If you’re a hiker you’re well aware of the risks you take when you head off for the trail. You may already know about the 10 essentials taught in every Mountaineers class and also recommended by REI. Now updated these include navigation tools, sun protection, insulation, illumination, first aid supplies, a way to start a fire, repair kit and tools, nutrition, hydration, and emergency shelter.
While all of these are extremely important I want to go over what I think you should include in your first aid kit for feet.
1. Socks. Of course, you should be wearing these and I’ve already gone over the importance of this item for hikers, but socks are still at the top of my list. No matter what you do after you hit the trail keep in mind that your best offense is a great defense. Check out my article on the best socks for hiking to get the information you need.
2. Blister Prevention Patches. Blisters are one of a hiker’s worst enemies. Another prevention tactic in addition to wearing great socks is to don blister prevention patches available off my website or your local drugstore.
3. Moleskin. This product can help reduce friction and pain if you are prone to calluses. We have them, but so does your local drugstore. However, I really love all of Dr. Jill’s products. They work really well for my patients.
4. Orthotics. Make sure if you need them, bring them and use them. You don’t want to risk a flare-up of plantar fasciitis during a hike.
Injury Should Haves
5. Biofreeze – pain reduction for achy feet
6. Latex-free adhesive tape and splints – if you injure a toe and need to buddy tape one to another. You can also purchase a special digit wrap for this purpose.
7. Sterile dressing pads – for cuts, blisters, or to stop bleeding.
8. ACE bandage for sprains
9. Antibiotic ointment for cuts and abrasions
10. Ibuprofen or other pain reliever recommended by your doctor
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