Top Blister Kits and First Aid for Blisters

Stop at the First Sign of a Blister and Use These First Aid Kits

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


The Spenco® Blister kit features polyurethane foam pressure pads to use on areas prone to blistering before you start walking, and 2nd Skin® dressings to use after blistering. It comes in a compact, resealable pouch for convenient carrying on you 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. I like 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 - to put on your feet or on areas that are prone to chafing. You may want to reapply it as you are out on a walk.
  • Powder - some walkers prefer to keep their feet dry with corn starch or other powder, and bring it along to reapply during a long walk.
  • Bandages, moleskin, tape to cover hot spots or blisters when they form.
  • Alcohol, antiseptic - to clean blistered areas or hot spots before covering with a bandage.
  • Small scissors to cut bandages, moleskin, or tape to fit the area you wish to cover.
  • Needle or other blister-pricker 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.
  • 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 outdates. Sometimes you will also notice that it 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 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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