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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:40:58 AM
These are the things i think about when i wake up at 3 am and can't get back to sleep but really don't want to get up because i WANT to go back to sleep but can't seem to sleep so i try to think about the most boring thing ever...

Anyway. i am forever debating when i fly whether to wear jeans or yoga pants, (the convenience of pockets vs comfort) check a bag or just cram it all into something small and carry it when i am running thru the airport...


Do you have a go-to plan for flying that has worked for you?







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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:44:21 AM
Looser stretch jeans, a couple of layers and (depending on where you are and are going to) a jacket.

For me I like hand luggage to be pretty small and manageable.

Whether you can get away without checking a bag depends on your plans doesn't it?





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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:44:38 AM
Yoga pants (not my lululemon tights but looser fitting), a sweater, and a tiny purse.




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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:45:53 AM
Totally yoga pants.



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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:47:00 AM
Yoga pants. I don't know why people stress out about this. You're in an uncomfortable situation to begin with -- why make yourself even MORE uncomfortable by wearing restrictive clothing? If you need to be somewhere after the flight, change in the bathroom.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:48:19 AM
Yoga pants and I carry something with sleeves that's also lightweight in case it's cold.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:50:13 AM
Something I learned flying this month -- many times, Delta offered to gate check bags for free, particularly if the flight was full. I don't like to heave my bag into the overhead, so I've been checking. But next time, I might just drag it with me, and hope for the offer of free gate checking.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:57:03 AM
For me it depends on what I am doing right after I land. Just heading back to the hotel, yoga pants, t-shirt and bring a hoodie or light jacket. If I am going to be meeting co-workers or making account visits, I dress business casual (that's our work attire and that of my account.)


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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:59:02 AM
I would wear my Eileen Fisher black crepe pants (comfy like yoga pants but dressier), a longer top and a chunky cardigan from Anthropologie. I'm not going anywhere but I know exactly what I would wear....



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Posted: 10/23/2013 9:59:22 AM
I have some nice Yoga pants that don't look like the typical ones, pair that with a somewhat dressy tee for comfort, stash some flip flops in a bag to wear through for security but swap out for some comfy flats and pair that with a nice lightweight jacket.

ETA - I would do carry on if you can..but you didn't mention how long you were staying for so that may or may not work for you.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 10:05:02 AM
Yoga pants, for sure. Be as comfortable as you can be.




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Posted: 10/23/2013 10:07:31 AM
I usually go with jeans, a top and a jacket/sweater. I am actually more comfortable in jeans than yoga pants, so that is what I go for. Plus I love having the pockets for my id/boarding pass and credit card. I usually pack my purse into my carryon and it gets annoying getting those in and out multiple times.

I do try to just do either a carry on or a gate checked bag. I rarely check a bag due to the fees though.

My carry on is soft sided, so I take out all that I have to for security before I ever get in line and lay it on top (rather than digging once I am in line). Of course I still have to wait on others, but at least I am not discombobulated!


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Posted: 10/23/2013 10:08:01 AM
If I can take a REASONABLE carryon with everything in it, I will. I won't insist on stuffing a big rollaboard into the overhead bin, though. If it's hard for me to lift or it's too bulky to allow other people to have some space too, I'll check it. Checking is so much easier for me, so I tend to just do that anyway. I don't mind waiting for luggage on the other end and I have only once had luggage lost.

Clothes for the flight - because of my restless legs I always try to have comfortable clothes that are easy to move around in. Feeling stuffed into the seat really aggravates the discomfort and having freedom of movement makes it easier to cope. So I wear leggings and a tunic, or nice yoga pants and a nice tee, and it feels less restrictive than jeans. I don't travel for business anymore, so I don't have to worry about meetings or anything else formal when I get off the plane.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 10:44:22 AM
I always wear maxi skirts or dresses. They're more comfortable to me than pants when I fly from coast to coast. I usually have a chunky, soft sweater to throw on top of what I'm already wearing. Airplanes always feel freezing to me!



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Posted: 10/23/2013 10:47:14 AM
Socks! My feet are always freezing.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 10:48:03 AM
Yoga pants, knit top & cardigan all the way.

I try not to check my bags, simply for the convenience. I hate having to wait for baggage after a long flight. I know it's not THAT long, but I still avoid it when I can. I'm a pretty light packer, though. I've amazed co-workers on the size of my suitcase for a 5 day work trip.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 10:50:24 AM
Yoga pants or leggings- longer t-shirt and cardigan. Oh wait, thats waht I wear EVER DAY

Really- its the best outfit for everything I do!



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Posted: 10/23/2013 10:57:46 AM

I like to dress for comfort and have a light jacket in case I feel chilled.



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Posted: 10/23/2013 11:02:45 AM
I like flying in a maxi skirt, slip-on sandals, a cute, comfy top and cardigan. Reasons:

*Maxi skirts are comfortable, "easy," yet presentable.
*I don't want to wear anything short, since I'll be sitting for so long. Don't want to have to worry about sitting in a ladylike fashion LOL
*I don't want to wear anything stiff or restricting like denim.
*I don't want to wear anything that needs a belt. Just not comfortable when sitting for a long time.
*I like to have the extra layer to be able to adjust to temps on both ends and on the plane.
*I want slip-on sandals for ease at security. I do NOT wear flip flops though, because in the even you need to run in the airport, they are all kinds of bad news.
*Yoga pants just aren't my thing outside the gym.

I carry my suitcase that fits in the overhead bin and a tote bag that's big enough for my iPad, phone, and the bare essentials but small enough to fit under the seat in front of me. I pack my purse and laptop in my suitcase.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 11:16:18 AM
Depends if I'm checking my bag or not.

If not, jeans, tshirt -- long or short sleeve,depends on destination, sweater and a large scarf that I can use as a blanket.

If I'm checking my bag my lulu still pants are the way to go. Dressy without yoga-feeling but super comfy.

My scarf and comfy shoes are always on a flight with me.

I'm always amazed at women who wear high-heeled shoes to fly in.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 11:16:55 AM
Yoga pants & shorts sleeves for me, unless it's the middle of the summer, then shorts.

I am always warm. The chances of me being cold on the flight are next to nothing unless we crash into the Atlantic.


The only way I can get away with just a carry-on is if A.) I have no children with me, and B.) it's a very short trip, say 2 nights tops, and nothing really dressy is required.

I'm a big packer. I like to have half of my earthly belongings with me.



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Posted: 10/23/2013 11:19:21 AM
Ha! i love that i am not the only person who thinks about these things in enough detail to have a plan!

Generally, i'm looking at a long weekend trip out to CA to see The Boyfriend - so 4 to 5 days max. i pack pretty light - my only problem being shoes when he asks me to bring something dressy and them something for sightseeing and then... bless him. Shoes take up a stupid amount of space and can make the difference between an under-seat bag and checking one.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 11:25:03 AM
Elastic waist black pants, a short-sleeve tee shirt, a cardigan, flat comfortable slip-on shoes (because people who totter around on 3-inch heels at an airport are obviously insane) and a large pashmina which can be used as an extra layer or a blanket/pillow.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 11:27:47 AM
I used to wear a loose cowl-neck sweater to fly - very comfortable for long flights. But shortly after 9/11, that sweater earned me the most thorough groping I've ever had with my clothes on.

Since then I have chosen snug clothing for flights.

I am so surprised that some of you wear maxi skirts to fly. I know they are comfortable, but I wouldn't dare. Even though it's been ten years, that public humiliation is still fresh in my mind.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 11:29:32 AM
I never check a bag. For a short flight (under 8 hours). I wear whatever goes with my biggest shoes. It's really the key to not checking a bag. If the flight is a long international flight, or an overnight I usually wear leggings and a tunic type shirt/sweater.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 12:27:11 PM
Bring a dressy pair of flats. They don't take up much room at all.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 12:28:04 PM
Always wear jeans, slip on shoes and a jacket to wear. I try to limit my accessories that day so it's less to worry about.





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Posted: 10/23/2013 12:29:06 PM

I am so surprised that some of you wear maxi skirts to fly. I know they are comfortable, but I wouldn't dare. Even though it's been ten years, that public humiliation is still fresh in my mind.

I fly pretty regularly and have never had so much as a second look from security, including in maxi skirts.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 12:36:04 PM
Yoga pants and layers. If I need to wear something else when I get to my destination, I change at the airport.

I pack all of my clothes and toiletries into a rolling carryon and my electronics and documents into a camera sling back. My carryon goes into the overhead (I've never had issue lifting it) and my camera bag under the seat so that it doesn't get banged around and I have easy access during the flight. The only time I check luggage is when I'm on a dive vacation and I check my dive gear. I have packing light down to a science.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 12:38:37 PM
I dress for comfort. The days of flying seen as glamorous are long gone, IMO. Nowadays, flying is just a bus ride with wings.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 12:49:09 PM

The only time I check luggage is when I'm on a dive vacation and I check my dive gear. I have packing light down to a science.


I may need to call you for advice next week. I've been traveling regularly for work for 12 years now, and I'm still not a great packer. But I have a doozy of a trip coming up that I'm already thinking about. It involves 13 days, an east to west coast flight, a red eye flight back east followed by a flight out of the country 3 hours later, a bridesmaids dress, a black tie event, work travel and vacation all in one. By my calculations, that's at least 3 suitcases.

As far as the OP, I'd go with the standard yoga pants (not tight, but looser ones), a long knit top, and a longer black cardigan and flats. With comfy cozy socks and a pashmina in my carry on. If it was 5 days I'd be checking luggage.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 12:50:06 PM
I wear yoga pants and slip on shoes. I also dress in layers. I always check my bag because I'd rather wait a few minutes at baggage claim than schlep a suitcase. Plus I want a suitcase large enough in case I buy stuff while I'm gone so there's room to pack it coming home.

All I carry on is my purse. I hate being bogged down in an airport.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 1:04:08 PM
I always wear stretch pants, tank top, a light weight hoody and comfy shoes that slip on and off easily.
I also never check my luggage. we have carry on size duffel bags on wheels that we use. I then take one of my large purses. because you get a carry on luggage and a personal item. I started to use those travel vacuum seal bags. They are nice because you can put more stuff in the small bag and they don't need a vacuum to take the air out. and your clothes don't get wrinkled. I then put my small purse that I normal use in the carry on after I empty it out. I then put my toiletries in ziplocks inside my purse (usually take small containers. In my large purse I put all my stuff that was in my small purse usually in a ziplock and then I put my stuff I want to have with me to travel... I always have snacks. I put my kindle fire, phone, a fill in puzzle book, pen, pencil, and eraser, my ipod, and my computer if I am going to take my computer.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 1:35:58 PM

I always wear maxi skirts or dresses. They're more comfortable to me than pants when I fly from coast to coast.

When I flew to Spain I sat across from a mother of a 2 year old. First I have no idea how they went to the bathroom together, that lavatory was so small for me alone. But she was wearing a maxi dress and I just thought doesn't that end up touching every surface in the dirty bathroom?




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Posted: 10/23/2013 1:42:30 PM
I always wear comfy jeans, a pair of flats, and bring something with some sleeves.

I also always check my bag.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 2:12:11 PM

It involves 13 days, an east to west coast flight, a red eye flight back east followed by a flight out of the country 3 hours later, a bridesmaids dress, a black tie event, work travel and vacation all in one. By my calculations, that's at least 3 suitcases.


This is when you fedex to your destination, or a trusted co-worker. Even better if you have a corporate pouch.

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Posted: 10/23/2013 2:20:03 PM
I have a pair of danskin pants I got at Walmart for 12. They are like looser yoga pants but with pockets. They do have a seam on the front, or a crease so they don't look like yoga pants. I generally wear a tight fitting shirt too, then cover with a zip hoodie which I need to throw in the scanner. I always wear sneakers because I detest walking in bare feet in the airport, my flats pack well and once when I wore tighter loafers to London I couldn't get my shoes back on because my feet swelled when I kicked them off in the plane. I still have memories if wearing one show and half wearing the other, trudging through Heathrow, with a cut on my finger from where I tried to use my finger as a shoe horn. I actually bought a shoe horn on my trip just so I could get my shoes on, lesson learned, never wear new shoes on vacation.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 2:26:57 PM
Short sleeve knit top, one of the many pairs of Lucy pants I own (they are the most comfortable pants on the planet, I'll never wear jeans again), light weight jacket and a comfortable pair of shoes.

I'll take a carry on if it's just for a few days and I can fit everything into it. I'm a notorious over packer.


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Posted: 10/23/2013 3:17:24 PM
I travel long haul quite a lot as well as long car trips and always wear a mid length denim skirt and carry several pairs of clean but very old knickers with me. I throw as I go and believe me after 36 hours the clean knickers are soooo welcome!
I started wearing a skirt after travelling through France in the 70's...the french loos were squat, and jeans just did NOt work!


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Posted: 10/23/2013 3:44:09 PM
I wear a nice pair of comfortable jeans, long sleeved top (even in the summer because the planes are cold), and a sweater or light jacket. I also wear sneakers because they take up too much room in my suitcase, and pack flats because they are compact and I wear them even for dressier nights out. I prefer to do carry-on, but am having more trouble lifting my bag overhead, so will ship it if I'm flying Southwest - bags fly free!

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Posted: 10/23/2013 3:47:30 PM
I have a 6 hour flight coming up and it's a red eye. i'm thinking cargo pants, sweater and comfy clogs.

I've done 15 hour flights and I usually do lightweight capris, shirt and sweater if I get cold. I wear flip flop because I don't like wearing shoes the whole time but I bring socks because it's always cold up there.



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Posted: 10/24/2013 3:21:24 AM
Jean skirt just past the knees. I've experimented, and this is the best balance between comfortable and attractive for me. The skirt has give in it, and the waistband is not tight. Light soft tee and a sweater, and of course, slip on shoes.

I check my bag, my carryon is my camera gear, anything else I could not live without. And medicine, never check that.

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Posted: 10/24/2013 8:12:08 AM
I try to dress comfortably.... but this time I have to take steel toed boots with me... much as I hate it, I am afraid they won't fit in my luggage... too heavy... and I may have to wear them... despite the pain they will be at security gate

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