Since I've been backpacking in the forests of southern Ohio, I've been waking up to some tiny beast trying to live in my boots. I don't mind giving them a shake in the morning but then I worry if I did a good enough job as I'm continuing my hike the next day.
I was told to leave my boots outside of the tent at night so I'm not bringing anything in that may want to eat me, so I treated them with Sawyer repellent and now I park them in the vestibule but that only does so much to keep spiders out.
Anyone have any tips on what to do with your boots while you get some sleep in your tent at night?
Pretty everyone puts them in the tent vestibule or some equvilent. That protects them from the weather while keeping dirt out of your living area. If knocking out the shoe or boot before putting them back on is not enought for you, you could put them in a mesh bag. That will still let them air out. Even mesh with larger holes will keep anything you care about out except maybe ants but they are generally easy to knock out.
I put them wherever convenient, usually vestibule or tent (when I have a tent). Sometimes I put them inside my sleeping bag, so they won't freeze solid. Dealing with frozen boots is a real chore....
Your sleeping plans should be as flexible as your boots....
I leave mine in the tent vestibule except in scorpion country. Then they come in. We were also advised on Isle Royale to bring our boots into the tent as the foxes on the island seem to like running off with footless boots.
My trail runners are ALWAYS inside my tent with me. I don't want any creepy crawlers in my shoes when I wake up. I just set them in the corner of my tent. Even if they are caked in mud. I just bang them out as best as possible before I get in the tent and then I just shake out the tent in the morning.
What, no one hangs them with their food bag? 🤣
I've kept mine inside the tent to avoid dealing with all creatures great and small. But I don't like to knowingly bring dirt inside the tent, so I thought about a lightweight Dyneema bag to put my footwear in and then bring inside the tent. But once I realized that the $40 bag weighs about the same as a 5¢ 13 gallon trash bag, I decided to toss one into my pack for my next trip.
Side note - In my head, I played out the conversation with my wife after I tell her about the trash bag instead. Basically (in my head) I imagine her being so thrilled with the solution that she tells me to go ahead and spend that $40 on something else I want. I'll let you know how it goes...