Family Vacation: What NOT to Wear
What NOT to wear on Your Family Vacation.
There are so many options for wardrobes and countless articles on how to pack – especially how to pack a LOT of things in a small suitcase. But…after seeing some really crazy photos and articles I think it is time to discuss what you should NOT wear on your family holiday!
Family Vacations: You Should NOT Wear
1) You should not wear flip flops on vacation.
Three reasons NOT to wear flip flops:
* You can’t move quickly in flip flops. What if you have to hurry to catch a flight? What if you need to hurry to exit an airplane in an emergency? A study backs this up! You move slower and take smaller steps with flip flips than in closed toe shoes.
* Germs! Think of the kids! When kids wear flip flops they will walk across the floor in security with bare feet. Do you realize how many bare feet walk across the floor all day long? Ew! The germs that can live on the floor are creepy – staphylococcus, athlete’s feet, and the wart causing virus (HPV). Protect those kids’ feet and make them wear shoes!
*Future issues – Flip flops make you hang on with your toes which makes toes work extra hard – so hard that bunions and hammer toes and ouchy feet can be the long term result. Repeated pounding of the heel can cause bone spurs.
2) You should not wear pants with words across the behind.
Ok, I’m aging myself here, but mercy sakes. Who came up with this crazy fad anyway? How about a little decorum? Can you not just be satisfied with looking ‘juicy’? Must you announce you are juicy by writing that description across your posterior?
3) You should not wear too much perfume.
When you are going to be in close quarters like a train, plane or automobile, please go easy on the perfume. Not that you don’t smell wonderful, but if you and 30 other people are all smelling super duper wonderful a the same time ….that is a toxic mix.
4) You should not wear only 1/2 an outfit.
You’ve seen her. She is wearing a dress so short it might really be a blouse. Those shorts? Barely longer than her panties. That top? Do we need to see both her bra and her belly button in the same outfit at the same time?
You’ve seen him. Gentlemen…under arm hair is to be seen at the beach only. Plumber’s butt?
When traveling listen to what your momma taught you and dress nicely.
5) You should not wear expensive jewelry.
Unless you are traveling with a security detail, or want to spend way too much time looking over your shoulder, leave the family jewels at home. Wear costume stuff or small jewelry or none! That will give you room to bring some back as a fun souvenir.
6) Grown ups should not wear Pjs on vacation.
Kids get a free pass here as they can totally pull off pjs anytime, anywhere, because they are cutie patooties! They can also pull off cowboy boots, tutus, and a superman cape at the grocery, too, all a the same time, but you can’t! Save the pjs for when you arrive!
What you SHOULD wear on your family vacation:
1) You should be comfortable.
Other lists will tell you that sweat pants and tennis are a no-no, but those get the green light from me! I say be comfy!
2) You should wear sturdy shoes.
Happy feet mean happy travelers. Go for sturdy and supportive shoes along with good socks for long days of standing and walking. Don’t let ouchy feet ruin your trip. Even ONE person with ouchy feet will impact the entire group. Read more here about good shoes and socks.
3) You should wear modest clothes.
Sometimes you have to cover your knees or your shoulders or your head to see a site. Be prepared and dress modestly. Don’t go all the way to your destination, where you will mostly likely never be again, and then miss out on a wonderful sight because you weren’t dressed appropriately. And don’t even think about being that goofy traveler with a map wrapped around her knees trying to convince the security guards to let her in. Geez!
4) You should wear a hat.
OK – should might be too strong a word, here but in my humble opinion, a hat is a must. I’m a huge believer in a hat! No hair worries, no sunburn worries, and you are covered if you need to visit a church with a head covering rule. Super easy and a great way to look younger. UV rays from the sun are responsible for 80% of aging like wrinkles.
5) You should wear layers.
Layers are easier to control than dressing for the extreme heat or cold. Airplanes are often freezing cold or, if you are stranded on the tarmac waiting for your turn to take off/fix a mechanical issue/de-ice it is often boiling hot. Weather can be unpredictable and layering means you are prepared no matter what.
Dress well, feel good, and look amazing while on your family vacation!
Happy and comfy travels,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist