Travel Compression Socks – A Detailed Guide

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What are Travel Compression Socks?

Travel compression socks (also sometimes known as compression stockings) are design to encourage blood flow and circulation in your legs during air travel (or when you’re sitting down for long periods of time).

These socks are designed to prevent blot clots forming in your legs, which can lead to swelling, DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and fatigue, among other things.

Who Needs to Wear Travel Compression Socks?

Compression socks can be worn by anyone, but they are most useful for those who suffer from blood clots or blood circulation problems and those who’re either pregnant or obese.

In addition to this, women who suffer from arthritis, varicose veins, leg ulcers and lymphoedema (among other things) will benefit greatly from the healing effects of compression stockings.

Compression Stocking for Pregnant Women
Pregnant women are highly susceptible to varicose veins, so they are often advised to wear maternity compression stockings to help reduce the effects of this ailment.

These maternity stockings can also help prevent (or reduce the effects of) leg cramps and swelling that are common during most pregnancies, as they increase blood circulation in the legs and aim to reduce the ‘heavy legs’ sensation that most pregnant women feel.

Travel compression socks

The Benefits of Wearing Compression Socks

As I have previously touched upon, when you’re sitting still for a long period of time (such as on a plane ride or a car journey) the blood flow in your legs can slow down and stagnate significantly.

Using travel compression socks will keep the blood flowing in your legs, and will stop you from feeling drowsy and fatigued.

People often note how wearing these socks leaves them feeling refreshed and free from any kind of pain they might normally experience.

How to Buy Travel Compression Socks

Want to know how to buy travel compression socks? Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Consult Your Doctor – If you have a history of blood clots, bad circulation or you’re pregnant, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor before traveling. Your doctor will be able to advise you about which medical compression socks you should be wearing during the flight as well as other ways you can prevent fatigue and swelling.

Consider Sock Size/Length – Travel compression socks can be found in a whole variety of lengths – from ones that go all the way up to the knee or thigh to regular sized socks. Generally, the more you want to combat blot clots and fatigue, the larger sock you should buy (as the more it’ll have). Note that sizes of compression socks for men and women aren’t a whole lot different – like most socks these are often unisex.

Will You Be Washing Them? – If you plan on using your compression support stockings on multiple occasions, it might be best to buy ones that are machine washable, as not all compression stockings are designed for this purpose.

Think About the Style and Color You Want – Typically, travel compression socks aren’t the most fashionable item of clothing, so if you’re planning on using them (and still want to look good) you might want to think about getting ones that will blend in with/match the outfit you’ll be wearing, as compression socks can now be bought in a wide variety of colors

Buying Your Compression Socks – Travel compression socks can be bought either online (from sites such as or from local pharmacies. For a first-time buyer, I recommend getting them from a pharmacy, as the staff there will be able to guide you in your purchase (to make sure you get the right ones).

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