I should have know better! We went hiking on Sunday to Iron Mountain. The hiking is only 3.5 miles long so I thought my good ol’ running shoes would be fine. Wrong- on so many levels! Here are some quick tips to prevent blisters while hiking:
- Break in your shoes! I thought I broke my shoes in but apparently not! Be sure you have used your shoes several times and they haven’t given you trouble- if they have, this brings me to tip #2:
- If your shoes have given you problems before, maybe don’t wear them for long periods of time again. I should have known better because I got the same blisters on our last hike! But in my defense, my outfit was all black and I needed a pop of color so I wore these bright shoes. I looked cute- my heels, on the other hand, weren’t so cute!
- Invest in a good pair of hiking boots. I have yet to find a pair that is “my style” and when I do, I will let you know! But in the mean time I wear running shoes and look at where it gets me! Maybe its time to suck it up and get a pair of hiking boots!
- Be prepared for the unknown!! This is my favorite and most important rule to live by but I did not prepare for this! You should always be prepared and have an emergency kit with you at all times when hiking, camping, anything outdoors (or at any time to be safe)! I didn’t have my moleskin band-aids with me this time!
- Invest in a good pair of socks. Mine were a really thin pair of cotton socks- they kept failing down, under the heal of my shoe. My heal was rubbing directly up against my shoes almost the entire time! I asked for it…
- Don’t let it get worse! If you are in pain, take a break and air that puppy out! Just irritating it more will… irritate it more! Don’t do it! For me, we were on our way down the mountain so my clever friend pointed out that I should make “flat tires” with my shoes so it doesn’t rub! I wasn’t on an incline, hiking over rocks so it was easier this way. It changed my life! I cant imagine how they would have looked if I didn’t do that!
I know all you expert campers, hikers, and outdoor enthusiasts have some secret tips for blisters! What are some good tips?