Reading around online, you’d get the impression that only women care about dressing and taking care of themselves when getting ready to embark on a long haul flight. Well I don’t think that’s necessarily true! After reflecting on my time flying and a lot of trial and error, I’ve put together the other guide to prepping and dressing for travel. Feel free to use the first part as a checklist for packing your bag and the second half as a loose guide for how to dress comfortably.
In your personal bag
Your personal allowance is typically a small bag that you can bring on board in addition to the carry-on stowed in the overhead compartment. This should be full of things that you need easy access to and should be something that can fit under the seat in front of you. For that reason, a small messenger bag or backpack is what I typically use.
Packing it does require a bit of prep work though so use the below as a checklist for what to bring.
A pre-pasted toothbrush is a great time-saver and a great addition to your bag. This will go a long way toward freshening up when you touch down at your final destination.
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You’ll want some strong breathmints for just about all phases of your journey. From the suspect airline food to the long periods of doing nothing, less than desirable breath will crop up. I like Mintia because they are insanely strong and eating one feels like getting smacked in the face by a mint sledgehammer.
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Flights tend to dry out your skin quite so that’s why I bring a mosturizer that helps alleviate the stress of flying and keeps your skin from getting dried out. Bull Dog products are fantastic and I’d highly recommend getting at least hteir moisturizing cream but feel free to grab their facial wash as well.
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This one should be obvious and if it isn’t, shame on you. Bring a deoderant. Even if you apply deoderant before you leave for your trip, it will likely not be a match for the stresses of international travel so you should have a stick with you that you can reapply when the time is right.
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Post landing freshening may require you to readjust your hair after tossing and turning on the flight all day or night. In these situations you may also require a hair styling product. A pomade or a clay typically work best in small quantities and are good after deplaning.
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There are a couple of recommended essentials for keeping healthy over the course of a flight. First, I’d recommend hand sanitizer as you’ll be touching a lot of things that people from all over the world have also touched in a confined space. I’d say this is recommended even when commuting from your home to work so just bring hand sanitizer.
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Chapstick is another great skincare item to have available and handy to you when on a long haul flight. The vitamin E in Burts Bee’s will keep you from drying out and assist in staying moisturized while also smelling and feeling pretty good. This is one of the many products that works for both men and women on this list and serves both equally well.
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Finally, a kindle is a must-have for any regular traveler. An iPad is awful for reading anything longer than a magazine article and the e-ink displays that Kindles have are easy on the eyes. Pack your library in a tiny device and keep your mind occupied for the duration of your flight. The paperwhite version is great because it provides a backlight if you don’t want to use the little lights at the top of the cabin.
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Now what to wear?
Now that we’ve covered off the basics of why it’s important to bring a personal item and how to pack it, it’s time to turn our attention to how you should be dressing for a longer flight.
Breathe a Little
First, and probably most importantly, don’t wear tight jeans. When you have to remain seated for hours at a time, two things will happen. Prolonged inactivity during flight causes swelling in the lower half of your body. This results in your jeans constricting you in all the wrong areas. The discomfort associated with this is not worth it. Wear a relaxed pair of chinos or jeans that are still well fitted and you’ll be equipped to handle the prolonged inactivity just fine.
Bring a good hoodie. It can get cold up in the air and the paper thin blankets aren’t worth the plastic they come wrapped in. If you don’t want to freeze, you need a layer to keep you warm. A hoodie will keep you warm and provide just enough cover if you want to cover your eyes and knock out.
Shoes & Socks
Wear a good pair of socks. Thicker socks are better. The temperature of the floor in the cabin tends to be chilly so for the most comfort you want to keep warm.
For shoes, since you’ll likely be slipping them off at some point either at security or on the plane, boat shoes or low-rise canvas type shoe will work. Any shoe that doesn’t require significant fiddling to remove and put back on works.
Neck pillow. I used to think these things look ridiculous. I still do. But they save your neck a lot of discomfort when it’s time to check out during a flight. You don’t need an expensive one but anything that keeps your neck aligned will work. Don’t bother trying them out in store because you aren’t in the same angle that you will be when you are awkwardly sat on a plane so it doesn’t really translate.
It’s worth it
If you put a slight bit of planning into the day you’ll be travelling, you’ll end up saving yourself a lot of discomfort and hassle. It’s worth putting some consideration into what you’ll be wearing on the day of travel if you want to be comfortable without resorting to the sweatpants and university hoodie look.
If you think I’ve missed anything please let me know, especially if there are additional unbeknownst tips that might work well for both men and women that could help make long haul flights a little easier.