On day trips or quick overnights in warm, dry weather, consider the following basic storage options:
Almost any general equipment bag can be used to store and haul gear. Bags made of water-resistant materials should be lined with plastic trash bags for added protection.
Shoulder straps on packs and duffels leave hands free during portages so you can carry more gear and make fewer trips. Pockets and compartments help keep small items organized, but are harder to line with plastic bags. Very large bags may not fit inside your boat, especially if you're paddling a kayak, so test the fit before you leave home.
Basic nylon stuff sacks keep gear and clothing safe from occasional splashes and drips. They also help organize small items such as clothing, food and camping gear inside larger packs or dry bags. Nylon mesh bags are great for storing wet gear.
Plastic bags form the backbone of most short-trip storage systems. They're lightweight, versatile and inexpensive — and they come in a variety of styles.
In cold, wet weather or on longer overnight trips, it's even more important that your gear stays dry.
These hard-shell cases keep equipment safe from impacts and come in a variety of shapes and sizes to fit everything from sunglasses to cameras to cell phones. Some feature foam padding for added protection. O-rings provide a waterproof seal.
Dry bags are tough, waterproof storage sacks made of coated nylon or PVC (a durable, rubberized fabric). They come in a number of different styles and sizes, from large backpack-sized models with built-in shoulder straps to simple, clear-plastic sacks designed to keep small items dry.
Most dry bags are sealed by rolling the collar of the bag down upon itself (as many times as possible), then buckling it closed to seal out water.
Mini cases, chart holders and inflatable bags protect wallets, maps and other valuables from water. Some are designed to float in case they go overboard. Many of these are small enough to stash in a larger waterproof or water-resistant bag.
Whether you paddle a canoe or kayak, there are storage containers designed specifically to fit your boat.
When deciding what kind of storage containers you need, consider the following:
By T.D. Wood
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Last updated: 03/05/2013
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