Planning and packing tips

What to wear for a long haul flight

September 15, 2015 (Last Updated: June 2, 2021)
by Carolyn

Deciding what to wear on a long-haul flight can cause a bit of anxiety amongst travellers. With the flight to Europe from Australia taking around 24 hours, it’s essential that you wear comfortable clothing but what should your travelling outfit consist of?

The outfit pictured below is what I wore on my recent flight to Europe:


Note: the items shown are not the exact items I wore but are similar.

  • Black stretch pants
  • White short sleeved t-shirt
  • Blue cardigan
  • Blue scarf
  • Beige jacket
  • Black shoes (flats)
  • Compression socks/stockings

Before finalising your travelling wardrobe, consider the following:

What is the climate you are departing from and the climate you are travelling to?

I usually travel to Europe for the months of June and July which means I’m departing Australia in winter and arriving in Europe in summer. 

Because of this, my travel outfit includes a cardigan and a light jacket so that I stay warm on the way to the airport and on the flight but can easily remove the top layers when I arrive at my destination.  

Do you get cold on flights?

I tend to get cold on planes, particularly when I’m sleeping, so having a light jacket that I can put on is essential for me.

Can the majority of clothing items you plan to wear on the flight be worn at your destination?

On this year’s European holiday we experienced very warm weather and there were only a couple of occasions (mainly at night) when I needed to wear the cardigan.

Whilst the jacket may not have been required during my travels, I don’t regret taking it as on previous trips we’ve experienced a cold snap and it it’s handy to have in case of a cooler day.

Like to know what to pack for your European holiday?  One of my most popular articles includes a Packing List for a Summer Holiday in Europe

Make sure the clothing you choose to wear on your long-haul flight:

  • Is comfortable around the waist
  • Isn’t too bulky
  • Looks smart – comfortable doesn’t mean sloppy
  • Doesn’t crease easily

When choosing your shoes, make sure they aren’t too tight and that they allow a bit of room in case your feet swell during the flight. Flat slip-on shoes are my preference.

What my husband wore on our long-haul flight to Europe

Taking into consideration all of the above factors, my husband’s travelling outfit comprised:

  • Dark jeans
  • White t-shirt
  • Long-sleeved button up shirt
  • Light jacket