Simple Steps to Prevent Leg Swelling When Flying

Prevent Leg Swelling Flying

Summer weather and school break means we are in the peak of travel season.   Whether you travel by air, land or sea prolonged sitting can take a surprising toll on our bodies, particularly our legs.

Prolonged sitting and decreased mobility can lead to fatigue and uncomfortable leg swelling during travel.   Persistent leg swelling can increase our risk of clotting in the lower legs which is also known as a deep vein thrombosis or DVT.

To help you combat this issue and ensure a more comfortable journey, we have compiled a list of effective tips to prevent and alleviate leg swelling while traveling!

Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is key to minimizing leg swelling. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your trip! Drinking water helps to flush out toxins and reduces the risk of fluid retention, ultimately reducing leg swelling.

Hydration is the key to wellness!

Aspirin or Nattokinase

If you don't have any medical conditions that prevent aspirin usage, consider taking a low-dose aspirin or the supplement nattokwinase before your long trip.  Aspirin and nattokwinase are blood thinners that can help improve blood flow, reducing the risk of swelling and prevent DVT formation in the lower leg.   

Avoid High Sodium Foods

Salty foods can cause water retention, leading to, you guessed it, leg swelling. Stick to low-sodium options and try to minimize your consumption of processed snacks and meals.

Hot tip: pack your own healthy snacks like fruits and nuts to avoid relying solely on in-flight food pretzels and chips!

Limit Alcohol Intake

Alcohol can contribute to dehydration (remember, hydration is key!) and worsen swelling in the legs. Avoid or limit alcoholic beverages and opt for water or herbal teas instead.

By reducing alcohol consumption, you'll help maintain the proper fluid balance in your body.

Stretch Regularly

Sitting in a cramped space for an extended period can cause circulation issues, leading to discomfort and swelling. To fix this, try performing simple leg stretches and exercises during your flight. Rotate your ankles, flex, point your toes, and perform calf raises while seated.

Try taking short walks down the aisle whenever possible to stretch your legs and encourage blood flow!

Consider Compression Socks

Compression socks are specifically designed to prevent and alleviate swelling in the legs and feet by applying a graduated pressure to the lower legs, improving blood circulation. Compression socks provide a gentle squeeze, encouraging healthy circulation in the legs.

Want even more benefit out of a compression sock?    The Naboso Knee High Socks combine graduated compression with a texture layer to stimulate the nerves in the feet.    This added texture to the foot can increase nerve stimulation and recovery even when you’re sitting down!


Leg swelling during travel can be uncomfortable and bothersome, but by following these simple tips, you can minimize its impact and arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready to go. These strategies will help reduce fluid retention, improve blood circulation, and enhance your overall comfort during your trip,

Prioritize your health and make your next journey a pleasant and swelling-free experience!