Invaluable, Money Saving Walking Gear Tips - Page 5
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Zinc Oxide Tape helps prevent blisters
To prevent blisters and a good way to stop them hurting when you do get them is to put 1-2 layers of zinc oxide tape over likely places. This is cheaper than the proper blister plasters but works just as well.
Daniel Mallandaine, Torquay
After the Walk
After a hard days walking on the hill I always have a dry tee-shirt waiting in the car to put on.
Mike Cooper, Rochdale
Wear Inner Socks Inside Out
Use your thin inner sock inside out i.e. with the seams on the outside. The seams in contact with the foot can be the start of foot problems. A bonus is that they feel more comfortable.
Bob Ollerenshaw, Newthorpe
Vaseline can help stop Blisters
If you suffer from blisters on your feet it is a good tip to rub Vaseline on your feet before you put on your socks as this will help prevent blisters. I have been doing it for years and it has worked for me.
Louise Finlay, Londonderry
Got Flat Feet or Feet with very High Arches?
If you have flat feet or feet with very high arches you may develope painful arthritis in the toes and mid-foot joints. This can be prvented by wearing orthoses which will guard again strain and offer extra stability.
Ana Rodrigo, London
Practice, Practice, Practice . . .
If its misty, set yourself a navigation challenge. Use your compass and map on a part of the UK you know well and see how it looks in bad weather. Count your paces and try time estimating, in case one day you need it for real
Graham Taylor, Poynton
Take care of your feet
Always wash your feet after each day's walk and then let them breath with nothing on them. Then massage to stop stiffness.
Vicky Campbell, Cowdenbeath
Don't forget the Flapjacks!
Flapjacks are ideal snacks for walkers. They are high in calories and are a source of slow release energy (low GI). They taste nice too!
Kaye Mann, Rotherham
Swing those arms . . .
A 90 degree bend in your arm makes your arms a shorter pendulum, so they can swing faster as your step speeds up. At normal speed allow your arms to swing freely and rhythmically, remembering that your arm speed controls your leg speed.
Sheraz Chowdry, Streatham
Two pairs of socks are better than one!
Always wear two pairs of socks, that way the rubbing is between the layers of socks, and not your feet! Its very effective!
Nichola Gabriel, Hereford
Extra socks might keep you feet warm but . . . .
Never wear more than 2 pairs of socks inside your walking boots or you will get blisters- no matter how cold your toes are!
Olivia Taylor, Whitchurch
There's no such thing as bad weather: just different weather! Get out and enjoy!
David Whitworth, Bradford
Blister Care . . .
If you get a blister, thread a piece of cotton through it and leave the cotton in sticking out both ends. The cotton soaks up the blister but keeps the skin whole so the blister doesn't rub. Sounds disgusting but it really works!
Alison Holloway, Stourbridge
Man's (& Woman's) Best Friend . . .
Take a strong and curious Labrador. I seem to complete my walks in half the time since I got one!
Rita Swift, Dunstable
Always carry a small First Aid Kit
Even when walking with a group, always carry a small first aid kit containing stuff to treat your feet during or at the end of a walking day. You are far more likely to sort out your feet in private and in good time than use a communal first aid kit.
Ralph Wilson, Ulverston
Dry feet are happy feet!
Use antiperspirant on your feet, dry feet are happy feet. Feet should be washed daily to allow them time to breathe in between applications of antiperspirant.
Daphne Rowbotham, Bradford
Walking Boot Lacing is important too . . . .
When walking make sure your laces are tied up so that the lace goes straight across from one hole to the next without any diagonal lace up. This protects your feet the most helping you to walk for longer and more comfortably.
Laura Mcnair, Cumbernauld
Don't forget the suncream . . .
Make sure you have suncream with you - even on cloudy days you can get painfully sun burnt!
Martin Lindley, Bolton
Fleece lined slippers can be BLISS!
I always pack a pair of fleece lined slippers (with waterproof soles) for the end of the walking day. As soon as I finish walking, I take off my boots and socks, wash and talcum my feet and then slip them into my lovely soft, roomy slippers - BLISS.
Sally Watts, Milton Keynes
Keep your backpack light . . .
Save your old T-shirts, socks and undercrackers for when doing a long distance walk. Then wear and throw away as you go so your pack gets lighter the more tired you get!
Alexandra Cavendish-Howard, Leeds
Cold refreshing water all day . . .
Fill a used plastic bottle with water and freeze overnight. The next day as it melts while you're walking you always have cold water to drink.
Jeanette Baldini, Bradford
Tiny plastic bottles of various sizes are useful for . . .
Do you use those tiny plastic bottles of various sizes provided in well-known camp kitchen sets? If you prefer milk for your hilltop brew or use exotic trekking luxuries like shampoo, washing up liquid, olive oil or tomato ketchup - they're brilliant.
Trevor Morgan, Linlithgow
Stop things freezing on cold days . . .
On very cold peak assaults - lay out your silver emergency blanket, put all your day pack kit in the middle, gather up the edges and place the whole lot in the day pack. Your water won't freeze even at the top of Kilimanjaro.
Elizabeth Gould, Bath
Don't forget the Duck Tape . . .
Wrap Duck Tape around water bottle(s) for miscellaneous use. Also, very good for blisters when applied early on . . .
Larry Hicks, Old Fort, North Carolina, USA
Talcum powder is better than deodorant . . .
Rub your feet with talcum powder before putting on socks and hiking boots. It's kinder to your feet than a foot deodorant and keeps you cool for longer too.
Tina Higgins, Dudley
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