Having a bug out bag filled with all your essential survival supplies is great but if they are not protected from the elements all your prepping efforts will have gone to waste. The last thing you want is to dig into your BOB to get something you need only to find it damp, soaken wet and unusable or completely destroyed. Unless you have an expensive waterproof backpack, you’ll want to check out the following ways you can help protect your gear.
There are many different types of waterproof sprays that you can get. It’s important to determine what type of material your backpack is made of so you can purchase the proper spray. Most sprays are silicone based and are designed to penetrate the material to create a waterproof or at least a water resistant barrier. My suggestion would be to apply several light even coats to achieve the best results. Although these sprays do work very well, they are not designed to make your pack completely waterproof. Just remember that if you happen to be crossing a stream and your bag gets partially or completely submerged you can bet that water will still find it’s way in whether it’s through a stitched seam or the opening in the top of your pack. This is where dry bags and dry pouches come into play.
Dry bags are great for storing your clothing or other larger and bulkier items in your bug out bag. They are available in different sizes, are completely waterproof and although these types of bags are more costly than dry pouches they are well worth the investment. The bags featured in the image are manufactured by Cascade Designs. Visit their website and take a look at their wide range of dry bag/sac products.
Dry pouches are an excellent choice for keeping important documents and smaller items dry. The ones featured in this image are made by Coleman and can be found in stores such as Walmart and Canadian Tire. As an example, I keep all of my items for fire, heat and light combined into one bag for convenience and easy access. These pouches are usually made of tough vinyl type material and are relatively inexpensive. I also like the fact that they are clear so you can easily identify the contents.
If you don’t have anything else available garbage bags can also be used to keep your pack contents dry. If you are planning on using these for that specific purpose be sure to get the ultra strong and thick kind as they can easily tear when you’re putting them in or pulling them out of your BOB. You can put a few large garbage bags together (inside of each other) to create a thick and durable barrier to line the inside of your backpack. Then, you can put all of your gear inside of the garbage bag as you naturally would inside of your bug out bag. If you want the extra protection, cover your gear first before placing it into the main garbage bag liner. If you find any holes or tears in your bags while out on the trail you can use duct tape as a patch.
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