Way back before we had kids, while “tramping” the soggy trails of New Zealand, I learned that even the most waterproof hiking boots can get wet inside. For instance, if (a) the “trail” is a 3 ft deep creek that you follow for 3 or 4 km, your boots are gonna get wet. Or, if (b) you decide you have to walk under a waterfall, your boots are gonna get wet. Or if (c) you leave your boots outside to air out and it starts to rain, bingo, they’re wet.
Sometimes you’re going to want to wear those boots the next day. How to dry those boots? Stuff them with newspaper. When it gets wet, replace it. Best not to wad the paper too tightly.
Sound hokey? Stop laughing. It works!
You’re probably wondering what made me think of that today. Well…Guess what: If you dress your kid in their snowsuit and a pair of Bogs boots, and you’re careful to tuck the boots inside the leg of the snowsuit so no snow will get in, there is suddenly a very direct pipe from the “pee valve” to the toes!
Accidents don’t happen often at our house but when they do, they’re interesting.
As many a thrifty-mom will know, kid’s Bogs have a great resale value on Kijiji/Craig’s list etc. And this was what I was thinking as I grabbed a few e-cloths and shoved them into the boots. I don’t know how long it took for them to dry but when I reached in an hour later, the e-cloths were damp and the boots were dry and there was no smell. I sprinkled a bit of baking soda in afterwards just to be on the safe side.
3 Ways to Dry the Inside of Bogs, Rain, and Hiking Boots
- Put the boots upside down on the radiator/heating vent. This works well but the vents are prime real estate in my house for drying hats, mitts and gloves.
- Stuff the boots with balled-up newspaper. I call this the old-fashioned way because realistically, not many of us have newspaper around the house any more. The newspaper should be fairly loosely balled up to allow for some air circulation. As it gets wet, replace it. Based on personal experience, the inside of boots can be dried within a couple/few hours this way.
- Stuff the boots with a small towel or facecloth. Microfibre towels/cloths like Norwex or e-cloth will work fastest. Like I mentioned above, our boots were dry within an hour of doing this.