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Traveling long distances can sometimes wreak havoc on your body. Your skin may dry out, your feet and ankles may swell, or even worse, you may experience a blood clot that can lead to pulmonary embolism. I know that dry, dehydrated skin is bad, but from what I’ve heard from fellow travel mates, having a near death experience from a blood clot formed during long-haul travel isn’t a walk in the park either. It is recommended that frequent long distance travelers incorporate compression tights into their travel wear.


I’ve had the chance to review a pair of the CEP Women’s Recovery Pro Compression Tights. Keep reading to learn more.

First, let me introduce you to CEP. They’re a German-based brand that is part of Medi, a high-tech manufacturer of medical compression, orthopedic, and prosthetic products. CEP offers a collection of shorts, tights, and shirts, short socks, knee socks and sleeves for use to “…enhance performance and recovery through the targeted use of compression to improve blood circulation and speed up lactate metabolism.”

The keywords in their brand description are “improve blood circulation”. Long-haul travel usually means sitting for long periods of time, which restricts blood circulation to the legs, and that’s where compression tights come into play.

The CEP Women’s Recovery Pro Compression Tights are black, air-permeable knit material made up of 75% nylon and 25% spandex. Be forewarned that the tights, although they look opaque, you can see through them. Please do not try and wear them without something over it. The tights, although hard to put on and were very tight, they worked.

CEP Compression Tights Under Travel Garments


Under my favorite travel garments, I wore the CEP Women’s Recovery Pro Compression Tights during a flight and on a road trip. I was surprised at how the sleepy, tingly feeling that I usually get when I’m not using my legs as much, wasn’t there.

If you’re like me, one of those people who do not walk the plane for leg exercise, unless you’re getting up to go to the bathroom, then the CEP Women’s Recovery Pro Compression Tights just might be something you should look into.

CEP Women’s Recovery Pro Compression Tights can be purchased from the CEP website for $105.

Beauty & The Bump's Traveler's Tips

Do you wear compression tights during long-haul travel?

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • I’d love to wear these JUST AT MY DESK. My legs get so numb sitting down.

  • Now that I’m on my way to 30, I need to think about getting some compression wear for me and the hubs. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Eva

    I have to get some of these. My mom has been wearing them for years on flights and train rides.

  • Tia

    I have never worn compression pants on a long flight but I have heard a lot of great things about the benefits. I have a flight to New Zealand coming up so I will have to give these a try.

  • Anitra Durand Allen

    I’ll have to try these for my upcoming trip to California. I usually also take flip flops on trips so my get and ankles don’t swell. All these are great tips.

  • Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    I’ve never worn compression attire for a long flight. However I def can see the benefits.

    • After reading about the benefits, do you think you will wear them?

  • Christine St.Vil

    I never heard of these tights. But I’m so glad to hear they exist because too many people have had near-death experiences due to blood clots from long flights.

    • Yes! That is what I am scared of, which is why I wanted to use them.

  • Joyce Brewer

    I’ve never worn compression tights for travel. But after two abdominal surgeries the hospital put me in compression boots.

    • Compression boots? Now, that’s something that I have to look up!

  • I’ve never worn any but my last flight to the West Coast had a layover so I had a great. Generally my flights max out at 2hrs. I do drink water though and never alcohol.

  • My mom has had to deal with blood clots and will be probably be on thinners for the rest of her life. Her drs make her wear compression tights for long trips, or when she will be sitting extensively for work and certain other times. Evens till I never thought about it for me and traveling. I am gonna have to add this on my list. Those clots scare the Be-Jesus out of me

  • I had a blood clot in my leg and now I keep compression socks with me. I don’t always travel with them on, but they do feel good to put on and put my feet up!

  • I don’t like to get up and walk around either and when I traveled to Japan, blood clots were a worry of mine, especially since I totally forgot to put on my compression socks.
    The idea of tights makes me happy. I’ll need a pair for my next long haul trip. Thanks!!!

  • I haven’t tried these CEP Women’s Recovery Pro Compression Tights, but I do love a pair of CEP socks I own 😛

  • I would, if I traveled. 😀

  • What a great idea! My ex-husband got a DVT once and was in the hospital for 10 days and on blood thinners for months.

    • Oh wow! That’s pretty scary. At least he is okay.

  • Great tips! I always forget to walk around in flights.

  • I wear compression items to recover after long runs. I love them!

    • Which compression items are your favorite? I think I’d prefer the socks vs tights. The tights were hard to put on.

  • I always wear compression socks even for short flights. I inherited my Mom’s tendency to get swollen legs, so those socks are a must.

    • Do you think wearing them helps for the short flights as well? I wore mine during a flight from NY to Fl recently.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    My aunt just went to Australia and New Zealand for vacation, and she bought compression tights to wear. I hadn’t thought about it before she mentioned it, but it is a must for long haul travel.

    • I’m jealous of her trip. New Zealand is on my short bucket list of places to visit. A lot of people use them. I was quite surprised when I learned.