If there is one thing that is for cure, it is that blisters can make walking difficult. They are painful and annoying. They make it hard for you to walk in your hiking boots. If you have ever developed blisters, you know how disgusting they can be. The good news is that you can treat and/or prevent blisters.
As you hike, your boots and socks rub against your feet, moving the thick outer layers of your skin more than the sensitive inner layers, which causes them to begin to separate. This is a “hot spot.” Ten minutes of rubbing later, and fluid has fully filled the void between your skin layers. This is a blister. Moisture (from sweat or a river crossing) accelerates this process.
Now that you already know what causes blisters, let’s look at how you can prevent them once and for all.
Your socks combination sounds fine. My question would be: How often were you changing them out? On a trip such as that, if any rain at all were anticipated, I’d suggest carrying at least one pair of extra dry socks, two would be better yet. Store them in a plastic bag to ensure they really ARE dry. You’d want to change socks at least once a day or whenever they got wet, placing wet socks in a spot where they could dry out (hang them in the tent at night, for instance, or in a mesh pack pocket if the weather is dry for a bit). It’s also a good thing either to go to bed without socksso your feet thoroughly dry outor just wear light, dry liner socks at night.
If your feet sweat or get wet in wet conditions, chance the socks. Then dry the wet ones and use them interchangeably.
Most people develop blisters because they didn’t break in their boots. According to To Hiking, breaking in your boots is a good way to ensure that you don’t develop blisters.
To avoid pressure points, slippage or both, the foundation of blister prevention is getting the right fit when you buy your boots. And the inaugural voyage shouldn’t be the major backpacking trip that inspired you to get them. For more details, read Hiking Boots: How to Choose and Breaking in Hiking Boots.
You should spend some time breaking in your boots before you wear them to go out for hiking.
Every remedy that we’ve highlighted in the points above is important. If you observe all of them, you will never have to worry about blisters again, even during a long hike.