Do Tell: Drying Your Wet Outdoor Gear


Everyone who lives in the Tahoe area during winter knows that outerwear, boots, and other outdoor gear don’t always come home dry. In fact, anyone who lives here long enough will adapt by learning some type of gear-drying method, because nobody wants to go back outside wearing wet clothes.

This month’s question is: What do you do with your wet clothing and
winter gear when you get home? How do you dry your wet outdoor gear? 




Tiffany Clary, Reno
Alterations and mending at VayaClean, Truckee

Now that I live in Reno and don’t have a wood-burning stove, I just throw them in the dryer.   

Anya Dublennikova, Sierra Meadows
Owner of Good Anya, Truckee

I put them on a chair if I don’t really care so much, but if I care or if they’re very wet I’ll move them on the chair over by the fire.

Ryder Bloemsma, Donner Lake Area
Truckee Boardhouse, Truckee

Usually I take my boots off and put them over by the fireplace because they are the most wet, then I hang up my coat and pants on chairs in front of the fireplace. I will make sure everything is spread out so it all can dry completely overnight.

Dylan Minor, Downtown Truckee
High Altitude Fitness, Truckee

First I lay my pants and jacket out to make sure those dry all the way. Maybe I’ll hang them up. My room is always warm so I don’t have a problem with anything freezing. I put my gloves on a homemade drying unit that sits on the ventilation system. My boots rarely get wet, but if they do, my homemade glove-dryer also works with the boots. Socks; I’ll just throw them in the dryer.

Becky Parkin, Reno
Retired substitute teacher, Tahoe Expeditionary Academy

I lay things out perfectly to dry on a clothing rack that unfolds in front of the fireplace.


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