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  Making sure your feet are taken care of is one of the top priorities when hiking, especially long distance. Here are some tips on how to keep them in tip-top shape: Get the Right Boots. Invest in a pair of sturdy, waterproof boots that are not too big and not too small (factor in whether you’ll be wearing thick socks when choosing your size). Make sure that the laces hold and are easy to tie with cold fingers. If you need ankle support, get high-top boots. But don’t go overboard with the clunkiness – get a pair of boots that are versatile and can be worn for longer as well as shorter hikes and in warm and cold weather. And be sure to break them in! Get the Right Socks. Wool/synthetic-mix socks that have moisture-wicking properties are the best for camping in all types of weather. Whether it’s raining or super hot, you want to make sure that your socks will keep your feet dry. Sock liners work good to help keep some of the moisture off of your feet, as well as insulate them. A good tip for cold-weather backpacking is to sleep with your socks in your...

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