Overnight Flight On What Clothes To Wear

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:

  1. Comfort. Obviously! Everything needs to fit well and be soft and stretchy.
  2. No zippers or buttons. No matter how comfortable the clothes, zippers or buttons will start to dig into your skin after about 15 hours.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.what-to-wear-for-overnight-flight

  • 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?