit sorted, here are a few final tips for travelling in comfort and style:

  • Wear your hair down or piled up on the top of your head. Trying to lean back on a ponytail is the worst!
  • Don’t wear jewellery. A tricky one for me (you know how I love my statement necklaces) but after being stopped countless times for making the scanner beep, I’ve learn it’s really not worth the hassle.
  • Wear socks or pack a pair in your hand luggage, particularly if you’re travelling to the USA and will have to remove your shoes at security. Being barefoot in an airport is no fun at all.
  • Take lipstick. Applying a slick of bright lipstick is my favourite way to freshen up after a long journey – it’s easy to apply and brightens your whole face in seconds. 
Are you travelling anywhere in 2014? What will you wear for your journey? 



I love those trainers!, I wear mine all the time and they’re so comfy! Plus if you’re wearing trainers it means you’re one step closer to actually exercising right?

Panty Buns

The traveling outfit in the photos above looks very comfortable, practical and stylish. Your Free People Coatigan looks nice and warm and your Asos jumper looks warm and comfy too. I like the fun and stylish look of your Orla Kiely sunnies. Wow, that’s quite a travel itinerary you have. Bet wishes for lovely visits everywhere you go, and welcome to New York when you get here. I don’t know if I’ll do any traveling this year but if I do I think I may not wear the belt. It’s hard to take completely off and get back on and it makes scanners beep. I hope you have a wonderful first Wedding anniversary in in September!



Not nosy at all, Sophia! One of my clients is the US tourism board within the UK, promoting travel to America. I’m going to Oregon for work to experience a real-life USA road trip and to create social media content. I cannot wait! 🙂


Sounds like fun! I’m from Washington State, so I’ve been to Oregon a lot. I hope you’re going to the coast, it’s beautiful!


All gr8 places(Oregon has been on my travel wish list for years;-)making us envious!

Comfy outfit looks gr8 too!



I have yet to master the art of looking anything but a mess when I travel. My regular journey is 6 hours on a train straight from work (I do this once a month to visit the OH) and I’m just not sure that I have the energy at that point to do travelling in style, or even comfortably.

Nonetheless, I like how you’ve styled yourself here; it looks comfortable but stylish and I’m loving the colour pop the Antler bag gives the whole ensemble.


I’m going to America in May. Think my travelling outfit will be jeggings or leggings, a comfy Wildfox tee and a hoodie. Converse or similarly comfy trainers. And sunnies!

Think I might do a travel outfit post – thank you for the inspiration! 🙂

Andrea Farmer

Hi Jen. You look super cool. Love the trainers. Can you please tell me what the fit is like on them? Are they true to size? I sometimes need a size up. Many thanks, Andrea


Love! Do a gym/workout one pretty please? And then every other life situation. Summer wardrobe/outfit ideas sorted!


These are great tips for travelling, casual and comfy shoes are so important! A big purse is also necessary, good post!

Maria Fallon

I NEVER look this pulled together when I am travelling! I normally opt for a loose cotton dress and leggings and an unruly topknot!

Maria xxx

Annabel - Love My Dress

This is lovely. I love to wear jeans and a soft tailored jackets when travelling. Comfy flat footwear, so probably a pair of chelsea boots (not really a trainers/sneakers kinda gal), a well cut, loose fit T and a colourful silk or cotton scarf for warmth – aeroplanes can get so cold with that air-con! 🙂

Absolute essentials otherwise include my headphones, sunnies, notebook and pencil 🙂


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