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What would you wear on a long-haul flight?

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AngelinaJolly Thu 29-Oct-09 07:18:30

All the way to Australia. With 2 little DDs to attend to/ distract/ placate. <I'd like supremely comfortable without raiding my gym kit!>

And any good tips for the flight whilst you're there?


BlueKangerooWonders Thu 29-Oct-09 07:33:12

on the flight - layers. Start with secret support type top, it sometimes gets madly hot on long flights. Plenty of pockets, nothing plain coloured as dc and cabin staff will spill something down you! Plus warm but light top layer for when dc (finally) fall asleep on your lap and need covering.

In fact, your gym kit sounds ideal - you'll never see the other people on the plane ever again, and you'll need space to expand(waist, ankles etc!). Slip on shoes are ideal.

Hair away from face as it'll get static, but no pony tail so that you can't lean back!

And never, never look in the mirror in the loo - the lights are too unforgiving...

thighsmadeofcheddar Thu 29-Oct-09 07:39:30

Agree with kangeroo, layers (cotton). I usually wear black or dark colours for any spillages. I also usually take a full change plus new knickers etc. And take a full change for the kiddies too.

savoycabbage Thu 29-Oct-09 07:48:10

I wore a dress with sleeves and wool tights. I was very comfy. My dc's wore PJs the whole way. They also had those fleece suits which they put on when they were supposed to go to sleep.

EldonAve Thu 29-Oct-09 07:51:24

I go with sweats myself and put the kids in the similar

Agree about the spare clothes but I would take x2 for the kids

bloss Thu 29-Oct-09 07:56:15

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PavlovtheWitchesCat Thu 29-Oct-09 08:01:28

i like the idea of swanning through the airport in a pair of tight jeans, high heal shoes, sunglasses, makeup, looking cool as a cucumber.

In reality, I wear tracksuit bottoms, or comfy jeans, soft shoes, light t-shirt/shirt with a cardi/light jacket in my bag. I often do wear a little make-up, with some remover pads and moisterising foundation in my hand luggage, just to keep me feeling human, hair back away from face and take a spare t-shirt and knickers to change into later in the flight/towards the end.

Also, if you can have your hand luggage as a small rucksack with lots of pockets rather than over the shoulder it will make it easier to look after/chase your dds around the airport.

echt Thu 29-Oct-09 08:07:42

Wear cheap ugg-style slippers to accommodate swelling of the feet. Do not wear jeans unless they are loose-fit/boyfriend style.

Baby wipes will clean everything, including, scarily, gloss paint smears, though that will be the least of your problems.

Agree with all else.

Watch all the films.

Demand drink.



Oh - MASSIVE queues on the way out, because you are, like, foreign.

Welcome to Australia.

AngelinaJolly Thu 29-Oct-09 12:53:48

Thank you- brilliant advice you lot, so I'm thinking:

soft bra/ bra-camisole
cotton jersey dress (henley-style)
cotton leggings
light cardi
slipper-socks <shudders at memory of getting socks wet in on-board toilet>
selection of headbands/ bobbles to keep hair off face.
spare knicks
cleansing, moisturising wipes
a wee bit of make up (psychological prop!)
pockety rucksack bag

PJs or simple leggings/ top combo
2x spare sets of everything
wet wipes

loads of stuff for them to do

the promise of a shower at half way point...
and a 1/2 litre of beer as soon as we get there grin

thighsmadeofcheddar Thu 29-Oct-09 12:56:28

Oh yes one more thing. Chocolate buttons! Essential for keeping children in seat during long taxis on plane.

AngelinaJolly Thu 29-Oct-09 13:54:16

Yes, Cheddar- duly noted! smile

womblingalong Thu 29-Oct-09 14:01:18

shawl/scarf/balnket for if the children/you get cold/want to sleep. Where are you stopping over. How old are DD's? If it is singapore airport, there is a pool on the roof. Towels are provided, so if you can stick your cozzies in yr hand luggage, you can have a refreshing swim and a shower before you re-board yr flight. Makes you feel refreshed and relaxed for the next leg of the journey.

p.s. yr list sounds good

roary Thu 29-Oct-09 14:44:00

I have, for my sins, flown to Australia 3 times with DD (now 19 months). Once by myself.

POCKETS. What you wear has to have 'em, for lip balm, ear plugs (essential) and small bits for dd(s).

citronella Thu 29-Oct-09 14:54:41

Is the pool only for business/first class or can mere minions use it as well?

EightiesChick Thu 29-Oct-09 14:54:42

I wore dark colours travelling with my DS (then 7mos) and came off covered in light coloured milk stains. Hopefully your DDs are past that stage, otherwise the only really safe option is something patterned. smile

Agree in general with the other clothing advice. Definitely schedule in a shower at your stop. I would also say don't wear anything too heavy/woolly as I found it pretty warm on board - plus there are always blankets so it's easy to warm up but not so easy to cool down if you have nothing lighter to change into.

Bleh Thu 29-Oct-09 15:00:20

I've never done Australia-length long haul, but done others. I would also recommend - tissues (in case toilets at any point run out of paper), deodorant, moisturiser to slap on during the flight. Otherwise, lots of wet wipes. LOTS.

MustNotEatCake Thu 29-Oct-09 15:25:15

Have done this trip many times, both with & without dcs

sticker books for dcs are my fave on-board activity.

watch out for random chocolate in the kids' meals ... last time we flew, every single meal had chocolate in some form.... milk, cereal, bars ... I was like, do you want your other passengers to have an awful flight?? bring me fruit!!!

I usually wear - lounge trousers/ yoga pants with pumps and jersey top, with a cami/ tank top to change into on arrival. Big wrap to double as blanket during sleep times and to give air of antipodean insouciance on arrival when tossed around shoulders. Big sunnies. Facial wipes. Lip gloss. If no shower, then wet wipes & deodarant. Spare knickers or panty liners.

so jealous!! wish I was going home for summer. Have a fab time.

mum2boys3girls Thu 29-Oct-09 15:52:10

My uniform smile

KristinaM Thu 29-Oct-09 16:55:57

moisturiser - apply often, the air dries your skin

buy bottles of still water once you are airside

loose comfortable clothes - i agree, you will never see the other passengers again grin

bloss Thu 29-Oct-09 17:00:02

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AngelinaJolly Thu 29-Oct-09 19:39:52

We stop to refuel at Dubai on way out and Singapore & Dubai on way back. Any idea what Dubai airport is like...? DDs will be 3 1/2 and nearly 2 so not hopeful for a swim but shower will suffice if I get the chance.

MNEC- we're going in Easter- but we've just bought the tickets so I am already nervous excited about the flight. Should still be hot in Brisbane? and Whitsundays? grin grin <will send you a virtual Tim Tam!>

MustNotEatCake Thu 29-Oct-09 19:58:11

oh, it's always hot in Brisbane and the Whitsundays .... sigh

am holding you to the Tim Tam!!

hannahsaunt Thu 29-Oct-09 20:17:41

Many, many wipes. On leg 1 (so fortunately just Aberdeen to Heathrow) en route to Oz, ds2, then 2.5yo, did a weeks worth of poo in one go - went everywhere and he had to be stripped and virtually showered in the on-board loo. Clothes had to be binned ... Would agree re sticker books. We also had laptop so they could watch their own tat DVDs.

AngelinaJolly Thu 29-Oct-09 20:20:33

Re: Showers... can you hire/ borrow a towel rather than carry a damp one in hand luggage for half the journey???

<clings to hope of a half-way-stop shower (as well as a beer upon arrival)>

AngelinaJolly Thu 29-Oct-09 20:30:42

Oh no Hannahsaunt- must have been something to do with cabin pressure! And there's nothing like a long haul flight for making you constipated.

We did go to Oz when DD1 was 2 months old (I was still in maternity wear and in first-baby shock back then) and she was brilliant until just before landing when she did a huge vomit all in her thick hair. Then "bing" the seatbelt lights came on and I had to hold my stinky sticky babe and didn't get the chance to change her until after she'd met her new Aussie grandparents. smile

I like the laptop idea and will be stocking up on Charlie & Lola mags and stickers.

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