How to Take Care of Your Feet on an Adventure (According to Andrew Skurka)

If you’re someone who likes to run, hike, backpack, or go trekking, you probably already know how important it is to keep your feet healthy and happy. But, just in case you need a reminder or are looking for some tips on how to do that, National Geographic has posted an article on how to care for your feet on an adventure.

The article is written by none other than Andrew Skurka, a guy who knows a thing or two about traveling on his own two feet. A long-distance hiker by trade, over the course of his career Andrew has hiked some of the biggest and best trails on the planet, including the Appalachian Trail and the sea-to-sea route that covered more than 7775 miles across North America. His treks have taken him to Alaska, Iceland, South Africa, and throughout the Rocky Mountains. In other words, this is a guy who likes to travel on foot, and does it often.

In the Nat Geo story, Skurka offers a bit of his infinite wisdom on foot care. He talks about the importance of preventative maintenance, managing moisture, and how socks can play a role in keeping your feet happy. He also briefly touches on the footwear you should consider for any long journey on foot, with plenty of tips and suggestions to avoid developing blisters and hotspots or dealing with them should they arise.

Nothing spoils a good hike like having sore feet. What starts as a pleasant walk in the woods can turn into an agonizing death march if you’re wearing the wrong shoes, get wet feet, or simply aren’t prepared for the trail. This article can provide some helpful hints on how to avoid all of that, and serves as a good reminder to those of us who already know it, but may still try to get away with something we shouldn’t.

Check out the full story here.

Kraig Becker