Going to the beach but worried about your stuff getting wet? Are you planning to hike and camp out but worried about heavy containers? Here’s the answer to your problems – dry bag. This article is about dry bags, types of dry bags, its advantages, and how to seal a dry bag to maximize its purpose.
Despite the fact that dry bags are meant to keep stuff dry, it is important to know how to seal a dry bag properly. Without a proper way of sealing, water might get inside defeating the purpose of the bag. So, here’s how to seal a dry bag:
How to seal a dry bag
Even though a dry bag is waterproof, it is important to seal it properly and make sure it stays watertight.
- See to it that the flap is on the outside of the ends of the opening.
- Put your stuff inside; make sure to fill it not more than ¾ of the capacity of the dry bag.
- Remove excess air from the inside of the bag.
- Merge the vinyl top. Dog-ear the ends.
- Fold the remaining space on the top of the bag. Fold, not roll, it three times.
- Lastly, lock the buckles together to finalize airtight seal.
What is a dry bag
A dry bag is primarily used in rafting, kayaking, diving, hiking, and other outdoor activities where delicate stuff gets wet. It is a flexible container shaped like a bag, often made of plastic coated fabric, plastic film, or waterproof fabric that makes it watertight.
A dry bag protects clothes, documents, cameras, and other important things from water. It is available in many sizes, from pouch sizes large enough to store documents and mobile phones, to large sizes for storing sleeping bags, etc.
What are the different types of dry bag?
Dry bag comes in different types to choose from based on where you need it for
Waterproof pouch is usually lightweight and see-through. It has a roll top so you can seal it tightly and prevent water from getting inside. It is used to keep documents and small electronics from getting wet during outdoor activities such as diving, island hopping, etc.
Lightweight dry bag
Lightweight dry bags come in different medium sizes and capacity: 1L 16cm length x 25cm depth for camera, 4L 24cm length x 48cm depth for jacket, 8L 17cm length x 17cm width x 46cm depth for tube boots, 13L 22cm width x 22cm width x 53cm depth for tube sleeping bag or dry sack, and more.
The lightweight dry bags are usually made of coated material which protects important things from water and mildew. It is ideal for storing food, clothes, and sleeping bags which can get damp on camping conditions.
They can be placed in a rucksack pocket, small enough to be pulled out when you need to.
Heavyweight dry bag
The heavyweight dry bags comes in larger sizes: 16L 24cm length x 24cm width x 50 cm depth ideal for big sleeping bag, 29L 29cm length x 29cm width x 59cm depth for boots, and 45L 32cm length, 32cm width x 71cm width for medium rucksack.
PVC dry bag
The PVC dry bags can be the toughest kind of dry bags. It is made of super strong PVC with welded seams to ensure waterproof and strong construction.
It is very durable and usually used by extreme watersport enthusiasts. Because of its heavy duty construction, PVC dry bag is heavy so it is not suitable for light packing.
PVC dry bags come in three sizes and two colors: bright orange and black.
Dry bag holdalls and rucksacks
Similar to PVC dry bag is the dry bag holdall as it is made of strong PVC with welded seams. If you need a more practical use bag, holdall is better than the PVC dry bag.
Larger than the holdall is the rucksack which can hold up to 70 liters. Both dry bag holdall and rucksack have a roll-top closure and some handles and straps so you can carry them conveniently.
If you are going on a trip or an adventure, protect your things with dry bags! There are a lot of dry bags available in outdoor stores that you can choose from.