When I’m packing to go on a trip, one of the hardest parts is deciding what I’m going to wear while I travel.
It’s even harder when I’m prepping for a plane ride since I’ll only have access to a small fraction of what I’m bringing while I’m actually in the airport and on the plane. Plus, airplanes can be very random — you could be freezing or you could be sweating, and there’s no way to know ahead of time which one you’ll get. And for trips around the holidays, it’s not unusual for me to go from 70 degrees and sunny to 20 degrees and snowing over the course of my trip.
So planning my travel outfit is super important and super difficult. I tend to fall back on a couple of formulas, and I’m sharing them here!
Option 1: Prioritizing Layers and Getting Through Security Quickly
The General Idea:
It’s all about items that are easy to take off and put on.
Layers | Your plane could have just deposited a bunch of travelers or it could’ve been turned off and sitting around for the past 4 hours. And that makes a big difference when it comes to temperature! So I choose layers that are super easy to put on or take off (a cardigan, a blanket scarf, a vest) and super easy to store in my carry on.
Basic Items | I very rarely check bags, so I try to wear something on the plane that I’ll be able to wear several more times on my trip. Bonus points if you wear jeans, since they take up more space (and weigh more) than it seems like they should.
Shoes | No one likes to be behind that person who’s struggling to take off their shoes as they go through security. No one likes being that person either. There aren’t a whole lot of winter shoes that work well here, but flats and TOMS are my choices when it’s a little warmer. Snow boots that you can slip on and off work, too!
Option 2: Prioritizing Comfort and Saving Suitcase Space
The General Idea:
It’s about being comfortable while you fly and not having to haul around a 10,000 pound suitcase.
Cozy, Bulky Sweater | This is a double win. Sweaters are warm, cozy, and comfortable, so they’re great to wear for long periods of time. They also take up a lot of room in your suitcase, so wearing the sweater gives you that much more room for other things!
Comfy Leggings | I think of leggings as the nicer version of sweatpants. You’ll be comfortable while you travel, and you can wear them when you’re lounging around on vacation.
Boots | I’m not sure I’ve ever taken a trip in the winter without boots, but they make my suitcase so heavy. They’re not the best shoes for going through security, but wearing them on the plane makes my suitcase that much lighter. And that makes it worth it for me. If I take multiple pairs of boots, I wear the heaviest ones while I travel.
If you’re traveling over the holidays, I hope you have smooth sailing without delays! A couple of years into college, I decided that I was NEVER scheduling a layover in a northern city again. (At least, not during the winter.) It seemed like I’d always get delayed because of a snowstorm.
Of course, this year, I booked our layover in CHICAGO on the way home from Christmas with my parents. So that was clearly a bad move. (Though it’s Midway, not O’Hare. So maybe that will be better?) I’m crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. And I’ll definitely be taking the comfy route for those flights. Just in case.
Thanks for reading!