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The 12 Best Waterproof and Water-Resistant Backpacks of 2021

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Since not all of our outdoor gear can be waterproof, we need waterproof backpacks.

I'm not sure what you pack on your kayaking or camping trips, but I know that my smartphone, compass, and granola bars aren't typically ready for a dunk in the water.

Although it may be hard to find a fully submersible travel backpack, it's important to look for a backpack that's water-resistant. If it can't wick away light rain, be cautious of what you pack.

It's worth buying a phone case that's submersible (like a Lifeproof case) to add extra protection. As for your general camping or kayaking gear, dry bags are your friend.

Waterproof packs are perfect for hikers and backpackers. They're also ideal for water activities, like kayaking and fishing.

The market has got you covered with plenty of options. And we've got you covered with suggestions.

Best Water-Resistant Backpacks + Best Waterproof Backpacks 

1. Geckobrands Waterproof Drawstring Backpack

Geckobrands Waterproof Drawstring Backpack 2019
Waterproof Outfitters
Geckobrands Waterproof Drawstring Backpack 2019
Water Outfitters

$29.99 is definitely on the low-cost side of waterproof backpacks. It is a drawstring so it won't hold a lot of gear, but I recommend it for the bare minimum items like a water bottle, phone, towel, and maybe a few survival items for you outdoor adventure.

The customer review above is a great example of this bag's advantages. You can also take off the strap buckles and wear it as a hip pack.

2. Orvis Waterproof Backpack

Orvis Waterproof Backpack
Avid Max

Designed and intended for fly fishers, this Orvis pack is on the higher-end as far as price goes. You'll see some more budget-friendly options on this list, but at $298, you're getting what you pay for.

This heavy-duty backpack is meant for heavy rain and an unintentional swim in the river. The pockets and organization details will put a smile on any fly angler's face.

3. Showers Pass Transit Waterproof Backpack

Showers Pass Transit Waterproof Backpack
Moose Jaw

Backpack to the mountains and still get some work done with this backpack with an iPad and laptop sleeve. Where was this when I was in college? The durability is fantastic.

It's also the perfect travel backpack for the bike commuter.

4. FE Active - 30L Eco Friendly Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

FE Active - 30L Eco Friendly Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

Made from eco-friendly PVC tarpaulin, this backpack is ready for outdoor activities. The padded shoulder straps have a breathable mesh lining. You'll stay comfy while you keep your gear dry.

For only $39.99, you're getting a good deal with this pack.

5. YETI Panga Backpack 28


We love YETI, but don't just take our word for it. You have to check out these customer reviews.


Thanks to the chest strap and waist belt, you'll know that your belongings will be secure. Above all, it's one of the few fully-submersible backpacks we've ever come across.

Keep food, clothes, and more dry in this dry pack. A customer gave it five stars and wrote, "This pack is very nice and similar to what all the outfitters provided for our trip to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Since they excel at being waterproof, don't expect it to be light. Rubber comes at a cost to weight. These are much heavier than my backpack however, my backpack is water repellent not waterproof."

7. WaterSeals Locking Backpack + Waterproof Bag

WaterSeals Locking Backpack + Waterproof Bag

This waterproof bag has a 3-digit lock, and it's under $30. That's not a bad deal at all. Prevent theft and water damage to your belongings while you're enjoying the beach or lake. The roll-top closure is great for keeping debris like sand and dirt out of your gear.

8. Sea to Summit Flow 35L Drypack

Sea to Summit Flow 35L Drypack

Don't let the rain stop you from trekking back to the campsite or from hopping on your mountain bike. Check out this review.

Sea to Summit Flow 35L Drypack

The reviewer called this bag a 'superior well-built product.' You can't beat that kind of high quality.

9. Bug Out Bag Military Backpack Waterproof Tactical

Bug Out Bag Military Backpack Waterproof Tactical

If you like military-style gear or need a tactical advantage on your backpacks, this one is the perfect fit. It's under $30 and is highly organized for easy access to your gear.

You could use the camo version of this backpack for hunting trips, too.

10. Klymit Splash 25 Waterproof Backpack

Black Ovis

Keep your belongings dry thanks to the polyurethane material. I like that it's ultralite. As someone who thinks about the ergonomic design of outdoor gear, I appreciate that this backpack is supposed to be very comfortable on my shoulders.

11. G4Free 50L Hiking Backpack Waterproof Daypack Outdoor Camping Climbing Backpack with Rain Cover for Men Women

G4Free 50L Hiking Backpack Waterproof Daypack Outdoor Camping Climbing Backpack with Rain Cover for Men Women

Consider this backpack for your next canoeing or boating trip. Thanks to the USB port, you'll be able to keep your phone charged. I don't know about you, but a dead phone while traveling makes me nervous. Since this is perfect for keeping devices charged, I'd say it's a great travel backpack.

You're going to love the mesh back panel. It'll keep you nice and dry during summer commutes and downpour.

Ditch your old tote or duffel bag. You need this travel bag for rainy (and early) mornings at the airport. You'll love using it as a carry-on! The hip belt pockets are perfect for carrying your gadgets and devices.

There's a zippered pocket for dirty shoes, plus, the main compartment is huge. VJ gave it five stars and wrote, "It is lightweight and the chest and waist straps worked great for stability. I currently use it for my daily commutes on my bicycle to and from work. Great value!"

12. SWISSGEAR 1900 ScanSmart Laptop Backpack (Black)

Take advantage of the roomy laptop compartment in this backpack. Over 16,000 customers are raving about the Swiss Gear backpack.

If you're looking for a bag that can handle heavy loads and full submersion, expect to pay for it. As for waterproof backpacks that can handle rain, you definitely have budget-friendly options. Especially with plenty of storage-- side pockets and front pockets are some great specs to look out for.

Keep in mind that you should also look for water-wicking clothes if you're out on a rainy day. For water sports essentials and clothing with water-resistant technology, visit Amazon.

This post was originally published on December 30, 2019.




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