I think it is fair to say, many of use have experienced how a small blister, can change an amazing outdoor adventure into pure misery. Even the most beautiful mountains, streams, and tree lined trails can not take away the agony of a small blister on your foot. It is safe to say the relaxing delight of your hike has been diminished if you get a blister. The best way to avoid this outdoor disaster is prevent a blister before it happens.
There are a few ways to prevent blisters on the trail.
Blister Prevention through Footwear
It is very important you choose the appropriate footwear for your activity. Choose a proper hiking boot or running shoe for you trail. In addition, it is very important that that shoe fits well. You don't want a shoe that is too big or to small, it must fit just right to prevent blistering. If you must purchase new footwear for your hike or backpacking trip, make sure you break it in before you head out for a long hike or backpacking trip. Taking new, unworn shoes for their maiden hike is a huge mistake and can lead to many foot ailments. Enjoy your outdoor adventure with broken in footwear.
Blister Prevention with Proper Socks
Equal in importance to the proper shoes, is proper socks. The drier you are able to keep your feet during a hike the better off you will be at keeping blisters at bay. With this information, cotton or cotton blend socks are a big NO! They keep moisture near your feet and let you feet get wet. Merino wool hiking socks and alpaca wool hiking socks are your best option for keeping your feet dry and blister free. Many people rely on a thin liner sock under their merino wool or alpaca wool hiking socks. Liner socks are made with silk or polyester. These socks are breathable, and allow the outer sock to rub against the liner sock and not cause blister inducing friction to the skin.
What every method you choose, keep those feet comfortable for a more enjoyable hike.