Blue Bags

How to Pack Your Blue Dry Bag

Commonly referred to as the “blue bag”

Blue Bag Step 1

Blue Bag Step 1

Open your dry bag. When empty, the dry bag is roughly 14 inches in diameter and stands about 2.5 feet high. Don’t be deceived by the first glance! You do not have this much room for gear. When packed, the bag stands about 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall (depending on how much gear you bring) with a maximum capacity around 3000 cubic inches. You have plenty of room to bring what you need. But remember…you have to haul your dry bags twice a day so try not to overpack. Also, the more gear you bring makes it more difficult to “mole” around inside your bag to find what you are looking for.

Blue Bag Step 2

Blue Bag Step 2

Stuff your gear into the dry bag. This bag is for the items that you do NOT need access to during the day. To see a demonstration of the waterproof bag for the items you need access to during the day, click here.

Blue Bag Step 3

Blue Bag Step 3

It is important to push your gear into all of the open space inside your bag. Do not leave any pockets of air as this will make your bag less waterproof. For added waterproof protection for items such as a camera or book, pack in a zip lock baggie.

Blue Bag Step 4

Blue Bag Step 4

When your gear is packed in the bag, close the top of the bag.

Blue Bag Step 5

Blue Bag Step 5

Using your knee, compress all of the air out of your bag. We do not recommend bringing breakable items.

Blue Bag Step 6

Blue Bag Step 6

You should notice an air seal that forms inside the bag.

Blue Bag Step 7

Blue Bag Step 7

Roll the bag from the top as far down as you can. Try to get at least 4 good rolls. Keep the two black webbing straps that hang near the opening of the bag out while you roll the bag closed.

Blue Bag Step 8 (a)

Blue Bag Step 8 (a)

Blue Bag Step 8 (b)

Blue Bag Step 8 (b)

While compressing the dry bag, feed the webbing strap through the cam buckle located about 6 inches from the bottom of the bag (one strap per buckle).

Blue Bag Step 9

Blue Bag Step 9

Pull the webbing through the cam buckle as far and tight as you can while still compressing the air out of your bag as much as possible.

Blue Bag Step 10

Blue Bag Step 10

If you have more than a few inches of webbing left, tie it up so it is not hanging loose.

Blue Bag Step 11

Blue Bag Step 11

You are packed and ready to go! Note the number on the side of your dry bag. This number will help you identify your dry bag while you are on your trip.