The holiday travel hustle has begun! According to AAA, an estimated 112 million people will be traveling by plane or car in the coming week. While much of travel feels out of your control (flight delays, road construction, who you’re seated next to on the plane), there are some things you can do to prevent negative effects from your trip.
Make sure you and your family are equipped to stay healthy and comfortable as you hit the road this holiday season.
Traveling can be exhausting, as well as moisture-robbing. The lack of humidity on a plane can speed dehydration, and it’s hard to want to drink lots while you’re stuck in a window seat on a long flight. However, staying hydrated and drinking at least eight ounces of water for every hour spent in the air will help prevent blood clots and post-flight fatigue, as well as will help your immune system fight off any germs you’re exposed to en route.
CUT THE SALT & BOOZE
Most of us know that salt increases swelling, and even though those cocktails look appetizing, it’s best to avoid alcohol before and during your flight. Alcoholic drinks cause dehydration, which is the opposite of what you want during your flight. In planes’ low-humidity, climate-controlled environment, you want to stay nice and hydrated. Avoid foods high in sodium and consider trading that drink for ice-cold water instead!
DRESS SMART & IN STYLE
Studies show that sitting for 90 minutes or more can cause blood flow beneath the knees to decrease by 50 percent, which can lead to sleepy, achy and even swollen legs. Wearing compression socks during your flight will improve the circulation in your legs and feet — so they’ll feel energized right when you step off the plane! Not to mention, they can help prevent blood clots, varicose veins, and other issues from surfacing down the road.
No matter where you are headed for the holidays – we hope you stay happy, hydrated, and swell-free!
Wishing you a merry and healthy holiday,
Your Friends at VIM & VIGR
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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.
Machine wash after each wear, delicate and cold.
Air dry is preferred to maintain the elasticity and quality of fabrics.
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.
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.