When I started using Body Glide on my feet a couple of years ago to prevent blisters, I used the 1.3-ounce size which is about the size of a container of roll-on anti-perspirant. In addition to coating my heels with Body Glide, I cover the bottoms of my feet and toes. So far I have hiked and backpacked blister-free. They also make a 2.5-ounce version which would last a bit longer at home.
Soon after I found a half-ounce push-up version at REI to carry in my backpack, thinking that it was small enough to not add significant weight to my pack, but would give me an overnight/morning/emergency treatment option on the trail. You can’t not be prepared to take care of your feet when walking is your main mode of travel. I used that (0.45 ounces actually) half-ounce version up with my hiking, backpacking and overnight trips last year.
Well, thanks to the marathon runners out there, I have located even a smaller package of Body Glide for ultralight trips. The best size of Body Glide I found to carry with me while hiking are individual units of the “pocket-sized” 3-pack pictured above. These individual units are a small “push-pop” design, so you keep your hands clean of the Glide lubricant and have something to hold onto when applying it. At 0.07 ounces of glide each, these small sizes are perfect for a few days of backpacking, or maybe a week of walking travel. And they are light enough to carry a spare (without noticing it). Some people have complained that they should be filled more than just halfway, and I agree. On my scale one unit weighs 0.2 ounces/6 grams.
One stays in my daypack and I still have 2 spares to use as needed. For long trail hiking, I think the 1.3-ounce version would be just fine with one of these 0.2 ounce ones in my backup kit as a spare. I found them on a rack at my local Dick’s Sporting Goods where I have been buying my Esbit tabs for my ultralight stove. REI carries them also and I’m sure you will be able to find them at a lot of athletic stores. There is also a woman-specific formula also which has good reviews for comfort and application.
|Each unit weighs 0.2 ounces or 6 grams|
I also plan to save these push-up containers and re-pack them with Body Glide leftovers. We’ll cover that process in an upcoming blog post.