Keeping Your Valuables Dry - Canoeing & Kayaking

September 11, 2015
Keeping Your Valuables Dry - Canoeing & Kayaking

It can be difficult to keep your valuables dry on your canoeing or kayaking adventure. Even if you have a good spray skirt and you are paddling in calm conditions, somehow, water always manages to find its way in.

Not so with a dry bag. A waterproof dry bag is designed to do one thing and do it well: store your valuables and keep the water out. Alternatively, some can be used in order to store wet gear separating it from your dry stuff once you pack up and head home.

How do Dry Bags Work?

Most dry bags use a roll top system to ensure that no water can get inside. The key is to make sure that you roll them at least three times over before fastening them closed with the buckle or Velcro strap. This will ensure that they are completely water tight.

Materials and Construction

Dry bags are crafted from a range of materials that all share water resistant properties. Some are made from plastic film compounds, others are made from fabric that has been coated in plastic film, or treated to repel water. Stitching and lining is often coated with plastic or rubber films and glues to create a watertight seal.

Dry Bag Features

Most dry bags feature a roll top lid that is either fastened with a Velcro strap or with a buckle system to stop it unrolling once your craft is underway.

Some dry bags also come with straps and a carry handle to make them easier to haul about once they are loaded with valuables.

A Range of Sizes

It’s a good idea to pick a dry bag that is a suitable size for your adventure. If you are only heading out for a short trip to catch a few fish, you might just need a small five-litre bag for storing items like your phone, keys, wallet, first aid kit and food.

There are even dry bags designed to protect only your phone. Waterproof phone cases feature a clear panel so you can still read see the screen and some even come with head phone connector cables so you can listen to music on the go without fear of ruining your device.

However, if you are kayak touring or out on an extended expedition, you might need a bag as large as 20 or 30 litres to store your spare clothing, accessories, amenities and camping gear.

You also better make sure that your bag fits easily into your vessel’s interior. Make sure it’s not too tight so that you can take it out quickly if you need to.


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