Flight Socks / Travel Socks

Flight Socks /Travel Socks
Flight Socks (sometimes called Flight Stockings or Travel Socks) are the easiest item that you can wear on your next flight to protect yourself from swelling and Deep Vein Thrombosis.
Swollen and puffy feet are a common problem amongst air travellers. Though uncomfortable, the condition is usually harmless.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) on the other hand, is much more serious. DVT can occur when the blood coagulates to form a clot in the lower leg. Sometimes a blood clot can travel through the bloodstream. The consequences can be dire if it travels to your lungs, heart or brain.

Trips longer than four hours by plane, car, bus or train are categorised as having a moderate risk factor for developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT – a Blood clot in the leg) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE – a blood clot in the lung) by the National Blood Clot Association (NBCA).

According to the New Zealand Air Traveller’ Thrombosis Study (NZATT by the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand (MRINZ) 1% of long-distance air travellers develop blood clots.

They are usually painless, but some clots can cause pain and swelling. Remember, it can be fatal if a clot breaks off and reaches the lung, brain or heart.

This NZATT study discovered that 10% of over 500 patients admitted to New Zealand Hospitals with a DVT or PE had recently travelled by air.

This is considerably higher than reported in previous studies and could be related, in part, to our geographic isolation. These findings add weight to the evidence that air traveller’s thrombosis is a significant public health problem, particularly in New Zealand and Australia.

Whether you are travelling by car, train, bus or plane there’s one thing many people forget to pack that will not only make your flight more comfortable by preventing your feet swelling up like a puffer-fish, but it can save your life.

We have created a free eBook The Ultimate Guide to a Comfortable Flight, in this eBook we show you some measures you can take to protect yourself from a DVT and swelling on your next flight. You can get your own free copy by clicking here

But, the one thing that will make the biggest difference is graduated compression flight socks, sometimes called flight stockings or travel socks.

What are graduated compression flight socks?
You might have already bought flight socks and found that they fell down. This is probably because they didn’t have graduated compression.
Graduated compression flight socks (flight stockings) fit firmly around your ankle and the compression gradually decreases towards the top hem of the sock.
This graduated compression helps prevent the blood pooling in your calves and pushes the blood back up towards your heart. This helps to prevent DVT and minimises swelling in your ankles and feet.

Look for the words graduated compression when you’re shopping for flight socks.

What compression level should my flight socks be?
If you’ve never had a DVT, we recommend a Moderate compression level.
If you’ve previously had a DVT, we recommend a Firm compression level.
If you have a medical condition, a family history of blood clots or are taking medication, we recommend that you have a chat with your doctor prior to travel.
Check out Who Should not wear compression socks in our FAQ by clicking here.

What size flight socks do I need? 
For flight socks to protect you from DVT and swelling they need to be a firm but comfortable fit, you definitely don’t want a one-size-fits-all travel sock.
The range of sizes of graduated compression flight socks should show as leg measurements: the circumference of your leg just above the ankle bone an at the widest part of your calf.
Choosing a size based on these leg measurements ensures that your graduated compression flight socks will fit you comfortably and won’t fall down or be too tight.

How long can I wear flight socks for?
Flight socks are designed to be worn for extended periods of time during long-haul flights.
They are more comfortable to wear if they contain natural fibers such as Supima Cotton or Tencel, both fibers are soft, strong and breathable, they wick away any perspiration from your skin, keeping your feet cool and dry.
Our most popular flight socks are Comfort Men’s which contains Supima Cotton and Comfort Women’s which contains Tencel.

Which style of flight sock is right for me?
At TXG we have 5 different styles of graduated compression socks which are all suitable for wearing as flight socks (flight stockings).
Here is a brief summary of each style, there is lots more product information on the product pages which you can get to by just clicking on the image of the sock boxes.

Classic Unisex Compression Socks – are perfect for both men and women if you’re looking for affordable, yet comfortable graduated compression nylon flight socks.

Men’s Comfort Compression Socks – are perfect for men who prefer a softer and more luxurious and breathable fabric than the classic nylon which can often make your feet feel quite hot and sweaty.

Women’s Comfort Compression socks – are perfect for women who prefer a modern, casual sock with soft, luxurious Tencel fibres which pampers sensitive skin and is softer than silk and cooler than linen.
Antibacterial Compression Socks – are perfect for both men and women if your feet get hot and sweaty and you’re concerned about foot odour. These exceptionally soft and luxurious Modal compression socks feel silky smooth against your skin and the invisible calf mesh rapidly dissipates any heat or perspiration, keeping your feet and legs cool and dry.
Open Toe Compression socks – are perfect for both men and women if your feet get hot. The soft and luxurious Tencel fibers feel cool and comfortable against your skin.


How long will delivery take?
As soon as we receive your order, we’ll have your flight socks delivered to you anywhere in NZ with our free 3-day standard delivery, or you can upgrade to our express next day delivery for just $5 (for orders placed before noon). Deliveries to Rural addresses takes an additional 2 days.
The Quick and Easy Flight Sock Checklist
To help you choose the best flight socks that will keep you healthy and comfortable on your next flight. We’ve put together this quick and easy, step by step flight sock checklist, so you can be sure that you are choosing the best-graduated compression flight socks to keep you comfortable and healthy on your next flight.
All you have to do now is simply work through steps 1 to 4 of the checklist below, choose the style of flight sock you would like, click on the image of the style you would like, enter your selections and add to cart.

Remember, there’s no such thing as a silly question. If you’re feeling a bit confused, we’re here to help, just give us a call on 0800 894 769 or send us an email to sales@txgsocks.co.nz
What our customer’s say about TXG Flight Socks
We love hearing how our customers have found their new TXG graduated compression flight socks, Elizabeth recently contacted us to tell us:

“My order was for two pairs of the TXG Flight socks, for my husband and myself. They were purchased for an upcoming long-haul flight to Europe. The delivery was prompt and the quality of the socks surpassed my expectations. Their quality and compression are a great improvement on previous flight socks that I have worn. Thank you TXG. “
Check out lots more reviews from other customers by clicking here

This content is provided by TXG for information purposes only. 
We advised anyone interested in this subject to seek qualified professional advice.

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