Next to losing my belongings on a trip, keeping them dry as bone is always a concern. Although of course you wouldn’t intentionally jump on the ocean with your pack on or walk through the pouring rain and drench your camera in the process. To be on the safe side here are my constant travel companions that helps me safeguard my gears from the elements.
JJC CAMERA RAIN COVER
The JJC rain cover is probably the cheapest DSLR rain cover there is in the market, it works just well and it is reusable. It is made of polythene to protect cameras from rain and any other unwanted weather and environmental particles. Its drawstring lens opening offers a snug fit on any lens with a 6’9 inches in diameter and 17’9 inches in length. It also has an eyepiece opening fitted for almost every type of camera viewfinder and is designed either for handheld use or tripod mounting.
JJC DSLR Rain Cover (php350 for a pack of 3)
KINGCAMP BACKPACK RAIN COVER
Most internal frame backpacks and laptop/DSLR backpacks even if they are water repellent come with a rain cover but they also come with a slightly higher price. So if you have a pack that doesn’t have a rain cover and you’re a bit paranoid and don’t trust that your water repellent pack isn’t enough to keep your stuff dry, then getting a separate cover is something you might wanna consider. Kingcamp is one of the lesser popular brands and therefore costs less. The material is Polyester and has a sewn-in elastic outer lining flap that can easily fit any 30-45 liter backpacks.
Kingcamp 30 liter Backpack Rain Cover (php350)
available at JS Gaisano, Davao
SEA TO SUMMIT ULTRA-SIL DRY SACK
A roll-top closure dry sack made with the toughest and lightest waterproof nylon called Siliconized Cordura (perfect if you’re traveling light). All seams are double stitched and tape sealed with a smooth and flexible finish for easy packing and has a Hypalon (polyethylene and synthetic rubber noted for its resistance to chemicals and extreme temperatures) top rolling closure with a buckle. Although this particular sack is not designed for boating and marine use, it keeps my stuff dry (especially electronic gadgets) perfect for a day lying around the beach. The sack also doesn’t have a lash loop for a carrying strap, but Sea to summit has a wide variety of dry sacks you can choose from and most of them do have lash loops. This works perfectly well for me during city tours as I can just roll it flat and stick on my pocket ready to be whipped out in case of rain.
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack (php900)
available at all branches of The Travel Club and The North Face
RUBBER DUCKY DRY SACK
A much thicker material and a tad heavier, but it’s a lot prettier more perfect for the beach. The see through material makes it convenient for me to see my stuff stashed inside. The top can be rolled down to lock and form waterproof seal. With this, all my worries about my gadgets getting soak melts away. It comes with a lash loop and adjustable carrying strap that I can just sling it across my body leaving my hands free.
Rubber Ducky Dry Sack (php900)
available at sports and outdoor shops of Robinsons Galleria, 2nd floor
What was once only a home essential used for storing food, clothes, toys and linens, these multi- purpose resealable bags has become an important element in traveling. Here’s why:
i use it to keep all my snacks together
or my first aid kit
can also double as a compression pack
available at all supermarkets
Ziplocs and other resealable bags come in different sizes and its uses are virtually limitless, bottom line is, it keeps everything organized and because its made of plastic, it keeps my stuff dry at all times.
DISCLAIMER: This post is not meant to encourage you to leave your gadgets and other belongings to the elements or to purposely dump it on water.
written by kim