You’ve shopped, packed and checked your to-do list twice — holiday travel season is finally here! Before you hop on a plane to visit your family and friends, we have a few dos and don'ts that will have you flying like a pro.
1. Leave extra space in your luggage. We all want to pack our travel essentials and a ton of cute outfit options, but let your luggage breathe. Do you really need that full tube of toothpaste and four pairs of boots? Focus on packing travel-size necessities and versatile outfits you can mix and match. By leaving extra space in your bags, you’ll have room to pack all of your souvenirs and goodies for the flight back home!
2. Remember to hydrate. Drink lots of water before and during your flight. Even though you’re sitting for most of your travels, you can still get dehydrated. A Marie Claire article recently reported that women lose around 1.6 liters of water during a 10-hour flight. This is caused by planes’ low-humidity environment. Bring an empty, reusable water bottle through security and fill it up once you’re in the airport. Your body will definitely thank you.
3. Slip on a pair of compression socks! Don’t forget to accessorize your comfy flight outfit with a pair of cute compression socks. 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!
1. Skip out on sleep. Even if you plan to sleep on your flight, you still want to be well-rested. You don’t want to tire yourself out, try to sleep on the plane, and then find yourself wide awake in your seat. You’ll get off the plane feeling extremely tired before your holiday festivities — especially if you’re flying across time zones. Sleeping a full eight hours before your flight will help you fight jet lag and keep you energized.
2. Wear your party outfit during your flight. If your holiday fun begins right after you land, this is definitely tempting. But unless your party outfit includes loose, breathable fabrics and sensible shoes, you’ll want to leave it in your luggage while you fly. You don’t want to wear high heels or restrictive clothing as you sit for four or more hours. This can inhibit blood flow and cause your legs and feet to swell, which will put a hold on your holiday fun.
3. Drink alcohol. 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. Consider trading that drink for ice-cold water instead!
What are some of your travel dos and don’ts? Let us know in a comment below!
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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.