Stop Worrying About Your Gear and Start Enjoying the Adventure!

Your backpack should always keep up with your adventures, no matter the conditions. This way your 100% focus can be on what you are doing. No compromise. No worrying about your gear staying safe. Traveling, surfing, kayaking, stand up paddling, trekking, hiking, fishing… it does not matter. Don’t let the rain, sea or dust hold you back. We have all been there. Thinking: “I hope the rain stops, I don’t want my things to get wet! Should I put my camera in an extra plastic bag? What about the clothes in my backpack? What if a wave splashes over my gear? What if my things fall into the sea? What if sand gets inside my bag?” The time has come for you to stop worrying and start enjoying your adventures no matter what mother nature throws at you. DryTide waterproof backpacks, duffels and dry bags will keep all your gear safe and dry. No matter the conditions.

Introducing DryTide Waterproof Bags and Backpacks

DryTide waterproof backpacks are the only backpacks that combine the usefulness, versatility and comfort of regular backpacks with waterproof capabilities of dry bags while still looking stylish. They offer protection beyond the usual “waterproof” tag which these days can mean many different things. Every DryTide backpack, duffle and dry bag is made out of 100% waterproof material using 100% waterproof construction technique. Things inside your DryTide bags will not only stay dry during a quick rain shower but also in much heavier conditions like long and heavy torrential rainstorms, during various water sports, they will survive a fall into the sea and even a shorter submersion. With all this, DryTide waterproof backpacks are still feature packed technical backpacks. Ergonomically designed padded shoulder straps, hip belt, sternum strap and padded back help you comfortably carry your gear. Pockets, compartments and extra straps help you organize your belongings so they are always there when you need them.

Waterseal Technology
Every DryTide waterproof backpack, duffel and dry bag is made out of heavy-duty 100% waterproof cloth that keeps the water out virtually forever. They are made without stitches using high frequency welded seams, so no holes are made into the material during production. This way things you put inside are sealed away and protected from dust, sand and water. DryTide bags and backpacks will even float on the water if they go overboard.
Big main compartment and lots of extra pockets, hooks and straps will help you organize your belongings. Have things always ready and at hand when you need them. No more blindly diving to the bottom of the bag where all your small items like keys, surf wax, sunscreen, wallet, glasses, camera and power bars usually end up. With lots of pockets you can organize your belongings so they are always within reach.
Once you are on the move adjustable and ergonomically designed padded shoulder straps, hip belt, sternum strap and padded back will make sure that carrying your gear is super comfortable. This makes our waterproof backpacks not only great for water related adventures but also for traveling and trekking to the wet corners of the Earth or for everyday bike commute to work.

Difference Between Waterproof and Water Resistant Backpack

Terms waterproof and water resistant are used all the time when describing products and most of the time they are used loosely. In reality not many bags and backpacks that use the term waterproof are really literally waterproof.  What is the difference between a water resistant backpack and a truly waterproof backpack and what makes a backpack really waterproof?

Waterproof Backpack

  • A waterproof backpack is made out of 100% waterproof fabric that will stop the water for an unlimited amount of time, no matter the conditions and water pressure.
  • Pieces of this fabric are welded together using ultrasonic welding. No stitches are used when constructing this backpack’s compartments and pockets.
  • A waterproof backpack also uses a roll down top closure system or waterproof zippers for closing all the openings in the backpack.


RESULT: This kind of backpack can be dropped into the water and the inside of the backpack will stay dry. It will protect your belongings in even the strongest tropical rainstorms for days, months, years if needed.

Water Resistant Backpack

  • Water resistant backpack is usually made out of fabric that will stop the water only for a limited amount of time. Longer exposure and added water pressure result in water slowly getting through the fabric.
  • When constructing a water resistant backpack pieces of this fabric are stitched together. Stitching makes holes into the fabric where water can get in. To combat this stitches are sometimes also taped which improves water resistance.
  • A water resistant backpack uses regular or splash proof zippers to close the backpack.

RESULT: Water resistant backpack can protect you things in light to medium rain that does not last for longer periods of time. Depending on the materials used, the quality of the backpack and the amount of rain this can be anywhere from only a few minutes to a couple of hours.

Which Waterproof Backpack to Choose?

Which bag is right for you depends on the amount of gear you want to carry and your adventure style. When choosing the size also keep in mind that you can use a dry bag or a dry bag backpack either to keep all your things dry or to prevent your wet gear from dripping all over the place (or both).

There are three different backpack sizes: 50L, 30L and 18L. There is also the waterproof all purpose bag that again has it’s own benefits. Here is a short description for each size to help you choose, for a full list of features please check each individual bag in our shop.

Waterproof Travel Backpack
Big backpack for long trips
Perfect for carrying and protecting all your gear on multi day trips and adventures. 50L+ storage space, feature packed, comes with removable internal pocket that can be replaced with a laptop sleeve (sold separately). The ultimate travel backpack.
Waterproof Daypack
The ultimate daypack
Perfect fully waterproof backpack for everyday use and day long trips. Use it as a surf backpack for surf trips and days on the beach or as your everyday backpack for daily bike commute to work or college. Our waterproof daypack feels right at home in the middle of concrete or real jungle.
Waterproof Backpack
Our smallest backpack
Perfect fully waterproof backpack for everyday use when you don't need lots of space and want a smaller elegant backpack for daily bike commute to work or college. Replace removable internal pocket with a laptop sleeve (sold separately) and turn it into a waterproof laptop pocket or use it to protect your photo gear during wet adventures.

DryTide Dry Bags

Waterproof bags or dry bags are great for times when you don’t need lots of gear or you don’t need to carry it for a long time. They will protect everything you put inside them from water and dust. So far we have counted 31 different uses for them, from storing wet wetsuits, to bringing your smaller personal items to the sea or lake, from organizing your items inside bigger bags to pushing them into your sea kayak. Check out our guide on buying dry bags if you want to know more.

Which Dry Bag to Choose?

Whale Dry Bag
Bring everything for one day
Thirty liter dry bag is for those that bring a bit more gear to their days trips. It will fit: two winter wetsuits with gloves and booties ... or ... everything for a day on the boat, stand up paddle trip. It is still slim enough that if fits into a kayak and comes with two shoulder straps and an external pocket.
Seagul Dry Bag
For personal items
Five liter liter dry bag is the perfect size for carrying your smaller personal items when you are on or around the water. It will fit your phone, wallet, keys, snacks, t-shirt, sunscreen, bluetooth speaker etc... or ... your DSLR camera + 2 lenses ... or ...your drone (DJI Mavic Pro size).
Bear Dry Bag
Pack light
Fifteen liter dry bag can be, if you pack light, your bag for day trips to the beach, your carry on bag for boat trips or stand up paddle trips etc... It can fit two wetsuits ... or ... one wetsuit and a beach towel/poncho together with some smaller items.

Cooler, Phone Wallet and Other Accessories

DryTide 15L Cooler will keep your drinks super cold for up to 12 hours +, it is great for BBQ, beach days and picnics. Waterproof phone wallet can protect your phone from water even under the sea surface. You can upgrade all of our DryTide backpacks with laptop sleeves (padded or waterproof laptop sleeve), the new DryTide 2L flat dry bag can serve as a waterproof wallet for you wallet, phone and keys etc…

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Reviews: What Others Say About DryTide

I recently went on a 6 week surf trip with my DryTide backpack and I have to say I couldn’t be more pleased with the performance of the backpack. I packed around 15 kg of stuff in the backpack and it felt comfortable to carry and everything stayed dry throughout the trip, despite at times hazardous circumstances. I also received numerous compliments regarding the aesthetic design of the backpack. Would definitely recommend the DryTide backpack to others interested in off-the-beaten-path travel.

- Viljem

With this bag, no compromise is needed as it will give the extreme backpacker everything they need for their adventure.

- GLOBO Surf

We field tested these bags for well over 12 months and are super stoked. These are one of the best value waterproof bags on the planet!

- CAST Magazine

I’ve been super happy with DryTide’s 50L waterproof travel backpack. It’s a very sturdy bag and it has more than enough room to pack for any trip I’ll take. I also like how comfortable it is because I usually carry it on long hikes.

- Richard

This DryTide bag is perfect for not only keeping your gear dry but also keep it free of the Australian outback dust. It really is a great bit of kit and we’re loving it.

- Traverse motor bike magazine

I’m so happy I bought my DryTide bag! I work in the jungle, so that backpack is always with me, and its life is not easy:)… hiking, kayaking, or just taking the rain at the back of the pickup truck. The size is a little too big for my daily travels, but perfect for weekends or even 5 days expeditions. It surprised me pleasantly that the shoulder straps are comfortable, even being a woman with not such broad shoulders. The side mesh pockets are just a bit too tight to fit Nalgene bottles, but I absolutely love the front pocket.

- Anna

The Story of DryTide

surfer with waterproof backpack

The pinnacle of my belongings getting wet was when I was floating in the middle of Indian Ocean, sitting on my surfboard, and watching our boat sink into the ocean. Our possessions and parts of the boat were floating around us.” How the DryTide brand was born. If you are interested how years of Indo surf travels led to being shipwrecked in the middle of Mentawai islands with our things floating around our sinking boat then check the DryTide story.