Flight socks for a comfortable journey

Staying comfortable is important when you travel. Your doctor may also advise on using flight socks for plane journeys to avoid the risk of DVT, varicose veins and other medical conditions. Flight socks, or compression socks, are made to help increase blood flow to your legs, reducing the risk of blood clots. 

There are a number of different kinds of flight socks available. Some of these medical compression garments are made especially for men or women, and they all have different amounts of compression. Some of the most popular are Dr. Scholl's flight socks. The higher the compression, the tighter the socks will feel. 

Knee-high socks

If you need as much support as possible across your lower legs, knee high flight socks are a great option. You can view a wide variety of these travel accessories here on eBay. You can even find something that will match with your clothing, so you won't feel self-conscious while you travel. Colours range from black to neutral, and compression levels run from high to low. Compression is measured in mmHg, with low typically being 10-20mmHg, and high 20-30mmHg, up to 50+mmHg. 

Open toe and stirrup socks

Open toe or stirrup socks are ideal for people looking for a more discreet option. You'll still be increasing blood circulation to those areas, so you'll be able to stay on your feet comfortably for longer. The other advantage is that they can be worn with shoes without being too noticeable. Take a look at the compression level on your chosen item before you buy to make sure you have the right support for you. 

Copper compression socks

These varieties use the same compression techniques to keep your blood circulating, preventing your legs from becoming fatigued. They also use copper-infused fabric as an antimicrobial to reduce odour. Generally, the socks will look similar to standard flight socks, so you'll be able to mix and match them with your outfit as usual.