Keep it Dry

Keep it Dry


Soggy kit is bad news


Keep it Dry 

Keep Your Kit Dry

The smile will come off your face when you reach into your rucksack for dry gloves, to replace the soggy ones you've been wearing for the last few hours, only to find that the contents of your rucksack are also rather soggy.

All rucksacks leak. Fact. Protective rain-covers help, but they also hinder getting into the rucksack itself.

The only way to keep your kit properly dry is to keep it in sealed bags in your rucksack. Use one of the solutions below to keep your kit dry. This a basic skill and habit worth getting in to quickly.

 

Options

Container

Advantage

Disadvantage

One big black bin liner

*Cheap
*Lightweight

*Can tear easily
*all eggs in one basket
*Inside of your rucksack is dark
*Easy to introduce water to rucksack if you reach in with wet hands or a dripping jacket

Small self-seal plastic bags

*Cheap
*Keep your kit nicely separated
*Lightweight
*Easy to see what’s in each bag
*kit in different bags does not get wet when you rummage around with wet hands or a dripping jacket

 

*Can tear, but easy to take a few replacements

One big heavy duty liner
(the type used for canoeing)

*These bags have roll top seals and are totally waterproof

*Sometimes difficult to get a good fit for your rucksack
*Everything is in one compartment
*Can be heavy
*Easy to introduce water to rucksack if you reach in with wet hands or a dripping jacket

 

Individual roll-top sealable bags

*Come in a variety of sizes
*Can be colour coded for easy kit recognition
*Robust
*kit in different bags does not get wet when you rummage around with wet hands or a dripping jacket

*Most expensive solution
*Compared to plastic bag solutions, these bags are heavy (although not particularly heavy in themselves)