Safe Travels – For Your Legs!

Long flights and distant destinations can enhance a summer experience, but they can wreak havoc on your veins. Sitting for extended periods of time can make the symptoms of varicose veins more pronounced. Cramping, swelling, and pain can get worse over the course of a flight.

What Can I Do To Protect My Legs On Flights?

Luckily, there are a number of ways to protect your legs during a flight!

  1. Wear compression stockings! Keep a travel pair of stockings 20-30 mmHg to wear throughout the flight!
  2. Walk! Get up and move around the plane when you can. Walk while in the airport and keep the blood pumping through those veins!
  3. DRINK! DRINK! DRINK!!!! (Water) Keep hydrated. Stay away from alcohol that dehydrates and keep lots of water handy. (On the plus side, extra water will ensure you’ll get those frequent walks around the plane.)
  4. Lift those legs! Raise your legs on the seat in front of you, luggage, or armrest, even just flex your toes and feet to prevent the blood from pooling.
  5. Treat your veins before traveling. Try to get your veins treated before long flights to enhance your comfort level and to make sure your trip is about fun and relaxation and not pain management.

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