Blisters are a nuisance at best during a standard day, but in a survival situation a blister can quickly cut off your most simple mode of transportation.
A blister isn’t only uncomfortable but if one were to burst and be left untreated, infection could set in in as little as some hours. Below are a couple of steps that you can take to stop blisters from forming.
Your shoes must match properly to avoid blisters. If they’re too snug or too loose the shoes will cause excess friction on your feet. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that there’s ½ in. space between your longest toe and the end of your shoe.
Be sure that you have enough room to wiggle your toes inside the toe box, and your heel doesn’t slip once you walk. Periodically examine the inside of your shoes for seams or worn areas that might produce additional friction.
Select socks that fit your foot without being too tight or too loose. Tube socks are never a decent choice as they don’t match close enough to the foot. Ensure that the socks don’t have large stitching at the toes or heels.
Some people prefer to wear two layers of socks (or a sock that’s made with double layers) to help in blister prevention. Do not wear socks that are too old. Worn socks will have thin areas and holes are very possible to produce hot spots and blisters.
Do not wear untested socks on a long walk and never wear unwashed socks, dirty socks can cause a whole different mess of problems.
I have run across a ton of different blister remedies but I want to hear from you. Do you have any home remedies or preventions that you personally use on blisters?