We’re heading into Autumn and it’s looking like it could be a wet one. But we can’t let a bit of rain stop us getting out and about, can we?
Your rucksack isn’t waterproof!
Most rucksacks are not waterproof and there’s nothing worse than going to put on another fleece and having to wring it out first! So I use these dry bags for everything. They’re probably the most understated piece of kit I own but the most used and hugely valuable.
Dry Bags help organise your kit
The first aid kit goes in the only red one – so I can always put my hand on it in a hurry.
Luminous green is bigger so my spare warm layer lives in there. The bags also allow you to squeeze the air out as you seal them so you can use them to compress soft clothing and it’ll take up less room in your rucksack.
I’ve got a darker green one that permanently lives in the bottom of my rucksack. Even in the summer it contains a woolly hat, a pair of thin gloves and a neck gaitor. Sometimes at the top of a peak the wind can be incredibly cold even in July or August!
And a blue one for food – I need to find my lunch and snacks easily.
While a smaller dark green one goes in the rucksack lid to keep my money and phone dry. Then if I stop on the drive home for a cuppa they’re easy to grab rather than having to search for them.
I generally have one or two big dry bags if I’m camping overnight. The sleeping bag goes into a medium dry bag and then into the big one – double bagging just in case! And you can put your clothes in the empty one over night to use as a pillow.
Dry bags compress your kit
By squashing the air out of the bag as you roll the top down and close the buckle you can squash the contents to make them smaller, and therefore take up less room in your rucksack. Great for big squashy things like your spare fleece, or down jacket. Not so good for your sandwiches…
Dry Bags don’t cost the earth
They keep my kit dry, they keep my kit organised and they double up as pillows. Great inventions! I highly recommend getting a few. Starting at around £7 they make a useful stocking filler at Christmas or just a great gift for anyone heading out on an Adventure!
If you’re heading out for a day hike in the UK, and you’re not sure what you should be taking in your rucksack, have a read of this blog for our hints and tips.