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 finding a travel backpack that's fully submersible, it's important to at least look for a backpack thats 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.
The market has got you covered with plenty of options. And we've got you covered with suggestions.
The Best Waterproof and Water-Resistant Backpacks
$19.99 is definitely on the low-cost side of waterproof backpacks. It is a drawstring, so it won't be able to 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.
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.
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 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.
Backpack to the mountains and still get some work done with this backpack that has an iPad and laptop sleeve. Where was this when I was in college? It's also perfect for the bike commuter.
Made from eco-friendly PVC tarpaulin, this backpack is ready for outdoor activities. The padded shoulder straps have a breathable mesh lining.
For only $39.99, you're getting a good deal with this pack.
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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.
This one is built for heavy duty hiking, but it's still a lightweight backpack. When zippered, the it's a full 30-liter capacity bag. The main compartment looks pretty roomy, but be sure to take advantage of the mesh pockets. You'll be downpour ready.
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.
Don't let rain stop you from trekking back to the campsite or from hopping on your mountain bike. Check out this review.
The reviewer called this bag a 'superior well-built product.' You can't beat that kind of high-quality.
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.
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.
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 outdoor clothing with waterproof and water-resistant material, visit Patagonia.