Before You Go: Plan the journey, not just the destination. Before you embark, plan rest stops at interesting locations. This will give you adequate time to stop, take a walk, and stretch, while also giving you and your passengers an opportunity to enjoy new sights. See your vein specialist and purchase medical-grade graduated compression to assist with circulation while you’re sitting. If you’re at an increased risk for blood clots, ask your doctor if any medications may help prevent DVT/PE during your trip.
During Your Trip: Wear graduated compression garments to improve your circulation when you’re cooped up in the vehicle. Do sitting calf raises to pump the calf muscles, encourage healthy blood flow, and prevent blood clots. If your legs feel achy, stop, stretch, and hydrate. Drink plenty of water. And please, do not prop your legs up on the dashboard. This position can be very dangerous in the event of an accident. If you feel like you need to elevate your legs, stop and get out for a walk or stretch. It’s much safer.
After Your Trip: Resist the urge to sit down just anywhere. Walk around a bit and stretch your legs. If you want to sit, elevate your legs to improve circulation and reduce swelling. You can also lie down on the floor and elevate your legs on the bed, couch, or even up the wall.
Bonus Tip: If you’ve always wanted to see the world’s largest ball of twine, but you’ve always been too embarrassed to admit it, here’s your chance! Just say you need to stretch your legs when you see the sign!
Save On Compression Garment Purchases With Compression Coalition
To prepare for your next trip, come see us at Vein Specialists of the South to purchase your compression wear. Join our loyalty program Compression Coalition. It’s our way of helping to make compression wear more affordable.
Have Questions About Healthier Travel?
If you have venous disease, especially if you have a history of blood clots, consult with our vein specialists before embarking on your journey. It’s important to make sure you’re under the care of a medical provider who can clear you for flying or who can give you any additional travel tips to improve your experience and ensure your health and safety.