The 8 Best Airplane Compression Socks to Buy in 2018

Because it's important to be comfortable when traveling

Compression stockings (or socks) are known to help people suffering from certain leg problems, injuries or those at risk for blood clots in the legs. Sitting on airplane for long flights or spending time waiting in luggage and security lines can cause added discomfort to those with medical issues, so compression socks can be a necessary travel item. These socks come in snazzy styles and colors or traditional designs that look like stockings, but remember that the higher the compression, the tighter the socks will be. Here are the eight best compression socks. 

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    For a sock that has comfort and the right amount of support, Physix Gear Sport’s compression socks are a top choice. The sleek, black socks have a futuristic, blue design pattern on the heal that is double-stitched for added support. They're made of washable Lycra fabric that won’t lose its form and have 20 to 30 mmHg of compression. The breathable material won’t slip, reduces inflammation and provides relief from sore muscles. They are slightly thicker than a dress sock, but they do not pinch the skin. And in addition to wearing them on long flights, they are comfortable for jobs that require people to be on their feet all day.

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    Like fun, colorful socks? Take a look at the NewZill compression socks. The company offers eight different colors, including bright rainbow stripes, hearts and polka dots that make them easy to spot in the sock drawer. The socks are also very functional and have a patented Clima-Pro system to help keep them breathable and odor-free. The socks prevent cramping, fatigue and swelling for those long journeys. Made of thick, warm material, the socks have 20 to 30 mm/Hg of compression and make great gifts for frequent travelers or anyone with leg pain. Amazon buyers noted that although the socks provide support, they do not pinch or leave marks.

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    If you suffer from shin splints or easily get calf cramps when sitting on the airplane, then the Physiofinity Calf Compression Sleeves can help reduce pain. Unlike many other socks that cover the entire foot, these calf compression socks stop at the ankle, so you can comfortably wear them with sandals or other shoes that expose the ankles. Designed with athletes in mind, the socks help to prevent calf strain and even help with restless leg syndrome. However, those with problems around the knees or upper legs should consider a different, longer compression sleeve.

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    If you need a significant amount of compression when you travel, but prefer the look of a sock (versus an old-fashioned stocking), then Compression Z might be for you. These socks have 30 to 40 mm/Hg, so they will compress more than some others, but also fit tighter. Some Amazon buyers have suggested getting a size larger than usual because they can be snug, but they provide the needed support some travelers require. After a few washes, the Compression Z socks keep their shape and will not slide down when using them. The socks come in plain black, white or with geometric designs in bright pink and blue. 

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    The socks are made with 70 percent Silver Drystat, a unique, patented material that builds silver ions right into fibers to inhibit the growth of bacteria. This helps to keep the socks smelling fresh and keeps them dry, but they also have a patented gradual (lighter) compression for maximum blood circulation that was developed by Italian-based company Arcos Srl. The four-way stretch system ensures a comfortable fit, with elasticized bands that cradle ankles and foot arches. The fabric is soft against the skin and they come in seven different colors ranging from classic white to lime green or hot orange; they're a popular choice among athletes and travelers. These socks have 12 to 20 mm/HG of compression.

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    For effective relief without all the style at a reasonable price, the Jobst Medical Legware stockings are top notch. The closed toe design allows for some wiggle room, so you don’t feel too constricted, and they come in several styles depending on what part your legs you need to target (knee, thigh or waist high). They are made with covered spandex yarn that’s soft to touch and also have reinforced heels for added support. Amazon buyers highly recommend them for comfort and pain relief. The stockings are available in a classic nude color – so they aren’t the most fashionable. The socks provide 20 to 30mm/Hg of compression.

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    If you require socks with a little more coverage, the Moko Sports Recovery Compression Thigh High socks will help during flights and on the ground. Ideal for people who have had injuries to their legs, the Thigh High provide 20 to 30 mmHg of graduated compression to help with hamstring or quad pain. The Mojo sports socks are made of Nylon and Lycra (polyurethane fiber) and have a range of sizes (see chart). These black socks stop at the ankle and leave feet wide open, so they are more freeing than some other brands. Although the socks have a stylish look, many Amazon reviewers stated they wished there were more color varieties.

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    If you plan on wearing your compression socks with sandals, an open-toed pair is the way to go, so that the socks won’t be peeking out under your shoe. With 15 to 20 mm/Hg of compression, The EvoNation Graduated Compression socks stay put and don’t bunch up causing unnecessary pressure. The stockings “massage” your legs to help with pain and stiffness, blood clots, plantar fasciitis and other soreness and swelling using micro-scaled, compressive knit patterning in the fabric. The latex-free socks are geared toward women, made of nylon and spandex and are discreet yet stylish. They come in black or nude colors. Many Amazon buyers noted that the EvoNation socks were so comfortable, they forgot they had them on. 

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