Travel Tips

THE BEST TRAVEL ACCESSORY YOU ALWAYS FORGET TO PACK

Sponsored by Elastoplast Blister Plasters.

Bags packed, insurance purchased and flights checked in! With so many errands running through our minds before heading into a trip (combined with a touch of excitement and nerves) you can sometimes forget to look after yourself and to ensure you have the right accessories packed if things go south.

We tend to easily stow those 3 pairs of pants we haven’t worn in years for a weekend getaway but a small medical kit is honestly the last thing we think of, and trust us we are guilty of all the above.

Beyond a half used pack of painkillers, it wasn’t until a few years ago that we started to realise the importance of having a medical kit. Last year Jess had a bad case of gastro in a small town in Cambodia with no pharmacy, no ATM and no English speakers living in the area. I had to use hand signals to imitate gastro and that I needed electrolytes (please don’t ask me to ever repeat that) followed by negotiating the poor man down from $1 to 70 cents because that’s all I had left on me with no way to get more money.

Our feet help us explore, they get us from one sight to the next, they help us climb up that mountain and they help us navigate the shallows below during a SCUBA diving trip.

I think we can all agree that nothing’s worse than buying a brand new pair of shoes for your holiday, followed by having an unforgettable day of exploring and then realising you came back with blisters and sore feet. Probably one of the most common basic injuries travelers get.

Like a smidgen of dust in your eye, it’s not until you have that pain do you realise just how much you took your healthy feet for granted. That’s why we always pack Elastoplast Blisterplasters with us where ever we go!

The Best Way To Deal With Blisters

The number one thing you should do when you get a blister is to leave it intact and apply a plaster straight away. Elastoplast Blisterplaster will cushion the affected area and protect even an open blister from infection and dirt. The plaster will also help take off the pressure-induced pain and accelerate the healing process.

Applying a blister plaster will:

  • Help to avoid additional pressure from shoes on to the blister
  • Protect the delicate layer of skin on top of the blister until the blister is ready to drain by itself
  • Protect an open blister from infection and external influences such as water, dirt and bacteria

How to avoid getting Blisters

There are a few ways to prevent getting blisters to ensure you are on your feet and exploring rather than skipping climbing to the top of Notre Dame. If you are looking into buying a new pair of kicks for the trip, consider wearing them in first. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following:

  • Wear nylon or moisture-wicking socks
  • Consider wearing soft bandages around your feet
  • Apply powder to problem areas
  • Slow down or stop your activity if pain starts to appear
  • Consider wearing Elastoplast Blister Plasters as they also help prevent blisters
  • If a blister appears, don’t pop it – apply a plaster

Stephen and Jess signoff

Thank you to Elastoplast for sponsoring this post and helping support Flying the Nest, however as always, our opinions are our own.  Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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  • A medical kit is something I always forget to pack on weekend getaways bur for longer trips I do though not sure I always have plasters

  • Alli Smith

    I actually remembered to take a medical kit last month when I spent two weeks on my favorite island. You never know when you’ll need a bandaid or something for pain. I also take a small nail repair kit. I hate it when I break a nail and need a file.

  • Candy Kage

    Lesson learned about the blister part. So thankful for that part of your post, thank goodness we did have a first aid kit with us.

  • Anita

    Never thought about bringing a medical kit, but it makes sense. Great pictures by the way. Awesome!

  • Shirley Wood

    Good thinking and I will prepare a small first aid kit for our travel from now on! I guess we have just been lucky because we usually just toss that half used bottle of Tylenol in a bag. I can totally see how some Pepto, band-aids and other essentials would be nice to have on hand!

  • Jeanette

    That is very good point! When I travel a lot of times shoes I wear are not comfortable. I have to try those blister covers the next time I have a problem with my feet. It sounds like that would be perfect when I’m hiking around with more uncomfortable shoes (that I thought were perfect at the time)

  • This is so true, I am awful for getting blisters and as you always seem to walk a lot more on holiday especially when exploring you really need to make sure you are ready for the worst.

  • blm03

    I hate getting blisters especially when traveling and on vacation. I try to break in the shoes I am taking at least a week or 2 in advance.

  • Your so right! I totally over pack when it comes to clothing options, but I never think about the real “what if’s” that happen when traveling.

  • This is such a good point – blisters can seriously dampen a holiday and it would be smart to bring these along! Thanks for the post x

  • Christy Maurer

    Blisters are the worst! I will have to get some of these for my next trip where I’ll be walking a lot!

  • Marceline Dementori

    That is so true! That’s always my mistake when it comes to traveling. We went to Disneyland and I was wearing the wrong sneakers and it was terrible! We were there for the whole day and I paid for it for days, my feet were sore and I definitely had blisters.

  • Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    Oh these are great tips and ones I will never ignore again. I went to a blog conference once and was running every where, needless to say I had a blister or two.

  • I’ve been pretty fortunate to not get blisters during my travels. I’ve learned to wear shoes that are more comfortable than fashion forward so I invested in a good pair of sneakers and Birkenstocks. If I ever happen to get blisters in the future however, I will refer back to your tips!

  • Adriana

    Blisters are the worst, ESPECIALLY when you’re traveling! I got one one time in Italy from wearing this pair of brand new heels to dinner, and the next day we were sightseeing in Venice – NOT good haha! These are great tips!

  • David Elliott

    I know that these blister things are good. I don’t know that I have one right now. it’s ironic that I did just get a blister this past week because I did end up walking a ton. But that’s ok. We had a great time at Disneyland so I cannot complain.

    • Amazing! Which was your favourite ride at Disney?

  • OhNikka

    I don’t get blisters but I do get a sore ankle when I travel and walk around to much. Maybe because I wear heels so much? Who knows but I love my heels.

  • Dogvills

    I don’t usually get blisters, but walking long distances gives me pain in my arches. Oh goodness, that really hurts. Maybe I should wear some kind of arch support before I put on my socks. I don’t want to have pain be in the way when I travel.

    • We forgot to pack our walking shoes on this trip, blisters left right and center!

  • Margarette Puno

    Sometimes i get blisters too when i wear a new shoes. That’s why i wear a comfortable shoes now.

  • I got some blisters once and it ruined my trip. I never realized how much they hurt. I didn’t wear new shoes after that to go anywhere, lol. I’m going to use your tips so that don’t happen again.

  • I have a tiny little medical kit ready at all times and I throw it straight into my suitcase whenever I travel. It saves you forgetting the small things that are never at the top of your priority list. They certainly do come in handy – Especially a small pair of scissors and like you said, plasters! XX