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Learn More About Dry Bags & Waterproof Cases

From camping and backpacking to kayaking and paddle boarding, dry bags are multi-functional and essential packing tools for your next outdoor adventure. With different sizes, closures, and materials, it is important to select the right bag for your needs.

Whether you are setting off into wild rapids or embarking on a rain-soaked hike, the dry bag assortment at DICK'S has you covered.

Size options range from cell phone-sized up to 60 liters, so you can ensure both your small and large items stay dry. Waterproof bags conveniently attach to kayaks or other equipment, while waterproof backpacks provide a lighter-weight and easily transportable dry storage option for those concerned about carrying their gear. Dry cases and pouches that are designed specifically for cell phones, cameras, and other small gear stash neatly inside a larger dry bag or regular backpack for double protection.

Dry bag duffels, like the popular YETI Panga, provide a larger-capacity and heavier-duty choice with sizes up to 100 liters and 100% waterproof capability even when fully submerged.

Be sure to have in mind everything you'll need to keep dry when choosing a waterproof bag for your next trip. Top brands like Field & Stream, geckobrands, and Dry Pak offer a broad range of dry bags with varying capacities and materials to help you achieve the best result.

Below are three core varieties of dry bags and their uses:

  • Roll Top Dry Bags: The most commonly seen type of dry bag comes in sizes ranging from 5 liters to 60 liters. These fit any size gear, from small personal items all the way up to sleeping bags or bedding. For most roll top bags, it is recommended that you roll down the top at least three times, securing shut with the buckle closure. Coated nylon or polyester bags suit rainy camping trips, while heavier-duty vinyl is a better option for wetter activities like kayaking.
  • Waterproof Backpacks: While some dry bags come with detachable backpack straps, there are specifically designed waterproof backpacks as well. These often offer roll top closures, separate zippered pockets to keep you organized, and softer, more heavily padded straps for comfortable carrying.
  • Dry Bag Pouches: The smallest of the three, these pouches are constructed specifically to protect some of your most precious (and expensive) possessions. Transparent waterproof vinyl or TPU material allows you to use the touchscreen and take clear photos without removing your device from the protection of the pouch. With sizes ranging from 4 x 5.5 inches to 12 x 16 inches, any phone, camera, or tablet will fit neatly inside.