A Blister Prevention Staple
I’ve tried many different forms of blister prevention and blister bandaging over the years, but the best by far, remains good old duct tape. Once you put it on, it doesn’t come off like band-aids or other types of medical tape. Adventure Medical Kits must agree with my assessment because they sell tiny rolls of the duct tape, 50 inches long, which have been a part of my homemade first aid and gear repair kit for years.
When I feel a hot spot forming on my feet, I tear off a piece of duct tape and tape it on the affected area to reduce the friction that causes blisters. If a blister has already formed but not broken, I’ll do the same thing. If the blister has already popped and is looking raw and ugly, I might rub in some anti-bacteria ointment before taping it over with duct tape. It’s not elegant, but it really does the job.
Packing Duct Tape
It’s common to see other long distance hikers with duct tape rolled around their trekking polls or water bottles. My friend Hikezilla and I were talking about this the other day and he commented that this was a bad idea. He claims that when you expose duct tape to sun and the elements it breaks down and loses it adhesiveness. I think it’s a good point to consider.
Personally, I’ve tried putting duct tape on my hiking poles and find that it changes the amount of effort required to swing them forward in a way that I don’t like. Instead I just pack a tiny roll of duct tape in my Murphy bag for when I need it. A single roll of 50″ duct tape weighs just 0.6 oz.
Survive Outdoors Longer
What does S.O.L. stand for? Survive Outdoors Longer. Yea, right!
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