Keep Blisters at Bay on Your Kenya Walking Holiday

by Tony Maniscalco - Date: 2010-11-17 - Word Count: 546 Share This!

If you go on a Kenya walking holiday, the sights, the sounds and the incredible people are sure to make it an amazing experience. But if you want to get the most from your guided walk then there is one thing you will want to avoid at all costs: blisters. Blisters can turn a fantastic experience into one that you would rather forget. Incredibly painful and frustrating, they are the curse of walkers the world over. When you travel to somewhere as far away as Kenya, the culture shock can be quite noticeable, and the last thing you want as you acclimatise to your new surroundings is to be worrying about blisters. Here are a few simple steps you should take to avoid picking up frustrating blisters on your Kenya walking holiday.

Choosing Footwear & Socks

Blisters are often caused by the walker's footwear, so if you are going all the way to Africa for your Kenya walking tour then it is well worth spending the money on a pair of quality hiking boots. Don't scrimp and save here - they are the most important item you will take on your trip. Ask for advice in the shop and explain the type of walking you will be doing, and the assistants should advise you on the appropriate boots to purchase. It is also a good idea to buy some thick hiking socks as these will increase the padding, reduce the friction, and help with controlling sweat - all of which will reduce the chances of developing blisters.

Break Your Boots In Over Time

Even if you get the best boots that money can buy, if you don't break them in properly before you start your Kenya walking holiday then you will be in trouble. Breaking your boots in involves going for short 5-10 minute walks in them each day for a few weeks until they feel comfortable. If you start hiking over the Kenyan plains without breaking your boots in then you will find yourself developing blisters very quickly.

Remove Footwear Periodically

Make sure to take regular breaks whilst on your Kenya walking adventure. The weather will probably be very hot, and you will need to rest from time to time, so take advantage of the opportunity to remove your boots and socks to allow your feet to dry. The hot weather can increase the level of perspiration on your feet, so try to keep them as dry as possible. You could even take a few extra pairs of dry socks with you to change into during the day.

Stop at The First Signs of Trouble

You can normally tell when a blister is developing on your foot, and the key is to stop immediately as soon as you become aware of the first signs. If you catch it early you can take off your boots and socks, dry the area, remove anything that has got inside the boot, and cover the affected area with surgical tape or blister plasters to stop it getting worse.

Keep Your Feet Blister Free

Don't let blisters ruin your Kenya walking experience. Take the adequate preventative measures and keep a close eye on your feet for any signs of blisters developing and you'll have a much better chance of enjoying a blister-free guided walk in one of the most amazing countries on earth.

Tony Maniscalco is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. They offer over 250 guided group walking holidays in over 65 different countries. While in Kenya walking with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, you will see scenic locations & landscapes at the best value prices.n
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