I'm moving to Costa Rica in 4 weeks, and I'll be there for at least 14 months!
In my "welcome packet" they specifically mention "The humidity averages 80% in Costa Rica. When packing, keep in mind that materials like leather mold very fast here. Leather shoes, purses, watch straps, jackets ALL mold!"
I was thinking about bringing my paddock boots so I could try to catch a ride here and there. However, now I'm worried. Since I won't be riding regularly, I know I won't be giving them the attention they need. Will they really get so bad?
I live in California... a dessert. So this is very new to me.
I don't believe I have a/c because we're in the rainforest so it's more chilly than hot. If I cover them what do I cover them with? Should I put them in a bag? What is the best type of material for it? (I'm sorry I realize this is probably a stupid question for those of you in humid climates.
I'll definitely check out the damp rid. Thanks!
And talkofthetown, thanks! I'm really excited, but starting to get nervous. I'll be making a blog so I'll make sure to put it in my signature.
Wonders, when I kept my saddles in a non-climate controlled room, I just kept them covered with a regular saddle cover (cotton? those black generic ones). They're not 100% humid proof, obviously, but they help...mildew wouldn't start showing up for a couple of days. But I was also riding regularly, so cleaning my tack often, too. Yeah, definitely link your blog!
Ok good! I'm having faith that I can keep my paddock boots alive there.
I'll be working for Outward Bound. They're a huge adventure education organization. Here is Costa Rica's website: http://costaricaoutwardbound.org/ I'll be working with prospective and incoming students; basically getting them all set up for the courses they'll be coming on.
I'm really really excited, but also really nervous. I know very little Spanish, and while I'm trying to learn 50-75 words a day, I'm still pretty intimidated. But this is a dream company to work for and an amazing location. So I will suck it up and learn my español!
DampRid... there are so many choices! What should I get? I don't know that I'll have enclosed closet, everyone just says "there are places to hang clothes". Will the hanging one do for my boots if it's not a closed area? (I also have to consider space when packing. I might just have to see if I can get it there.)
Does it really only last for 60 days?
And how much Leather Therapy will it take for a pair of boots? I'm spending way to much money getting ready to move... would just 2oz be enough or is 8 more reasonable?