Dry Bags

Written by Robert Mac
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Dry bags are ideal for white water rafting trips or any place else that puts your dry goods in jeopardy. For the outdoorsy person--and I consider myself to be one--comfort is essential in the middle of the great outdoors, and dry bags can usually provide that. However, there are other rare concerns that might be more pressing than a little H2O.

One of my last camping trips to Yosemite valley was interrupted by a fall storm. More than interrupted: we had to cut it short and make it back to the car in the rain. Each step we took was more depressing than the last, and when we made back to the trailhead we were soaked and disappointed.

Dry Bags Save the Day

Luckily, our important gear--the stuff inside our packs--was safe. We secured most of our stuff in dry bags, but even those couldn't save our tents and other exposed gear from getting drenched. If we had to do it all over again . . . we wouldn't. But we would use a dry bag again to keep binoculars, wallets, and other valuables dry.

A dry bag, though, is only as good as its seal; once it gets torn, it's of little use. Also, they do nothing to protect gear from other pitfalls of camping: drops, falls, and accidental kicks. A crushproof and waterproof case, in the long run, has more use in the middle of Mother Nature than a dry bag--and can be used back in civilization, too.


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