The 5 Best Blister Kits and First Aid for Blisters to Buy in 2018

Stop at the first sign of a blister and treat it with these supplies

If you are building up your walking mileage, you will want to take along a blister kit to treat hot spots immediately before blisters form, or to bandage yourself if you wait too long and get a blister. These kits allow you to doctor yourself properly to prevent further damage and lower the risk of infection.

If you wear a backpack or waist pack when you are on your longer walks, make room for one of these kits. If you prefer not to carry anything along, you are taking a risk. But have a kit handy in your vehicle or home so you can use it as soon as you return.

The Blister Medic kit from Adventure Medical is compact and comes in a waterproof case with assorted bandages, moleskin, 2nd Skin blister dressings, adhesive, scissors, antibiotic ointments, and antiseptic towelettes. It's great to take along in your pack or pocket.

The Spenco blister kit features polyurethane foam pressure pads to use on areas prone to blistering before you start walking, and 2nd Skin blister dressings to use after blistering. It comes in a compact, resealable pouch for convenience to carry on your​ walks.

This Mueller kit includes gel skin pads, foam pressure pads, and adhesive mesh. This gives you three options for covering blisters that have already formed or covering spots that are likely to blister. Some people prefer the adhesive mesh for areas that are prone to blister, while other people do better with foam pressure pads. Meanwhile, the gel bandages work well on blisters that have already developed.

This small Cramer pocket kit includes five blister foam patches and alcohol preps. The zip pouch will be handy to use over and over again to restock either with their products or your preferred blister preps.

This is a kit big enough for two people and can be used to treat not only blisters but also other scrapes and bumps and scratches along the trail. It includes moleskin as its blister-preventer, antiseptic, and ibuprofen, along with lots of other first aid supplies.

Making Your Own Blister Kit

 A prepackaged kit may be tempting, but as you become more familiar with treating and preventing blisters you will find what works best for you. At that point, you'll want to customize your own blister kit. Here are the items you'll want to think about bringing along:

  • Lubricant: You can lubricate your feet or other areas that are prone to blisters and chafing. You may want to reapply it as you are out on a walk. You can find miniature sizes of some lubricant sticks at running stores.
  • Powder: Some walkers prefer to keep their feet dry with cornstarch or other types of powder. You can put some in a ziplock bag or pill bottle to bring along and apply during a long walk.
  • Bandages, moleskin, or tape: Use these to cover hot spots or blisters when they form.
  • Alcohol or antiseptic: Use alcohol or antiseptic wipes to clean blistered areas or hot spots before covering with a bandage.
  • Small scissors: Use this to cut bandages, moleskin, or tape to fit the area you wish to cover. You may want to carry a small Swiss army knife that has the miniature scissors as one of the utility tools.
  • Needle or other blister-pricker: It is recommended that you don't drain blisters unless they are at risk of bursting. Use this if you need to puncture and drain a large blister while still out on a walk. You will also need alcohol and/or a flame to sterilize it if it is not sterile-packed.
  • A package to carry it all and keep it dry and clean.

Once you make your kit, check it every season to replace items as needed or that have reached their expiration dates. Sometimes you will also notice that your kit has some water damage or damage from heat or humidity. You want your kit to be stocked, fresh, and ready when you need it.

If you're traveling by air to attend a race or for a walking vacation, you'll want to bring a kit along. However, it will probably be best stored in your checked luggage, especially if it has any liquids or sharp items.


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