Drying your clothes

Drying your clothes

There is no way around the fact that you will get wet when you are on your trek - both from precipitation and your own sweat. During the winter and in cold environments, this is a problem that you will have to deal with on a regular basis since moisture conducts the cold. When trekking in the summer, you will be able to tolerate more moisture. You will be able to continue trekking even if you are slightly damp without it creating a problem since merely staying active will help keep you warm. However, it can be a good idea to know several methods for drying your clothing and equipment.

Your body generates heat

You can use your own body heat to dry damp clothing. For example, you can hang a pair of damp socks on the inside of your outer garment, at your armpit or on the front of your thigh. The heat from your body and the ventilation of your shell garment will push the moisture out. You can do this both when trekking and when working on something at the campsite.

Drying in the tent

All of our tents are equipped with clothing lines in the inner tent and/or vestibule which are perfect for drying clothing and equipment. In general, things will dry fastest in the vestibule, since the air flow through the vestibule is normally higher. You might hear that it is a good idea to dry clothing in your sleeping bag, but you should avoid this at all costs. This will only result in a worse night of sleep, plus you will introduce moisture inside the sleeping bag.

Wind and sun, of course

Good weather conditions, when the sun is shining and there is a light wind, are optimal for drying clothes. This could be the perfect opportunity to wash dirty socks and underclothes. Spread them out on a warm stone or hang them on clothing lines or whatever is available at your camp or rest area. They can be hung on the outside of your backpack when you start moving again. Make sure that they are attached securely and keep an extra eye on them when you are walking through bushes or similar terrain. It is very common for socks, towels, etc., to be lost along the trail.

Be careful with extreme heat

If you come to a mountain cabin with a drying room or a shelter with a wood-burning stove, you will have an excellent opportunity to dry your equipment. The heat from an open fire can also speed up the drying process. But be careful around extremely hot sources of heat - Leather can shrink and crack and glue, for example in the sole of your shoes, can melt. Some synthetic fabrics, such as polypropylene, are sensitive and can become deformed at relatively low temperatures.