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Plus Size Holiday Airline Travel: 4 Hacks for Success

Plus size holiday airline travel can become unbearable. In addition to the small seats on the airplane, the holidays add the stress of crowded airports and planes.

Tips for Plus Size Holiday Airline Travel

To maximize your comfort and minimize your stress, consider these four travel hacks:

1. Travel when the plane is least crowded.

Even during the holidays, planes are less crowded over night (i.e. from 9 PM to 6 AM). Flying on the holiday itself will also be significantly less crowded than flying a few days before or after the holiday. For example, two uncrowded flight dates are Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Read More

Plus Size Travel: 10 Tips for Better Trips

Traveling under any circumstance can be trying; but, plus size travel can be downright disheartening.

Challenges of Plus Size Travel

Plus size travel can be difficult for several reasons:

  • Seating may be uncomfortable…or worse yet, it may not be structurally safe. (Breaking a chair can be really embarrassing!)
  • Activities might be restricted…either by your preferences (“I don’t think I would look good doing that”) or by weight or size restrictions (“The weight limit for this ride is 250 pounds.”).
  • Spontaneity is not possible…you need to do a lot of pre-planning to make sure that you will “fit” in your vacation.

But, don’t give up. Travel can be fun. And, it can be easy. You just need to plan ahead, do a little research, ask a lot of questions and don’t be afraid to step up and do what is necessary for you to have a good time. Read More

10 Must Haves for Plus Size Travel

Wait! Don’t close that suitcase. In addition to those flip flops, make sure you have these 10 items ready to go for your plus size travel enjoyment.

Planning for Plus Size Travel

For Travel Must Haves


1. Car or airline seatbelt extender. There is no reason to jam yourself behind a seatbelt that is too small. The airline can usually loan you a seat belt extender (just ask the flight attendant when you board). If you are traveling by car, a seatbelt extender makes sure the seat belt is positioned correctly and comfortably.
2. Wide suitcase. If you are larger than size XL, your clothes are wide, requiring more folding to fit into a standard size suitcase. Lots of folding means that your stack of clothes ends up taking up a lot of room in your suitcase, resulting in you having to pack fewer clothes. Look for a wider suitcase. Oh, one more thing, don’t forget to buy a suitcase with wheels!

For Comfort Away from Home

3. Petroleum jelly. After a long, hot day of walking, you will welcome a little petroleum jelly (i.e. “Vaseline”) or a stick antiperspirant for thigh chafing. Just coat the area in the morning and about every two hours. A beeswax product, such as Surgeons Secret, also works great to avoid chafing.
4. Cottonelle purse pack. This small package of pre-moistened towels will come in handy for a variety of personal cleansing and cooling actions.
5. A place to sit down. Having a foldable stool will come in handy when you need to stand in line. The mesh seat and retractable legs provide a handy seat to soothe tired legs and feet.
6. Comfortable shoes. Nothing can kill a fun day like a pair of sore feet. Pack at least one pair of shoes with good support…you’ll be surprised at how much more active you can be during a day when your feet don’t hurt. Consider New Balance, Sketchers or Vionics for maximum comfort. Read More