If you're planning a long-distance flight, one item you shouldn't forget to pack is a pair of compression stockings. But with so many options available, how do you choose the best one for your needs? Here's a step-by-step guide to help you make the right choice.

Step 1: Understand the Purpose

Compression stockings, like the ones available in our compression socks collection, are designed to improve blood circulation in your legs, reduce swelling, and prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) during long flights. They apply pressure to your lower legs, helping blood return to the heart more efficiently.

Step 2: Choose the Right Compression Level

Compression stockings come in different compression levels, measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). For most travelers, stockings with a compression level of 15-20 mmHg or 20-30 mmHg are sufficient. However, if you have a specific medical condition, you may need a different level. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making a decision.

Step 3: Get the Right Fit

The correct weight of compression stockings for long flights should feel snug but not overly tight. They should be comfortable enough to wear for several hours. Measure your legs (both the circumference and length) to ensure you get the right size. You can find a variety of options in our compression socks collection.

Step 4: Consider the Material and Design

Choose stockings made from breathable, moisture-wicking material to keep your legs comfortable during the flight. Knee-high stockings are usually recommended for travel.

Step 5: Know When to Wear Them

Put on your compression stockings before you start your journey and keep them on throughout the flight. You should also keep them on for at least 2 to 3 hours after the flight to ensure optimal blood flow.

Remember, while compression stockings can make your flight more comfortable, they're not a substitute for moving around during the flight. Try to get up and walk around the cabin every couple of hours, and do some simple leg and foot exercises while seated.