It used to be that if you wanted to keep your gear dry on a trip, you needed to bring along a bulky, waterproof box or dry bag. Built primarily for hardcore water folks, those pieces of gear didn’t take space into consideration—much.
But when more consumers ventured out into adventure travel territory, brands needed to consider convenience more. The SealLine BlockerLite Dry Sacks are ideal, sizeable dry bags that travelers can bring along on trips without worrying about them taking up too much room in their suitcase.
One of the many brands under the Cascade Designs umbrella, SealLine is all about protecting your gear from getting wet. The BlockerLite Dry Sacks are SealLine’s lightest, most efficient-packing dry sack. Made from PVC-free 20-denier silicone/polyurethane-coated nylon, the featherlight bags weigh between 1 ounce (for the 2.5-liter bag) and 2.1 ounces (for the 20-liter bag).
The bags also have a rectangular shape, instead of the traditional round shape of most dry bags, which results in packing 20 percent more efficiently. And the roll-top closure includes a grippy, stiffening strip to ensure a secure seal when you’re closing the dry sack.
All the seams of these dry sacks are welded, which is 50 percent stronger than sewn and taped seams. That means the waterproof protection is much better, and that’s exactly what I want to hear when I’m putting my precious electronics into bags in the hopes that they won’t get wet on my travels.
My favorite thing about these bags is that they’re convenient to bring along just in case. Because they pack small, because they’re light, you don’t have to weigh possibilities of being in a situation where you’ll need them when you’re packing. If it might happen, pack one, and if you don’t use it, it’s not like you wasted precious suitcase space to take it along. I’ve brought mine to the Himalayas, Svalbard, Tahiti, Hawaii, Jordan, and New Zealand. And I use them a fair amount on the water in California, too.
SealLine BlockerLite Dry Sacks come in blue, coral, orange and yellow, and range in sizes: 2.5 liter ($15.95), 5 liter ($18.95), 10 liter ($21.95), 15 liter ($23.95), and 20 liter ($26.95). All on the SealLine site.