TRAVEL | What To Wear For A Long Haul Flight

Today, I returned home for the first time in 2016.  I’ve been on holiday in Mauritius making memories with someone special and although I’m really tired after a super long flight delay, the flight itself and the time difference, I’m beaming from ear to ear as I’ve had such an amazing time.  Theres lots of things that I like to do while onboard an aeroplane to make my journey as relaxing as possible so that I leave the plan feeling refreshed, such as wearing something comfortable, taking a travel pillow with me and completing my inflight skincare and hygiene routine to hydrate my skin and freshen up (see here some of my favourite in-flight products).

If you’re
expecting to go on a long haul flight soon then you know that you’ll be travelling for a
very long time. It’s really important to be as comfortable as possible for
the duration of your journey so that when you arrive at your destination,
you’ll feel refreshed rather than exhausted. That way, you’ll be able to
enjoy the holiday that lies ahead of you and all of the adventures that it will
bring, whether you’re off to a tropical location or ski resort or even if you’re returning home to one of the many beautiful
Gatwick hotels available.  This year, we stayed at the Holiday Inn in Worth after our holiday and the comfortable nights sleep was very much welcomed after our trip.  We had a long drive home after the airport and wouldn’t have been able to manage it safely without a sleep first!

When it comes to long haul flights, I’ve got them pretty much in the bag.  I’m always comfortable, relaxed and still looking put together when I fly and a lot of that comes down to the clothes that I’m wearing.  But what exactly
should you wear on a long haul flight?

Ladies, yoga pants are your friend!

Yoga pants are
quite possibly the most comfortable pants that you will ever wear, so it is no
surprise that so many women swear by them and love wearing them not only to attend a yoga class, but also out shopping or even lounging about. There probably isn’t
a better pair of pants to wear on a long haul flight, as these will be
comfortable so you can snuggle up in them but they will still have a stylish, relaxed look.

A Scarf

In all of my travel clothing related posts, I always talk about how handy a scarf is when you’re travelling anywhere.  As you travel
through the airport and to your destination, you may encounter varying
temperatures, so one way that you can keep warm is by wearing a light scarf. You can always take
the scarf off to cool down whenever necessary, but this is a great little
accessory to have on hand just in case you get chilly while waiting at the
airport for your flight, or if you get cold while on the plane as this piece also doubles up as a great blanket.

Comfortable shoes

A pair of comfortable shoes is definitely necessary,
as you will be walking quite a bit through the airport, especially if your long
haul flight involves one or more stops to get on several different flights
until you arrive at your final destination. A pair of flats is a great option
for women who typically wear heels. Trainers or sneakers are also a great idea, as they’ll
give your feet the support that they need to not get fatigued from all of the
walking that you’ll do.

Wear layers

Again, you may
encounter varying temperatures until you reach your destination, so layering is
another way to ensure you are comfortable at all times. You may, for example,
wear a t-shirt or cami underneath a long-sleeve top so that you can remove the
long-sleeve top, if necessary, to cool off.

Travel socks

Travel socks will
make your feet feel super cosy and comfortable, and they will also help to
combat fatigue from your long haul flight. They will even prevent swollen
ankles and feet if you suffer from this problem. After all, in addition to
walking a lot, you will also be sitting a lot, so you want to be sure your legs
and feet are comfortable.

With these tips,
you can ensure your long haul flight will be a comfortable and enjoyable one.
You will feel great during your travels, as well as when you arrive at your

What are your top tips for dressing for a long haul flight?

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  1. Tori Gabriel
    January 20, 2016 / 8:59 pm

    Totally agree with the idea of layers! I once sat on a flight in a thick fleece and the air conditioner wasn't working. I was boiling but I couldn't take it off as I wasn't wearing anything underneath.

  2. ana de jesus
    January 20, 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Love your floral trousers! Who did you go on holiday with?

  3. Emma White
    January 21, 2016 / 12:45 am

    I travelled to Australia 3 years ago and that is a long haul flight, I wore jeans and although they were comfy enough I wouldn't wear them again in fact I worse leggings on the way back

  4. Elizabeth S
    January 21, 2016 / 7:24 am

    How fantastic that you've been away holidaying somewhere so nice! I haven't got any helpful suggestions – I've only ever flown on one long haul flight and that was 15 years ago!

  5. Kitty Kaos
    January 21, 2016 / 8:48 am

    Looks like the perfect outfit for flying If I could fly in pjs thought I would the amount of flights I have been on in my last job haha xMiss Kitty Kaos – Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

  6. Stressed Mum
    January 21, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Sounds like you had a lovely holiday, I always dress for comfort and always have water to sip throughout the flight. I have never thought of wearing a scarf though which is a great idea. I don't have to worry about hotels as we live close to Gatwick

  7. Working Mum Blog
    January 21, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    Great tips! I am not planning on any long haul flights for a while. I can't imagine flying with my toddler again until he is older after a nightmare flight we had before Christmas. I have been on long flights in the past though to South Africa and Uganda and I think you've included everything I can think about in terms of what to wear. X

  8. Dannii Martin
    January 21, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    This is pretty much exactly what I wear for long haul flights. I wear flip flops too and then take big fluffy socks for when it gets cold.

  9. Sally Akins
    January 21, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    I haven't flown long haul since my wedding in Mexico in 2001! But I always get very cold on planes, so layers are a must

  10. Helen Dickinson
    January 21, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    This is a great post. I always prepare when we are travelling. I agree that Yoga pants are my favourite item to wear!

  11. Ickle Pickle
    January 21, 2016 / 8:58 pm

    Oh I hope you had a fantastic time – great post and tips. Welcome home! Kaz x

  12. Zoe IKIWN
    January 21, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Yoga pants and layers are such lifesavers for long haul flights, I completely agree with the advice about the travel socks too, my feet and ankles swell terribly so those are a must for me. Love your floral trousers by the way, they look lovely. x

  13. Teresa Bowen
    January 21, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    It's been year's since I was on a long haul flight. It's all short haul trips to Europe these days, but I remember coming back from a sunny holiday to a dreary British winter and freezing on arrival because all my warm clothes were packed in my suitcase so my tip would be to make sure you have something suitable in your hand luggage to pop on in the airport if necessary.

  14. Odd Socks and Lollipops
    January 21, 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Oh wow I bed you had a great time, I always get it wrong when it comes to what to wear on flights, though it's been a while since I have flown. Layering sounds like a great idea

  15. Ursula Ball
    January 21, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    You look glowing in your travel picture and glad you enjoyed your holiday! Being comfy is the way to go when traveling!

  16. Stella Olojola
    January 22, 2016 / 10:41 am

    Comfy shoes and layers are a must. Good to have you back.

  17. Kacie Morgan
    January 22, 2016 / 1:41 pm

    I like to wear leggings on long haul flights for comfort… And a casual, comfy dress.

  18. Emily M
    January 22, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    I haven't been on a long haul flight in yeaaars, so I'll definitely have to remember these tips – especially the flight socks! I always forget and my ankles swell uncontrollably! Glad to hear you had such a good time on your holiday! xemily x ❤ | emilyloula

  19. Catstello
    January 23, 2016 / 12:13 pm

    Cute outfit! I think I will definitely be travelling in a onsie next time 🙂

  20. Rachael Phillips
    January 24, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    Oooo I'm super jealous! Hope you had the most wonderful time and really love the tips! I agree with the yoga pants, comfy clothes are essential if you're going to be sitting for a long time xxx

  21. Maggy Schreibt
    February 3, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Thank you for these great tips. I will do my first long haul flight in May and I am already thinking about what to wear and what to take with me on board. 🙂

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