Air travel is often a mix of different climates. From a warmish terminal, to a hot tarmac, to an arctic air-conditioned cabin during the flight to a warm terminal again and then you have to deal with the local conditions at your destination. To help you with the extremes of different climates here are my 7 suggestions on what to wear on a plane.
Layers, Layers, Layers
My biggest tip is to wear layers of clothes when you travel on a plane. This way, you can take off or put on a layer of clothes as the need be. Which in turn, helps you to maintain optimal comfort during your flight. You don’t want to freeze during your flight and end up arriving with a cold at the other end nor do you want to boil and be unable to cool yourself. Another advantage to wearing layers on your person, the less you need to pack in your luggage.
Cottons, linen or silk are great fabrics that breath. They allow air and moisture to pass through them providing you with more comfort. Basically if you wear fabrics that don’t allow air to circulate around your body they will hold sweat on your skin and more than likely make you feel dirtier faster and cause you to smell quicker. So breathable fabrics are a must during your flight.
Another thing to consider about what you will wear on a plane is to ensure you wear layers that are loose-fittingt. Loose fitting clothing (pants, skirts and tops) help to reduce the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) by not restricting blood flow through the veins. On long flights you may spend a long time in a cramped seat so feeling comfortable in your clothing is a must.
Comfortable, simple shoes
Comfortable, simple shoes that are flat and easy to get on and off are a must for your flight. You will be standing, sitting, walking, etc. before, during and after your flight and so your shoes need to be comfortable. And if you need to take them off to go through the x-ray machines you need your shoes to be easy to get on and off.
Compression leg wear
Although I have said it is advisable to wear loose-fitting clothes it is highly suggested to wear compression socks/stockings during long flights. The socks or stockings help to promote blood circulation which helps to prevent swelling of the legs and DVT.
Clothes with lots of pockets
As airlines can be very strict with their carry on luggage having clothes with pockets where you can store items for your trip can be useful. You could easily put your packet of tissues, lip balm, ear phones, etc. in to a pocket. This way you don’t have to keep accessing your carry on luggage for those little things during the flight.
Don’t throw all your fashion sense out of the window just because you are taking a flight. There are many functional clothes out there that are stylish and comfortable and loose fitting that you can wear on a plane. It is amazing by adding a scarf, some jewellery or a nice pair of flat shoes that you can be comfortable and stylish.
So there you have it, my 7 suggestions of what to wear on a plane. I hope you have found them useful and will implement them next time you fly. Happy Travels.
Hi. I’m Sharyn. I have travelled most of my life thanks to my dad who worked for an airline. I have created LiveWorkPlayTravel based on my travels from around the world to show you how you too can travel and work abroad and online to travel longer and better. Read more.