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The Kempt Guide to Thanksgiving Travel


It’s a fair bet that in about a week’s time, you’re going to be taking a trip of some kind. And since time is precious, you’re going to want to arrive ready for a solid session of food, drink and general carousing, with wrinkles in your clothes or fatigue in your body.

Over the years, we’ve developed a near-failproof game plan for pulling off just that. It’s not complex, but it demands rigorous adherence and an almost monk-like resolve. If you’re up for it, we’ve enclosed the three key points after the jump…

One Blazer. Wear It On The Plane.This is for two reasons. First, it’s just a good travel outfit. People should dress up for a flight, and a midweight jacket will help you weather the crazy temperature swings that visit most flights in one form or another. Reason #2: Blazers don’t pack terribly well, and if you risk it in your bag, you’re going to be dealing with some serious wrinkles on the other end. Luckily, by now you’ve probably got some multi-purpose tweed in your closet that should do the job perfectly.

Pack It RightAnother word on that blazer: some clothes just don’t pack well—and since you’re not honor-bound to pack your whole wardrobe, there’s no reason to bring them along. Your fine-gauge knits, thin wool pants and more delicate khakis should all stay safely in their drawers.

Here’s a bonus tip for folding: this shirt folding method is even more effective if you fold your shirt around a flat, sturdy object. (Your laptop, for instance.) It’s not a cure-all, but it’ll get your wardrobe through the passage in much better shape.

Self-MedicateEach body is different, so we wouldn’t presume to give you a specific prescription, but it would be foolish to try to take this voyage straight. We’ve always sworn by a single draft beer and half a sleeping pill (it’s usually good for a six-hour flight), but the trick is timing it so you come out the other end well rested, well hydrated and ready to face the world.

Luckily, you’ve got a weekend to experiment.