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  • #16
    My work travel is generally a pretty casual affair (often involves outdoor testing), so I'm usually in jeans. The big thing I've learned is the value of the front shirt pocket. It's such a handy place to stash stuff when you're in a cramped airplane seat. I always feel a little naked when I don't plan accordingly and end up wearing a pocket-less shirt to fly in.

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    • #17
      The last year or so I've had to take a few business trips... one of them to the Philippines which was roughly 24 hours of traveling each way. Usually I wear jeans and a polo, and perhaps a sport coat. On the Philippine trip I ditch the sport coat in favor of my GR1 (backpack) for practicality reasons and stuck with jeans/polo. By the time I got there, my clothes were gross. At the risk of oversharing (so sorry, but now you've been warned), I tend to run hot and sweat quite a bit - especially under stress for which this sort of travel is a source. To combat that on the way home, I wore a tech polo and BR CoreTemp chinos. Much cooler, and more comfortable but I still managed to sweat through them quite embarrassingly. I suppose I'll be back to jeans next time. They aren't as comfortable, but hide the sweat far better.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Mr. Charles View Post
        The last year or so I've had to take a few business trips... one of them to the Philippines which was roughly 24 hours of traveling each way. Usually I wear jeans and a polo, and perhaps a sport coat. On the Philippine trip I ditch the sport coat in favor of my GR1 (backpack) for practicality reasons and stuck with jeans/polo. By the time I got there, my clothes were gross. At the risk of oversharing (so sorry, but now you've been warned), I tend to run hot and sweat quite a bit - especially under stress for which this sort of travel is a source. To combat that on the way home, I wore a tech polo and BR CoreTemp chinos. Much cooler, and more comfortable but I still managed to sweat through them quite embarrassingly. I suppose I'll be back to jeans next time. They aren't as comfortable, but hide the sweat far better.

        I know what you mean. I fly to Asia 3-4 times per year and the temp on the plane gets to 80+ I swear. For those trips I wear my normal flight clothes on the plane, then before takeoff go to bathroom and change into shorts and tee shirt for flight. About 1 hour before landing I change back.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by joekloo View Post
          I know what you mean. I fly to Asia 3-4 times per year and the temp on the plane gets to 80+ I swear. For those trips I wear my normal flight clothes on the plane, then before takeoff go to bathroom and change into shorts and tee shirt for flight. About 1 hour before landing I change back.
          What are 'normal' flight clothes? And what carry-on are you using to be able to fit in a change of clothes plus usual plane stuff (headphones? computer? books? etc.). Thanks.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Mr. Charles View Post
            The last year or so I've had to take a few business trips... one of them to the Philippines which was roughly 24 hours of traveling each way. Usually I wear jeans and a polo, and perhaps a sport coat. On the Philippine trip I ditch the sport coat in favor of my GR1 (backpack) for practicality reasons and stuck with jeans/polo. By the time I got there, my clothes were gross. At the risk of oversharing (so sorry, but now you've been warned), I tend to run hot and sweat quite a bit - especially under stress for which this sort of travel is a source. To combat that on the way home, I wore a tech polo and BR CoreTemp chinos. Much cooler, and more comfortable but I still managed to sweat through them quite embarrassingly. I suppose I'll be back to jeans next time. They aren't as comfortable, but hide the sweat far better.
            You’re not alone. Had a flight to San Diego last year from Dc. Cramped middle seat next to two guys over 6’ and wider than their seats. My air vent didn’t work. I was miserable and drenched before we landed. Landed went to the bathroom and threw my t shirt away and grabbed one out of my travel bag. Given the cramped nature of flights it’s not worth it to me to wear nicer clothes.

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            • #21
              I normally dress casually when i travel. Nice fitting / hemmed jeans and a tucked in polo / tee shirt (plain - not logoed etc) with shoes / drivers. I dont want to be restricted or stuffy when i travel. If i have a meeting right when i land that obviously will change my outfit up a whole lot.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                What are 'normal' flight clothes? And what carry-on are you using to be able to fit in a change of clothes plus usual plane stuff (headphones? computer? books? etc.). Thanks.

                Sorry - I meant my normal travel outfit (Sportscoat/chinos). I always fly with a small carry on roll suitcase and by briefcase. I am lucky that my company pays for business class for me on flights over 8 hours when my stay is only going to be a few days. I will carry my shorts and tee shirt in my breifcase and in business class they will hang up my sportscoat for me and there is plenty of room in business class to store my pants and shirt.

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                • #23
                  I have a Filson roll-aboard that I have taken on about 700,000 miles worth of trips. Fits up to 5 days of business or business-casual clothing. It is just breaking in. On the plane, I generally wear the more casual side of what I wear to work - chinos, Nordstrom button down shirt, dress shoes. I usually take a more casual jacket like a Baracuta G9 for the plane. It is practical for flying but still fairly presentable for an engineer like me.

                  Lately, when I have had to fly on Sunday it’s been in denim and a hoodie, but still decent shoes like desert boots and a nicer shirt.
                  Mark

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                  • #24
                    Thanks [MENTION=12664]joekloo[/MENTION] I asked about being able to change in to different clothes and stash those clothes in the carry on because I did something similar when I flew to Hawaii. I wore cold weather clothes to the airport, then switched to warm weather clothes when I was changing planes. I had a hard time getting the clothes stashed, but I was likely using the wrong carry on bag.

                    [MENTION=16314]motosacto[/MENTION], do you have a link to your Filson bag that you can take on the plane?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                      Thanks [MENTION=12664]joekloo[/MENTION] I asked about being able to change in to different clothes and stash those clothes in the carry on because I did something similar when I flew to Hawaii. I wore cold weather clothes to the airport, then switched to warm weather clothes when I was changing planes. I had a hard time getting the clothes stashed, but I was likely using the wrong carry on bag.

                      [MENTION=16314]motosacto[/MENTION], do you have a link to your Filson bag that you can take on the plane?
                      Turns out they're on sale at Sierra Trading Post - they got really expensive (like lots of Filson stuff), and they're not spinners. Here's a link. My usual rig is this bag (in tan) with a black Filson computer briefcase.

                      https://www.sierra.com/filson-22-rug...tcase~p~636mx/
                      Mark

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                      • #26
                        100% of my trips are long-haul over-night flights where I will be sleeping for 5-8 hours (hopefully), therefore I choose to skew towards comfort based on where I'm going. Normally this means indigo jeans, an OCBD untucked and Sambas or Killshots or Stan Smiths. So still look presentable but not dressy...I am warm natured, so wearing a sport coat through the airport is not appealing to me. I usually try to arrive the day before work, so I have time to acclimate and refresh and see the city I'm in before starting the work week. If not, I will try to check into the hotel early on the way to work to shower/change or will do so at the office if it's one of ours with on-site showers/gym.

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                        • #27
                          As I write this I am sitting at an airport, waiting to board my flight. Current wardrobe:

                          Dark Jeans
                          White OCBD
                          Adidas Samba shoes
                          Rolex Explorer II (since I'll be in a different time zone)
                          Uniqlo Dry-EX hoodie

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by DocDave View Post
                            As I write this I am sitting at an airport, waiting to board my flight. Current wardrobe:

                            Dark Jeans
                            White OCBD
                            Adidas Samba shoes
                            Rolex Explorer II (since I'll be in a different time zone)
                            Uniqlo Dry-EX hoodie
                            I like the combo of Rolex + cheap hoodie.

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                            • #29
                              depends; usually I travel for business with enough time to check in hotel so this is my usual:

                              1. suit jacket/blazer
                              2. crisp white tee in summer/spring or OCBD fall/winter
                              3. dark jeans
                              4. watch
                              5. white sneakers or dress shoes

                              for leisure:

                              1. light outerwear jacket
                              2. OCBD or nice tee
                              3. dark jeans
                              4. sneakers
                              5. watch

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                              • #30
                                All you business travelers are so dapper, but I suppose that's appropriate. I only travel for leisure, so it's comfy stretch jeans and a polo or henley at most, but usually some sweats or shorts, a t-shirt, sneakers, and maybe a light jacket and sneakers... But depends where my destination is.

                                Heading to Hawaii tomorrow for best friend's wedding weekend, and out to dinner with everyone right after landing, so I'll be dressed up compared to my normal flight attire in my featherweight selvedge, short sleeve floral print button up, and a seersucker sport coat. Will post that in WIWT tomorrow.

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