Long Haul Flight Tips as a Plus Size Girl

How to cope with a long haul flight as a plus size girl

In November 2018 I went to Florida and it was genuinely a holiday of a lifetime, 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). The journey there was the first time I'd been on a plane for 4 years, and the first time I'd flown long haul, with the longest flight previously being 5 hours. 

There are a lot of differences between long haul and short-haul flights and especially the comfort while travelling. With a shorter flight, it's much easier to grin and bear it as it's usually over in no time at all but with an 8 hour+ flight I needed to put serious thoughts into how to cope with the flight as a plus size girl so i thought I'd share all my tips for long flights with you


Long Haul Flight Tips 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 while flying 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, I could just settle into my seat and prepare for the flight. I had a handbag with all my essentials in which was small enough to sit under the seat in front which I found a much better way to travel.

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. Having your seatbelt fastened is a legal requirement so it's important that you can stay comfortable. If it's a long haul flight there's probably going to be a point you want to take a nap which would be difficult if your seat belt was straining

Footwear

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

Seating

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

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 means 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

Long Haul Flight Tips


What are your long haul tips?

8 comments

  1. Your trip sounded wonderful. Great tips!

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  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 | charlotterick.com x

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

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  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. :(

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

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  4. Hi Alice! I just wanted to let you know that I think this is an awesome guide for flying for plus sized ladies! I consider myself plus size too but probably on the "lower end". So flying is no issue for me. But my mum is fuller sized and it broke my heart to see how afraid she was of flying because of it. She always worried that she would be "in other people's way" because of it. And that she might need a seatbelt extension (she didn't). If I knew that you can actually purchase them, I would have recommended it to her 100%. In the end, my parents decided to fly Business Class - but obviously, not everyone can afford it. So this will actually help people like my mum. Thanks for sharing it - and I hope no one is EVER unkind to you on an airplane just because of you being a bit curvier!

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    1. Hi Sarah,
      Thankyou so much for your kind words and I'm so pleased you found the post helpful

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