Leukotape is an very sticky first aid tape that long distance hikers often wear on their feet to prevent blisters. Once you put it on, it will stick for days, even if you get it wet, although it’s easy to pull off when you want to remove it.
Leukotape is best used as a preventative over potential blister hot spots and not something you want to put over an open blister. Leukotape is non-elastic so it has no give in it and is very different from kinesiotape, which is stretchy and is commonly used by physical therapists to tape limbs or body parts for better alignment or function.
Rolls of Leukotape are awkward to pack, so it’s best to cut it into strips and store them in your first aid kit flat. The problem is finding something to stick the tape to, so that it peels off and is still usable.
Have you ever bought a pack of adhesive labels that peel off a very shiny paper backing? The stuff is called “release paper.” It’s the perfect type of paper to stick Leukotape to before cutting it into shorter strips.
Cut the long strips into 3-4 inch strips, that you could use to cover your heels, for instance. You can cut these down further and shape them in the field if you carry a very small pair of scissors.
To store these strips of Leukotape, you can simply stack them and slip them into a sandwich baggie inside your first aid kit. They stay good for a long time with the stickiness intact, and are much lighter and convenient to use this way. Do check them annually however, because they do lose their stickiness eventually and should then be replaced.
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