Coping with a long haul flight as a plus size girl

Plus Size Travel Tips You Need

In November 2018 I went to Florida and it was genuinely a holiday of a lifetime like I'm going to really struggle to top it. I went Disney crazy and adored every second of living and breathing the theme parks (if you're planning on going check out my Disney Planning Timeline), but the journey there was the first time I'd been on a plane for 4 years, and the longest flight I've ever managed. A short haul flight never seems too much of a problem because you just grin and bear it, it's usually over within a few hours. But with an 8 hour+ flight I needed some serious thoughts going into how to cope on a long haul flight as a plus size girl

Long Haul Flight As A Plus Size Girl

How is it different? Some people may ask. No-one enjoys long flights right? Absolutely. But if you're not plus size, or on the bigger side you won't understand the additional concerns and issues you can run into so here's how I managed to cope and make my flight quite enjoyable

Pack as much in your main luggage as possible

Planes are not known for being the roomiest of places, and while I know some people like to get every kg of space they can I like to pack everything possible in my main luggage so that I'm travelling quite light on the actual flight, this I always find means less awkward lifting and trying to get things as you'll have your cute handbag with just the essentials

Seatbelt extender

These can be bought beforehand or even ordered beforehand if you think you might edge near the belt limit then get one. It causes no harm at all, if you take your own then only you will know the difference and it is so worth it to be comfortable


This should be fairly self-explanatory but comfy footwear is an absolute must! I recommend trainers or a comfy pair of ballet shoes you can easily slip off. I'd also definitely invest in a good pair of compression socks. Compression socks can help your feet by improving circulation and help prevent swelling and deep vein thrombosis


If you can pre-book seats then do it and make sure you have an aisle seat, it gives you that extra little bit of room as you're not squashed against a window or up against someone else, it also lets you walk up and down the aisle without disturbing your row, if your flight isn't full moving to different seats where there are a few empty ones together also increases your comfort levels


Planning is crucial to enjoying your flight and your holiday. Check out your plane beforehand including seating sizes to see if you need a seat with extra room, check out your destination and have a real think about things that could happen and how you can deal with them such as weight restrictions for certain activities, appropriate clothing and chafing gel for everything! Pre-planning the awkward moments mean they'll be resolved before you go and you're fully prepared for everything.

You've got this!

Most importantly beyond all these tips is to remember what a damn amazing girl you are, like seriously grow yourself a thick skin because some people are just not kind (although interestingly I found America to be so pro-body it was glorious - I even wore a bikini!) Make yourself comfy on the flight, read a book, watch some movies and just tune the world out because in a short time you'll be on the holiday you've waited all year for

Plus Size Plane Travel Tips

What are your long haul tips?


  1. Your trip sounded wonderful. Great tips!

  2. Great tips! I also hate taking too much on a flight - I try to just take the essentials like a book! Glad you had a good trip :)

    Charlotte | x

    1. Me too! I hate being the person dragging luggage around and having to struggle to find somewhere to store it

  3. Exit rows are great for extra space, but keep in mind that they will not let you use seat belt extenders for those--I don't know why. I was horrible embarrassed on a flight once when I had to move from the exit row and they had to find someone for me to switch with--everyone knew. :(

    1. Oh wow I didn't know this! Thanks so much for the comment


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