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Travel Essentials: A Travel Uniform

From my birthday

[Other pieces in our Travel Essentials series: AllSubway and Bereavement Fares.]

Checklists streamline and automate effort and are often an effective tool for busy academics – especially when traveling. You might already have a checklist for what to pack, but have you considered making one for what to wear during your travel from Place A to Place B? And making that set of clothing into a sort of uniform?

For the past year, I’ve streamlined my travel prep to include a straightforward travel uniform – a nicer long-sleeved t-shirt, jeans, socks and clogs (for easy removal during the security check without having to go in bare feet in the TSA area, yuck), and a pashmina – all meant to make me look presentable but feel comfortable. While the combo is definitely not as posh as some other travel uniforms I’ve seen, it’s nice to not even think about that part of the travel prep process anymore. I just put on my outfit and go. It’s been a very helpful addition to my travel routines.

What about you? Do you have a favorite go-to travel uniform? Let us know in the comments.

[Image Creative Commons licensed / Flickr user dichoecho]

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