Last Updated on October 28, 2020
Long haul-flights suck, I guess we all agree on that! No one would take such long flights unless the other part of the world to which you are traveling is worth it!
However, choosing the right outfit for such a long and exhausting journey can be a real challenge except for those who know the secret!
#1 – Layers, Layers, Layers
While on an airplane you will usually notice that the cabin is an assemblage of various disparate micro-climates. This means that the temperature is never set to comfortable, that’s why you find yourself sometimes feeling too hot or too cold.
I hope I’m not the only traveler on earth feeling as so!
So, since in-flight blankets are dodgy, you have to take the matter into your own hands! The best way you can handle such situation and fight the temperature discomfort is to layer—yes, layers can fix it all!
Layering helps you be ready for all climate situations on the airplane. Plus it gives you the option to remove or add a layer depending on how hot or shivering you are feeling. Personally, I always make sure to wear layers, such as a large cotton scarf that I can double as a wrap when I’m cold.
Pashminas, shawls, wraps, cardigans, jackets, and many other layers are also a good example of useful layers. Layers are versatile and can be used for many different purposes.
If you are warm and don’t feel like wearing them, you can roll them and use them as makeshift pillows during your flight. Another advantage of wearing layers is packing less in your luggage and therefore saving valuable space in your suitcase. Layers are the key to your ultimate comfort, especially, for mid-season travelers, who find it hard to predict the changeable climates.
For a practical use, you’d better purchase a bag, like the one from Baggu, in which you can put your extra layers when it’s warm. The latter bags are very flexible, as they take very little space and can also be squashed up and stuffed into your pocket for reuse.
#2 – Breathable Fabrics
In such a crowded and packed out teeny space such as the aircraft, wearing synthetics is totally not a good idea. Not only they don’t provide comfort but also they are not good with sweat absorption and will make you feel dirtier faster.
Unlike the natural, healthy, and breathable fabrics, synthetics block the air and don’t allow it to circulate. This will usually lead to irritation, body odor, and the list is long.
For the sake of your own health and comfort, you’d better opt for natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen. They are just great and allow air to pass through. Moisture-wicking man-made can also be a suitable option!
#3 – Support or Compression Legwear
Socks, stockings, compression legwear, or whatever you like to call them are great for a varied set of reasons. They are the perfect choice for pregnant women, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and surprisingly good for frequent travelers and passengers who travel for very long hours.
Compression legwear can be purchased at any drug store and also from travel-supply stores like Magellan’s. Wearing this kind of support legwear prevents the swelling of the legs, promotes the circulation of the blood, and increases blood flow by putting a certain pressure on the leg’ muscles.
Most of the doctors strongly recommend the good quality and effective compression stockings, as they are very effective in protecting you against deep vein thrombosis (DVT), especially if you are a pregnant woman or already suffering from vascular issues or any other related problem.
#4 – Comfortable, Simple Shoes
When on long flights, it is best to wear comfortable, flat and easily slip-on and off footwear. Should you always take into consideration the long hours you will be spending in-fight.
Let’s not forget, the time you will be sitting, standing, and walking before you finally reach your destination. We shall be honest, traveling is such an extremely tiring experience but it is worth it!
So, in order to make your experience more enjoyable, the first thing you should ever start with is your shoes. Wear something that you can quickly remove without worrying much about laces and straps. Keds Skimmers are very comfortable shoes.
They are cute and make you feel like wearing your comfy sneakers. CitySlips and higher-end Tieks for women are also my favorite shoes to wear when traveling. Similarly, Toms are comfortable and can be the perfect choice for both sexes.
These remain my most preferable shoes but if you feel more comfortable in any other shoes, very simply wear them. All you need is to make sure that they provide support and comfort!
#5 – Clothes with Lots of Pockets
Overpacking automatically means higher luggage fees are awaiting you! To avoid paying such torturing charges, you should think like a genius.
Oh, yes, in this case, you should definitely buy that Scottevest Travel Vest, which is considered to be among the 10 best Travel Clothes to Wear on the Road. It serves as a jacket and also as a wearable carry-on bag.
In fact, there are several choices in the market, and among which is The Ultimate Travel jacket from Orvis. The latter is more similar to a fishing jacket but has many pockets that you can use to carry lots of things.
Since nearly every airline allows you to bring one free carry- on bag depending on a particular size and conditions, wearing double duty garments is an idea worth considering!
#6 – Loose-Fitting Clothing
As it has been mentioned before, in-flight cramped seats are everything else but comfortable. This means that sitting in the same seat and in the same position for hours without being able to move around may arise potential health issues, such as deep vein thrombosis.
According to the University of Washington Medical Center, the traveler can reduce the risk of getting DVT by avoiding very tight clothes, socks, and fabrics such as nylons. The latter can prevent the blood from circulating properly into the veins.
The Medical Center also adds that it is better to opt for loose-fitting clothing, such as A-line skirts, loose-fitting dresses, or more comfortable straight- or large-leg pants. And of course, completely avoid wearing the skinny jeans or leggings.
#7 – Something Stylish
When we say opt for comfortable clothes, we don’t really say you should come in your pajamas! Now you must be confused asking yourselves: how can I be comfortable and still look stylish? Yes, you can.
Comfortable doesn’t mean ugly, right! Keep your outfit simple, comfortable, and add some final touches that make it stylish and attractive. So, why not throw a flowy, fashionable dress on over your compression socks and don’t forget to flash the airline staff with your irresistible smile.