Are you hitting the road – or the airport – for a summer vacation with family or friends?
If you are, you won’t be alone. AAA predicted that 38 million Americans traveled on Memorial Day weekend, the most since 2005. The trend will continue for the summer thanks in part to the lowest fuel prices in 11 years.
Careful preparation for travel is key and make up your packing list early. Try creating a list on your computer – Excel works great – so you won’t have to come up with a new list for each trip. Include standard items that you usually take and then leave room for destination-specific items like your passport, snorkeling equipment or Italian pocket dictionary.
And don’t forget to tuck a small foot care kit into your luggage! You’ll be counting on your feet to carry you miles as you explore your destination while walking, hiking, climbing and biking. Your travel kit won’t take up much room and can really help soothe tired feet and repair blisters and other minor foot problems.
Prepare a Travel Foot Care Kit
Even if you pamper yourself with a luxury pedicure during your vacation, you’ll need to take along some foot care essentials like these:
- Rich, emollient foot cream or lotion to smooth on feet at the end of every day
- Sunscreen to protect the tops of your feet and ankles too
- Adhesive bandages or sterile gauze and tape to cover minor scrapes and cuts
- Anti-fungal cream or powder to treat simple cases of athlete’s foot
- Antibiotic ointment or cream to cover blisters and for minor skin injuries
- Blister pads or moleskin both to prevent blisters and to protect the blister if one does appear
- Home pedicure instruments including nail clippers and emery board
With these simple products you’ll be able to treat most minor foot problems like blisters and small scrapes. If however you notice any signs of infection, or if it’s painful to put on shoes or to walk, seek medical attention immediately. You don’t want a small foot problem to worsen and put a damper on your vacation fun.
More Travel Foot Care Tips
Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM recommends taking extra-special care of your feet while you travel to keep them in tip-top condition:
- Never wear wet or damp shoes or socks. Take along spares and alternate your footwear.
- Wear comfortable slip-on shoes and socks for air travel.
- Take along your custom-fitted orthotics.
- Bring flip-flops for protection from bacteria and fungus at pools, spas and other public areas.
- Break in new shoes, especially hiking boots, before hitting the trail.
- Avoid excessive alcohol and salty foods to prevent swelling of the feet.
Importantly, if you bring home anything from your vacation other than souvenirs – like a foot or ankle injury or skin problem – please come in and see us right away!
Travel Safely and Take Care of Your Feet Too
Dr. Alexopoulos, board certified podiatrist can help with any type of foot or ankle injury, condition or disease. Please call our Chicago office at (773) 561-8100 or request an appointment via the website. Don’t assume your foot problem will clear up on its own – get help today!