15. A pack of Dr. Frederick’s Original Better Blister Bandages in case those shoes you thought would be comfortable to wear while trekking around *all* day long decide to turn on you. These’ll protect any resulting blisters while helping them heal, and reducing the pain from friction so you don’t have to spend the rest of your trip in agony.
Each pack comes with bandages to fit your heel, toe, and foot. People who wear heels also recommend these!
Here’s why BuzzFeed writer Emma Lord loves them:
“As a blister-prone human, I swear by these. A few years ago, before I invested in these running socks that prevent blisters, I got a blister on my big toe so unspeakably large and painful that I am cringing even TYPING about it, and no amount of rest from running seemed to heal it; it just kept coming back. I finally used one of these bandages, and the pain was virtually gone from the moment I put it on. It was also so airtight that nothing got inside, and it didn’t loosen in the shower. You’re supposed to take it off when it loses adhesive so it can come off gently without disturbing the blister if it hasn’t fully healed yet. After using two of these in a row over the course of a week and a half, my blister was finally healed up enough that it stopped coming back.”
Promising review: “So glad I thought ahead to buy these before going to Italy. I had new fashionable shoes and low-cut socks, and we did 10 times more walking than I had anticipated. I tried the shoes on for an hour and got a blister. Wore these for 10 days in Europe and had zero issues, total comfort, left them on for multiple days through showers. I’ll never travel without these again.” —Paul Hinman
Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four types of packs).