How to Prevent Blisters on Holiday

No matter where you’re planning to holiday this summer, or what activities you intend on doing, getting blisters is sure to spoil your holiday. It is very common to walk around and explore in the new sandals bought just for the holiday. But developing a blister this way is very easy and can leave you in a lot of pain for the rest of your stay. Having a valid European Health Insurance Card will help should the effects worsen. This mean you can receive the medical attention you require without needing to pay large upfront medical fees. However, here are a few tips to help prevent blisters and to help you enjoy exploring the local sights.

Feet protection
Protect your feet from blisters while on holiday

European Health Insurance Card

Having an EHIC is invaluable to you should you require any medical treatment whilst holidaying in Europe. This little blue card will gain you access to healthcare at a reduced fee or even for no cost to you at all. To apply for your own EHIC Card, simply complete the online application form on our ‘Apply EHIC‘ page.

Choose the correct footwear

Making sure you are wearing the right footwear is vital as blisters are caused by pressure and friction. This means the type of shoe you wear can have a huge impact. Always try on shoes before you buy them. You need to be sure they are long enough and wide enough to accommodate your toes. They need to have an extra half inch of space, as in warm conditions our feet can swell, so check that they aren’t too tight. It is not advisable to wear high heels either as wearing them put a lot of pressure on the balls of your feet. Flip flops are ideal for the beach, but only the beach. Walking around in them all day will put a lot of pressure on your toes. The best type of footwear to go for are those made of mesh, canvas or leather. All of these materials are breathable which will keep your feet dry and well-ventilated.

Flip flops beach
Wearing flip flops on the beach is a great way to prevent blisters

Breaking in shoes

It is important to break in any new shoes you have bought before you go on your European holiday. Try simply wearing the shoes for a few hours at home. Doing so will help them mould to your foot shape, providing you with the most comfort and best fit for you.


Many people tend to try wearing socks whilst on holiday to help prevent getting blisters. Unfortunately doing so can in fact make it worse. Wearing cotton socks whilst walking in warm temperatures will cause the socks to become damp with sweat and this can cause blisters. Try wearing socks made from wool or synthetic fabric instead.


By applying lubrication such as petroleum jelly to areas of your feet prone to blisters can have a great impact. If you pre-treat the areas before putting on your socks and shoes, you will prevent chafing while walking.