Airline travel and be fun and exciting, but it can also be uncomfortable and inconvenient. There are lots of factors you can’t control — long lines, crying babies, delayed flights — but you can control your comfort level by wearing the right clothing. Know what to not wear on a plane and you can avoid health, comfort, and security issues and get on with your trip.
Uncomfortable or Impractical Shoes
We all have to take them off, put them back on, and then sit for hours in a cramped space. Don’t wear shoes with fussy straps, high heels, flimsy material (like flip-flops), or anything that stops you from moving quickly so you’ll miss your connection or taxi.
Skip pants that have a tight or inflexible waistband. Sitting in them for long will be uncomfortable, and many people bloat on airplanes because of the low pressure. Tight pants can cut off circulation and cause DVT, or Deep Vein Thrombosis, a potentially deadly condition.
Lots of Metal Jewelry
A wedding ring or favorite necklace shouldn’t cause problems, but don’t wear half your jewels to board a plane. It’ll potentially bog you down with extra time at security, so it’s best to either pack or leave your jewelry at home.
Especially when it’s time to use the restroom, you’ll want to skip any complicated clothing. The more snaps, zippers, or straps on your outfit, the less you’ll want to try to reassemble your wrap dress in the phone booth-sized bathroom. Keep it simple!
Pajamas or Dirty Clothing
It’s tempting to just show up for your red-eye flight in your PJs, but your seatmate won’t be pleased if you smell like a laundry pile. Make sure your outfit is clean, comfortable, and presentable. Smells are more obvious in cramped airplanes, and you’ll feel better if you’re dressed presentably.
If you’re a contacts wearer, you’ll know right away how dry the air on planes is the minute you board. Skip the contacts and wear glasses if you plan to read, sleep, or check out the scenery through the window. Your dry contacts could impair your sight, feel annoying, or even dry up and fall out!
Warm Weather Clothing
Even if you’re on the way to Acapulco or coming back from Belize, a lack of layers can make your flight seriously uncomfortable. Planes tend to be drafty, and it’s uncommon to get ahold of a blanket mid-flight anymore. Dress in layers and take them off if you start to feel warm.
Lots Of Perfume Or Cologne
You’ve probably been stuck next to a person in public who smells like an entire department store’s perfume counter. It’s a headache! Use fragrance very sparingly before a flight, or not at all. Your fellow passengers’ noses will thank you!