Pajama Games



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Ms. Behaving at Royal Ascot

MS. BEHAVING believes in comfort: awake and whilst napping. But one person’s cozy can be another’s catastrophe on the road. To wit:

A READER WRITES: When I travel with my friend and we share a room, I always wear pajamas to bed … but she likes to sleep au naturel. I’m not a prude, but this does make me uncomfortable and I’d like her to wear … something. What to do?

MS. BEHAVING REPLIES: Mention the hotel fire drill! Ms. Behaving learned this the hard way once, when, having forgotten to pack her designer silk sleepwear, the alarm went off in the middle of the night, there was no robe handy and she had to improvise with a bedsheet for the fire marshall. A long t-shirt will do, but when one is sharing a room consideration for roomates is a must. Tell her gently.


A READER WRITES: I have no problem with people changing into pjs on a long international flight, but somehow when I’m in an elegant Paris hotel and see folk padding around the corridors in robes and slippers something feels … wrong. Am I?

MS. BEHAVING REPLIES: At least they’re wearing clothes! Ms. Behaving still dresses well to leave the door of her suite, as one never knows when one might encounter a tycoon. But she also realizes that she cannot enforce a dress code, even in a plushy corridor. Perhaps the offender is enroute to the hotel’s spa for an uber-expensive treatment? Her advice is avert your eyes, gaze upon the beautifully-selected hotel art and sconces, and let it pass. It’s only a problem when one appears in the lobby thus dressed and – trust Ms. B – hotel security will be on the case.


WHAT’S YOUR QUANDARY? Have questions about etiquette, local or global travel customs or awkward moments on the road? Fear not! Ms. Behaving is ready to answer. Send your queries (putting "Ms. Behaving" in the subject line) HERE.


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