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Dry Bags: Tactical Gear Underutilized by Civilians and Preppers

Dry Bags: Tactical Gear Underutilized by Civilians and Preppers

When it comes to essential gear for tactically minded civilians and preppers dry bags often go overlooked. Yet, for those in the know— such as special operations professionals and expedition experts—dry bags are invaluable. Brands like Sealline ( ) have elevated the game even further, offering some of the best products in this category. Their dry bags are a crucial investment for anyone serious about protecting their gear in extreme conditions.

The Unsung Importance of Dry Bags

Dry bags are designed to keep your gear dry and protected, no matter the environment. While many average consumers opt for MOLLE bags—popular for their military look and affordability—they often miss out on the superior protection and efficiency offered by dry bags. MOLLE bags however, designed to be a cheap and easy to use backpack for large troop movements of poorly trained soldiers, they simply are not built for efficiency, to aid highly trained operators in specified missions, or to protect mission critical gear from exposure to harsh elements.

Dry bags, on the other hand, are engineered to keep your equipment safe and dry, even in the most challenging conditions. Water is an unavoidable part of nature and if one spends enough time outdoors should be expected... whether it comes in the form of rain, bodies of water, or just morning dew. A good dry bag ensures that your critical gear—such as electronics, clothing, ammo, and food—remains unaffected by moisture.

Sealline: Setting the Standard

Sealline has set a high standard in the world of dry bags with their innovative designs and durable materials. The Pro Zip Duffel and the Pro Dry Pack are prime examples ( ). These bags not only keep water out but also feature robust carry systems that make them comfortable to transport over long distances. The 70L Pro Zip Duffel is the epitome of high speed low drag and can hold more gear and equipment than most men can effectively carry. The Pro Dry Pack 120L is a massive pack that has by far the best and most comfortable weight distribution carry system I've ever seen on a dry bag.

These bags are also less likely to be damaged by water compared to traditional bags and are constructed to endure the rigors of outdoor adventures. This aids in making them an excellent choice for anyone serious about disaster preparedness or surviving a potential grid-down scenario.

Benefits Beyond Water Protection

In addition to keeping gear dry, dry bags offer several other advantages:

  • Durability: Made from high-quality materials, dry bags are built to last.
  • Versatility: Modern dry bags come with features that make them suitable for a variety of activities. These bags are well-suited to virtually all outdoor activities.
  • Ease of Use: With simple roll-top closures and sturdy buckles, dry bags are easy to seal and access, ensuring your gear is both secure and accessible. There's only one compartment to check, and gear can be further organized inside labeled pouches (recommended).

Considerations and Drawbacks

Like any high-quality gear, good dry bags like the ones I've mentioned in this article come with a higher price tag. Good gear ain't cheap, cheap gear ain't good. Another potential drawback is that, in certain situations, carrying high-end dry bags can draw unwanted attention or allow one to be profiled (see "the real greyman theory"). It's essential to balance the benefits of using such gear with the need for discretion, especially in urban areas, foreign countries, or disaster scenarios.


Dry bags are a crucial yet underappreciated piece of gear for anyone who spends time outdoors with items they don't want ruined. They offer unparalleled protection against the elements, ensuring your gear remains dry and functional. Brands like Sealline have perfected the design, making these bags a must-have for serious adventurers and preppers alike. While they may come with a higher price tag, the investment in quality and peace of mind is well worth it. If you're serious about protecting your gear and being prepared for anything, it's time to consider adding dry bags to your arsenal.

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