Your Survival Guide to Holiday Travel

November 05, 2015

Your Survival Guide to Holiday Travel

We all can relate to the anxiety that comes with traveling during the holiday season – you’ve got to wrap things up at work, determine what kind of wardrobe to pack, probably hit a few stores, find a way to squeeze gifts into your bags and more. It’s no easy task! To help you cut out the extra stress and hassle from your trip, the VIM & VIGR team has put together some useful tips on surviving your holiday travel itinerary – and having a holly, jolly good time! 

Game Plan:

  • Schedule Strategically – We suggest traveling in the early morning or late at night to avoid crazy traffic, long lines and huge crowds that form during peak hours. Same goes for avoiding popular travel days such as the day before Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas Eve.
  • Ship Wrapped Gifts Ahead of Time – TSA is especially vigilant during the holidays, and much more likely to unwrap the gifts and goodies that you meticulously dressed and topped with bows.
  • Opt for Online Check-In – Checking in the day before is another easy way to streamline your traveling experience and, again, avoid those lines!
  • Pack Light – If possible, stick to one carry on item only! Checking luggage adds a considerable amount of travel time, and there’s always the chance that your luggage will get lost in the holiday shuffle.
  • Give Yourself Plenty of Time – It’s definitely okay to be early to the airport this time of year. You really never know what to expect and don’t want to be surprised by an excruciatingly long line for security check. Save yourself from panicking by giving yourself lots of extra time.  

Go-To Gear:

  • Earplugs or Noise-Cancelling Headphones – Throw a pair of these bad boys in your bag so that you can drown out the noise of snoring strangers, unhappy children, and obnoxiously-loud talkers in the airport or on the plane. Maybe you’ll even get some shut eye!
  • Compression Socks or Sleeves – Your VIM & VIGR compression socks and sleeves are perfect for traveling. They will keep your legs happy by continuously circulating fresh oxygenated blood, so even after that seemingly-endless flight you will walk off the plane with a spring in your step!
  • Neck Pillow – A must-have for keeping comfy and relaxing while maintaining personal space boundaries, especially if you get stuck in a middle seat!
  • Snacks – Keep yourself nourished and in good spirits by packing a few healthy snack options like nuts or dried fruits. Trust us, these will definitely come in handy when your stomach starts growling.
  • A Cardigan, Shawl or Wrap – Airplanes can get quite chilly once they reach certain altitudes, and if you are not a fan of the felt blankets that most airlines provide, a cozy textile is the perfect solution!
  • Travel Apps – Winter weather is notorious for causing flight delays, cancellations and overall chaos. To stay on top of your schedule, we recommend downloading travel apps such as TripIt and Free Wi-Fi Finder to your phone or tablet that will equip you with the most up-to-date info.

Whether you’re hopping on a train, hitting the road by car or jetting off this holiday season, we wish you a smooth, comfy and stress-free trip! What are your pro-tips for holiday traveling?

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Sizing, Fabric & Compression Levels Guide

Size Chart:

We have a different sizing chart depending on the type of compression garment. Please consider your foot and calf circumference when choosing your size.

If you're in between sizes, ask yourself a few questions:
What is my body type? Will I be more comfortable in a size up or down? Take your body type into consideration when choosing a size especially if you're in between sizes.

VIM & VIGR Size Chart




Fabric Collections:


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Excellent for athletic use
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 91% Nylon/9% Spandex


  • 400 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Moisture-wicking fabric to draw sweat and moisture off of the skin
  • Multi-dimensional weave allows for breathability
  • Composition: 83% Moisture-wick Nylon/17% Nylon


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and premium cotton
  • Composition: 48% Cotton/42% Nylon/10% Spandex


  • 200 needle-count for flexibility and comfort
  • Natural breathability and moisture-wicking properties
  • High-quality double covered elastic fibers and fine Merino wool
  • Light-cushioned sole
  • Composition: 40% Merino wool/45% Nylon/15% Spandex

Garment Care:

Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.

Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.

Compression Levels:

Compression garments are made in a variety of support levels, each of which is designed to address different needs. These levels are most commonly expressed in millimeters of mercury (abbreviated as mmHg). Generally, graduated compression is displayed in ranges. The higher the numerical value, the stronger the support level indicated. For example, a 20-30 mmHg garment will offer more support and feel tighter than a 15-20 mmHg garment.

All of VIM & VIGR’s products are offered in 15-20 mmHg compression level and select styles are available in 20-30 mmHg.

VIM & VIGR Compression Levels

How to put on compression socks:

Slip your arm into the sock until your fingers reach the toes. Your palm should be resting in the sock's heel. 

Starting at the cuff, fold the sock over until it meets the heel. Make sure to fold the sock onto itself.

With the sock still inverted, pull the foot of the sock firmly onto your foot. Make sure your toes are securely in the toe pocket. Starting with the cuff, gradually roll the sock up.

Adjust so that your heel is properly positioned in the heel pocket and the cuff sits below the knee. Make sure the cuff is not pulled up too high.