I’m not very organized the day or two before a trip. I often forget until the day before that packing is a part of traveling, so I haul out a suitcase at the last minute and do my best to throw in everything I’ll need.
I don’t really need anything more to figure out the day of a trip. So, I have a pretty standard flying uniform that I wear almost every time I get on an airplane, at least in the fall and winter. (Yes, I have a flight uniform in warmer seasons, too.)
While I’m open to the idea of mixing it up, I honestly usually wear exactly the same thing, because I know I want to look good while also preparing for the varying temperatures of airplanes and the inevitability that I will fall asleep instantly upon takeoff.
(Basically, if pajamas were more everyday friendly and fashionable, I’d wear them on planes, but since they aren’t, I don’t.)
If you’re like me, you’ll want to think it through and put together a flying uniform of your own. Allow me to (humbly) serve as your inspiration today:
Black Jeans and Black Sweater
Wearing an all black outfit really doesn’t bother me ever since I lived in New York. My mom once commented on my all-black outfit on a sunny June day and I replied “well, it’s a summery all black.”
When I’m flying, I mostly just want whatever is easiest, and black on black is pretty simple. Plus, my black jeans are a few years old, but that means they’re nice and comfy.
When I’m flying internationally, I usually switch out the black jeans for either leggings or a pair of yoga pants. I just can’t do a good, hard core, international flight snooze in jeans.
My Blanket Scarf/ Wrap
I legitimately refer to this thing as my “blankie” and everyone in my family knows what I’m asking for when I’m like “hey, have you seen my flying blankie?” I’m like a 5-year-old, but I don’t mind.
This is really the crucial piece of my flying uniform. If I get on the plane and it’s 1000 degrees, I can take it off. If I’m freezing, I wrap up in it. If I want to, I can drape it over my legs or ball it up to use as a pillow. It’s my travel blanket and a wardrobe choice.
Plus, it’s cute, and it adds a level of polish-meets-cozy that only a blanket scarf/wrap can.
The Biggest Shoes You’re Packing
I used to think people who wore heeled boots though the airport were crazy, but I tried it once and realized that you’re not walking nearly as much as you think you are when you’re walking through an airport most of the time.
Of course, there are exceptions, and this is based on my personal experience, but I flew in and out of New York’s airports repeatedly for a couple of years and I did it in heels. I’m guessing you’ll survive if you’re used to wearing heels pretty regularly. Just wear your biggest shoes and save yourself the suitcase space.
My boots are TopShop last year, but similar here.
I’m a carry-on kind of girl most of the time, and I love my carry-on from Away. It’s the perfect size, since it’s within most airlines size limits (you can check on their website to be sure).
Plus, as a hard side, you can’t shove everything you own in it and expand all the zippers and still claim that it fits in the overhead bin. I need some limits when it comes to my packing. They do claim that it has some special compression aspects that squish your clothes up to take up less space, but I haven’t really tested the limits of that just yet. It will hold your standard carry-on amount of stuff at least, though.
BONUS: this suitcase can charge your phone. No competing for one of Laguardia’s three outlets.
If you click that link (here it is again) to check out the Away suitcases, you’ll get $20 off your first suitcase. Sweet deal.
I have the navy one, but I got it before the red color came out, and that one’s so pretty that I think I’m going to order it and give the navy one to boyfriend. No shame in my wine-colored game.
Do you have a flying uniform? Let me know what it consists of in the comments!
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