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What to wear on a long haul flight

Long haul travel

Whether you’re flying for eight hours or in-transit for two days, international flights can be an uncomfortable experience. But choose the right clothes and you can stay fresh, keep warm, and maybe even get a few z’s before you arrive.

Merino tees

Wearing the same clothes for an extended period of time — with no access to showers — will make most us feel a little crusty. But shirts made of merino wool are naturally odour resistant. You’ll keep the whiff at bay and feel fresher for longer.

Merino is also:

  • Stretchy. The fine fibres stretch with your body as needed.

  • A temperature regulator. You can experience a plethora of conditions while you’re on the move — from freezing cold airplanes, to suffocating humidity on the tarmac. Merino’s breathability means it can release warmth to cool you down, and keep you warm when it’s cold — so you don’t have to peel off every layer.

Comfy travel pants

Jeans are great, but they come with limits. They’re slow to dry, uncomfortable to sit in for a long time, and a poor choice if you’re keen to do some physical activities during your trip. They’re also pretty heavy, so if you’re wearing your luggage on your back, you might want to skip them altogether.

Instead, look for a decent pair of travel pants. Something versatile, adaptable, and can offer you the following:

  • An elasticated or loose waistband. Comfort is key for napping, and there’s nothing worse than having denim cutting into your hip when you’re trying to sleep.

  • Have stretch or are a loose fit. You want to keep your blood circulating to lessen the chances of deep vein thrombosis.

  • Warmth. It gets cold up there!

  • Are dark or black. The chance of spillage is high on a long-haul flight, especially during turbulence, meal times, or if you’re travelling with messy, small people.

  • Have a more tailored look. You’ll get more wear out of a pair of pants that you can wear on the plane, on a bike, and at the pub.

You should also consider a pair that:

  • Offer some kind of water repellency. This is a ‘nice to have’ option if you do spill your drink.

  • Are specifically designed for travel. They’ll tick a lot of the boxes above, and might even offer you added extras like secure pockets.

A warm outer layer

Long-haul flights can get seriously cold. But depending on the length of your flight, the age of your plane and the cabin pressure, the temperature can also be wildly unpredictable. The best way to prepare is to dress in layers you can easily remove — but will still keep you warm when you need it.

Fleece
If you’re heading to a colder climate, choose a fleece that you can use as a mid-layer during your travels. Fleece is light, breathable and extra snuggly.

Merino Cardigan
If you need something a bit lighter, opt for a cardigan. These are ideal if you’re travelling somewhere warmer and need your top layer to pack down in your luggage. A merino cardigan is particularly good, because it will offer odour-resistance and offer great warmth — especially when layered over another merino shirt.

The right socks

Some of us suffer from swollen feet and ankles, and some of us can’t stand wearing shoes for that long. If your shoes are coming off, make sure you’ve got a pair of socks to maximise your comfort — and the comfort of your fellow passengers.

Look for:

  • Fleece Socks for breathable, warm, slipper-like comfort.
  • Merino socks for warm, odour-resistant, super-soft insulation.
  • Compression socks to help combat DVT. If you suffer from swollen feet and ankles, chat to a medical professional about the best option for you.

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