This post is part of the Backpacking Gear for Beginners course.
Why do you need socks?
Chances are slim that you can wear hiking boots or walk long distances without socks on. Good socks can keep your feet dry, happy and prevent blisters.
Thicker socks will also give your feet some cushion against the beating they can take on the trail as well as warmth if it’s cold.
Never wear cotton socks hiking. Cotton absorbs water and holds it against your skin. Warm, moist skin leads to blisters. Merino wool or synthetic is best.
Buy boots with your socks
When you go buy boots take your good socks with you. Boots will feel different with different socks. Your boots have to feel good with your feet and your socks.
Spend time testing
Spend as much time as possible breaking in your boots with your socks. Walk around the house. Do errands around town. Do small hikes. Slowly work up to the distance and weight you’ll be doing for your trip.