Warm trips and cold planes

78707, NEW YORK, NEW YORK- Monday May 28, 2012. Alexa Chung leaves her apartment in New York to catch a flight to London. Alexa was dragging a big almos as big as she is behind her. Photograph: ©PacificCoastNews.com **FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE** **E-TABLET/IPAD & MOBILE PHONE APP PUBLISHING REQUIRES ADDITIONAL FEES** LOS ANGELES OFFICE:+1 310 822 0419 LONDON OFFICE:+44 20 8090 4079

What’s your typical air travel outfit?

As we were flying back from Hawaii this weekend, I looked across the aisle and spotted a woman in a down jacket, asleep. It looked so nice: the warmth and the rest, both of which can be elusive.

I always bring long pants (with pockets, of course) and a long-sleeved shirt expressly for the plane ride—and as I’ve shared before, I always have a pair of warm socks in my carry-on pouch of essentials—but it’s always still colder than I’d like on flights.

Still, it would never have occurred to me to bring a down jacket to Hawaii, where I gladly spent the entire week basically wearing a cover-up over alternating bathing-suits. Some of the actual clothes I brought never even made it out of the suitcase! The more I thought about it (and the colder the cabin got), however, the more it makes sense: It could serve as a jacket, a blanket, or a pillow—and they make really light ones these days. This one even folds into itself, it’s so small (only 10 ounces).

The other day I read another surprising idea on Flygirl that has stuck with me: pack a disposable heat wrap. It’s a bit extreme, but it might be worthwhile for getting some sleep on a long-haul flight.

Some other ideas for keeping warm on cold planes (when you’re otherwise packing light for the heat): 
Tuck a HeatTech inner layer into your carry-on.
Make a habit of bringing a warm scarf that can double as a blanket—or buy an actual travel blanket.
Tote an empty thermos and a favorite tea. Hot water is always available.

Do you get cold on flights? How do you prepare? I usually layer up, but it’s trickier when you’re going someplace warm. 

P.S. Travel Gear for a baby or toddler. 

[Alexa Chung ©PacificCoastNews.com. Sidenote: dress by Stella McCartney—similar here]

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