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How to skip Blisters

Skip the Blisters: Essential Hiking Tips

Blisters can ruin your hiking experience. Here are some tips from Urban Axelsson, a seasoned wilderness guide, to help you avoid them.

Choosing the Right Boots

  • Seek Expert Help: Go to a store with knowledgeable staff who can assess your feet and recommend suitable boots.
  • Test Walk: Try boots on short terrain courses with a weighted backpack to simulate real hiking conditions.

Preparing for a Hike

  • Break in Your Boots: Wear them daily to identify any chafing areas early. Tape your feet as a precaution if needed.

Tips While Hiking

  • Air Your Feet: Take breaks to remove boots and socks, allowing your feet to dry.
  • Immediate Action: Address any signs of chafing immediately. Tape the area to prevent blisters from forming.

If Blisters Occur

  • Treat Immediately: Clean the blister with water and soap, apply a spray plaster, and cover with Leukoplast tape.
  • Be Prepared: Carry sport tape and spray plaster for emergencies.

Six Tips to Prevent Chafing

Choose the Right Boots: Ensure a proper fit with space for two socks.

Prepare: Walk in your boots before long hikes to acclimate your feet.

Layer Socks: Wear a thin liner sock under a thicker one to reduce friction. Merino wool is the best material.

Foot Care: Regular pedicures, proper nail trimming, and callus management are crucial.

Blister Management: Test different blister plasters and know how to treat open blisters.

Understanding Blisters: Blisters are caused by friction, pressure, and moisture. Proper boot fit and foot care are key to prevention.

Should You Puncture a Blister?

Opinions vary, but if you need to puncture, use a clean needle and cover the area with tape to protect the skin.

For more information on choosing the right socks, visit here.

By following these tips, you can enjoy your hikes without the discomfort of blisters. Happy hiking!