Sun. Dec 15th, 2019

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Hack: How To Waterproof Your Backpack and Contents

2 min read

by Spotter Up

 

Putting a garbage bag inside of a back-pack. How simple and easy is that? Exactly the point but few people do it. If you’ve ever been caught in the rain and been without a pack cover or poncho, and then taken a deep spill into a river or stream, you’ll know why it’s good to protect your gear.

You may not end up fully submerged but ruining a good phone, camera or food supplies is not ideal.

This bag I'm holding has a water-repellent liner inside but it is NOT water proof because the bag has an opening (the top.) No duh.
This bag I’m holding has a water-repellent liner inside but it is NOT water proof because the bag has an opening (the top.) No duh.

Some waterproof packs are pricey and so the trash bag trick is an affordable alternative. Waterproofing your backpack costs really nothing. I recommend a trash compactor bag because it is thicker and more durable than a standard bag. The thing to keep in mind is, a pack cover or poncho that you drape over your bag, isn’t as ideal for this purpose.

Both of them can blow away with the wind or allow some water in your pack. But using a thick, garbage bag as an inexpensive pack-liner will protect your pack contents. Wet bread, toilet paper or fresh socks is not ideal. Here’s how simple it is to make one:

  1. Place you trash bag into your backpack and then place your stuff into the trash bag. If you place your stuff into the trash bag first, you might have difficulty getting it to fit into the pack.
  2. Make a small knot at the neck of the back to keep it secure.

Too simple. Backpacks are not waterproof for the simple reason the have a hole in the top.

Just like there are no waterproof shoes (as the joke goes) because there’s a hole where your foot goes. But there are fabrics that are waterproof. Still, water can get inside you pack through the seams, zippers and obviously through the top. Try a pack liner. Something so inexpensive just might save you a lot of time, money and headache.

Go for a thick, durable bag that has enough material at the top so you can twist a knot into it and seal it
Go for a thick, durable bag that has enough material at the top so you can twist a knot into it and seal it

 

 

 

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