Chunky, high-top hiking boots are really only essential if you plan to hike over rough ground carrying a substantial load. For most people, a good pair of sturdy running shoes, cross-trainers, or day-hikers would be fine. They are lighter, cooler, and more comfortable than big ‘ol waffle-stompers. Whatever you do, don’t go out and buy new boots just before your trip. They could cause serious blisters, and that could spoil your trip.
Here are some other Tips on footwear to bring for your RV vacation:
¨ Comfortable, broken-in walking shoes
¨ Good hiking boots are only essential if you plan to hike over rough ground. Whatever you do, don’t go out and buy new boots just before your trip. Blisters will seriously impact your trip.
¨ Good socks like Smartwool, Thorlo brands.
¨ Sandals: Tevas or Chacos (or other brands). Old “tennies” (sneakers) work also – your feet will just stay wet longer. Forget the flip flops for daily wear – your shoes/sandals need a back strap for hiking and for water activities like rafting.
¨ Flip flops come in handy when using public showers, which may not be quite as sparkling as your home shower.
If you plan to do any horseback riding, hiking trips or ATV riding, outfitters generally want you to wear closed shoes – no sandals.
Here are some other tips on footwear to bring for your RV vacation:
Comfortable, broken-in walking shoes are fine for most hikes.
Wear high-quality, wool or synthetic socks, like Smartwool or Thorlo brands.
Sturdy, supportive sandals, like Tevas or Chacos. are very versatile and have the advantage of drying quickly after a dunk in the lake or river. Keep in mind that if we have arranged a horseback ride, guided hike, or ATV ride for you, the outfitter will probably require you to wear closed-toed shoes, so leave the sandals in the RV on these days.
Flip-flops come in handy when walking around the campground or using public showers. But DO NOT wear flip-flops on the trail and discourage kids from trying it. They will end up being miserable. And so, therefore, will you.