We can’t help but feel envious whenever we see photographs of celebrities such as Rihanna or Gigi Hadid looking flawless even after stepping off a long-haul flight. After all, most of us common folk typically emerge with eyebags that go on for days, and are dressed in our comfiest sweatpants and worn-out sneakers.
That’s an unavoidable aspect of travel. As glamorous as our destination may be, the journey there may not necessarily be as stylish. Putting on a full face of makeup, body-hugging attire and high heels just sounds like a bad — and thoroughly uncomfortable — idea for a 12-hour flight, even if some celebrities seem to do so. (If you ask us, we’re pretty sure they get all dressed up right before the plane lands, just so they don’t get caught off-guard by the waiting paparazzi.)
Our solution? Bring along items that can easily inject a dash of style to your airport ensemble. These may range from a chic scarf to will keep you warm on the plane, to sophisticated shades (so you can catch a few winks without feeling self-conscious) and simply a gorgeous piece of luggage. To get you started, here’s a guide to 5 practical yet effortlessly stylish travel essentials to consider for your next trip. From a Hermes cashmere and silk shawl inspired by Zulu culture (a tribe from South Africa) to the ultimate sleek carry-on luggage by Brics, you can now say goodbye to looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed when you disembark. Just don’t forget your passport.