Choosing the Right Dry Bag for You
As you know, a dry bag is made to do just what the name says: keep everything inside safe and dry when you take off on adventures into the woods or water. However, there are many things that set dry bags apart from each other including size, level of waterproofness, and material choice. When it comes time to pick up a dry bag, you want to think about the following things before you make a purchase.
The Right Size of Dry Bag
The bags we’ve looked at today range in size from three to 115-liters in capacity. That just goes to show how much of a range there is out there. The smallest bags might carry only a phone, GPS, and a couple of other small things while the largest can fit a tent, sleeping bag, and tons more. You may be happy with a certain size of bag or you may want a few different sizes to swap out depending on what you plan to do for the day or weekend. Some people appreciate taking along one larger and one smaller bag to separate items and keep them better organized.
Materials Used for the Bag
The materials used for dry bags can also vary, but not as much as the sizes do. Some materials are fantastic for durability while others favor flexibility or being super lightweight. Vinyl is great for durability and can resist abrasions, while other materials are lighter but not as strong. Keep in mind that if you get a flexible and light bag, that is going to be much easier to store away when you aren’t using it.
Level of Waterproofness
Most dry bags, while waterproof, are not made to be submerged. Some can handle a short amount of submersion but will not keep your gear dry if it is underwater for an extended period of time. Make sure to consider what the manufacturer notes as the intended use to determine whether the bag will be sufficient for your needs. If you plan to mostly hike with your bag, maybe the level of waterproofness isn’t too important, but for someone in a kayak, it’s likely crucial in case of an accident with the boat.
The Intended Use
Almost every dry bag from a professional company is going to come with an intended use. Someone on a boat trip with potential waves and splashes is going to need a heavy-duty bag that is rugged and constructed well. If you want a dry bag for cycling on your commute, you may just want a lighter bag with a large capacity to keep your documents out of harm’s way. If you plan to be in more extreme environments, you need something that can handle abrasion and pressure from all sorts of things. As such, you should always think about what you will be doing while using the bag before you select and purchase one.
When it comes to choosing the right dry bag, a lot of it boils down to what you plan to do with it and how often you plan to do it. Someone who is outdoors a lot will find that all the bags on this list are likely to fit your needs. They are waterproof, durable, and constructed of high-quality materials. Think about what you need and narrow down your options. We believe there is a great dry bag here for anyone, but even if not, it gives you a start to your search. So get a great bag and get out there doing what you do best, having fun in the great outdoors. Good luck!