It’s summer and it seems that everyone is taking a hike! Whether it’s daily hiking; weekend trail hiking; or week long treks into the Sierras, hiking has gained great strides as a popular activity for all ages. Here’s some information we published in our blog a year or two ago that we thought we’d send out again in case you missed it the first time … check out why taking a little tube of super glue with you on your hike could prove to be the smartest thing you can do for yourself AND your fellow hikers …
If you’re hiking it’s important to carry some supplies with you as convenient stores aren’t available on every switchback (thankfully!), however, you don’t want to load yourself down so much that your supplies become more of a burden than a blessing. Making sure that your supplies are small, lightweight and serve more than one purpose is key.
According to our readers, and other reliable sources, super glue fits all of these criteria and is one “must-have” for hikers. Here’s why:
- BLISTER RELIEF: Hikers tell us that when they begin to feel the early burn of a blister coming on, inside their boots, applying a drop or two to the sore area provides a buffer from the moisture and friction that can eventually lead to a full blown blister. Additionally, if a blister develops, and ruptures, a thin coat of super glue serves as a temporary bandage for the inflamed area.
- HIKING BOOT REPAIR: Comfortable hiking boots are key to a good hiking experience, however, comfortable hiking boots may also be old and broken in, and therefore, likely to split or separate at the sole. Super Glue bonds well with metal, rubber, and leather and can be used to repair shoe soles and get you back on the trail in seconds. Similarly, if shoestrings are frayed, and ragged, a drop of super glue on each end of the shoestring will pull all that fray together so that you can easily thread the laces through the eyes on your boot.
- WALKING STICK CREATION: A good walking stick is important for hikers. You can make your own simply with a straight tree limb, some cloth or cord and some super glue.
- DENTAL CROWN SALVATION: We don’t condone using super glue in your mouth, but our readers OFTEN send us their stories of how super glue saved them, and their teeth, in difficult situations. If your dental crown falls out while you’re hiking a little super glue can help lock it back into place temporarily until you can get yourself into a dentist. Having your crown back in your mouth will ensure that you won’t lose it and that you can still eat while on your hike – another key to a successful hiking experience !
- TORN DOG PAD REPAIR: Hiking with man’s best friend is fun, and great for safety reasons as well, however, dogs can easily get cuts, scrapes and torn pads along the trail. A few drops of super glue on their pads provides some quick pain relief for your pup!
- CUT & SCRAPE RELIEF: Along with blisters, cuts and scrapes are always likely to occur along the trail. Whether it be from a tree limb, bush, or rock as you’re hiking, or from a sharp knife cut while you’re cleaning the fish for dinner over the campfire, a drop of super glue applied to an external cut or scrape helps stop the bleeding and also serves as a barrier against bacteria getting into the cut. Again, it’s just a temporary, emergency fix until you can see your doctor, but one you may be grateful to have at your disposal.
- FLY TYING: Fly fishers are known for hiking into isolated rivers and streams to catch that elusive brown trout and his friends. Flyfishermen tell us they love to use super glue to create the perfect fly for fishing. Having some super glue along ensures that you can replicate any fly, on the fly!
So there you have our top reasons to take super glue hiking with you. There are probably lots more. Are you a hiker? Do you carry super glue along the trail with you? If so, tell us your story and you may win free samples. What other supplies have you found to be essential and versatile for hiking? We’d love to hear from you!