Chafing and heat rash can completely spoil a walk. In the past I’ve tried Vaseline, Sportslick and Bodyglide. All work, but Vaseline is a bit messy and doesn’t last. Sportslick is good but a bit gooey. Bodyglide has been the best so far, but the application stick doesn’t always apply the lubrication evenly. Somewhere I saw a reference to runners using Lanacane. To my surprise it is quite widely available in chemists and supermarkets (Bodyglide and Sportslick seem to available only through specialists).
I thought I’d give it a try for my recent trip to the Lakes. I’m very impressed. It goes on very easily. Somehow it dries and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. However, it leaves the skin almost frictionless. It also seems to resist sweat and moisture well. One application lasted two days. It doesn’t seem to transfer to clothing. It could also probably be used for blister prevention. Of the anti-chafing lubricants I’ve tried, I think Lanacane is the best.