What you wear when you travel can greatly impact how you feel when you travel. Having something on your body for multiple hours without the ability to change out of it while sitting in a confined space can make even your favorite pair of jeans feel like a prison. But not all of us have the luxury of throwing on a pair of leggings and calling it a day.
The clothing you wear while on a plane, train, or automobile can make or break your experience once you’re out of said plane, train, or automobile, so you should make it foolproof. Get clothing and footwear that’s breathable, wrinkle-resistant, and, above all else, comfortable.
When it comes to traveling in pants, finding a pair that fit loose but not sloppily is key. My personal go-to is the J.Crew Pixie Pant, but they don’t make them anymore. It’s basically a pair of heavy-duty leggings that are durable and very, very stretchy. A similar pair is the Skinny Legging Trousers from COS. Another option is the Everlane Italian GoWeave Easy Pant. These are made from Everlane’s GoWeave material, which is crease-resistant, and have an elastic waistband for comfort. On the men’s side, the ABC Pant from Lululemon is made from their technical fabric and features a hidden back pocket to securely hold your phone or passport.
Public transit never has an appropriate climate compared to what’s outside. Airplanes are always freezing and trains are stuffy. Something breathable and self-regulating, like the Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Short Sleeve Shirt gives you the durability and temperature regulation of Merino wool with key areas of mesh for breathability. As an outerwear option, the men’s Insulated Hybrid Bomber Jacket from Hill City combines organic cotton and nylon, plus quick-drying Japanese insulation to keep you warm at a moment’s notice.
Finding the right kind of shoes for your journey is about finding the right balance between function and form. The Thai-Ha from Plae is the perfect combination of a slipper and a shoe. It has a grippy sole and a drop-in heel for when you inevitably remove them during your trek. The Cole Haan StitchLite line is also the perfect travel shoe. The design is ergonomic and can go with practically any outfit you throw at them.
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