The key features of picking a dry bag for fishing are the size, waterproof and puncture-resistant material, carrying straps, and corrosion-resistant D-rings.
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What is a Dry Bag?
A dry bag is a type of bag that is designed in such a way that not a single drop of water gets inside. In simple words, it is a completely waterproof bag. Even if you let it float in the water for months, no water can enter inside. It is achieved in two ways, first, the bag is constructed using completely waterproof and non-breathable material. All the holes of the fabric are closed by laminating it with PVC. Even the sewing is done in such a way that it doesn’t create any holes. They are usually made from heavy-duty PVC tarpaulin and nylon fabric.
Coming to the size, you can get them mostly in three sizes – 5L, 15L and 30L.
There are a number of things that you should keep in mind while selecting the right dry bag for yourself.
Before making a purchase ask yourself the following questions :
- What Dry Bag Size Should I Purchase?
- How Much Gear Do I Need To Carry In It?
Now, if you’re going for a longer trip and need to carry more gear, you will need a large and spacious dry bag. On the other hand, if you’re not carrying a lot of gear and going on regular weekend fishing, a small and compact dry bag will be enough for you.
If you are kayak fishing, you will need additional external straps to secure your bag rather than a boat trip where the chance of losing your bag overboard is much lower.
Generally, dry bags come in a number of sizes. They range from 2 liter compact bags to super large 30, 50, 70 and even 90 liter bags. However, the most useful sizes range from 5L to 50L.
Naturally, bigger dry bags will allow you to store more gear and essential stuff, but they tend to become very heavy due to hefty storage and are also difficult to transport. Buy them only if you’re intended to transport using a vehicle, these bags can’t be carried on your shoulder.
On the other hand, smaller bags allow you to keep a few essential things but are very easy to transport. You can carry them on your shoulders without worrying about the heaviness.
Material And Production Quality
Another important thing to keep in mind while purchasing a dry bag is the quality of material and the method of construction. The good thing is, most of the dry bags these days are made using excellent quality material and using the standard production process. So, even an average bag will work decently. But still, there are a few factors to consider:
If you want to purchase a dry bag that will last for years, look for the one made with heavy-duty, durable material and constructed using welded seams. Avoid buying the nylon bags if you’re intended to use them as standalone bags.
But if you’re okay with providing a little protection to your dry bag by keeping it inside another bag or backpack, nylon will work for you.
Availability of Pockets
Pockets are the most useful parts of the bags. They let you organize your things in a better way and prevent the creation of a huge mess. Dry bags feature internal as well as external pockets. While internal pockets offer you with separate compartments to organize your stuff, external pockets help you to keep the gear you need very handy.
Generally, the external pockets aren’t waterproof, but the presence of external pockets offers you additional space. You can keep the things that you don’t mind getting wet a little bit. You can keep your water bottle, drinks etc in these pockets.
If you’re likely to carry your dry bag yourself then it is very important to look for the one with a good-quality and padded carrying strap. A good idea is to look for the removable straps, means you can take them out when you’re not carrying your bag on your shoulder. Some bag straps are interchangeable, you can use them as shoulder bags or backpacks.
Handles, D Rings, External Loops
A majority of dry bags come with multiple D rings. Look for the D rings that are solid and made from plastic so that they don’t get damaged by saltwater. These can be used for attaching the bag to kayaks, boats or even bikes.
Similarly, external loop allows you to tie the bag to your boat or things to your bag.
The handles should be very sturdy and offer a nice grip. This is extremely important if you’re buying a large dry bag. If you are freshwater fishing, you can get away with lower-quality materials that aren’t damaged as severely as saltwater fishing.
Bungee cord or external net allows you to store wet gear outside your bag so that it won’t wet the dry things kept inside. These are great as you don’t need to use two different bags for keeping the dry and wet things separately.
If you’re intended to use the bag during nights, look for the one with reflective print so that you can spot it even in the dark.
Choosing the right features for your dry bag can be the difference between a successful fishing adventure and losing your cell phone into the ocean.