Choosing what to wear when going on a long haul flight can make what is often a long, boring and gruelling experience a little more comfortable and less hassle if you choose wisely. If like many of us you dress for the destination that you’re going to, you’ll probably find that half-way in you’re shivering thanks to the fact that planes turn their air-con up pretty high. This might not be too bad on a quick flight to Spain, but a 22-hour flight to Australia and you’ll feel like a block of ice. But, if you wear warm clothes on the plane, you’re going to be sweating as soon as you step off.
What to Wear on Top
When it comes to picking tops, it’s all about the layers. You’ll want to be able to layer up on the plane if it gets a bit chilly, but still be able to be comfortable and cool as soon as you get off. A vest top or a t-shirt is a good idea followed by a cardigan, light jacket or sweater that you can take off once you reach your destination. Choose something that’s comfortable such as an oversized jumper and avoid clothes that are tight or restricting which could dig in and cause discomfort during the flight.
What to Wear on the Bottom
When picking bottoms to wear for your flight, steer clear of anything like tight jeans with buttons that are going to dig in and be uncomfortable when sat down for long periods of time. Leggings are an excellent choice as they are stretchy and comfortable, or if you’re not a fan of wearing leggings, jeggings are a good alternative – just make sure that you choose a pair with a stretchy waistband and a bit of room. Cotton stretch trousers are also an ideal choice as they’re comfortable and breathable as well as smart looking.
The shoes that you wear should be comfortable and not too restricting as your feet might swell on the flight especially if you’re sat down for hours at a time. Flat leather slip-on shoes are an ideal choice, as they’ll expand if your feet do swell up a bit, making sure that you stay comfortable. Sneakers or ballet pumps are good alternatives, but it might be a good idea to take an extra pair of socks along for if your feet get cold thanks to the air con. Or, you could just pack a comfortable pair of slippers in your handbag and change into them during the flight.
An oversized scarf or pashmina is a good accessory to take as it can double up as a blanket and help to keep you warm and cosy if the air con gets too cold. Most airlines provide travel pillows on long haul flights, however you might find it’s a good idea to take your own as well. Since the air on planes can get quite dry, lip balm is a must.
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