When you’re a frequent globe- trotting traveler, there’s nothing
more important than taking care of
overworked feet. These simple foot-pampering tips will help ensure comfortable travels for years to come.
“Never risk traveling with a pair of
new shoes that isn’t road tested,”
says Irene S. Levine, Ph. D., free-
lance travel journalist and producer
of More Time To Travel.com. “You
want to take shoes along that are
comfortable for walking more than
usual. If your shoes get wet, you’ll
also want a dry pair as a backup,”
she adds. But don’t take too many
pairs and bulk up your suitcase. Err
on the side of sensible shoes with
support rather than looking for
high fashion, Levine suggests.
“Always have at least two different pairs with you so you can alternate use. That way your feet will
be supported in different ways and
stress or pressure will be distributed
over different areas of your feet.”
Alternate the type of socks you wear
so they don’t rub your feet in the
same way, and choose cotton over
If you’re traveling with sandals,
Foot-Care travel Kit
choose a pair with great arch
support. Many have a flat foot bed
that you’ll come to regret by lunch-
time when you’re on the move.
“Recently I spent a week in Las
Vegas for a conference and my feet
subsequently looked like I’d walked
cross-country barefoot,” says Beth
Foss, owner of My Travel ELF
travel agency in Naples, Florida.
“I forgot to pack my foot-care kit.
I usually don’t travel without it.”
Some suggestions for your kit:
stick-on pads for the inside of heels;
moleskin or pads for toes in case
something rubs; a small pair of
scissors for trimming the pads to fit
Nothing can derail a trip faster than
sore feet and blisters. We've got the tips
to keep your toes shipshape.
by KAthy SENA