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Jennifer Nagu: What to Wear on Your Next Long Haul Flight

Ultimately, comfort should play a huge part in your wardrobe choices for long haul flights, however, creating the right balance between style and comfort will do the trick.



It’s summer time, and flying long haul for your vacation can be daunting, because it entails traveling across many time zones, sitting for long hours, and experiencing harsh cabin temperatures. This can cause you to feel uncomfortable, jet-lagged, and lethargic.

But, according to experts, wearing the right clothes and footwear can help your body cope significantly with the strains of flying long haul. Ultimately, comfort should play a huge part in your wardrobe choices for long haul flights, however, creating the right balance between style and comfort will do the trick.

Jackets and cardigans
Jackets and cardigans are essential for long haul flights. They can create warmth, and at the same time be stylish for both men and women. The long flowing jackets are a better option, and they can be worn over loose fit t-shirts, tank tops or body suits. Cabin and airport terminal temperature can be extremely cold overnight, and you need that extra clothing to protect you from extreme temperatures.

Scarves can be of multipurpose use on long haul flights. They can be used as a deterrent against cold, as a fashionable piece, and can be folded into a pillow when you need to take a power nap on any of the seats at an airport terminal. I missed a Qatar Airways flights from Changi Airport to Doha, and my scarf was my blanket for the twenty-four hours I had to wait.

Compression socks
After seating for long hours, some people are prone to getting deep vein thrombosis, caused by a formation of blood clot in the veins of the legs. Its symptoms include swollen feet, swelling, redness and heaviness of the feet. Compression socks will protect your feet against this and other germs.

T-shirts can be comfortable and stylish for long haul flights. It is common to see lots of people layering up, with t-shirts and jackets over them for warmth, comfort and style.

Joggers are a travel essential for most airline passengers of today. They are made comfortable enough to let you sit for long hours and help you maneuver through airport terminals without a glitch. They are semi fitted, slimming and stylish without being too tight.

Flats and sneakers
Comfortable footwear like flat shoes and sneakers are a good option for long haul flights. It is important to note that the feet may swell as a result of sitting in one position for long, so good footwear can help protect the feet and prevent swelling.

Back packs and carry-ons
Your carry-on bag is an essential part of your wardrobe, and it should be lightweight and large enough to carry everything from your boarding pass/passports to your smartphone, headphones, sunglasses, hand creams and so on. It keeps you organized and helps to sort through airport and airline procedures easily.

Jennifer Nagu is a Lagos based Freelance-writer, editor and Aviation professional, specializing in Aviation, wellness and travel related matters. She has published work with notable media platforms across Africa, like Ynaija of the Red media group, Guardian Nigeria Newspaper, New York based wellness publication Thrive global, founded by mogul Arianna Huffington and Ndalo media's Habari Magazine. She holds a degree in communications from Covenant univerity and an IATA diploma in Airline Quality diploma from Geneva.

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