If you’re going camping and planning to take a hike while you’re here, you should be prepared for some blisters. There are a few ways to avoid such damage to your feet and enjoy hiking the natural trails around your campsite. Here’s what you need to know.
• Make sure your hiking boots are fitting properly. Those that chafe or have pressure points will definitely cause blisters. The hiking boots should be watertight to prevent any moisture but also be breathable to allow the escape of any foot sweat. Find hiking boots with a scree collar that removes any debris such as dirt or pebbles that might cause blisters when you’re walking.
• Always make sure your toenails are trimmed completely and remove any ingrown parts. Without doing this, you’re creating sharp edges that can irritate your skin, wear out the socks, and cause blisters when you’re hiking.
• Blisters often form on soft feet, especially those without calluses. Therefore, before going on your hiking trip, you should try walking barefoot around the house to form calluses on your feet. Of course, you should be careful about stepping on sharp objects that might cause wounds thus making your hiking adventure more difficult.
• Your socks should always be clean, dry and soft. Don’t wear socks with seams that might rub on your feet. You should consider purchasing a polypropylene sock liner that’s easy to replace when the feet get damp. Therefore, during the hiking trip, your feet will always remain dry and free from any blisters. Additionally, you can avoid the growth of fungus that might damage your feet. Don’t wear cotton socks on your hiking trip because they will soak the moisture and retain it making your entire trip very uncomfortable.
With these useful tips, you can always avoid those pesky blisters and keep your feet looking and feeling good.