No matter how luxurious your final destination, going by coach is stressful. Here are some items that will help ease the burden of those long flights.
Silky, ultra-glamorous, and practical eyeshades from FLIGHT 001 [96 Greenwich Avenue, 212-691-1001, $18] help block out that irritating person sitting beside you, even if he is your boyfriend. And tender feet swell at high altitudes; keep yours comfy with flexible suede MINNETONKA MOCCASINS [David Z., numerous locations around town, $39-$55], which take up almost no room in your carry-on. There are two classes of books to pack for a trip: the triple-decker classics that’ll last the whole trip (Middlemarch Vanity Fair), and those for reading on the plane between naps and snacks (short-story collections and trashy bestsellers). For either, thank heaven for HUDSON NEWS [at most airports]. Now it’s hour five of your flight—it’s dark outside and you’re feeling a little grungy. Now’s the time to break out your KIEHL’S ROSEWATER TONER [109 Third Avenue, 212-677-3171, samples free for a smile]. One splash will brighten your face—and your mood—in no time.
Soon you’re off the plane, well rested and refreshed. You smart thing—you’re toting a paisley LESPORTSAC WEEKENDER [176 Spring Street, 212-625-2626, $78], and those guys with boring black suitcases are so jealous. But how the hell will you ever find your hotel with that tattered Expedia printout? KNOPF and MOON METRO CITY guides both feature discreet maps that won’t make you look like a lost tourist and listings of attractions you’ll actually want to visit. Pick these up at local bookstores like SHAKESPEARE & CO. [716 Broadway, 212-529-1330].
Take some time out from all that sightseeing to think of the miserable, cubicle-bound folks at home. Postcards are almost as nice as presents, and they’re easier to send if you bring your friends’ addresses with you. Leather-bound address books from SMYTHSON OF BOND STREET [4 West 57th Street, 212-265-4573, from $50] are so beautiful you’ll almost hate to write in them. Even if you forget to send those cards until you’re back at JFK, it’s the thought—not the postmark—that counts.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 29, 2005