Never Suffer Another Blister Thanks To These Traveler Tips

I know duct tape can be used to solve every problem … but blisters?


So sayeth Warren in a thread on the Rick Steve’s forums in which travelers share tips and tricks for preventing and treating blisters.

Duct tape works really well. Thick enough to offer protection, sticky enough if feet get wet and slippery enough to avoid more abrasion. It really is the greatest invention of all time.

If you aren’t so sure about wrapping your feet in duct tape, other options are available.

we never travel/distance-hike anywhere without moleskin … The trick is to apply patches as soon as you sense an area becoming tender ~Kathy

I can never get hiking/snow/ski boots with a narrow enough heel so I always use paper tape … It does NOT work if you already have a blister as it will pull the skin off but it works great ahead of time. ~Pam

I like the liquid-bandage products. I know where on my feet I tend to get blisters, so I apply the liquid to those spots and it builds an extra layer of protection against friction. ~John

Great tips, all. I would have never thought to try liquid-bandage products to prevent blisters.

Read the thread in its entirety: Bandaids to use with shoes/sandals

Mud Volleyball: Taping My Feet” by Chris Metcalf. CC BY 2.0.


  1. Another way to prevent blisters is to wear two pairs of socks. Doubling your sock layer allows the shoe to rub against the outer pair only, so the friction doesn’t get to the inner pair of socks or to your feet!

  2. Yes, duct tape works. The trainers for the 50 mile MS Walk used it as part of the tape job regimen for the walkers to prevent or mitigate blister damage. It works – I know from experience.

    Now would I really want to do it as a daily practice? No. But if I had a hard day of walking and wanted to ward off getting a blister, I sure would do it. That is why a small duct tape roll is in my travel bag.

    The two sock trick does not work for me, mainly because my shoes do not have enough room to wear two pairs of socks and remain comfortable. I have worn knee highs pantyhose and socks before though – maybe I should try that again.

  3. Oh and moleskin is good as well, but expensive. And I agree, you should apply whatever you use when you sense tenderness.

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