Going on an Outdoor trip? Make Sure You’ve Got the Best Dry Bag!
How does a dry bag figure in your travel plans?
After waiting for months till you can go on vacation, you finally have all your travel details arranged, and you’ll be leaving soon. Yay! Imagining what you’d do and how much fun you’d have on your hiking, camping or beach trip is very exciting indeed! But have you thought about the inevitable scenarios like your bag getting soaked and all its contents—your money, clothes, passport and visa, phone and travel papers spilling out and getting soaked? Oh no!
One of the best ways to avoid this without leaving all of these essentials in your hotel room is to carry them safely in a waterproof dry bag. How do you choose the best one to take with you? This guide will allow you to get to know your waterproof bag better so you will know which one to take that fits your needs.
Let’s start with the material used to make the best dry bags. Typically, they are made up of either vinyl or nylon. Vinyl can be used to make small dry bags that can carry essential personal items. While some larger bags can also be made with vinyl, most are made with nylon.
Why nylon? Because it is highly durable. The nylon is coated with a waterproof coating that also helps prevent abrasion. An example of a well-made nylon waterproof bag is our Pratico Goods DrySafe Dry Bag, which is made with premium 500D PVC with reinforced double stitched seams. Nylon dry bags are known to have a number followed by a “D”. This refers to the denier of the nylon, or how dense the nylon fibers are. A higher number means a denser nylon and therefore a tougher bag. At 500D, our DrySafe is surely one of the toughest out there!
Next are the closure types. This refers to the reinforced, fully taped seams (meaning the seams are sealed to be waterproof). This keeps it protected against liquids and moisture, so your precious iPhone remains dry and safe even as you’re crossing a river on foot!
Of course, the bag has to be sealed tightly to keep water from getting in. How? The most predominantly used is a roll top closure sealing system, as in the Pratico dry bag pictured above. A roll top system is used more often because it seals out water a lot better when you roll the top several folds and snaps the buckle tight to keep it air and water tight. Additionally, this feature also creates a handle that will make it possible to carry the bag, string you and your buddies’ dry bags together or secure them using a carabineer so that you can jump in the water with your bag within easy reach!
The second type of closure system is the zipper seal, which works similar to a freezer bag, where you press the top tightly and seal it off with a zipper. While this is also effective in preventing water from getting in, you have to lubricate a zipper bag properly to keep the seal working correctly.
Then, of course, you’ll need to have a means to carry your dry bag conveniently. This is what carrying straps are for. Many bags have attachable carrying straps. You can carry it duffel-style where you sling it over your shoulder, or as a backpack. Straps will come in handy when transporting more than one bag from a boat to your campsite or car.
Lastly, you have the D-rings. Along with the strap, this is another attachable and removable item that will come with your dry bag purchase. D-rings are called as such because they are in the shape of a ‘D.' It is attached to the bag after it is rolled and buckled to keep the strap secure.
D-rings are important because they allow multiple dry bags to be strung together and attached to a rope tied to a boat. Should the boat or kayak capsize, you won’t need to worry about fishing each of the bags as you can just pull in all of them at once. The D-ring also keeps the buckle of the dry bag from being pulled out too much and keeps the buckle from breaking when bags are strung together.
Whether you’re planning just a weekend getaway or a week-long backpacking adventure, dry bags come in different sizes. You can have a small 5-liter bag to store personal items such as undergarments, toiletries, gadgets, first aid kits, etc. Medium-sized 10-liter bags are also available if you want to stash in an extra set of clothes and footwear. Should you need to sleep over, a 20-liter bag would be perfect for storing a small sleeping bag, a few days’ change of clothes, a flashlight, batteries and some freeze-dried food. If you’re carrying your camping gear all in one bag, you could go for the 30-liter variant.
So whether you’re hiking, camping, doing water activities such as rafting, motor boating, and sailing, or enjoying winter sports such as snowboarding, snowmobiling, and skiing, it’s always good to have the best dry bag around to ensure your peace of mind that your personal items are secure no matter how wet your adventure gets!
- Pratico Goods