With the news about Emirates’ “longest non-stop flight ever” from Dubai to Panama City comes the thought: how would I survive a 17.5 hour flight? The answer to this, along with music, movies, and sleep, is compression socks.
Compression socks are perhaps most commonly recognized as medical devices for treating disorders such as deep vein thrombosis, but they by no means need be restricted to one use only, and in travelling their many functions become clear.
On Your Way
From standing in line for an hour waiting to get through security, to sitting for hours (though maybe not seventeen of them) just getting to your destination can be hard on your legs and feet. Many experienced travelers recommend moderate level compression socks to help. The compression increases circulation and prevents swelling by keeping blood from pooling in the feet. While it is still a good idea to get up every now and then during the flight, for a change of scenery if nothing else, compression socks can go a long way to helping prevent the foot and leg aches that can come from sitting in an airline seat for hours on end.
While You’re There
You know that feeling when you’re sightseeing and your feet get tired long before you’re ready to call it a day? Compression socks can help with that, too. By stabilizing the muscles in the calf they help prevent fatigue in your legs and feet. This means you can keep going long enough to get to the other end of the Louvre, or the best view of Machu Picchu.
AAA Travel Store Recommendation
This moderate compression sock is not your Grandmother’s compression sock. Available in both men’s and women’s sizes, and in a variety of colors they are stylish as well as comfortable. All Sockwell compression socks are made of homegrown, superfine Merino Wool and Bamboo Rayon, which keep your feet dry and comfortable all day, no matter what the weather brings. The graduated compression and arch support give you the boost you need to get through any day, whether it’s at a desk, at a park, or heading up the Spanish Steps. Plus, they’re made in the USA!