Travelling in the summer season can be marred by crowded airports, hot temperatures on the ground and icey cold Air Con inflight. To put it mildly – it can feel like an obstacle course deciding what to wear in transit.
Have no fear – we are here to help you prioritise and plan your travel outfits for every flight this summer.
Comfort is king
It might seem obvious, but it really is worth stating upfront – 12 hours in an uncomfortable outfit? No thankyou. Opt for loose-fitting, breathable clothing made from soft fabrics like cotton or linen. Avoid tight or restrictive clothing that might become uncomfortable during a long flight.
Layers, layers, layers
As we all know, aeroplanes can have fluctuating temperatures. Be sure to pack layers. Whether it’s a light sweatshirt or a pashmina scarf (a scarf or shawl can also be excellent at making a makeshift blanket during the flight). Dressing in layers allows you to adjust your clothing accordingly. Wear a light sweater or jacket that you can easily take off or put on as needed.
You will thank us for this one. When you’re walking about the plane (including the varying standards of inflight washrooms) you will want your toes safely tucked away. A pair of sneakers are ideal for keeping your feet cosy during the flight. Slip-on shoes are also a good option, as they are easy to take off during security checks.
Whether you wear them to fly, or pack them in your carry-on a cosy pair of socks can add an extra level of comfort while you’re travelling.
Avoid too many metal accessories
There’s nothing more annoying than having to take off tonnes of accessories while you’re going through security – only to have to put them all back on again five minutes later in a busy airport. To breeze through security checks, avoid wearing belts with metal buckles and excessive metal jewellery.
Ditch the neutrals and whites
Wearing lighter colours while travelling is asking for trouble. You can be one bit of turbulence away from spilling dark coffee on your white shirt. Instead, opt for darker shades which tend to hide marks better, along with wrinkles in clothing – which are inevitable on a longhaul flight.
Consider the destination
Dress appropriately for the climate at your destination – as well as the cultural norms of the country you are visiting. If you’re travelling from a cold to a warm climate (or vice versa), you might want to bring some extra clothing to change into upon arrival. Equally, if you’re travelling to a conservative country you may want to think about modest dress for your arrival.