It may seem like Spring just started but in reality Summer is swiftly approaching. And that means: time for holidays. Maybe you’re going on a staycation this year, maybe you’re haven’t got anything planned just yet or maybe – if you’re very lucky – you’ve got the trip of a lifetime planned. No matter what option applies to you, many of us tend to take extra care of our body during the Summer, simply because it’s more on show due to the high temperatures. That means: extra hydrating, extra workouts, extra attention to what we wear.
And as we’re doing so, we like to spoil our feet a little. When it’s cold outside, our feet are mostly well packed up in big socks and even bigger shoes, meaning very little people get to see them. And even though we should take care of them even then, many of us forget to do so. But when the sun’s out again, so are the sandals and all of a sudden we realize we’ve been neglecting our feet for months. And so we pay a visit to the pedicurist every once in a while or we do a pedicure at home, to make sure they look as good as they can.
On holiday, when you’re away from home, however, taking care of your feet isn’t that simple. Many pedicurists are fully booked and you haven’t got all the gear you’ve got at home. So how do you make sure your feet keep on looking nice during those holidays? We’ve compiled a short but sweet list of what to do to keep your feet in shape during your summer holidays. And no, you don’t have to be a pro to do this yourself.
1. Choose your shoes wisely
Wearing in new shoes is never a nice thing but you certainly don’t want to spoil your vacation by doing so. And even though those high heels might look good, they’re not the appropriate footwear to go for a walk on the beach. Make sure to only pack shoes you feel 100% comfortable in while preparing your trip and try to keep in mind what you’re doing that day when choosing your shoes in the morning.
2. Keep your feet dry
Whoever says vacation says hot weather says sweat. And water, as you’re probably going to be going for a swim at some point. However, your feet aren’t such fans of all that moisture. If you’re not keeping them dry as much as possible, chances are you’re going to develop some kind of fungus and nobody likes that. Therefore, make sure always have a clean towel on hand to dry your feet after a swim and try not to wear synthetic materials on your feet.
3. Bring some first aid essentials
Of course, nobody’s perfect and a shoe disaster is always possible. Maybe you’re going on a 20 kilometre long hike which even your comfiest shoes can’t handle, leaving you with blistery toes and heels afterwards. That’s a shame, of course, but it shouldn’t turn your holidays into a nightmare of painful feet. Always pack a first aid kit with (blister) plasters, disinfectant and maybe a pair of nail scissors to be able to do some damage control when necessary.
4. Moisturize, apply SPF and moisturize again
Maybe you’re doing so on a daily basis already but if you aren’t: make sure to moisturize those feet on vacation. All that salty or chlorine water isn’t great for your skin and your feet feel that as well. So, every morning when you get out of bed, make sure to apply some moisturizing cream to keep them in shape. Once you’ve done that, apply a royal layer of sunscreen and make sure to reapply during the day because your feet too can get sunburnt and that’s not something you want to experience. At night, once you’ve gotten ready to get to bed, moisturize them again – you’ll see, they’ll look great in sandals afterwards.
5. Bring that bottle of nail polish
If you like to put nail polish on your feet, chances are, you’ve done so before leaving on holiday as well. But vacations can be adventurous and it’s possible your polish will get chipped during your stay – not a great look. To prevent to have to repaint them all over, think of packing that bottle of nail polish you applied before leaving home so you can simply touch up any imperfections while abroad.