Footwear is one of the most important things to think about when packing for a trip. It might seem obvious, but not packing proper footwear is surprisingly common and can affect your comfort level. The best footwear is sturdy, comfortable, and practical – meaning it is well-suited to the activities you will be undertaking during your travels, whether that’s hiking nature trails or exploring the concrete jungles of the city. Here’s how to determine what footwear to pack and what you should leave at home.
Consider Your Activities and Environment
Check out your itinerary to figure out what types of shoes make the most sense for your needs. If you’re planning on relaxing for most of your trip, for example, you likely won’t need to bring fully kitted hiking boots. Likewise, you also wouldn’t bring a pair of comfortable slip-ons if you were planning to spend most of your trip on your feet exploring your destination. In addition, the environment will also dictate your shoe choice – don’t pack sandals if you’re traveling to a destination with winter weather!
Shop for Great Travel Shoes
If you need to shop for new travel shoes, there are a few qualities to look for that will make a particular pair more travel-friendly. Lightweight footwear places less strain on your feet and make excellent travel shoes. If you’re planning on doing outdoor activities, also consider a pair of waterproof shoes. Even if you’re mainly exploring the city, waterproof shoes can help your feet stay more comfortable if you happen to get caught in a shower.
Break In Your Shoes Before Travel
All shoes need time to break in before they achieve max comfort, so don’t wait until your trip to do this. Start wearing your travel shoes in your daily life a few months before your departure date – your feet will thank you later!
Try to Go Multi-Purpose, But Pack Additional Pairs If Necessary
The best travel footwear will serve you well in many different situations – a dinner at that famed Michelin restaurant, a night out on the town, a day exploring an art gallery or a park, and more. Go for a shoe in a neutral shade – they won’t stick out and can be worn with many different styles of clothing as well. However, don’t be afraid to pack multiple pairs if you know you’ll need them. Try to limit yourself to two pairs in your suitcase – stuff the insides with rolled up socks or valuables to save space, and try to pack them away from any expensive equipment such as cameras.
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