Well said WalksInDark.
Battery operated stuff & anything else I don't want freezing lives in an inside jacket or shirt pocket the whole weekend.
And they say about drying leather boots... "If it's to warm to hold your hand there, it's to warm for the leather boots. I've seen more than one pair of nice leather boots damaged, & probably more boot/shoe soles, trying to dry/warm them next to the fire.
They need to be dried slowly.
One good way to dry them might be by putting a hot water bottle inside each boot.