Summer often means kicking off our work shoes and spending all of our free time in flip-flops, tennis shoes, or no shoes at all. Most kids would be happy to spend the whole summer barefoot. You can certainly relax your footwear when you are camping but there are a few things you should do to protect your feet.
Your feet will be less protected from the environment and more vulnerable to a variety of problems. We see plenty of stubbed toes, turned ankles, and blisters on tender feet that haven’t yet been toughened up for the summer. Summer sidewalks can be hot and can burn your barefeet.
If you’re going to wear flip-flops you should make sure and rub sunscreen on the tops of your feet. It is surprisingly easy to get quite a burn on that tender skin and it can really hurt. Use the same SPF that you choose for the rest of your body and make sure you re-apply often.
Be sure to wear shower shoes or flip flops in the public showers. It’s just a good idea to do so. If you plan to do any hiking, try not to start out in brand new shoes. They take some time to break in and can give you blisters in a short period of time if they are stiff and new. Make sure you have bandages on hand and you might like to pack an anti-friction stick which is sold in most stores, in the foot products section.
Your shoes should always be well cushioned with firm arch support. Good quality, moisture wicking socks will keep you comfortable, too. The increased activity of summer may make your feet swell so be sure to drink plenty of water. It will help to ward off this uncomfortable side effect of summer heat and humidity.
We want you to have the time of your life when you are camping with us and protecting your feet is a good way to assure a great stay without incident.