These compression socks are specially designed to make travel more comfortable.
If you’re anything like me, your feet swell like balloons when you fly. I remember the first time it happened. I was 10 years old and a complete rookie to international flying. When I landed in London 10 and a half hours later, my ankles were pretty much the size of my neck. I had no clue what was going on with my limbs, and I worried my feet would never deflate back to their normal size.
In the following years, I learned much about the joys of controlling feet and ankle swelling while traveling (the cardinal rule is to not over-salt your eggs the morning before your flight). But compression socks are just as important: a great pair can work wonders.
The benefits of compression socks are vast and can help keep a multitude of symptoms at bay. They promote blood flow from the feet to your heart and can help to overcome the uncomfortable effects that traveling can cause. When you're thousands of feet in the air, the pressure affects your legs and can increase the chance of swelling or even blood clots. But because these socks are designed to hug your legs tightly, they help your veins and muscles circulate blood more effectively. The stimulation of blood flow also helps for prolonged sitting or standing — and keeps muscles from getting sore after strenuous activities like a long day of walking or hiking.
Luckily, because of the increased popularity of these socks, many companies have started designing more attractive styles that aren't so cringe-worthy to wear. Compression socks are no longer only for your grandparents, but a cute and effective travel hack.
Read on for our favorite pairs that you need to pack for upcoming travels.