What to Wear on a Long Haul Flight

What to Wear on a Long Haul Flight

Our Xmas holiday in Dominican Republic is getting closer, and I am getting super excited and a bit worried at the same time.

Why excited? The vision of stunning beaches with white sand and turquoise sea will always beat the long grey and wet winter days here in the UK, no doubt about it. We have been spending last 3 Xmas holidays away, escaping to get some winter sun and heat, and we love it.

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One of the reasons we do so might be as we have almost no family here in London, so it is much easier to escape and enjoy Xmas abroad.

Some people might say that Xmas on a beach is not very traditional, but I got used to that years back when I moved to sunny Sydney,and easily got used to spending Xmas day on Bondi Beach.

What I do miss is the white snow and frosty mornings I was used to when living in my home country, the Czech Republic, but then we always visit during the February half-term holiday when we go skiing.

And why am I worried about our trip? Well, this is going to be the longest flight we will be doing with both girls. The longest so far was to Egypt, about 4.5 hours. This time it will be double this so let’s hope we have everything we need to survive and maybe enjoy the long haul flight.

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Spare Clothes

After many years of flying with my girls I have learnt that you should always remember to bring a change of clothes, not just for the kids but for yourself too!

I will never forget when we flew from Prague back to London, and Isabelle vomited all over my t-shirt and I had nothing to change into! The looks of some passengers were let’s say not very pleasant, and I did not blame them….

Comfort & Style

From my  5 years’ experience flying to Syndey, I know that comfort is what counts but also that you do not necessarily need to compromise on style.

Activewear

My husband often travels to the US because of work, and I love the fact he flies in his track pants in business class! Of course he still goes for some trendy looking pair, not the stretched knees tired looking one he wears when mowing our lawn.

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Dark colours are also much suitable as you never know what you are going to spill or sit into!

Another of his favourite is always wearing a short-sleeved t-shirt and a hoodie. Sometimes it gets so hot on the planes and wearing a t-shirt is the best idea, but once you get super tired and feel like sleeping, putting another layer, a hoodie in this case, will make you feel comfortable and will hopefully help you drift away!

Socks

You would think that this is not worth mentioning but after so many flights I have seen loads of people without socks on planes! First of all, consider the other passengers, it’s unhygienic, and also imagine all the dirt you get on your feet! Let’s not go there!

Some people go for the compression socks. I have never tried these, but might be a good idea if you struggle with swollen legs?

Shoes

When it comes to shoes, I do love wearing heels. I actually did so on my first flight to Sydney in my early twenties, believe it or not, also wearing a suit, but that was my first and last flight I made that mistake.

These days I go for trainers or canvas sneakers. Again, comfort is the most important thing, and you can get some very trendy sports shoes to look stylish!

I would not recommend flip-flops for the safety reasons. They might be comfortable, but if you need to start running between the gates to catch your next flight, these might make you miss it.

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Light jacket

Unless you fly to a winter destination, I would have a light long jacket on hand as getting out of a plane into windy and rainy conditions might make it much more pleasant.

This can also serve as a blanket if needed!

Large bag

To store all your belongings you will need a large bag that is easy to open, ideally with a few large pockets to put a few things away.

I prefer a bag with long handles and a zip on top to keep everything safely together.

My Long Haul Flight “must have” list:

  • a spare t-shirt
  • a Lip balm
  • a pack of tissues
  • refreshing wipes
  • wet wipes
  • mints
  • facemask
  • earplugs
  • long scarf
  • sunglasses
  • water bottle
  • inflatable pillow
  • travel size make-up (mascara, moisturizer, hand cream, perfume, pressed powder)
  • travel size deodorant
  • Paracetamol
  • pen
  • entertainment
  • mostly healthy snacks

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Here you have it! All my tips on what to wear on a log haul flight and what’s on my must have list. I would love to hear what your tips are and if there is anything else that needs to be added to the list. Please Leave a comment below.

In collaboration with Jacamo

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8 Comments

  • Maria Rogers December 5, 2016 5:19 pm

    Lots of layers too especially if going from one climate to another!

    • Mirka December 7, 2016 9:26 am

      A fab tip, thanks!

  • Hannah Wood December 10, 2016 9:59 am

    Some very helpful information on this post.

  • Oli Marshall December 10, 2016 1:09 pm

    This article made my smile a little as I also experienced a trip with an accident and no clothes to change :). For me was even worse as my little boy had an explosion in his nappy and he was sitting on my lap at the time! So, thank you for the clothes-to-change reminder and other great tips.

  • Bernie Egerton December 10, 2016 4:31 pm

    I always get changed into lounging gear once on the plane and take some comfy socks so I can take off my shoes. A must are slip on shoes if I need to use the bathroom

  • Sam McKean December 13, 2016 11:26 am

    Some great tips, thanks a bunch!

  • Lindsey Stuart December 16, 2016 9:42 pm

    Fantastic tips! Spare clothes is always very handy, I have never thought about packing spare clothes for myself but I sure will do that now 🙂

  • Kate Grogan January 4, 2017 7:55 pm

    Some really good tips – compression socks are good for most adults as they do stop DVT which can happen to anyone at any age. Try to keep moving too!

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