Anyone who has traveled by air lately knows how much it has become a test of endurance. You may spend an hour or more on the runway before the plane ever takes off. In order to be as comfortable as possible, you need to dress for the flight while still looking great. You never know what to expect from the airline you take to your destination; it could be like a flying meat locker or sauna. So with that being said, you need both comfort and style.
Comfort + Style
With both comfort and style in mind, it is best to layer. Make sure you have either a comfortable jacket (such as a Sherpa jacket), fleece pullover, or sweater. Make sure to wear a t-shirt underneath in case it turns out to be one of those sauna flights. Wear a pair of comfortable jeans; skinny or relaxed is up to you. If jeans are not your preference, then you could wear a pair of fleece jogger pants. Another favorite is a pair of leggings or jeggings with a long tee.
If your destination is a warmer climate, try wearing leggings with a sleeveless floral print sundress. Sundresses are great because they pack so easily. On longer flights, it would be wise to carry a spare sundress in case something gets inadvertently spilled on you. A pair of sneakers you can quickly get out of while being checked by security makes things go quicker. Vans and converse have both lace-up and non-lace up sneakers that you can quickly get on and off.
Prone to headaches? Bring along a pair of sunglasses to help block out the light in the cabin. Aspirin or acetaminophen would be a good idea as well. You might want to bring along a pair of noise-canceling headphones to block out noises or that awkward conversation going on in seats in front of you.
If you are on a flight headed overseas, you could be on the plane anywhere from ten to twenty hours depending on your destination. In order to keep fresh on the plane, you will want to pack dry shampoo, a stick of deodorant, a tube of moisturizer. You may choose to go fresh-faced on a flight to avoid re-applying makeup, but even in that case, you will want to bring something along for your skin. Flights tend to dry out the skin with the unholy combination of low humidity and cabin pressure. Remember it has to be in small enough quantities to keep security from confiscating it.
Micellar water is an excellent way to cleanse your face. It’s available in small enough quantities to make it onto your flight. If you have never heard of micellar water, it is made up of tiny cleansing oil spheres called micelles that are suspended in water. These spheres attract dirt and oil without drying out your skin which makes it ideal for long flights.
Chapstick or Burt’s Bees are still the best ways to take care of dry and cracking lips on a long flight. Of course, a minute tube of toothpaste and toothbrush are essential if you’re going to be on a long flight. Some have advocated for the use of facemask while on a plane, but in this age of passengers being inconsiderate to each other and flight staff, I would advise against it.
If you have prepared in advance for what a flight can throw at you, you come off the plane both looking and feeling great.