Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 02:54 pm

Before Covid-19 hit home, wondering what to wear whilst flying consisted of choosing items that were both comfortable and stylish – these days it’s all about staying safe and keeping harmful germs at bay

If you’re freaking out about flying during the coronavirus pandemic, put your mind at ease with these safety tips on what to wear.

Safety first

No, we don’t recommend you don a Hazmat suit and lab goggles like Naomi Campbell.

However, it goes without saying that keeping your nose and mouth covered in a 3 layered face mask is an absolute must.

Wear a pair of disposable gloves and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth at all costs. You can change your gloves frequently throughout your flight, but remember to throw them away in an enclosed bin.

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You can also keep your hair covered with a cute beanie or cap.

Keep it cool and comfortable

Wear breathable fabrics that won’t cause you to break out into a sweat.

With it being winter, wearing a pair of leggings or sweatpants, hoodies with pockets (very handy to keep all your bits and bobs) and cotton tees are perfectly acceptable. You can layer your look with a scarf or shawl and a carry-on cardigan to keep the chill away.

Shoes that are easy to put on and remove are the wisest choice when it comes to footwear – save the heels for another occasion!

If you have to dress the part, make sure to pack another set of clothes in your carry-on luggage to change into after you land – just remember to seal your worn clothes in an air-tight plastic bag to wash later.

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Circulation is key

If you’re pregnant, suffer from restless legs syndrome, deep vein thrombosis or have any pre-existing medical issues, remember your compression socks which not only increase blood flow, but prevent swelling too.

Choose a small bag

For all your carry-on essentials, choose a bag that is simple, practical and compartmentalised to hold personal items like your laptop, purse and change of clothes

You can also choose a hands-free option like a back-pack.

What NOT to wear

  • Tight and uncomfortable clothes and shoes – it’s pretty self-explanatory.
  • Strong fragrances – we’re already dealing with wearing a face-mask, don’t make it any more unbearable for others!
  • Short and skimpy clothes – it’s not about being modest, but keeping yourself covered in a potentially contaminated environment.
  • If you can help it, opt to wear glasses instead of contact lenses – the aircon is likely to be on full-blast to circulate fresh air, this can make your eyes dry, itchy and sore.
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Remember these all-important safety tips:

  • Keep some hand-sanitiser close by.
  • Bring along sanitising wipes to clean all surfaces you sit in.
  • Avoid eating and drinking.
  • Avoid using the toilet.
  • Avoid touching your eyes.
  • Make sure you social distance – even in the plane!
  • Wash your hands thoroughly once you step off the plane.
  • Once you get to your destination, remove your clothes and shoes and disinfect yourself with a shower or bath.