Why Wear Compression Socks for Travel

Traveling over the holidays? Here’s why you should wear compression socks.

Not only is being in a cramped car or airplane for a long time uncomfortable, but it can increase your risk of developing DVT. Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein, most commonly in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis.

Graduated compression socks and stockings are a great way to prevent discomfort when traveling and any associated risks that come with it.

Graduated compression socks for travel

Graduated compression socks are snug-fitting socks that are designed to support your veins and increase circulation and blood flow in your legs. They also reduce swelling and prevent blood from pooling in the legs and feet, which lowers your chance of developing a blood clot.

Graduated compression socks are typically knee-high and usually go up to the top of your calf. The graduated compression means they are tighter around your ankle (with the most mmHg of pressure) and get looser as they move up the garment towards the knee. This promotes the healthy circulation of blood from your ankles back up to your heart.

There are plenty of benefits to wearing graduated compression socks for travel.

Benefits of wearing compression socks for travel

  • Increase circulation
  • Reduce tension and tiredness in legs
  • Prevent swelling in feet in legs
  • Reduce the risk of DVT  
  • Assist in jet lag recovery

Tips for keeping legs healthy when traveling

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing and adjustable shoes
  • Leave yourself plenty of legroom and elevate feet when possible
  • Pass on the salty food and alcohol
  • Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration
  • Get up, stretch your legs and move when you can
  • Rotate your ankles, point and wiggle toes and flex calves while seated
  • Don’t cross your legs when you’re flying

Pro Tip: When you are traveling, the minimum pressure rating you would need is 15-20 mmHg. Anything above 15-20mmHg is typically recommended by a medical professional.

Best compression socks for travel

Whether you’ve booked a short trip or a long flight, we recommend a good pair of graduated compression socks to keep your legs comfortable and happy. There is a wide variety of compression socks available in different materials and styles, including sheer, cotton, wool and more. Some are plain and traditional, and others are fun and stylish. Ultimately, it is up to your preference!

Some compression socks are sized by your shoe size, while others require certain leg measurements. If you're not sure how to measure your legs, click here.

Mediven Comfort
15-20 mmHg Knee High

Therafirm Core-Spun Patterned
15-20 mmHg Knee High Compression Socks

15-20 mmHg Knee High

Jobst Travel Sock
15-20 mmHg Knee High

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