SHIPPING AND RETURNS ARE ON US - MORE DETAILS
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What to Wear On a Long Haul Flight 


Travel expert Brent Wallace shares three key things to consider before you hop on a plane.

By: The Editors | Photos: Elizabeth Brand

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Whether it’s checking into your flight, remembering to bring your passport or trying to maximize every inch of your suitcase, there are a million things to think about before a long trip. But what’s often forgotten in the mix is preparation for the flight itself. And when you’re six hours into a long haul flight, what might have once seemed like a small detail turns into very big deal. For travel advisor Brent Wallace, founder of blog Where’s Brent Been, these details matter. Here, he shares what you should wear, bring and plan for before you check in.

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What to Wear

When you’re sitting in one place for hours at a time, comfort is paramount. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. “I like looking polished but comfortable on a flight. A jean can work on a shorter flight but I prefer a pant with stretch on longer flights,” says Wallace. He suggests great cuts and fabrics that allow for a movement (see our Bidwell Pant) and says layering is never a bad idea. “I love a cardigan or sweater layered under a blazer if I am heading into the dead of winter from sunny Sydney.” Wallace also suggests a pair of well-tailored pants that fits perfectly around the waist, so that you can ditch the belt. “A belt is such a nuisance to travel through airport security with though, anything that cuts down time at security check points is important to me,” he says.

 

 

Fabrics for the Win

The right fabrics, like our Kaymace™ and Ontace ™, can be the unsung heroes of your flight. Wallace suggests anything with a bit of stretch – “to keep me looking fresh after being curled up for hours” – as well as picks like a cashmere sweater to keep things cosy. Breathability is also key: “You need to be able to breathe and feel comfortable for up to 24 hours. Feeling fresh is the key to feeling great and beating jet lag,” says Wallace.

 

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Entertain Yourself

These days, most flights come packed with ways to keep your brain occupied. But that doesn’t mean you can’t (or shouldn’t) bring your own entertainment. Wallace suggests bringing a tablet stocked with magazines and shows of your choice, as well as laptop or phone for work. “Bring along enough travel chargers – you can’t afford to be without power,” he advises. When you’ve had enough stimulation, Wallace suggests bringing along some tools to shut out the rest of the world. “Bose noise-cancelling headphones are a must, and eye shades and ear plugs are always essential.” Especially for tuning out the thundering snores of the person sitting next to you.