No matter how many times you've done it or how "hardcore" you are feet matter and
can be unpredictable with changes in weather, sweating, and terrain. After over 17 years of military experience and completing the 60 to 60 previously I wanted to share a few notes regarding foot care and provide some examples of what I bring.
What is enough to bring?
Bring what you need and what you are comfortable with, meaning weight of your kit should not be over a pound and should only have what works and is small. You don't ever want to bring too much but you never want to be without. I found in many cases if you do run out your buddy can help and share some, but don't assume they are prepared. Your foot care load needs to balance your needs. If you've used the products pictured before you may already know some don't suite your needs while others are your go-to option. Bottom line is if you've trained correctly (a blog series coming shortly) you've already had blisters and hot spots and know what you did to make them go away...
Dude thats a lot of foot care stuff .... I know.....
So lets look at some of the items and discuss their merits. Beginning on the left I have a soft squeeze bottle I use for bike cream. Go to any bicycle shop and they will have it sometimes referred to as "But Cream". This cream is crucial in reducing leg, chest, and arm chafing. Below it is a row of moleskin and Blister Medic. Pretty self explanatory but both the moleskin and Blister Medic take care of common foot problems. I like to have both because they give some options depending on the climate especially if its raining. Below the moleskin is a bandage cutter. You could use a knife or smaller devise, I've just always used these but know there are better answers. Very important to me are the items on the last row. The foot powder, body glide, and liquid bandage are like gold over this three day 60 mile trek. Powder is not just for your feet but also for places where chaffing can occur, some have even preferred to use it to "freshen up". Liquid bandage is a great item for spots where moleskin just isn't doing it or if you have an open cut or bleed that needs to be immediately sealed. The remaining items are less exciting but still noteworthy, I keep a variety of bandaids shown on the far right and also pack icy hot for rest periods to address sore muscles and other whining (caution: if you use icy hot have something to wash your hands and refrain from getting it in your eyes or on your "undercarriage"). Lastly, but maybe the hidden gem, I carry hand sanitizer. Feet are dirty, and bacteria loves to live on them, so after you treat your feet treat your hands and make sure your not cross contaminating feet, mouth, and eyes.
Hope this helps some of the newer folks prepare and maybe remind some of the event veterans get geared up again to support a great event. If you made it this far thanks for reading and for contributing your time to honor the memories of the fallen through participating in the Ruck to Remember. Please feel free to comment, add your own kit items and spread the word on social media about our great event.
Good Luck !