Dry bags have a vital responsibility to keep their interior possessions arid as a bone. If you’ve ever had your whitewater raft lodged upside down, only to find that every single item of overnight clothing is drenched, then you know a dry bag is a sanctuary in the wilderness. We’ve been there, and it inspired our hunt for the best dry bags around.
On top of extensive research, we enjoyed putting these dry bags to the test. Our testers include a professional photographer, search-and-rescue personnel, two expert multiday standup paddleboarders, and a recreational standup paddleboarder. These dry bags protected our overnight apparel, camp gear, and electronics on back-to-back water-travel days in Colorado’s central high mountains.
There are a ton of dry bag sizes and applications, and a single bag won’t suit every person.