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How to Seal an NRS Dry Bag

Knowing how to properly seal a drybag is essential for keeping clothes, outdoor gear and personal items dry while rafting, canoeing, kayaking, SUP paddling and camping. In this video, we show you how to seal a top-loading dry bag by folding down and fastening the closure to achieve a water-tight seal. Using this method, a quality waterproof drybag will do an effective job of keeping water out and keeping your stuff dry.

Drybags with this type of closure, if closed properly, can provide an excellent water-tight seal. We offer these bags from as small as two-liter capacity, up to the legendary 110-liter Bill’s Bag, that has been keeping boater’s gear dry for over 40 years. You’ll also find them in duffel-style bags. Check out the link on the history of how NRS Founder and President, Bill Parks, developed his namesake, the Bill’s Bag.

Fold, don’t roll, the closure. A fold makes a sharper transition that more effectively blocks water entry. You need to fold the top at least three times for a good seal. You can fold more times, the more the better. If the bag allows it, fold down firmly against the bag’s contents. This helps keep the closure more water-tight.

Now finish the closure by clipping it shut. This can be as simple as joining the two buckle halves at the top of the bag, or by cinching down multiple compression straps on some bags. When stowing the bag on the boat, place it with the fold facing down, or away from wave action, to further protect the seal from water entry.

Dry bags require little maintenance. Store out of the sun when not in use. Periodically rinse with fresh water and air dry. Soiled bags can be cleaned with soap and water. Scuffs and scratches can be covered with Aquaseal Adhesive. Patch holes with similar material and the appropriate adhesive. If you have questions on repair, give us a call, 800.635.5202.