Travel Tips


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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