Silica gel is a non-player as a way of life. As gjl711 has mentioned, you have to maintain a strict life-long maintenance regimen or it can actually backfire on you.
If you can't control the humidity in your home and it tends to stay above 70% continuously, then you have to look at an automatic solution like a dry box.
If you do have home air conditioning, buy three cheap hygrometers from a home store and check out various areas of your home. Humidity can vary enormously even in a single room. For instance, the corners near the floor are often far more humid than the center of the room--any dead-air space will often be a pocket of differing humidity.
That includes many closets and it definitely includes closed spaces like camera bags and cases. Most often, the room air in an air conditioned home will be nicely dry while the camera bag is a humidor.
But if you're truly concerned, getting three cheap hygrometers (maybe a $20 total investment) and actually checking your living spaces is a first step.