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Wondering what to wear on a flight to Europe?
Are you planning a 10-hour long haul flight to Europe but have no idea what to wear? Selecting your outfit for a transatlantic flight is a bizarrely daunting task, at least in my experience. Not only do you want to be comfortable throughout the entire journey, but also you want to arrive at your long-awaited destination feeling and looking your best. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time flyer, comfort is key when it comes to dressing for a long flight. I've rounded up my tips and tricks to make sure you're both comfortable and stylish for your journey.
From making the most of your outfit to bring items you'll want in Europe and packing your carry-on to choosing breathable fabrics and packing a change of clothes, we'll provide a roadmap to ensure you arrive in Europe feeling fresh and ready to explore.
So sit back, relax and read on for our top tips on how to dress for a 10-hour flight to Europe.
Comfort is Key
To maximize your comfort during a 10-hour flight to Europe, layering up is key. This means wearing clothes that are easy to take off and put back on, such as a light sweater or a cardigan over a basic tee. You'll have the option to adjust your clothing to the temperature on the plane, which can fluctuate drastically throughout the flight. Particularly in warmer months, the time spent on the tarmac can be extremely warm, but once you've over the Atlantic, you'll find yourself reaching for the weird airplane blanket. Don't forget to wear close-toed shoes. Not only are "flip flops" not appropriate for Europe, but your toes will be freezing mid-flight. We'll talk more about shoes later.
Additionally, wearing layers allows you to be prepared for any weather conditions you may encounter upon arrival in Europe.
Layer Up & Chose Breathable Fabrics
To maximize comfort during a long-haul flight, it's essential to ensure that you are comfortable from the inside out. The key to achieving this is by layering up. Not only does this help regulate body temperature, but it also enables you to adjust your clothing as necessary. Layering up lets you be prepared for any weather conditions you may experience when you arrive at your destination.
In addition to the practical benefits of layering up, it's also a stylish option. You can mix and match different pieces to create unique and fashionable outfits. For instance, you might opt for a simple t-shirt paired with a cozy cardigan or a denim jacket.
However, it's important to bear in mind that layering up doesn't mean you have to wear bulky clothing. You can create a streamlined look by choosing lightweight and breathable materials. This brings us to our next tip: choosing breathable fabrics.
Chose Breathable Fabrics
When selecting your outfit for a 10-hour flight to Europe, it's important to not only consider style but also comfort. One key factor to keep in mind is choosing breathable fabrics.
Breathable fabrics such as cotton, linen, and bamboo allow air to circulate and prevent overheating. These materials are ideal for layering and can be used to create a comfortable yet stylish outfit. Opt for lightweight knitwear or a relaxed-fit blouse to wear with your favorite pair of jeans or leggings. These fabrics are also easy to care for and can withstand the wear and tear of frequent travel.
Moreover, choosing breathable fabrics is also a great way to combat jet lag. Your body temperature plays a crucial role in regulating your sleep-wake cycle, so wearing breathable materials can help you maintain a comfortable temperature, allowing you to rest and recharge during your flight.
When it comes to dressing for a long-haul flight, comfort should be a top priority. So, remember to choose breathable fabrics to keep you cool and comfortable throughout your trip. And speaking of comfort, don't forget about footwear.
Don't Forget about Footwear
When planning your outfit for a long-haul flight, it's easy to focus solely on your clothing, forget about your footwear, and cram your feet into whatever's near the backdoor as you rush to the airport. However, choosing the right shoes can make a big difference in your comfort before, during, and after your long-haul flight.
First and foremost, opt for shoes that are easy to slip on and off, as you'll likely be taking them on and off during security checks. Sneakers or slip-on shoes are great options. As I mentioned, flip-flops are not appropriate in Europe, your feet will be freezing on the plane, and, frankly, you do not want to be barefoot going through airport security. Ew.
In addition to ease of wear, consider the level of support your shoes provide. Walking around the airport before or during your flight can help prevent stiffness and improve circulation, so choose shoes that offer adequate support for your feet and ankles.
Lastly, think about the climate and conditions you'll be facing upon arrival. If you'll be walking around a lot upon arrival, comfortable and sturdy shoes will be key.
Curious about the shoes you'll need in Europe? Check out the full post: Europe Travel Shoes
Accessories You Can Wear on Your Trip
Adding the right accessories to your outfit can elevate your style and take your travel outfit to the next level. Take this outfit opportunity to plan ahead and wear items you can sport multiple times when you're across the pond.
Scarves are a great way to add some color and texture to your outfit, and can also keep you warm if the airplane gets chilly. A statement necklace or earrings can add some sparkle and glam to a simple outfit, while a belt can cinch your waist and add some shape to a loose dress or shirt.
Additionally, a hat can not only add some personality to your outfit, but also keep your face protected from the sun upon arrival. Sunglasses are a must-have for any flight, and a stylish pair can make you feel like a celebrity as you walk through the airport. Lastly, a tote or backpack can be both practical and fashionable, allowing you to carry all of your essentials while still looking chic.
By adding the right accessories, you can turn a basic travel outfit into something stylish and comfortable.
Practicalities: A Full Change of Clothes
By following the tips outlined above, you can rock a comfortable and stylish outfit during your 10-hour flight to Europe. However, it's important to remember that even the most comfortable outfit will feel stale after hours of sitting in the same clothes. And while you obviously hope you'll arrive at your much-researched European hotel to be told they've been expecting you and have prepared your room bright and early for their lovely American guests, the reality is, your room is almost never ready at 10 AM Europe time.
That's where packing a change of clothes comes in handy.
Consider packing a lightweight blouse or shirt that you can easily swap out with your travel top, or even a fresh pair of leggings or pants.
When choosing your change of clothes, think about the type of activities you have planned once you arrive. If you're heading straight to a fancy dinner or business meeting, pack something dressier that can easily transition from day to night. Alternatively, if you're planning on exploring the city opt for something comfortable and practical.
By packing a change of clothes, you can ensure that you feel fresh and put-together upon arrival at your destination, no matter what the day may bring.
Thanks for stopping by!
Dressing for a 10-hour flight to Europe doesn't have to be a nightmare. Remember to prioritize comfort, layer up, choose breathable fabrics, and pay attention to your footwear and accessories. And don't forget to pack a change of clothes for when you arrive at your destination. As you board the plane, keep in mind that a comfortable and chic outfit will help you feel confident and relaxed throughout the journey. So, pack your bags, grab your passport, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Remember, as Coco Chanel once said, "Fashion fades, only style remains the same." Safe travels!
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