Good shoes are essential travel items for dedicated runners, but pose a challenge for packing if you decide to take your exercise in the rain. One hacker's nifty solution? Dry them using the fan on your laptop PC.
Angus Logan (who last featured on this site using a water bottle to maximise his seat space on a plane) braved the elements in New York on a recent work trip for a long and wet run, but then found himself stuck with damp shoes and clothes. Hanging the clothes overnight is often sufficient, but shoes often need a little more encouragement. His solution? Load up a processor-intensive application on his laptop, position the shoes next to the laptop, and leave the whole thing running overnight.
Of course, if your hotel has a decent heater, you can try using that instead -- but your whole room will get a lot hotter as a result, and you won't necessarily get the blast effect. I don't think this solution would necessarily have helped solve my laundry woes during last year's Hand Luggage Only experiment, but for shoes, it's definitely a possibility worth exploring if you get caught out by wet weather.