Tips for Keeping Your Feet Comfortable while You Travel
By Kathy Steinemann
|Travel should be a happy activity that you remember with a smile. However, uncomfortable footwear can cloud the memories and refocus them on the foot pain you experienced during the trip. Here are some tips that will help keep your feet happy.
You need more than one pair of shoes when you travel, and they should be comfortable.
As a minimum, you will require:
• Walking shoes - preferably without laces
• Flip flops - for wearing in the shower and at the beach
You might also need:
• Dress shoes
• Hiking boots
How to Purchase the Right Pair of Shoes
Besides the usual selection of walking shoes, sneakers, and clogs, nurses' shoes are designed to be comfortable. Nowadays they come in a variety of colors and styles. You might be persuaded to try them after you ask nurses or doctors for recommendations. Medical professionals are usually on their feet all day and have learned what styles and brands work the best.
Whatever you pick, do not buy new shoes just before you travel. You should purchase them at least a month in advance, and each pair should be broken in for a minimum of one week.
If you wear custom insoles, allow enough time between shoe purchase and travel to obtain fitted orthotics, if required.
Never buy shoes that are two small or too narrow. This is one area where "size matters"! Foot comfort and support are more important than your misguided desire to squeeze into shoes that are a size too small.
Attempt to select shoes that are lightweight. Walking all day in heavy footwear, no matter how comfortable, can fatigue your feet and legs.
Try shoes on and walk around the store for a few minutes. They should not be constricting or uncomfortable in any way.
Ask the salesman the following questions:
• Will the shoes breathe in hot conditions?
• Will the soles provide good traction in rainy or slippery conditions?
• Do they provide good ankle support?
The Extras Are Also Important
Check out the following list and include what is appropriate for your travel plans:
• Adhesive bandages
• Odor eaters
• Cushion gel insoles
• Foot spray or shoe powder
• Several pairs of comfortable socks
Pack extra insoles so that they have a chance to dry and rest between uses.
Ensure Comfy Feet during the Trip
Some travelers pack a pair of sneakers or slippers just to wear on the plane. This helps prevent swollen, uncomfortable feet.
If you will be doing a lot of walking, make sure your shoes are completely dry before wearing them again. If necessary, use a blow dryer on the lowest heat setting to finish the drying process.
For some people, wearing two pairs of light socks provides protection from blisters and helps to soak up moisture. If you decide to try this, test it before you travel to see how well it works for you.
Remember: Happy feet = happy memories ... and bon voyage!
(c) Copyright Kathy Steinemann: This article is free to publish only if this copyright notice, the byline, and the author's note below (with active links) are included.
About the Author:
Kathy invites you to explore more travel tips in her recent eBooks, Top Tips for Travel by Air and Top Tips for Packing Your Suitcase. No eReader? No problem! Most eBook sites provide free reader apps for your PC, Mac, tablet, and smartphone. Article source: 111 Travel Directory: Triple1.com (triple one dot com)