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What to Wear: Air Travel

With long hours in transit, cramped cabins and drastic temperature changes, dressing for travel isn't always easy. Here are five essential items to make your travel more comfortable and convenient.

Layers, Layers, Layers

Temperature roulette is inherent in travel, so you'll need layers. Shawls, wraps, cardigans, sweatshirts, vests and light jackets are perfect. And—but don't go too crazy—the more layers you pile on your body, the less you need to pack in your luggage. If you want to be practical, pack versatile pieces you could reuse throughout your tip.

Breathable Fabrics

Maintain comfort and cleanliness by wearing breathable fabrics—such as cotton, silk and linen that allow air and moisture to pass through. Fabrics that don't let air circulate will hold sweat on the skin, ikely making you feel dirtier faster. Natural fabrics are great. Moisture-wicking, man-made fabrics work, too.

Comfortable Shoes

Pack shoes you've already worn and know to be comfortable, for standing and sitting for long periods of time and for walking miles upon miles. For air travel, you'll want to wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off when passing through airport security.

Loose-Fitting Clothing

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a risk on long flights. To reduce the risk of developing blood clots, avoid tight clothing, nylons and socks that may restrict blood flow through veins. Opt for less-restrictive garments.


If you typically wear contacts, you might want to wear your glasses instead. Because air in plane cabins is dry—usually around 10 to 20 percent humidity—contacts become uncomfortable to wear if your eyes dry out in the arid cabin.

 Written by Cassie Westrate, staff writer for Groups Today.

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