Homer's Travels: No ... I Don't Think So.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

No ... I Don't Think So.

So ... The other day I was reading the Camino de Santiago Forum.   A thread called "Blister Prevention and Foot Care" caught my interest.  I was scanning through the comments looking for good ideas to try when I saw a comment that made me double take.  The comment suggested putting maxipads in your boots to help prevent blisters.  Feminine Hygiene products ... in you boots.  Okay.  Made me chuckle.  Later that evening I shared the comment with the Wife and we both got a little chuckle out of the idea.

Yesterday the Wife gets home and she has this mischievous smile on her face.  She pulls off her shoe and shows me a maxipad firmly stuck to the inside of her shoe.  WTF?!?  She actually tried it?!?  She was even pleasantly surprised at how well they felt.

Turns out that the adhesive keeps the maxipads from moving around.  The maxipad itself provides a nice amount of padding while not crowding the foot.  To top it off - the blister prevention part of this - the maxipad absorbs moisture keeping your feet dry (wet feet are one of the contributors to blister formation).  The only drawback is the durability - the maxipads would have to be replaced every couple days or so.

So ... will I be carrying a box of maxipads in my pack on future long treks?

No ... I don't think so.

P.S.  I never dreamed that I would ever ... ever use the work maxipad in a Homer's Travels post, let alone use it seven times.


  1. Wimp!

    Actually, this is one of the secrets for people who have trouble with blisters under their feet. The owner and blister nurse Maria Roncal (Cizur Menor) swears by this.


    1. Gv: I am not a wimp ... and I I didn't stay in Cizur Menor like you did so I'm a late learner.

  2. Your wife is officially awesome. Just sayin'.