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6 Things You Should Wear on a Plane

6 Things You Should Wear on a Plane


Dressing appropriately for air travel means knowing what will keep you comfortable on the plane, given the cramped seats and various temperature changes on flights, this isn’t always easy.

Quoted from Smarter Travel, the following six items which provide plenty of comfort plus a touch of style, are essential for any jet-setting flyer’s wardrobe.

1. Layers, Layers, Layers
Air travel is often an assemblage of various disparate micro-climates, from the sweat-inducing sunny tarmac to the arctic air-conditioned cabin during flight. So fight discomfort with plenty of layers.

You can wear a washable cotton scarf or pashmina that’s a large enough to double as a wrap when it’s particularly chilly. You can even fold or roll soft items, like cotton jackets, and use them as makeshift pillows during flight.


2. Breathable Fabrics
Maintain in-flight comfort and cleanliness by wearing breathable fabrics – materials like cotton, silk, or linen.

Fabrics that don’t allow air to circulate will hold sweat on the skin, likely making you feel dirtier faster and probably necessitating a good spin in the washing machine upon landing.

3. Loose-fitting Clothing
DVT is a danger on flights, where travelers stuck in cramped seats for long periods of time are at greater risk for developing blood clots. To reduce the risk of getting DVT, we recommends avoiding tight clothing, nylons, or socks, especially the type that are too tight at the top and/or leave marks on your skin that might restrict blood flow through veins.

So leave your skinny jeans at home and opt for less restrictive garments like A-line skirts, loose-fitting dresses, or more relaxed-or wide-leg pants.

4. Socks
On a more serious note, the floor is usually cold. And, if they pull you aside for further search, you will be walking with bare feet on the cold floor. While mats feel better than a cold floor, there are concerns. Everyone walks on the same mat, barefooted. At least socks provide an additional barrier from the dirty floor.

5. Simple Shoes
It’s best to wear extremely comfortable, mostly flat shoes on the plane – think of your poor feet after hours or even days of sitting, standing, and walking en route to your destination. You will also have to select comfortable shoes that are easy to slip on and off when passing through airport security.

6. Compression Legwear
Compression legwear is a good choice for those with pre-existing medical conditions, travelers taking long-haul flights, and anyone who flies often. The socks or stockings, which promote blood circulation, help prevent swelling of the legs, and help guard against deep vein thrombosis (DVT), work by putting pressure on leg muscles and increasing blood flow.