So now that you know what to bring along with you in your little carry-on essentials kit, it’s time to figure out what in the world to wear to survive that long-haul flight!
It’s somewhat daunting to think about putting an outfit together that’ll keep you comfortable for a full 24 hours, but believe it or not it is possible! While we’d all rather be in our PJ’s, that may not be the best option, especially if you’re on your way to an important shoot or meeting on the other side.
Personally, I say comfort trumps fashion when flying, so I refuse to wear tight fitting jeans or a face full of makeup when flying for long stretches. I try to find a happy medium, less than fresh off the runway, but more than a panda onesie.
You also have to take into consideration the fact that you may be experiencing a drastic change in climate. I’ve experienced leaving a snowy winter back home in Canada, and landing in an Australian summer! Pretty huge difference. Also, you may find the heat is cranked in the airports but the plane leaves you shivering. The key to handling the crazy temperature changes, is layering.
So, my go-to flying outfit looks a little like this:
✔Hair back in a french braid. Keeps it out of your face, yet still comfortable to rest your head against when sitting in the seat. Also nice if you’d like some beachy waves for when you land.
✔Toms/slip on shoes. Easy if you need to zip through security, and also comfortable and lightweight.
✔Boyfriend jeans, or leggings/jeggings. Glorified PJ pants if we’re being honest, and still breathable if landing somewhere warm.
✔Loose fitting tee, nice and airy that doesn’t cling to you too much.
✔Pullover sweater, or cardigan. Layers, baby.
✔Chunky knit wrap around infinity scarf. Perfect for hiding your attractive, open-mouth sleeping face that happens from sitting upright. Unless that’s just me… If not, makes for a great pillow!
To sum up, I go for a more cozy casual look, but I aim to find pieces that look like I’m putting more effort in than I actually am. If anything, I find that even if my style may not be the most chic while I travel, I end up looking nicer than if I were to dress up, since I’m actually able to sleep comfortably.
That all being said, wear whatever you personally find the most comfortable! If you find your skinny jeans are more comfy than your sweat pants, more power to ya!
If you haven’t read the first part of “Surviving Long-Haul Flight” series discover the topic of Carry On Essentials here. Check back in soon for the final piece in the, “Surviving a Long-Haul Flight” series if you’re looking for some tips to sleep comfortably during your big trip! Until then!