A Former SQ Girl Shares 7 Things You Shouldn’t Do On Flights
Dressing for a flight can be almost as difficult as packing for one! So it’s good to have a few easy-to-follow tips from a travel expert like a former SQ girl to let us know what’s better to wear on to flights (and also what to carry one). This way you can stay comfortable and also minimise the inconvenience that other passengers might face as well.
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After all, let’s face it – when you’re all crammed into tiny seats for the next 22 hours, everyone just wants a fuss-free, polite flight experience. With that in mind, this former SQ girl is going to enlighten us on what we should and shouldn’t be wearing on a flight. Follow these simple hacks to be guaranteed a comfortable trip!
Text: Aaron Kok/The Singapore Women’s Weekly/March 2018
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Do not wear tight-fitting clothing
The seat space is already tight enough, why make yourself more uncomfortable by wearing tight, restrictive clothing? Besides discomfort, fitted clothes also restrict blood flow, which can result in deep vein thrombosis.
Instead: Loose-fitting clothing is good for breathability and movement.
Do not wear boots or heels
In the event of an emergency, chances are you’re going to have the lose the shoes — which would be sad. But even on a normal flight, there’s a chance you might lose your balance in heels and no one wants an injury so far away from a doctor.
For boots, it’s more annoying from a practical point of view, especially since you have to take them off during security checks and lace and unlace or buckle them. It’s annoying to say the least.
Instead: Flat mules you can slip on and off easily
Do not wear perfume
When you’re in an enclosed space, odours get intensified (both good and bad). So if you’ve got perfume on for a long time, it’s going to get recycled in that stale air — which might not be a great thing.
Instead: Wear clean, freshly-laundered clothes that are odour-free (and just hope the people around you are doing the same).
Do not wear unbreathable or synthetic materials
Going back to the point of clothing that can breathe. Materials like nylon or leather are bad because they don’t wick away swear or allow your skin to breathe. That means you’ll end up feeling sticky, sweaty and smelly — which isn’t good especially on long-haul.
Instead: Wear breathable fabrics like cotton, linen or silk.
Do not wear mini skirts
This suggestion is for hygiene. As clean as it might look, you should know that your seat is never going to be 100% clean and so you’ll want to make sure that you keep the parts of your body that come in contact with the seat covered — which obviously a mini skirt — or teeny tiny shorts for that matter — won’t do.
Instead: Opt for a midi skirt or even full-length denim jeans.
Do not wear white
This is particularly good to follow when you’re on a long-haul flight because who knows what’s going to happen in those eight to 10 hours. It could be turbulence or clumsiness but there’s no guarantee your white is going to stay white all throughout your trip.
Instead: Wear dark colours or busy patterns which could hide any possible stains.
Do not wear a bulky coat
You’d be surprised at the number of people who wear a huge coat and then ask for it to be hung up during the flight. Unfortunately unless you’re in Business Class (or higher), that coat is going to be your responsibility during the flight. If overhead luggage space gets filled up, you do not want to be stuck holding that bulky coat the duration of the flight.
Instead: Layer clothing so that you have the freedom to take off/put on whatever you need to stay comfortable. Plus they’ll be thinner to pack in your suitcase.