Q: I’m going on a six-day kayak trek. I know what to bring, but don’t know how to pack it to keep it dry. Any suggestions?
— Aidan, Abilene, Texas
Pack your gear in dry bags. They’re designed to keep your stuff from getting wet, and they can float in case your boat flips or your bag goes overboard.
Dry bags come in different sizes, and most can be sealed watertight. The K3 Pro-Tech 20-liter dry bag backpack ($60) is a great option and easy to carry with its sturdy straps. For smaller bags, check out Granite Gear dry sacks.
Store your bag inside the kayak with emergency items and gear attached behind your seat or on top of the boat, secured by deck lines. Balance gear throughout your boat so you don’t lean to one side.
For better stability, use several smaller dry sacks packed into the ends of your kayak, with heavier bags at the bottom of the boat closer to where you sit.