I Fly Over 200 Hours a Year—This Is My Fail-Safe Travel Outfit
There's a certain art to building the perfect airport outfit. Last year, I spent 203 hours on aeroplanes jetting from New York to Tahiti, Australia, Finland, Japan, and more as part of my job as an editor and travel writer. When I'm not reviewing new hotels and airlines for work, I try to squeeze in the odd trip to explore under-the-radar vacation spots at my own pace. So trust me when I say I've had enough practice refining my go-to travel look.
I have two rules when it comes to dressing for a long-haul flight: It has to be comfortable and something I wouldn't mind being seen in if I bumped into a co-worker. With that in mind, I think I've found the best travel outfit formula. Here are the exact items I mix and match on a flight, depending on my mood and the destination. Every item ticks the boxes: They're incredibly well made, stretch, don't rub, are casually stylish, and stand up to the rigors of flight after flight. If you bump into me at the airport, this is what I'll be wearing.
A Durable Carry-On
Paravel Main Line Duffel Leather-Trimmed Printed Canvas Weekend Bag ($465)
This is my go-to carry-on for weekend trips. I love the leather straps, waterproof material, and that I'm never asked to check it in if the overhead bins are full.
Enclosed Lace-Up Shoes
A Leather Jacket
A Throw Blanket That Doubles as a Pillow and Scarf
Parachute's Merino Travel Kit makes coach feel like first class. I find the warm blanket makes it easier to get quality sleep on a flight and sometimes wrap it around myself like a scarf when the cabin is cold. Plus, it comes in a zip-up wool bag that is the perfect travel pillowcase.
A Waterproof Zip-Up Bag
Longchamp Small Le Pliage Neo Nylon Tote in Blue ($247)
I've had this Longchamp tote for over five years, and it's lasted countless flights and adventures. The waterproof outer casing means that the contents are protected from any spills, and it folds up into a flat package to be stored in my luggage when I arrive at the destination.