Frequent Flyer

This week I’ve been in Belfast for some training, flying from Newcastle on Monday for two days training then a late flight back on Wednesday night.  Even though I was only going to be there for two days, I needed to consider what to wear: “it’s June, it’s Belfast, I’ll be in a hotel with air conditioning, I’m not checking a bag into the hold, and who believes weather forecasts” were the thoughts going through my head.

Since I’ve travelled a lot through work, I’ve found that what I wear on my feet is going to determine most of what I pack for the capsule wardrobe because there really isn’t space for a second pair of shoes in a carry on trolley.  Rightly or wrongly, I wanted to wear an outfit that only looks good with long boots so the bar was set – everything had to work with that.

Gillian Lewis: Spectrum - blog post "Frequent Flyer"

I have a suitcase for every occasion – and a curious cat!

With my wardrobe, I find it quite easy to mix and match clothes – always thinking when I buy something, what three items that the new purchase would work with: the key to a capsule wardrobe.  Packing, I chose things that I thought wouldn’t crease much and could be rolled into corners to pack the other essential accoutrements of the business traveller: laptop, mouse, ipad, chargers, notebook, toiletries and make-up.

As travel restrictions have been strengthened, I’ve introduced two toiletries bags to my packing: liquid and non liquid items.  Both of these bags stay in my case permanently, ready for the next trip (obviously after a refill of the consumed items in the case of the liquid bag).

My liquid toiletries bag is a see-through zipped bag from Marks and Spencer and has a hotch potch of little bottles and jars that I’ve accumulated over the years.  The key is bottles which don’t leak under pressure – after one too many occasions of finding the contents of my facewash bottle oozing out over everything.

Muji is my bottle manufacturer of choice, in face Muji is my storage container manufacturer of choice full stop – I get a bit over excited when I am able to browse their stores in London, and buying online is an expensive way to obtain all the bubble wrap you will ever need in your life, as well as all the storage containers you may desire – but I digress.

So, all packed, I set off for the airport.  My flight was at 4.10, I arrived at 3.20.  I’ve checked in with significantly less time than that.  I stopped to prepare for security before getting into the queue.

My technique has been honed over the years:

  1. Off come the bracelets, watch, belt.
  2. Out come my liquid toiletries bag and laptop sleeve which had all my cables, chargers and phone zipped inside
  3. As I move through the queue, I loosen the zips on my boots so that by the time I get to the front, I can slip them off
  4. Boots (or shoes), outer clothes and toiletries are placed in the first tray
  5. Laptop and electronics in the next tray (or two, depending on the airport)
  6. Finally your suitcase

This allows you to attempt to put on your shoes and coat before the rest of your belongings arrive, and to collate all of the electronics into one bag that you can pick up in one hand whilst you pick your suitcase up with the other.  Doesn’t always work perfectly but it’s easier to manage, and less likely that you’ll  walk off without something.

Sadly, the other people in the queue didn’t appear to be frequent flyers.  They hadn’t honed their technique.  The queue moved slowly.

I checked my gate for boarding – final call it said.  I walked straight there.  Do no stop in Duty Free.  Do not spend money unnecessarily.  I did visit the bathroom however, and that was the final straw of my undoing.

I walked to the gate.  It was empty.

The stewards said I was 1 minute late and wouldn’t let me board.  Less than pleased about that, I sighed.  I’ve watched Airline.  I’ve seen that getting angry gets you nowhere.  I did ask them to try the pilot again.  I didn’t watch to see if they held down the phone and just pretended.  £65 to swap planes (just how much admin is it really???), and 4 hours to kill till the next flight.

And through security again to hone my technique further…..

After all that, it was two beautiful, warm, sunny days in Belfast and I should have packed around my sandals instead of boots.

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If you need my help to create your Capsule Wardrobe, book a consultation.  I’m good at planning and packing.  Less good at actually arriving on time 😀

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Gillian Lewis

Self Image Coach at Gillian Lewis: Spectrum Coaching and Consultancy based in Darlington, County Durham, UK
What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles.Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect.Sometimes it's serious.Sometimes it's just fun.Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience.If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you 😀
Gillian Lewis
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About Gillian Lewis

What on earth is a Self-Image Coach I hear you ask – it’s cross between a Confidence Coach and Image Consultant.

I help clients become happier and more confident by giving them a Makeover from the Inside Out to change their internal and external view of themselves.

I'm not really interested in fashion, just what clothes can do for your self-image - that's where the Forget Fashion blog title originated, so I won't be doing much commentary on the latest catwalk styles. Instead, I write about things I come across in life that make me reflect. Sometimes it's serious. Sometimes it's just fun. Hopefully you'll like my writing style, find what I write about interesting and enjoy the experience. If you do, share the love using the boxes below - thank you :-D

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