I leave soon for India, and I have spent a lot (A LOT) of time thinking about what to wear during transit. It takes 30 hours and four flights to get there, and I want to make sure that whatever I’m wearing is as comfortable as possible. However, I will be traveling with coworkers, so I would prefer not to wear the same clothes I sleep in!
The general guidelines I like to follow for clothes for an overnight flight are:
- Comfort. Obviously! Everything needs to fit well and be soft and stretchy.
- No zippers or buttons. No matter how comfortable the clothes, zippers or buttons will start to dig into your skin after about 15 hours.
- Smooth knit. I used to have a pair of very stretchy, pull-on work pants, and it seemed like they would be great for a 12-hour flight. What I didn’t realize is that they had a pattern in the knit and weren’t perfectly smooth. After about seven hours my skin started to get irritated, and by hour 10 I was ready to throw them in the trash.
- Compression socks. I will never travel long distances without compression socks. They’re not fun, but they keep your circulation going and minimize swelling in your feet and ankles.
- Snuggly sweater. Planes tend to be really cold, especially on overnight flights. A wrap or waterfall cardigan will keep you warm when you need it.
- Glasses, not contacts. I usually wear contacts but on long or overnight flights my eyes get super dry. Glasses are definitely the way to go!
Here is what I came up with.
- Leggings. I have wide-waistband leggings that don’t pinch or pull.
- Tunic dress. A jersey tunic dress will be soft, keep you covered, and look nice even after a day and a half of travel.
- Toms. I love my gray Toms–they’re so comfortable, sturdy for walking long distances in airports, they slip on, and they look nicer than regular sneakers.
Once I slip a sweater and pashmina into my travel purse I will be good to go! I’ll look great but feel like I’m wearing pajamas.
Readers, what did you wear on your last overnight flight?