Different Uses for Dry Bags
Believe it or not, you can use your dry bag for more reasons than just keeping your items dry in wet situations. Of course, like other travel gear, a dry bag can be used for more than one purpose.
We give you a few examples of different uses below. If you have more created uses for your waterproof bags, let us know!
- Managing Laundry: Keeping dirty clothes separated from clean clothes might prove to be annoying when you’re living without a suitcase, especially if clothes are soiled or wet. Having a dry bag in this scenario can prove to be helpful as you can simply roll up your dirty clothes and stuff it inside the corner of the dry bag. If you’re worried about bad odor, there is always the option of keeping the top clipped and take the bag along with you until you manage to find a place to wash these clothes.
- Emergency Pillow: Imagine that your travel arrangements are delayed and you are stuck in a railway station or an airport indefinitely. Since checking into a hotel room is no longer an option due to time constraints, you can catch a nap wherever you are by creating a makeshift pillow out of your dry bag. It doesn’t need much air, and all you have to do is just fold the top a couple of times and clip it together to make it somewhat inflatable. The pressure of you resting your head will create enough compression for the bag to serve as a decent pillow to catch some shut eye.
- Storage of Cables and Wires: Whenever you’re on the road, managing the clutter of phone chargers, camera chargers, power banks, and other wire-based gadgets can turn out to be frustrating, to say the least. They take up a lot of space and they get snagged onto everything else inside of your bag. If you want a quick solution, then you can use your dry bag to store these wires and cables as it will prevent stray prongs and plugs from poking out of it. These bags are made of sturdy material and offer complete protection against wetness, so you don’t have to worry about the electronic items getting wet by any chance.
- Compression Sack: When you’re shopping spree has left you struggling to fit all the new items in your backpack, a dry bag can come to the rescue. You can just squish the dry bag to fit comfortably inside of your suitcase but it also provides equally good resistance against water. Wet weather travel is not easy, but making good use of every item you have at your disposal will make your journey a bit more comfortable.
- Water Bucket: Did you know you can turn your dry bag into a bucket? Well, when you are camping in the wild, take the empty bag to a river or stream and fill it to the brim with water to return to camp. This way, you’ll have liters of water at your disposal without having to make return trips time and again. Bags that come with roll-fold closure also provide a handle to help you carry the back better. A word of caution – boil or treat the water if you plan on drinking it.
- Washing Machine: One of the unique alternate uses for dry bags has to be using it as a makeshift washing machine. Similar to how you would use a bucket, just fill the bag with water, add eco-friendly detergent soap, and then put the dirty clothes inside and proceed to scrub the clothes by hand. After you’re done, close the bag’s roll fold while the clothes are still inside and give it an extreme shake. Then, drain the dirty water and repeat the same process using just plain water to rinse the clothes thoroughly clean.
- Camp Mat: Dry bags can be used as multipurpose mats out in the wilderness when you don’t want to get your sleeping mat outside. This mind-blowing alternative can be utilized when you just want to sit for a short while, kneel to light up firewood, hammer the tent pegs, or some other activity around the campsite. Using this bag as a seat, you can avoid getting yourself wet and dirty.
- Collecting Firewood: How do you bring firewood to the campsite after chopping them? By all chances, you have to empty a bag with valuable belongings and use it for storing the cut wood. You don’t have to anymore because you can use a dry bag like a sack to store the collected firewood rather than carry it in your arms or storing it in a sophisticated travel bag. When you have your hands free, you are less likely to injure yourself because firewood has branches and sticks protruding out. This is a very useful alternative for dry bags.
- Flotation Device: Out in the wilderness, you may have to cross dangerous rivers with a high water current that may make getting across even harder. Dry bags can help you in this situation by acting as a flotation device because they can be filled with air that should provide excellent buoyancy. You can also use a floating dry bag to the float your backpacks and other essential items across the river.
- Kettlebell: This may sound kind of cheesy, but if you are in the mood for a workout while camping then filling up a dry bag with water should make it work as a temporary kettle bell. You can use this to do some lifting, heavy enough for a light workout. The best part of this is that you will know exactly how much weight you are lifting because 1 L of water would roughly weigh 1 kg (2.2 lbs), and you can use this standard of measurement to fill it up to the point it is heavy enough for you.