woman traveling in the airportThe holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for travel. While you’re excited to see your family after months apart, the long journey can be extra stressful for people suffering from varicose veins. Whether you are traveling by plane, train or car, long periods of sitting are not good for restricted vein valves. What can you do to keep your legs comfortable?

Walk Around

If you’re driving to your destination, take frequent breaks to stretch your legs and walk around. Public transportation is less convenient but you can occasionally walk around the train or plane cabin.

In any case, your goal is to improve blood circulation. Long stretches of inactivity increase the risk for blood clots, especially if you already have varicose veins.

Move Your Legs

Activate your calf muscles to encourage blood circulation. In a seated position, this can be accomplished simply by lifting your heels off the ground.

Wear Loose Clothing

Tight fitting clothing can blood flow. There is a two-fold benefit to dressing in relaxed clothing: Your circulation doesn’t get cut off and cozy, loose clothes are more comfortable for travel!

Compression Stockings

Wearing compression stockings improves blood flow by gently applying pressure to the legs to move blood up the legs. This helps prevent leg swelling and reduces pain.

Drink Water & Eat Well

When traveling, we often forget to eat balanced meals and stay hydrated. Dehydration can thicken the blood, making blood flow to the heart more difficult. Drinking plenty of water helps with proper blood circulation.

Even when eating on the go, your plate should be colorful and nutritious! Fruits and veggies are another source of water for your daily intake. Avoid foods high in salt, which can lead to water retention and excess leg pressure.
 
At the Vein Centers of Connecticut, your health and comfort are our priority. If you suffer from varicose veins or are experiencing early symptoms, set up a consultation to discuss ways to make holiday travel more enjoyable this year.