On the road again? Are you dreading the security lines, contaminated air and just “ew” process that is synonymous with air travel these days? Well, if there is one thing a Destination Management Company (DMC) knows; it’s how to TRAVEL with ease, little effort and tons of STYLE! The team members at KONCEPT EVENTS jet-set to a variety of Domestic and International host cities for corporate events on an average of 8 times a month! That’s 96 times a year and over 100,000 miles! This makes us a very experienced part of the travel community. These days, travel may not be glamorous but with some insider tips from our KE experts, your next trip should be smooth sailing…or flying or driving…or whatever!
1) Dress in layers
In our experience, from a chilly en-masse air conditioned airplane to the sun streaming through your car windows…you never know what’s in store and layers make it easy to adjust and enjoy a comfortable commute in style! Try a classic cardigan, jean jacket combo with a soft scarf or pashmina. Bonus: Your pashmina can double as a blanket!
2) Know the restrictions
Read. Please don’t be one of those amateurs in security who holds up the line because you didn’t read before you came! It’s sooo frustrating to those of us who are prepared. Just take a second to review luggage size, contents, number of carry-on bags, and what liquids or substances you can or cannot have with you. Make sure you visit the website of your carrier to be prepared and not have your favorite bottle of perfume tossed out at security…or that bottle of vodka you had tucked inside your T’s for the cruise across the Caribbean! Oh, and SCOOT up in the line when you are grabbing a bin! Many passengers just stop at the beginning of the long table to take everything off but guess what? You can scoot all the way to where the belt starts so that other people behind you can also use the table. This speeds up the process too.
3) Comfy footwear and…SOCKS!
In an office full of sassy ladies you can bet we love our heels…and some locations are definitely appropriate for struttin’ a pair! But the number one priority of any KE traveler is comfy shoes! We love to explore and when we arrive at our destination-the adventure begins! It doesn’t hurt if you’re rocking out some KEified CHUCKS either! No guesswork here. Aqua is better! But if you don’t have any aqua on hand, particularly for airport travel, we suggest tall boots as they usually slide or zip on and off with ease. This makes the process through security quick. If you are wearing sandals, toss a pair of soft cozy socks into your purse or messenger bag. You can slide these on to keep your feet off the contaminated floor while going through security and they can also keep your feet warm during a chilly flight!
4) Stay hydrated and bring a snack
No matter where you go, travel takes a lot of energy and crossing climates messes with your system. Remember to drink tons of water to stay balanced and ready for anything! Just remember to pick up your bottle after you pass through security or it’ll get tossed before you’ve even enjoyed. Bonus: If you’ve traveled somewhere tropical try a refreshing coconut water! Hydrating and full of natural electrolytes. Or in the spirit of staying “green,” many airports offer hydration stations which allow you to fill your water bottle. Bring your own travel bottle with a carabiner so you can clip it to your luggage. Most flight attendants will also fill these up for you on the flight if you ask!
Trail mix is a good to have on-the-go snack or try a healthy bar. Just in case you have no control over flight times and you just never know. Nobody likes a “hangry” traveler.
Spend less than 15 seconds going through Immigration? Yes, please! Take the time and spend the money…Global Entry is worth the “wait” (or lack of) in the time you save during your travel. Also, TSA Pre-check is like having a Disney Fast Pass through the security lines. You don’t have to take off your shoes or remove anything from your person. Good-bye line and hello travel expert!
No need to say more…bring Clorox wipes to wipe off the tray, chair arms and fan/light switches to stay healthy.
This is a must to drown out those crying babies and cackling ladies talking way too loud and way too much behind you.
KE wishes you safe and happy travels! Snap a pic of you taking our KE tips on and tag @konceptevents! We will send you a signature pair of KE aqua glasses so you can take #selfies wherever you go…in STYLE! Stay KE-ified!