Before you even think of slipping on those heels, imagine having to take off your shoes and put them back on, then walk through long airport concourses, and still have to look polished during your actual work at the end of the trip. You changed your mind, didn't you?
Now consider how your laptop, files, and normal purse get stuffed into overhead bins or under plane seats – and how it'll look when you tug it out!
It’s no wonder that finding a big enough bag or a pair of great comfortable shoes becomes such a hassle… So what should you look out for when shopping for your big trip?
Look for shoes that are:
• Comfortable. Never travel in heels, because you will spend a surprising amount of time on your feet – one word: queues. Try adding gel insoles for additional comfort and don’t wear shoes for the first time during travel, you’ll save yourself a lot of pain.
• Easy to take off/put on. This makes going through airport security so much more graceful!
• Neutral color. Start with cute, comfortable shoes that coordinate with your outfit first. They don’t have to be the same color–for example, if your suit is taupe, you can wear black or brown shoes. If your suit is gray, wear black shoes.
When travelling, comfort is always a priority so shop around for a comfortable, yet stylish, pair of pumps.
What to look for in a travel purse:
• Size. Make sure it will hold everything you need for work and for your flight.
• Pockets. A divided interior is very helpful, and small pockets on the exterior and inside of your handbag will help corral items such as keys, a cell phone or boarding pass that could otherwise get lost.
• Comfortable straps. Look for a bag with straps that are wide or find a bag that has double straps. It won’t hurt your shoulder as much.
• Looks. It goes without saying, make sure your purse is durable enough for travel yet professional enough for the office.
Travel purses are a little harder to find, but wherever you end up buying from, make sure you know their return policies. Sometimes what looks like a great travel purse won't even last one trip.