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What to wear on a long haul flight

Every now and then I get to turn left upon boarding and head into the pointy end of the aircraft which elicits a ridiculous, slightly overwhelmed grin from ear to ear as I make to way to my fancy seat and pick through the goodies – with a glass of bubbles, of course.

What to wear on a flight

In my flying suit and ready to go!

But sadly that is not my normal day in the office. Normally I turn right along with the rest of the throng, squawking babies, potential snorers and there will always be one person who, while you are asleep, sneezes loudly enough to bring the plane down if it wasn’t for the hand of God.

Here are my essential tips for making a long haul flight (almost) pleasant:

I take a small wheelie cabin bag (which can serve as checked luggage on the way home should I go on a spending spree), but in it I pack these essentials:

Loose fitting pants – Actually I’m already wearing this. My flying outfit has barely changed in 5 years. I wear black leggings with an elasticated waist and layer a black long sleeved top and a black tunic. If I’m heading somewhere warm I’ll wear my boots on the plane (but see point #3).

Cardy or pashmina – For a bit of colour and practicality I layer a long cardigan which can be whipped off if it gets too warm and rolled up to create a sleeping nest. A pashmina or scarf serves the same purpose.

Slippers – I whip my shoes off the minute I get to my seat and put slippers on. Even if the airline supplies free socks, slippers are essential to prevent your stockinged feet from stepping in something wet in the bathroom…

Neck pillow – I forced my brother to buy one of these last week. Get a soft fabric squishy one and if it has a little dome to hook it at the front it can hang on your cabin bag when wheeling through the airport. I often wear mine back-to-front when sleeping to keep from lolling forward too. He loved it!

Earplugs – finally I pack earplugs (the silicon kind) for squishing into my ears to prevent the aforementioned squawkers and sneezers from interrupting me. Well, not too much anyway.

Neck pillows on planes

Kids love neck pillows too! This is my niece heading for home in the Caymans x

What tips do you have? Feel free to share below 🙂

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!