It only takes one long-haul flight for anyone to understand that what they wear on that flight is extremely important. Wearing the right clothes will play a huge role in whether your flight will be enjoyable or excruciating. If you have a long flight coming up, make sure you’re fully prepared for it by having the following articles of clothing with you.
This is one of the most important things to bring on board. A shawl wrap will make you look effortlessly sophisticated, but it’s so much more than that. It can also double as a blanket to wrap yourself up in when the air gets a bit too cold (and you know it will). Something like a sherpa-lined shawl wrap or a blanket scarf is guaranteed to keep you warm and comfortable while you try to squeeze in a nap on the plane.
This one is easy to overlook since many of us are so focused on finding clothes that we will be comfortable in, but sunglasses are a big part of that equation ... especially when the person in the window seat MUST have the window open. Keep your eyes protected from the sun that comes through the plane windows by donning a pair of oversized black sunglasses. The cherry on top is looking fabulous in them.
Although walking through the airport in a pair of slippers might be frowned upon, having them in your carry-on all ready to slip onto your feet once you’re in the air is an idea you’ll thank us for. Let’s face it: there’s nothing comfortable about being in a cramped airplane seat for hours at a time, so why not make yourself as comfortable as possible? Having a luxurious pair of slippers will definitely help with that. Slip into a pair of shearling fur-lined moccasin slippers or suede leather slip-on slippers, and your flight will be all the better for it.
Although a travel kit isn’t technically something you wear (although it is something you can throw over your shoulder), it is arguably the most important thing to take on a plane. It will contain all your “survival” gear necessary to enjoy a comfortable flight. Use a travel kit as your carry-on and load it up with everything you need to keep yourself hydrated, nourished, and entertained. When packing your travel kit, remember to include skincare essentials, such as makeup wipes, moisturizer, and lip balm. Your skin will get very dry in the air, especially if you will be flying for hours. Also, include a refillable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated throughout the flight. As far as sleeping gear goes, pack an inflatable neck pillow, some earplugs, and an eye mask. If airplane food doesn’t appeal to you, pack snacks like trail mix, jerky, dried fruit, and little chocolates in your travel kit. Make sure you also have things like a toothbrush and toothpaste, hand sanitizer, and your favorite lipstick to help you freshen up right before landing.
Save the form-fitting tops or tight, restrictive clothing for another time. When you are traveling, a loose-fitting top is your friend. Wear a loose, short-sleeved shirt or camisole with an oversized sweater for good measure. Something like a button-up cardigan or women's cashmere sweater both work nicely for long-haul travel. Keep in mind that you should wear something you can sleep comfortably in, especially if you are taking an overnight flight.
You can indeed be both chic and super comfy at the same time, and there is no better time to be both than on a long-haul flight. The last thing you want is to be stuck on a 14-hour flight in a pair of bottoms that have a scratchy material or fit too tightly—and in turn, make your time in the air miserable. The material of your pants is extremely important when you are going to be sitting for extended periods of time. Opt for something like Starfish pants or leggings. You’ll thank yourself for it.
The air gets cold when you’re at 30,000 feet. Instead of wearing uncomfortable shoes the whole time, you can opt to keep your feet warm and cozy in a pair of fuzzy socks. It will feel so much better than wearing big bulky boots or sandals.
Finally, don’t forget to pack your backpack the things you need to keep yourself entertained, such as a book or notebook, magazine, e-reader, and headphones.