When done safely, getting out of the boat for a swim is one of the great pleasures of boat travel. Keeping valuable items dry is of great concern, especially tech equipment. Dry bags stop items from getting wet and allow them to be taken into the water if required. The bags also preserve items in the case of rainfall or choppy waters.
Best Dry Bags for Boating
Here are our dry bags for boating reviews.
The Skog A Kust DrySak is a rugged, durable bag which provides protection for items in any conditions. It comes in 10 or 20 liter sizes and has a splash proof outer zip pocket ideal for smaller valuables like keys or identification.
- Made from heavy duty 500-D PVC for protection from all elements
- Reflective trim around zipper ensures visibility at night
- Removable/adjustable shoulder strap
The KastKing Dry Bag is a military grade bag ideal for the conditions of boating. It is extremely secure with a double layer reinforcing the durability of the bag.
- Transparent window design allows items to be seen without unpacking
- 100 % waterproof 500D PVC material
- Can float on water making tracking easy
The MARCHWAY Dry Bag is available in a variety of sizes and colors to fit your needs. It’s lightweight and compact design make it perfect for swimming or fishing off the boat, and the quick roll down fasten makes for a convenient dry bag.
- Made from ripstop tarpaulin for lightness
- Rip, tear and puncture proof
- Floats on water, easily to track
The Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag is great for storing valuable items such as phones, wallets, purses or ID. The dry bag comes in many different colors and is perfect for all boating needs.
- Includes IPX8 Certified Waterproof Phone case which fits all phones
- 500D PVC Material is waterproof and durable
- Padded shoulder straps for comfort
The Gonex Duffel Dry Bag is usable for all boating related activities. The bag is made of high strength waterproof material for guaranteed longevity and durability. It is available in five colors, and the bag comes in three sizes – 40L, 60L or 80L.
- Back nylon zip pockets to store smaller items
- Three ways to carry – top handle or shoulder carrying on both sides
- 100% waterproof PVC
Dry Bags for Boating Buyer’s Guide
Investing in a reliable dry bag is important when it comes to looking after valuable items on your boat. Most dry bags are between $15 – $60 depending on the size and quality you need. Although a dry bag is not an essential piece of kit, it can be if the situation arises. If you decide to take a swim, or in case of an emergency, a dry bag can save items from water damage and put your mind at ease.
Our buying guide reviews the best dry bags for boating on the market. Below are some common features to look out for when purchasing your dry bag.
Dry bags come in a variety of sizes depending on the items which need storing. If you are looking for a bag to protect smaller items such as phones, keys, money or I.D then a small compact bag will do the trick. A larger dry bag would be perfect for storing clothes, food or survival equipment. It may be a good idea to invest in multiple sizes for convenience.
Some dry bags for boating are made from materials which focus on flexibility. Others are made to be more durable. For your heavy items, vinyl provides good protection from abrasions. More lightweight and flexible materials such as Silnylon may be better suited for smaller items. An advantage of smaller dry bags is that they can be sorted away on your boat with ease.
Dry bags for boating have different ways of closing. Roll-top closure is popular, and when done correctly provides absolute waterproof closure. Others are sealed by a zipper, which is also waterproof but may succumb to wear and tear after a while. For convenience, go for a roll top although zippers can be more pleasing on the eye.
An important point to remember when choosing a dry bag is that most of them are not intended for sustained water submersion, they are only waterproof when in water for short periods. It is therefore important to check the waterproof rating of the bags depending on your usage requirements.