Compression Stockings and Long Flights

Compression Stockings and Long Flights

October 2018

When flying long distances, many people chose to wear compression stockings. Compression stockings help reduce swelling, increase comfort, improve blood flow, and most importantly, lower your chances of getting deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a form of blood clot that can cause serious medical problems.

Compression stockings come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, so it can be hard to know exactly which one is right for you. If you’re specifically looking for compression stockings to wear during a long haul flight, you’re going to want to find ones that fit just below your knee and have a slightly snugger fit than those used to keep you comfortable at work.

Unlike the medical grade compression stockings often recommended post-vein-surgery, in-flight compression stockings can often be bought over the counter. Research undertaken by The Lancet has found that a knee-high compression stocking of 20-30 mm Hg was sufficient to minimize DVT in the calf.

If you’d like more information on compassion stockings, or would like to purchase a pair specifically for travel, get in contact with our team and we’ll provide you with some options.