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Overnight Backpacking? Don't Forget The Camp Shoes

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Here’s a little hiking tip for those of you venturing out on an overnight backpacking trip: don’t forget your camp shoes.

I was an unbeliever when it came to camp shoes. I didn’t want the extra weight and figured my boots would work just as well in camp as they do on the trail. However, changing out of your boots when ever you get to camp has many benefits.

Camp shoes allow your boots to breathe and dry out, either from a wet trail or from perspiring feet. Your feet get a chance to breathe as well and hot spots and blisters can begin to mend. Boots can trample a camping area rather quickly, and wearing shoes will keep it from looking scarred and overused. And of course, wearing camp shoes just makes you feel more comfortable and can make you walk around camp as if you are floating on air.

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