It happens very often that when you go hiking, trekking or camping, the conditions will not always be perfect for you to enjoy a dry and warm day in nature. In the open air, the weather is more unpredictable and we are not carrying everything we need to keep us dry and comfortable. This is the reason why hikers and campers must be mentally and physically prepared to get wet from time to time. There is nothing alarming about this, but if it is not watched, wet feet and clothes can cause illnesses and weaken the body’s defense system.
That is why it is so important to keep it dry and, above all, to know how to dry your wet clothes. In this article we will explore ways to dry wet clothes quickly and efficiently. It is important to know that tight clothing favors poor blood circulation and, as a result, makes it cold.
Lightly moist clothing in combination with low body temperature can cause hypothermia. Therefore, wear loose clothing to allow the body to escape from perspiration and not accumulate on your skin. This will also keep your sweat evaporating instead of moistening your clothes. A good tip to keep clothes dry in the first place is to spray a water repellent to minimize the absorption of clothes.
Quick drying clothes tips
If you end up having wet clothes on the road, you should consider the weather. For example, if it is rainy, leave your dry clothes inside a plastic bag and in your backpack, until you reach a safe place, in your tent, shack, etc. and then hang the wet clothes and dry it.
The main things to keep in mind when preparing to dry your clothes are:
- Low humidity
- Large surface on the clothes (extending it as much as possible).
- Moderate temperatures
- Low air pressure
As long as the above four conditions are met, you will be lucky to have your clothes dry in a short time. Of course, while you are in the desert, you should keep in mind that moisture and humidity are unavoidable.
So to make sure you use previous knowledge to its full potential, you can think about different weather conditions and how to use them in the most efficient way. If it’s sunny, warm and dry, this is, of course, the perfect time to dry any wet clothes you may have.
Of course, you can not hang them in a line and wait for them to be suitable for use again, but you can place them in your backpack, extend them (remember the large surface) and provide good ventilation. Your clothes should be dry virtually in about an hour. Even if it’s not sunny, as long as it does not rain, you can use good ventilation that can be provided by hanging your clothes somewhere in your backpack.
If it’s cold, do not worry, cold conditions also promote evaporation of moisture, unless they are sub-zero temperatures. That’s when your clothes can freeze, but nevertheless, they will dry out over time, although much slower. In case of wind, it will promote faster drying even if humidity levels are slightly elevated.
Another useful way to dry your clothes, especially if they are a smaller size, such as socks, mittens, etc., is to keep them close to your body, or even in your sleeping bag. This can be an uncomfortable idea, but it can work if these clothes are not completely wet and dripping. If they are, tighten them well, hang them for a while on the roof of your tent or sleeping area, and wait until they are damp.
When you are ready to go to sleep, place them in your sleeping bag. The warmth of your body and the dry air inside will absorb moisture and help dry your clothes. However, one caveat: do not put too many wet / damp clothes in your sleeping bag at the same time, as moisture can get to your clothes and make you feel colder. This is a risky situation since the temperature of your body drops while you sleep and you can catch a cold.
If the idea of keeping clothes inside your sleeping bag does not excite you, you can simply hang it on a rope or hooks and keep it there all night long. With luck, the ventilation of the store will remove most of the moisture from the clothes. Of course, there is a risk of condensation inside the store, so make sure that the air circulation is the best.
Another efficient way is to start a fire and hang your clothes next to the fire, but not too close, of course, or you can burn it. Keep them at a distance where you can feel the heat. It does not need to be especially hot to dry your clothes faster, as extreme heat can damage your clothes and do no good. Also, be careful with the steam that comes out of the hanging clothes.
If you see steam, then they are probably too close to the fire. Move a little away from it and notice how the steam becomes less visible: your clothes will dry much more naturally at a more comfortable pace and temperature.
This is also true for leather clothing and boots. Allow them to dry at a normal temperature, which is considered comfortable for you and away from direct heat sources such as fire. The leather dries better at room temperature, so aim for that. If you do not have the option of a campfire, you can put your boots or leather clothes, next to your sleeping bag and the lining during the night. The heat of your body is enough to dry slower and safer.
Another, cruder way to dry your clothes is by turning and squeezing it as long as you can. Spinning clothes eliminates water due to the pressure you put on this movement. There is even a machine that y # 8216; Salads spin your clothes. Of course, you do not go hiking or camping with these gadgets, but the concept of spinning and removing water from clothes is nothing new. You can perform this action as long as you have the energy to do it. The objective is to have a slightly damp cloth that can be completely dried next to the fire or hanging in your tent.
Another option to try and try is to take the wet garment and roll it inside a completely dry cloth. This dry cloth should not be an important element, which you trust, but something that you can sacrifice for several hours. When winding the damp cloth on the dry cloth, the dry cloth will absorb part of the wet cloth. It will not make it completely dry, but it will remove most of the prevailing moisture.
To add to the above tips, you need to know that certain types of fabrics and clothes tend to dry faster or slower. For example, if you have nylon or polyester underwear, since it is synthetic, you can dry very quickly (it can dry even if it does not rain and let some air circulate under the monkey). On the other hand, some thicker garments, of course, will take much longer. Wool clothing also tends to dry faster than most fabrics.
Therefore, if you want to be more efficient when hiking or camping, it is recommended that you wear predominantly synthetic and / or wool clothing. In addition, if you wear loose clothing and not completely tight, loose clothing has a much greater chance of drying while wearing it, compared to tight clothing. Also, loose clothing does not get wet just because you’re sweating. But if it rains suddenly and gets wet, you can try other drying options when you’re safe in your store or shelter.
It is also important to add that to avoid getting your clothes wet due to sweating, you should avoid overheating in the first place. Do not walk too fast to start sweating. Also, if you can not avoid walking briskly, at least be sure to provide your body with adequate ventilation to avoid excessive sweating and let your sweat evaporate without clogging your clothes.
Even if your clothes are slightly damp due to perspiration, opening your jacket and removing any clogs can promote faster drying of your clothes. The natural heat of your body combined with proper ventilation are the best ways to dry.
Also, remember that if your sleeping bag is made of feathers, it will dry very slowly and can ruin several nights for you, and in fact, it will be impossible to sleep on it.
Sleeping bags made of synthetic fibers can dry very quickly and will not keep you cold even if they are slightly damp. Therefore, you may also want to consider that option to minimize the time spent drying your items.
While you are on the subject of clothing and synthetic items, you should be very careful if you decide to dry them by the campfire. Since these items are made of synthetic fabric, they tend to catch fire at the smallest temperature rise, especially near the fire. Be very careful if you see or hear sparks on your clothes.
Also, touch them to make sure they have not overheated and move them away from the fire. Synthetic fabrics can also burn in random places, leaving large holes in your clothes. The smell of the burnt synthetic fabric is specific and must be recognized without problems.
Some more ideas to dry your clothes and shoes.
In addition to the previous tips and ideas, we have to offer you some more. An excellent way to dry clothes, socks, gloves and shoes is to use hand warmers. These products (the Little Hotties hand warmer) ensure a heat of up to 57 degrees C / 135 degrees F and heat up on their own. Each small package is as big as your palm and can be placed on your shoes, socks, mittens, between your clothes, on or in them. There are multiple ways to use them, with the purpose of drying your hiking / camping equipment.
Here is also a short video on YouTube to start using these articles. To heat the package, you need to shake it for a while (about 10 minutes) if you want to reach maximum heat. Although you do not need to reach this temperature. The best way to efficiently dry your clothes is an optimum temperature of about 35-40 degrees. Then, shake the package for a while and not very hard and be ready to dry your clothes and shoes.
Another useful method for drying clothes while hot (does not have to be sunny), is to put it on hot stones. In general, rocks and stones accumulate heat throughout the day, especially during the summer, and you can have dry clothes very quickly. Of course, this method will not work during the winter or in rainy weather.
For cold seasons, use the Hotties and bring enough packages so you are prepared to dry any type of clothes or shoes.
Another place where you can put your clothes to dry are your walking sticks. It is not necessary to necessarily have a drying line to join the clothes. You can simply use your walking sticks and place them perpendicular to the ground so they can act as drying supports, where you can place your wet clothes.
Of course, it should not rain or be wet outside, otherwise this will not work. If your hiking poles are adjustable, you can play with their length and use them inside your tent. Of course, be sure to squeeze out excess water before putting your wet clothes inside the store.
If you have a tarp by hand (apart from your tent and shelter), you can establish a place where your clothes are safe from the rain, but you will be outside and exposed to more ventilation than in your store. Therefore, you can also avoid the risk of too much condensation in your store, if you keep your clothes wet inside. With your tarp, install the shelter so that it has almost vertical and # 8216; walls that keep clothes safe. If there is rain outside, make sure that the direction of the rain does not go directly through the opening of the tarp.
Also, make sure there is an opening to promote better ventilation. Due to the closed space that will make your canvas, there is more chance that the space will heat more than the outside, which will help the clothes to dry easier and faster.
You can also combine several of the above methods into one, for example, to have your clothes dry in a canvas shelter and put some hotties in the pockets and wrinkles of the clothes, keeping them thus warmer than usual. Of course, this method would be much more inefficient during cold weather, since clothes do not tend to dry at low temperatures. During the winter, the only efficient way to dry your clothes is to keep it in your store, use Hotties or place it near or inside your sleeping bag.
In very low temperatures, below zero, the air tends to be dry and this can help moisture to escape from the clothes. Unfortunately, they will freeze first before drying can be activated. Freezing clothes can damage fabrics and render some Gore-Tex membranes useless, so keep that in mind. Other fabrics can also be damaged. Synthetic fabrics such as nylon and polyester can withstand freezing. In general, aim at higher temperatures to dry your clothes, instead of freezing temperatures, since the latter method takes much longer.
Another useful tip to consider is that whatever method you prefer to use, it is always a good idea to change the position of your clothes. Move them slightly, change the folding or turn them upside down, etc. This will ensure that any area that is still wet also has time to dry, which will speed up the drying process. Do this as often as you can.
If you use Hotties, be sure to change your position from time to time and place them in different places on your clothes or shoes. To speed up the process, you can use both hotties and place your wet clothes near your sleeping bag, so two methods work together.
In general, as long as you make sure that there is adequate warmth in the air and good air circulation, you will ensure that your clothes dry in a short time. Once you have dried them overnight or a few hours before going to bed, you can dry them completely the next day. And if you are in a hurry, use the folding method (fold the wet cloth into a dry cloth) and press hard on the folded clothes to distribute the moisture.
If you place some hotties, this method can work even better. Use your imagination and previous tips and methods and you will always have dry clothes, even if it was raining or if you were sweating too much.