The Best Dry Bags

Whether you’re a hiker, camper, kayaker, climber, hunter, trail runner, or all-round outdoor adventurer, dry bags offer an excellent way to keep your kit safe and dry. While viewed by some as an additional and perhaps unnecessary expense, a dry bag could potentially save you a lot more dough by protecting whatever you choose to put inside it from rainwater or leaks when out on the river, lake or, high seas. (Not to mention a great deal of frustration and shivers when you reach your camp for the night and open your bag to find your clothes and sleeping kit have escaped the soaking they would surely have suffered in a standard hiking pack or stuff sack!) With so many different types and models of dry bag to choose from, in this article we aim to simplify the selection process for you by introducing you to our top 25 picks on the market and taking you through a detailed buyer’s guide that will help you choose the best bag for your needs.

We reviewed dozens of dry bags to identify the best of the best. We examined a range of factors, including material, capacity, water resistance, convenience, portability, cost, and average customer reviews.

Best Dry Bag Overall
YETI Panga Submersible Dry Bag
Meet the Yeti Panga, the best dry bag out there for every type of adventure.

Having considered a large number of dry bags, we chose the YETI Panga Submersible Dry Bag as our top pick. This fully submersible, duffel-style bag is as tough and rugged as they come and offers far superior waterproofing to almost any other model of dry bag on the market. It’s also highly portable thanks to its use of burly shoulder straps and boasts multiple attachment points that let you rig it to your boat, kayak, or canoe with ease.

The 5 Top-Rated Dry Bags

Editor's PicksBrandRating
Best Dry Bag OverallYeti Panga Submersible Dry Bag4.6
Best Small Dry BagSea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack4.7
Best Budget BuyEarth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag4.8
Best Duffel Dry BagMIER Waterproof Dry Duffel Bag4.8
Best Dry Bag BackpackIDRYBAG 30-Liter Dry Bag Backpack4.7

*Ratings are from Amazon at the time of publication and can change

Best Dry Bag Overall: YETI Panga Submersible Dry Bag

Having considered a simply vast array of options, we chose the YETI Panga Submersible Dry Bag as our top pick.

There’s no getting around the fact that this is a very pricey bag, but if you’re serious about safeguarding your gear and want a dry bag that’s built to last a lifetime no matter what sort of rough treatment you put it through, then this is the bag for you!

Unlike many other models of dry bag on the market, the YETI is classified as “100% dry” and “fully submersible,” meaning you could happily load it up with every cherished, pricey electronic accessory your own, plunge it into a body of water, and all of those accessories would be bone dry and none the worse for wear when you reopened the bag.

The Panga is made with a superbly durable, high-density, and puncture-resistant nylon Thickskin shell, a burly and watertight HydroLok zipper, and very comfortable and durable Dryhaul straps that let you carry the bag as a backpack, duffel, or haul it by the sides. One of the most endearing features in this pack is the addition of multiple attachment points—a total of four handles and daisy chain-style webbing strips on either side—which make rigging the bag to your boat or kayak a cinch and mean you can attach plenty of extra gear to the pack’s exterior if need be.

All in all, the Panga is as much a small, portable fortress for your kit as it is a dry bag, boasting the kind of rugged design and bombproof waterproofing that makes it laugh in the face of any and all would-be intruders to the safe storage haven that is the pack’s interior.

YETI Panga Submersible Dry Bag Key Features: 

  • 50-liter capacity
  • Fully submersible
  • Multiple exterior attachment/rigging points
  • Airtight HydroLok zipper
  • Duffel and backpack-style carry straps
  • Puncture-resistant nylon Thickskin shell material

Best Small Dry Bag: Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack

Best Small Dry Bag
Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack
This dry bag has a hydrostatic head rating of 10,000mm, uses tough 70D fabric, and comes with a compression hood and straps that let you consolidate your load so the bag takes up even less space in your backpack.

The Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack is an outstandingly well-thought-out little dry bag that has been a favorite with fishermen, hikers, campers, climbers, and just about every other type of outdoors person since first introduced to the market back in 2007. And there’s a good reason for the Event’s popularity, too…

This dry bag is made with robust and highly abrasion-resistant, 30D Cordura nylon fabric that boasts a hydrostatic head rating of 10,000mm, meaning that it will keep whatever you put inside the bag perfectly dry in any situation short of full submersion. It also weighs in at a tiny 1.76 ounces, uses a Hypalon roll-top closure with a burly buckle, and features double-stitched, taped seams for added peace of mind and durability.

The Event also comes with a “bonus” feature that’s included on very few other dry bags on the market and which makes it a standout amongst its peers, namely a compression system that lets you scrunch up whatever soft items you put inside the bag to a mere 30% of their original volume. The hood and lid of the compression system are made with superbly tough, 70D fabric and even come with a pull handle on the bottom that simplifies compression and makes the bag easier to pull out of your backpack when needed.

Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack Key Features:

  • 10-liter capacity (6, 14, 20, 30 available)
  • 10,000mm hydrostatic head rating
  • Compression system scrunches kit up to 30% of original volume
  • 30D Cordura nylon fabric
  • 70D fabric in compression lid, hood, and straps

Best Budget Dry Bag: Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag

Best Budget Dry Bag
Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag
This exceptionally tough pack uses durable and abrasion-resistant 500D PVC fabric and a single shoulder strap to provide the utmost in convenience and reliability at a very reasonable price point.

The Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag is a frill-free but outstandingly reliable and well-made dry bag that’s ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities, from rafting and kayaking to backpacking and general hiking.

While not fully submersible, this bag can be dropped or tossed from a boat or exposed to hour upon hour of torrential rainfall without letting so much as a single drop of water breach its defences. It’s made with exceptionally robust, 500D PVC material that not only keeps H2O at bay but is tough and stiff enough to provide protection against bumps and bangs if you’re carrying the back though a forest or happen to let it slip out of the side of your boat.

The Earth Pak Dry Bag also scores highly in terms of portability, with its robust buckle closure letting you carry it by hand or rig it to a backpack or boat with rope or a carabiner, and an adjustable 24 to 42-inch shoulder strap for added convenience when lugging heavier loads or traveling further afield.

All told, this is a simple but superbly functional and reliable little day pack that’s the ideal pick for any user unlikely to be subjecting the pack to full submersion.

Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag Key Features:

  • 20-liter capacity (10L, 30L, 40L, 55L available)
  • Tough, 500D PVC fabric
  • IPX8, 6.5-inch waterproof phone case included
  • Adjustable carry strap
  • Roll-top closure

Best Duffel Dry Bag: MIER Dry Duffel Bag

Best Duffel Dry Bag
MIER Waterproof Dry Duffel Bag
This high-capacity dry bag is built with very rugged materials, comes with a two-year warranty, is 100% waterproof, and uses a padded shoulder strap and robust carry handles for easy portation.

There are plenty of very worthy, reliable, and convenient duffel-style dry bags on the marker, but the Mier Dry Duffel Bag wins our vote on account of including every design characteristic and feature we could possibly ask for in a high-capacity dry bag.

This bag is made with puncture-resistant, abrasion-resistant, ripstop Nylon fabric with a thick coat of TPU lamination, heat-welded seams, and a burly hydrolock zipper that together make the pack 100% waterproof and airtight. Unlike many more cheaply made dry bags, this one also offer solid heat and cold resistance, meaning it won’t delaminate, fade, or lose its waterproofing capacity if exposed to extremely high or low temperatures.

However, what we love most about this pack are the additional features that transform if from much the same as many other large duffels on the market to something approaching marvelous as regards convenience and user-friendliness. The most notable of these are the bag’s adjustable, padded shoulder straps, soft carry handles, wealth of tough nylon webbing attachment points on the sides, an internal zippered pocket for valuables and an external zippered pocket for other items you might need to access in a hurry. All of the above, needless to say, make this bag superbly convenient and far more functional that many other models of pack that score just as highly on waterproofing but let themselves down as due to their lack of additional features.

Finally, the MIER Duffel Dry Bag brings to the table a little bonus feature that might just help in selling those not already sold, namely an airtight design that means the pack can be zipped up even when empty and provide a comfortable seat-come-air-cushion whenever you need to take a breather and rest your legs!

MIER Duffel Dry Bag Key Features:

  • 45-liter capacity (70 and 90-liter available)
  • 100% waterproof
  • Airtight
  • Hydrolock zipper
  • Puncture-resistant and abrasion-resistant materials
  • TPU laminated

Best Dry Bag Backpack: IDRYBAG 30-Liter Dry Bag Backpack

Best Dry Bag Backpack
IDRYBAG 30-Liter Dry Bag Backpack
This 30-liter backpack is as comfortable and convenient as they come and can be submerged in 30-foot deep water for up to 60 minutes.

The IDRYBAG 30-Liter Dry Bag Backpack is the ideal choice of dry bag for those who place convenience and portability high on their list of priorities.

This 30-liter pack is made with very hard-wearing 500D fabric that is both scratch-resistant and puncture-resistant, and boasts an IP (Ingress Protection) rating of IP68, meaning it can be fully submerged in up to 30 feet of water for up to 60 minutes without springing a leak. The IDRYBAG also uses a roll-top closure that cinches down at the sides and an over-the-top compression strap that helps to streamline and consolidate your load.

Perhaps the most endearing characteristic of this pack is just how comfortable it is to wear and the forethought put into the pack’s ergonomics by its manufacturers. In addition to two robust and nicely padded shoulder straps, the IDRYBAG comes with a handy hipbelt that prevents the pack bouncing around on your back, a sternum strap, and breathable honeycomb padding on the back panel that mimics the design found in most models of standard hiking backpack and makes the IDRYBAG suitable for even long days on the trails.

Other nice touches in this dry bag backpack are interior and exterior zippered pockets, a robust haul handle, reflective trim, and double-stitched seams. The IDRYBAG also comes with a “bonus” 2-liter transparent dry bag that can be clipped onto the backpack’s exterior with a carabiner.

IDRYBAG 30-Liter Dry Bag Backpack Key Features:

  • 30-liter capacity
  • IP68 waterproof rating (submersible)
  • Robust and comfortable shoulder straps
  • Adjustable hipbelt
  • 2-liter transparent dry bag and carabiner included
  • Tough 500D fabric

While larger, duffle-style or backpack-style dry bags are a great way to safeguard your gear, if you think you’d rather use small dry bags inside a regular pack, then check out our guide to the Best Hiking Backpacks to find the best model of backpack for your time on the trails. 

Who Should Buy a Dry Bag

Dry bags can be placed into two broad, general categories: stand-alone dry bags and accessory dry bags. Stand-alone dry bags are those that are intended for use as your only portation system during any activity and so include some form of carry system (backpack-style or shoulder straps) that lets you use them independently—that is, without storing them inside a second, additional backpack or carry bag. This type of dry bag is a good choice for any outdoor adventurer who wishes to keep their kit dry and anticipates exposing their pack to water frequently, whether in the form of heavy rain, river, lake, or seawater. These packs, for the most part, take the form of standard hiking backpacks or duffels but use more robust and highly waterproof (and occasionally fully submersible) fabrics.

Accessory dry bags are smaller bags intended for use inside a standard backpack or other primary carry system. These dry bags are a great way to organize gear, ensure you keep wet and dry kit separate and safeguard electronic items. They also cost very little, come in a wide array of sizes, and weigh next to nothing.

Best Dry Bag Overall
YETI Panga Submersible Dry Bag
Meet the Yeti Panga, the best dry bag out there for every type of adventure.

Important Features to Consider

A dry bag should do several things well. Here’s what to consider when selecting a dry bag for your adventures in the outdoors:

  • Capacity. The size of dry bag you need will naturally depend on how many kits you want to pack inside. The following list contains a rough guide to what size of dry bag you’ll need for trips of varying durations:
    • Day trips: 10 to 30-liters
    • Overnight trip: 30 to 60 liters
    • Multiday trips: Over 50 liters

However, a few general observations can be made as regards the capacity of dry bags compared to standard hiking backpacks or other carry systems. Most importantly, dry bags—whether small, accessory bags or backpack or duffel-style bags—usually use a roll-top closure that detracts from the overall capacity of the pack once you’ve made the recommended three “rolls” required to ensure a tight seal. Secondly, dry bags are made with thicker and inflexible materials that lack the “give” of the fabrics used in standard hiking packs, meaning it’s much harder to squeeze in extra items when the bag is approaching full. The take-home from both of the above observations is that, if in doubt, always opt for a bag that’s slightly larger than you think you’re likely to need.

  • Material. The three main characteristics to look for in the materials used in any dry bag are waterproofness, durability, and abrasion and puncture-resistance. While all dry bags marketed as such will use waterproof materials, the level of waterproofing in different models can vary greatly. Waterproofing in dry bags is not regulated by any standardized, industry-specific measurement or certification. As such, many manufacturers will either list their bag’s hydrostatic head rating or IP (ingress protection) rating. If buying a bag that quotes a hydrostatic head rating, we recommend only choosing models with a rating of 8,000mm HH or above. If the seller list an IP rating, models at or above IP66 or IP56 will provide ample protection in heavy downpours or if dropped out of your boat or kayak, whereas bags with an IP67 or IP68 rating will be fully submersible.

The durability, puncture-resistance, and abrasion resistance offered by any dry bag largely depend on the thickness and type of materials used in its construction. As a general rule, the most rugged and hard-wearing materials are ripstop Cordura nylon and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). When buying your dry bag, we recommend opting for a model with a higher denier count. Denier is the unit of measurement used to determine the thickness of thread used in fabrics and textiles, and in dry bags, denier ratings can range from as low at 10D in lightweight accessory dry bags to over 1000D in heavy-duty duffels, backpacks, and haul bags. In short, the higher the denier rating, the more robust and durable the fabric in any bag will be. Bags with lower denier counts will be perfectly suitable for storing delicate items inside a standard backpack because they are less likely to be exposed to causes of punctures or abrasion. For bags used as stand-alone carry systems (backpacks, duffels, haul bags), however, we recommend plumping for a bag with a denier count of at least 400D.

  • Closure. Most dry bags use one of three types of closure: roll-top closure, zippered closure, or a Ziploc-style closure akin to that used in domestic Ziploc freezer bags. Each of these three closure types offers a solid, reliable seal when used correctly. Each type, however, also has certain advantages and disadvantages.
    • Roll-top closure – This is by far the most common type of closure found in dry bags and is used by folding or rolling the top, open end of the bag over on itself a minimum of three times to create a watertight seal. While bags that use this closure are typically cheaper, the potential for error with roll-top closures is far higher than with zipper or Ziploc-style closures. While the latter style of closure seals by simply drawing a toggle to one end of the opening, sealing a roll-top closure effectively requires first squeezing excess air from the pack, then aligning both sides of the opening and folding the material neatly three times before sealing off with a locking buckle. As mentioned above, this style of closure also robs a fraction of the bag’s overall capacity by using up fabric in the three rolls or folds required to create the seal. As a general rule, roll-top closure bags are rarely fully submersible.
    • Zippered or Ziploc-style closure – Both of these closure types are usually found in pricier models of dry bag such as the YETI Panda and Watershed duffels and dry bag backpacks featured in our review. Both styles provide an airtight seal and, as such, are a better choice for buyers who require a dry bag that is fully submersible.
  • Portability. The effectiveness of a dry bag’s carry system is of particular importance to those buying larger bags in which they’ll be carrying heavier loads and those who envision traveling longer distances with the pack on their back or slung over their shoulder. If this applies to you, we recommend choosing a bag with ample padding on the shoulder strap(s) and breathable padding in the back panel and an adjustable hipbelt (on dry bag backpacks) that will prevent the pack shifting around on your back while on the move.
  • Convenience. A small selection of “bonus” features can vastly enhance any dry bag’s overall convenience and practicality. These can take the form of zippered or mesh exterior and interior pockets, water-bottle pockets, MOLLE-style webbing strips that let you attach compatible accessories to the pack’s exterior, and compression straps that let you consolidate your load.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a dry bag and how does it work?

Dry bags are flexible, waterproof containers used to carry or store items of gear you want to prevent from getting wet. Most dry bags use plastic film, polyurethane coatings, or other waterproofed fabrics with a roll-top closure that provides a watertight seal. Most models also use heat-sealed or welded seams to prevent leaks, where needles used to sew pieces of fabric together, have created holes.

What size dry bag should I get?

This will very much depend on what you plan to put inside the bag and your activity type. If looking for a dry bag to safely store things like phones, maps, and other delicate gear items you plan on carrying inside a standard hiking pack, then a dry bag with a 5 to 10-liter storage capacity with probably be perfectly adequate. If you plan on using the dry bag to keep larger gear items like a sleeping bag and clothing dry, then a 15 to 30-liter back will probably be necessary, depending on how beefy your sleeping bag happens to be and how much clothing you wish to store inside.

With stand-alone packs (i.e. those not used inside a primary carry system), the amount of storage you require will depend on your activity. For general hiking, canyoning, boating, kayaking, and canoeing, dry bags with a capacity of 10 to 20 liters will be more than adequate for day trips for most users. If, however, you plan on carrying a tent and sleeping gear for overnight trips, or if you need to carry specialized equipment (a harness, helmet, ropes, other safety gear) a bag with a capacity of at least 40 liters will most likely be required, rising to 60 or 70 liters if you are carrying a larger model of tent. For trips of longer duration on which you’ll be carrying sleeping gear, extra clothing, food, and cooking equipment, in most cases you’ll need a dry bag with a capacity of 70 to 120 liters, depending on the duration of your trip.

How do you seal a dry bag?

Most dry bags use a roll-top closure in which the opening to the bag is folded over on itself in order to create a water-tight seal and then locked off with a side-release, snap-fit buckle. To ensure the seal on the closure is secure, we recommend folding the material a minimum of three times before locking off with the buckle.

What are dry bags used for?

Dry bags are used in a wide variety of outdoor sports. Although they come in varying sizes and with a wide range of configurations, they are all designed and used with the same objective in mind: keeping your gear dry. Most users—whether hikers, canyoners, rafters, boaters, kayakers, canoeists, or climbers—use dry bags to store essential gear that they want to safeguard from the elements and other water sources, either inside a primary carrying system such as a standard hiking backpack or as a stand-alone carrying system in models of dry bag that include duffel or backpack-style carry straps.

Other Dry Bags We Reviewed

Best Dry Bag Overall
YETI Panga Submersible Dry Bag
Meet the Yeti Panga, the best dry bag out there for every type of adventure.

We looked at 20 other dry bags. Even though they didn’t make our 5 best dry bags list, they’re the best of the rest and each is still a great option for your outdoor adventures. The information you’ll need to compare each one is included with the listing.

Budget Dry Bags

Boncas 20-Liter Waterproof Dry Bag

Boncas 20-Liter Waterproof Dry Bag

This dry bag uses a large circular base that helps you make the most out of its storage space and is made with tough PVC materials guaranteed to keep your kit dry in any situation short of full submersion. It also comes with a detachable, sling-style carry strap, an external mesh pocket, and a waterproof phone case.

Key Features:

  • 20-liter capacity
  • Freestanding design
  • Sling-style carry strap
  • Exterior mesh pocket
  • Waterproof phone case included

Cost: $23.99

MARCHWAY Floating Dry Bag

MARCHWAY Floating Dry Bag

This lightweight but very robust dry bag comes with a duo of carry straps, allowing you to choose between using it as a messenger-style bag or as a backpack. It’s also available in a total of 12 colors and both bigger and smaller sizes.

Key Features:

  • 30-liter capacity
  • 500D tarpaulin
  • Welded seams
  • Double, detachable carry straps

Cost: $20.99

Piscifun Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

Piscifun Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

This 20-liter bag is made with rugged, abrasion-resistant 500D PVC materials and boasts a large external mesh pocket and a duo of padded shoulder straps that let you convert it into a backpack. A great choice as a stand-alone pack for day trips or for added protection inside a hiking backpack.

Key Features:

  • 20-liter capacity
  • 2 detachable carry straps convert into a backpack
  • 500D PVC materials
  • Large external mesh pocket
  • Waterproof phone case included

Cost: $24.99

Piscifun Angry Face Dry Bag

Piscifun Angry Face Dry Bag

This sleek little dry bag backpack boasts padded shoulder straps to simplify portation, a duo of mesh side pockets for water bottles, and a zippered external pocket for keys or other items you might want to make easily accessible.

Key Features:

  • 500D waterproof fabric
  • Sealed seams
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • 2 mesh water bottle pockets

Cost: $29.99

OMGear Waterproof Dry Bag

OMGear Waterproof Dry Bag

This simple, unfussy little dry bag uses padded EVA shoulder straps, is made with robust, 500D PVC materials, and is available in a wide range of colors and sizes.

Key Features:

  • 40-liter capacity (20 and 30-liter available)
  • 500D PVC tarpaulin materials
  • Adjustable EVA shoulder straps (40-liter model only)
  • Waterproof phone case included

Cost: $24.87

HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag

HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag

This transparent 5-liter dry bag is the ideal choice for those keen to ensure their essentials stay dry when out on a hike, on the river, or on a trip to the beach. It also comes with an adjustable shoulder strap for stand-alone usage and uses transparent fabrics that let you easily locate your gear.

Key Features:

  • 5-liter capacity
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Transparent PVC fabric

Cost: $9.99

RUNACC Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

RUNACC Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

This tidy little dry bag backpack lacks the hipbelt and padded shoulder straps found in more expensive models but is perfectly comfortable with lighter loads and weighs in at a tiny 6.2 ounces, making it one of the lightest dry bag backpacks in our review.

Key Features:

  • 20-liter capacity
  • 210T, PVC-line dacron fabric
  • Weighs 6.2 ounces

Cost: $17.99

Dry Bag Backpacks

Watershed Big Creek Backpack

Watershed Big Creek Backpack

This pack may be a little on the pricey side but it’s outstandingly well made, submersible to up to 300 feet (!), and about as rugged and robust as they come thanks to its use of welded seams and 840D Cordura nylon ripstop fabric that offers five times the abrasion resistance of PVC.

Key Features:

  • 24-liter capacity
  • 840D ripstop Cordura nylon fabric with PU finish
  • Comfortable, padded shoulder straps
  • Durable haul handle

Cost: $128.49

K3 Poseidon Dry Bag Backpack

K3 Poseidon Dry Bag Backpack

This fantastically comfortable backpack boasts two external water-resistant pockets, a large mesh pocket, and quick-drying backpack straps, making it one of the most convenient and practical dry bag backpacks out there.

Key Features:

  • 30-liter capacity
  • Exterior mesh pocket
  • 500D tarpaulin fabric and welded watertight seams

Cost: $79.99

Watershed Westwater Backpack

Watershed Westwater Backpack

When you need to haul larger loads on camping trips or between the boat and your campsite, this incredibly burly, rugged, and 100% waterproof dry bag backpack will have you covered. As with all things Watershed, this pack is incredibly well made, using ripstop Cordura nylon fabric, welded seams, and an airtight ZipDry closure.

Key Features:

  • 80-liter capacity
  • Fully submersible
  • 420D Cordura nylon ripstop fabric
  • Welded seams
  • Padded shoulder straps and adjustable hipbelt

Cost: $144.99

Relentless Recreation Dry Bag Backpack

Relentless Recreation Dry Bag Backpack

This pack is one of the most practical low-cost dry bag backpacks out there, boasting 500D PVC materials, a robust, reinforced haul handle, nicely padded and breathable shoulder straps, a splash-proof cellphone pocket, and a duo of mesh water bottle pockets.

Key Features:

  • 30-liter capacity
  • 500D PVC tarpaulin materials
  • Splash-proof cellphone pocket
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • 2 mesh water bottle pockets

Cost: $37.99

Skog Å Kust BackSåk Waterproof Backpack

Skog Å Kust BackSåk Waterproof Backpack

This streamlined pack oozes quality out of every stitch and seam and is among the most comfortable dry bag backpacks in our review, using plushly padded shoulder straps and breathable padding in the back panel.

Key Features:

  • 35-liter capacity
  • 500D PVC fabric
  • IPX6 waterproof rating
  • Interior storage pockets

Cost: $69.95

Vitchelo 30L Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

Vitchelo 30L Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

This heavy-duty pack offers outstanding waterproofing thanks to its welded seams and robust PVC fabric and is also one of the most practical packs in out review, boasting a rubber haul handle, a padded back panel and shoulder straps, and a duo of mesh water bottle pockets on the exterior.

Key Features:

  • 30-liter capacity
  • Welded seams
  • Side compression straps
  • Padded back panel and shoulder straps

Cost: $44.95

IDRYBAG 45-Liter Dry Backpack

IDRYBAG 45-Liter Dry Backpack

This stylish, 45-liter backpack takes convenience to a whole new level, boasting a built-in, detachable laptop sleeve, a large mesh front pocket, two zippered mesh side pockets, a flip-top lid, nicely padded shoulder straps, and two strips of MOLLE-style webbing.

Key Features:

  • 45-liter capacity
  • 500D PVC fabric
  • Built-in, detachable laptop sleeve

Cost: $64.99

Best Duffel Dry Bags

Watershed Colorado Duffel Bag

Watershed Colorado Duffel Bag

This outstandingly well-made duffel-style dry bag may be expensive but is fully submersible, made with welded seams and 420D Cordura nylon ripstop fabric, and uses an airtight ZipDry closure, all of which makes it probably the most reliably waterproof duffel dry bag on the market.

Key Features:

  • Zippered, ZipDry closure
  • Submersible
  • Completely airtight
  • 420D Cordura nylon ripstop fabric

Cost: $166.50

Oak Creek Overlook Falls 55L Dry Bag Duffel

Oak Creek Overlook Falls 55L Dry Bag Duffel

This very reasonably priced bag might not be fully submersible but it’s more than waterproof enough to deal with drops out of the boat and even the most torrential of downpours. It’s also very user-friendly, using a roll-top closure, padded carry strap, and a nicely sized external zippered pocket for valuables.

Key Features:

  • 55-liter capacity
  • Heavy-gauge PVC fabric
  • Padded shoulder strap
  • Roll-top closure
  • External zippered closure

Cost: $49.95

Earth Pak Waterproof Duffel Bag

Earth Pak Waterproof Duffel Bag

As with the smaller Earth Pak bag that was our top pick of budget dry bags, this 70-liter duffel bag offers outstanding value for money. Made with robust materials and boasting a padded carry handle and shoulder strap, reinforced buckles, and multiple 1000D PVC MOLLE-style attachment points, this is also one of the most practical and well-thought-out dry bags in our review.

Key Features:

  • 70-liter capacity
  • 1000D MOLLE loops
  • Padded shoulder strap
  • Internal and external zippered pockets

Cost: $59.99

Watershed Mississippi Duffel Bag

Watershed Mississippi Duffel Bag

This high-capacity pack has enough storage space to squeeze in just about everything you could possibly need for a week-long trip on the river and is also one of the most durable, rugged, and leak-proof duffel dry bags on the market.

Key Features:

  • 138-liter capacity
  • Fully submersible
  • Airtight ZipDry closure
  • 420D Cordura nylon ripstop fabric

Cost: $189

Gonex 80-Liter Waterproof Duffel

Gonex 80-Liter Waterproof Duffel

This straightforward, frill-free pack may lack some of the bells and whistles featured in the other duffels in our review, but it also comes in at a fraction of the price, offering more waterproof storage per dollar than almost any other dry bag duffel out there.

Key Features:

  • 80-liter capacity
  • Durable PVC materials
  • Padded carry handle and shoulder strap
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: $63.99

COR Waterproof 60L Duffel Bag

COR Waterproof 60L Duffel Bag

This high-capacity duffel dry bag offers simply outstanding value for money, using incredibly hard-wearing PVC fabric and a wide-opening design that makes it easier to access all of your gear. It also boasts a very handy zippered exterior pocket, 2 compression straps that let you consolidate your load, and a well-padded, adjustable shoulder strap.

Key Features:

  • 60-liter capacity
  • Padded, removable shoulder strap
  • Two compression straps
  • Exterior water-resistant pocket

Cost: $64.97

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