How to travel in style: 20 top tips to fly like a Hollywood star

Stylist Elizabeth Saltzman gives her valuable advice

Red carpet gowns are to die for but without a doubt, the airport is one of the best places to spot authentic star style.

There's something so relatable about the jackets, tops, bottoms, and boots Hollywood's icons pick to fly. They make travelling look so stylish and hassle free.


It's nice to walk out of the tarmac smiling and smelling good rather than feeling exhausted and dragging your baggage.

British Airways' style ambassador and fashion stylist to the stars, Elizabeth Saltzman gives some top tips for travelling in style.

Sit back and grasp as the style guru reveals the secret of travelling in style.


1. If possible I prefer a carry-on only unless you are going for more than four days. Make your outfits versatile so you can use things more than once.

Plan ahead, for instance if you pack a navy blue tuxedo as an outfit to wear in the evening, you can also use the tuxedo jacket with your jeans, white shirt and flats for the day.

A small amount of effort when packing can help you get really organised.

2. Travel with clean, well-moisturised skin. Everyone has their favourite products. I love to freshen my face up during the flight with my favourite mist. I can’t travel without these products.


3. Water, water, water. Hydrating yourself inside as well as outside helps with jet lag and dehydration. Also, keeps hair looking glossy and your skin looking fresh.

4. Stretch! Every hour you should get up and stretch your legs and do at least 30 seconds or one minute of exercise to get your blood circulating.

I always stretch my arms over my head and move my hands like I’m playing a phantom piano. Try leaning against the doorway to stretch your shoulders and to open up your chest.

And for three simple options without even getting up from your seat: try a seated spinal twist; a half-forward bend; and slow neck rolls, five times in each direction.


5. Pearly whites! Nothing is more welcoming than a pretty smile. I can't fly without toothpaste and a toothbrush. Keeping my mouth fresh and my teeth clean is a priority and certainly one that is appreciated when greeting people after a long flight.

6. I like to tie my hair up on a plane. I think it gets less static and less dirty that way, and if I twist it up into a bun I can let it out when I deplane. Magic: it’s like an instant blow-dry effect. If you have to go straight to a meeting I use a dry shampoo to quickly freshen my hair.


7. Sunglasses are a great way to accessorise an outfit while travelling. It’s the ultimate jet-setter accessory.

8. Speaking of accessories - scarves, everyone should have one in their bag while travelling. Great for warmth on the plane. They can be used as a blanket for your children or hoodie or neck warmer. I also love them during my trip to change up an outfit, it can be a sarong or an evening shawl.

9. Reset your watch and try to eat and sleep in sync with your new time zone as soon as you board. Immerse yourself in that film you’ve always wanted to see.


10. Hats are hard to pack so choose one wisely. A fedora works in many situations, it’s great for sun protection, it’s great for styling and it’s great if you didn’t have time to style your hair before travelling.

11. Bring a bag that isn’t too big to carry and that doesn’t unbalance your shoulders. The last thing you need is a crater-sized knot in your back.

As my tote, I would choose something simple and streamlined, or opt for a little whimsy.


12. Shoes! They are every woman’s guilty pleasure. Rather than packing more shoes than are necessary for your trip it is great to travel in ones that you can use more than once. If that means you are wearing a pair of heels, just remember to take them off in flight, stretch your toes, put on your circulation socks and relax. I always have a pair of sandals in my carry-on.

13. As any sports person knows layering is essential. I consider travelling a sport. Every person is different, layers are easy for travelling. You can always add one when you are cold or take one off if you get too warm.

14. A great trench can travel the world with you.  It goes over a LBD (little black dress) or blue jeans. It is extremely versatile. For instance look at Heidi Klum and Amal Clooney’s airport looks.


15. Wear minimal jewellery when travelling and pack statement pieces. I love jewellery, so I always have a small travel case with me where I keep my accessories.

16. Invest in headphones. They allow you to get in your own headspace and really enjoy your favourite tunes.

17. Clothing is only part of looking good at the airport but feeling healthy only makes you look better. I love vitamins and vitamin boosters. After a long flight anything that revitalizes is great to have on hand.


18. Everyone seems to have a phone, iPad or laptop in their hand at some point while travelling. Accessorising your electronics brings your personal style to their lives. My favourite way to accessorise is with permanent stickers, every designer seems to have a fun phone case at the moment.

19. A quick touch up before landing. Lips, bronzer and concealer are all you need. Make sure you have a small bottle of your favourite fragrance too.


20. Use the time wisely. Get some rest. Use the flight as a mini-vacation. You’re away from your emails. You have the luxury of not being bothered for a few solid hours so de-stress with a colouring book for adults. Write a letter to an old friend, and just take some time to think and savour this uninterrupted sojourn.

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