Dry Bags

What is a Dry Bag?

Dry bags or dry sacks are waterproof bags to keep the items inside dry and safe. Waterproof dry bags come in many different materials and sizes so choosing the right dry bag depends what you need them for. All dry bags have the same type of watertight closing system and it is important that you know how to close a dry bag properly for it to work correctly.

What are the advantages of using a dry bag?

Dry bags are designed to keep the contents dry and safe. Most are made of waterproof or waterproof covered material and many have taped seams. They all have a roll top closure. They are especially helpful for watersports such as kayaking, canoeing and sailing. Also great for snowsports like skiing and snowboarding.

Types of dry bag

What type of dry bag to buy depends on what you need it for. If you need to protect small items like mobile phones or travel documents then our waterproof pouches are ideal. Do you need lightweight dry bags that can be rolled up then we have very lightweight bags. If you need something tough then go for the PVC dry bags, we also have large dry bag rucksacks and dry bag holdalls. Click the following link to look at Dry Bags in our shop.

Waterproof pouch

These waterproof pouches are ideal for storing travel papers and small items like a mobile phone or camera because they are lightweight and see-through so you can see the contents. They are lightweight and have a roll top.

Lightweight Dry Bags

The lightweight dry bags are great waterproof storage bags for camping and hiking made from coated material. They can be stored in a rucksack pocket packed down really small to be pulled out when needed. Especially useful if clothing or equipment gets wet when hiking and can’t be dryed. If you have a dry bag you can pop the wet stuff in and close it up out of the way. You can then put it back in your rucksack knowing that it isn’t going to make everything damp. They are also useful for camping situations. They can be used to store dry clothes and sleeping bags to stop them getting damp when conditions aren’t the best. Food storage when camping can also be challenging and dry bags can help with this. There is a huge range of sizes from the very small 1 litre bag which is great for cameras etc up to dry bags for rucksacks and bigger.

Lightweight Dry Bag Sizes

Size Length Width Depth Shape Ideal for

1 Litre 16cm n/a 25cm Pouch Camera

4 Litre 24cm n/a 48cm Pouch Jacket

8 Litre 17cm 17cm 46cm Tube Boots

13 Litre 22cm 22cm 53cm Tube Sleeping Bag / Daysack

40 Litre 32cm 32cm 75cm Tube Medium Rucksack

80 Litre 38cm 38cm 84cm Tube / Kit Bag Size Large Hiking Rucksack

PVC Drybags

These heavy duty dry sacks are made from very tough PVC with welded seams so making them very waterproof and strong. They are used alot by water sports enthusiasts as they are so durable. They come in two colours, black or bright orange and in three sizes. These bags are quite heavy because they are so tough so not suitable if you need something compact and lightweight.

Heavyweight Dry Bags – Size, Length, Width, Depth;

16 Litre 24cm 24cm 50cm great dry bag for a Sleeping Bag

29 Litre 29cm 29cm 59cm perfect dry bag for a Daysack or Boots

45 Litre 32cm 32cm 71cm ideal dry bag for a Medium rucksack

Dry Bag Holdalls and Rucksacks

Large 35 Litre Holdall which is made from the same tough PVC with welded seams is ideal for a more practical use bag. Even bigger is the dry bag rucksack which is a large kit bag able to hold up to 70 Litres of kit. Both of these waterproof bags have roll top closure and loads of straps and handles to make it easy to carry them.

So why not keep dry and make dry bags part of your essential kit.

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How to close a dry bag

Dry bags are waterproof storage bags with a roll top closure to ensure they stay watertight.  It is really important that they are closed properly to make sure the contents stay nice and dry.

Instructions for sealing a dry bag

First ensure that the sealing flap is over the outside of the edges of the opening.

Then fold down tightly, at least three times the depth of the webbing, by rolling the edges down and over themselves.

Click the quick release buckle together to secure the seal in place.

picture of Dry Bag closure procedure

Dry Bags – we can help solve the following:

What type of drybag do I need?
Dry Bag or drybag?

How do I keep things dry?

Cannoeing – how to keep kit dry.

Maritime operations – keeping kit dry.

Military – keeping weapons dry.

Medical – keeping medical supplies dry.

Holiday – keeping my gear dry on holiday.

Swimming – how do I keep objects dry?

Camping – how do I keep wet stuff away from dry stuff? Put the wet gear into a dry bag!

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