who travel frequently know that the best way to dress for airplanes is as comfortably
as possible, especially if flying on an extended flight of more than four hours.
It sounds logical enough but the truth is that some people get themselves in a
state of flux trying to figure out what to wear on a plane. Here are some simple
solutions to help with your decision.
Travelers: Many professionals today travel four hours or more by plane
just to attend a one-hour meeting. Quite often, they'll fly in the night before
and attend a meeting in the morning after returning home that same afternoon. In this
scenario, it's best to fly in sweats or comfortable jeans and sneakers. An overnight
carry-on will hold your business attire, which easily holds your casual clothes
on the return. You can also switch into your sneakers for the return trip home
for maximum comfort.
feet tend to swell on airplanes so wearing a comfortable pair of shoes that have
the capability to expand, such as sneakers or moccasins, is the best bet. Swelling
makes boots very difficult to remove after a long flight, and heels near impossible
to get back on.
People on vacation already are of the mindset to travel comfortably
so they wear shorts, sleeveless shirts, and flip-flops. This may be too light
for your personal safety. Airplanes tend to fluctuate in temperature; some can
be very hot while others can be freezing, especially around the foot area. If dressed warmly, you can always remove
items to adjust to a cooler temperature, however, if you're dressed too lightly,
you may end up shivering your way into a cold at the beginning of your vacation
thus ruining it for yourself and your travel companions.
Airplanes are a breeding
ground for colds and flu; a
2002 study from the University of California at San Francisco reported that
one in five passengers came down with a cold within one week of a flight.
importantly is the danger of fire or unexpected landings. While these are both
extremely rare, they do happen on occasion. With the state of affairs
in the world today it's not unthinkable anymore that something ominous could happen.
If there's a fire onboard exposed legs are far more susceptible to heat and burns
than are blue jeans. If there were a sudden dip in altitude, flying objects are
more likely to cut bare skin than if it been protected by jeans or a jacket.
there were a sudden unexpected landing in a region colder than your vacation destination,
would you be prepared to stay warm? And if you had to exit a plane quickly, wouldn't
sneakers give you much more protection and traction to move quicly than a pair
of flip-flops or high heels? Toes, ankles and foot bones injure easily in a stampede of panic.
always best to wear long pants, sneakers, and bring along a jacket when flying.
Wear loose fitting clothes not only for your personal comfort but also for easy
removal in the event a plane is forced to land in water due to mechanical failure or fire.
Should your clothes catch fire, or get too hot, they should be easy to remove.
If the case of a water landing in which you're forced to evacuate, clothes can
become very heavy and restrictive when wet, weighing you down and unable to swim. Clothes that are
easy to remove, especially over shoes, could mean the difference between life
and death. Navy sailors wear bell-bottoms for this exact reason.
Travelers: Nylon attracts heat and burns very easily. In some cases in
can melt to your skin. If you must fly in business attire, wear socks and
sneakers for the flight portion and change into your heels and nylons in the rest
room at the airport. This is also great for getting your power walks in at the
airports. You'll also keep your feet much warmer from the cool air ducts that
line the floors of most planes, which can be very cold on bare feet. Since most
women tend to have circulation problems with their feet, socks and sneakers provide
one solution for many traveling issues. Swollen feet in heels at the end of the
flight may send you limping to the meeting.
and safety are key here. Not only do you want to be comfortable for your long trip
you also want to be prepared for the worst case scenario. When freaky things happen
in flight, no one is really prepared. Panic ensues and people behave in ways that
are unimaginable. So the best possible solution is to prepare ahead as much as
possible in ways that will keep you safe, just in case.