Caring for clothes and shoes in the field, drying clothes and shoes on a camping trip.

The legs are the only means of transportation in an extreme situation, not counting the movement on a raft. Where possible. Therefore, keeping the legs in good condition is one of the main tasks. That is why special requirements are placed on shoes. It should be worn and not rubbed anywhere, be free enough so that, if necessary, it could be used to put an insole of grass (or wrap grass), dry moss. 

Caring for clothes and shoes in the field, drying clothes and shoes on a camping trip.

Any garment that has more than one layer retains heat around the body part that it covers to a much greater extent than a single, but for this the top layer should be freer than the inner.

. All things should be lit with a flame, but not too close to the fire. To do this, a special dryer is constructed from the poles, and thick branches are sticked into the ground for shoes or a log is placed (stones can be placed). Shoes should not be placed with the sole on the fire; they may become wrinkled and cracked. After drying, the shoes should remain slightly moist and soft, as if they are overdried, they will become hard and brittle. Such shoes will rub your feet, and in the worst case, it just won’t fit on your foot.

You can’t leave clothes and shoes around the campfire unattended and in no case can they be dried directly above the fire. With a lack of time, it is advisable to light a special fire for drying, so as not to wait until the food is cooked. Never (especially in winter) dry clothes and shoes near the fire, this method is not only ineffective, but can lead to the burning of clothes, especially the soles of shoes, since you do not feel the heat. And if you have synthetic clothes on you, it’s doubly dangerous because of the heat, it can fuse on you and burn to your body.

Shoes can be dried by stuffing them with dry objects or materials that absorb moisture: straw, dry grass, hot sand. You can put hot, but not hot stones inside. At sub-zero temperatures, clothes are dried in the cold, subsequently knocking out pieces of ice from it. If in winter your clothes get wet from the fact that you have fallen under the ice, then lie in the snow. It absorbs some of the moisture.

If in an extreme situation you find the strength to maintain personal hygiene, get food and water, just relax, create shelter, and it’s comfortable and cozy, navigate the terrain your chances of survival and return to people will increase dramatically.

Based on materials from the book Encyclopedia of Survival.
Chernysh I. V.

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