What to Wear on a Long-Distance Flight


My awkward stages of life peaked in airports. The worst combination I remember was striped orange pink and white rainbow capris, with a white tee, sneakers and stockings (because we weren't allowed the show bare legs). It was bad. Flying standby meant airline dress codes: panty hose and no sneakers, or jeans, nice shirt. This would have been fine if I was older and knew what I was doing, but I was 11 and knew nothing. 

Most kids my age showed up at the gate wearing their pjs and clutching pillows. But dressing for the airport for me was forever stressful, weird and full of awkward moments bad decisions—comfort and style-wise.

This is probably where my eternal mission to make airport dressing as easy as possible comes from. It's finding the balance: comfortable all day, while still feeling like you could land and go to whatever-wherever. Because it feels good to get off a 10 hour flight and not look like you just got off a 10 hour flight. You know?

When it comes to travel outfits, here are six rules I tend to stick to:

  • loose

  • lightweight

  • dark

  • soft

  • layers.

  • shoes that slip off, tops that don't slip down.

8 Long-Flight Essentials

1. Oldschool Beanie

Some people use eye masks. My alternative is to pack a beanie to slip over my eyes and tune out. Works on planes, trains, automobiles. 


2. Water Bottle 

Because we all know flying dehydrates you like crazy. But if you hydrate like crazy, you'll feel way better on arrival. I try to drink one liter of water before, during and after a flight. These Steins by Healthy Human don't sweat so you never have to worry about throwing them in your bag.


3. Jumpsuit

I think one-pieces were made for traveling. A good romper is a travelers best friend. Because you already have enough to deal with when you're heading to the airport—let your clothes add to the ease, not the stress.

A good romper is effortless and comfortable, and somehow cozy enough to sleep in, yet stylish enough to wear out. This one by by Lunya is made of Pima Cotton. Although it's a "sleepwear" company, it's double-lined and thick enough for wherever you're going. The cotton fibers breathe in flight, and can be layered under or over depending on where you're going.


4. Lavender Essential Oil 

Even if you are good,  traveling can get stressful. There's security and delays and mass humanity. It takes extra self-care to keep your tank full when in flight. This means doing little things to make the journey easier. For me, this is where essential oils come into play. I like to put some on my thumb pads, rub them together and take five big breaths. The Serenity Blend with Roman Chamomile is my favorite, but Lavender is a close second. Instant calm. Want to get started with essential oils? Head to my shop and get started. 


5. Long Cardigan

Long, lightweight cardigans are perfect to snuggle in during long flights. The length makes you feel covered if you're traveling to a modest place and want to keep the attention at a minimum. All-season versatility: thin enough to throw in your tote if it's hot, a jacket if it's brisk, or layered under a trench in cold weather. Skip bulky knits or open weaves and choose a lightweight wool or cotton instead.


6. Camper Socks

Even if you are traveling to a hot climate, you will still be on the plane—and if you are anything like me, get cold toes. The Seattle girl in me sticks with warm socks for flying, because cold feet means cold body, means miserable and stuck at 30,000 feet. On the plane it doesn't matter how much sun is shining at your destination.  


7. Egyptian Magic

My most basic go-to-for-everything cream. This stuff really is magic. I love slathering it on before a red-eye, or after a flight to feel refreshed. Use it on cuticles, lips, burns, cuts. There are only six ingredients—olive oil, beeswax, propolis, honey, bee pollen, and royal jelly. No fragrances or weird thickeners loaded with toxins. It's simple, natural, and it works. Plus Think Dirty gives it a 0. 


8. Notebook

Something about airplanes have always made me want to write and write. There is a calm about being that high and with the calm comes thoughts and ideas. I rarely watch movies on planes and use this time to read and write and sleep and audiobook instead. Wherever I'm going writing helps me make sense of it all. 

So next time you're going on a plane, think in terms of a romper, water bottle, long lightweight knit, warm socks, face cream, notebook, beanie and oils. Make that flight all about you.