Bin bags. That’s what we used to keep our camping gear dry on our first ever trip abroad on motorbikes. And they worked to an extent, but not only were they a pain to pack up and load properly without ripping, they also made us look like wandering hobos.
A few trips later and not only are we now experts in packing up sharpish on a wet morning, we’ve also upgraded a fair bit of our gear to make that process easier, and this year’s luggage upgrade is the best yet. Behold the tough and practical, 100% waterproof Upano Duffel Bags from AquaPac:
Unlike a lot of drybags, these spacious bags (available in three different sizes – 40L, 70L and 90L), open lengthways, rather than at one end – meaning you don’t have to unpack the whole bag just to get to your toothbrush.
The multiple tie-down points make securing the bags a quick and simple job – we used a combination of karabiners and RokStraps to secure the 90L version happily across the panniers on one of the bikes, making packing up far, far less of a chore.
Said 90L bag was so huge that we also got every single item of camping equipment in there bar our sleeping bags and airbed: tent, chairs, tarp, picnic rug, Trangia, meths bottle, pillows, plates, cooking utensils, mallet, etc… with room to spare!
Our first day in Spain was very, very wet. But when we arrived at our campsite in the Picos the contents of our AquaPac bags were reassuringly dry. Only when you have been wet through, cold and miserable can you truly appreciate the pleasure of dry socks.
The material these bags are made from (TPU-coated nylon) is not only rugged and 100% waterproof, but also very lightweight. The bags are easy to fasten – they roll closed, held firm first by a Velcro® strip, and then by clips and compression straps to help keep the seal secure. The padded shoulder straps that come with all sizes of these Upano bags came into their own when it came to grabbing our gear quickly and trekking over to wherever we were pitching up that night.
Summary: Practical, easy to use, waterproof. We love this luggage: our socks stayed dry, our phones didn’t die. And we think that they’re worth the money – they aren’t cheap, but that’s because they aren’t bin bags.
Price: 40L = £90 / 70L = £100 / 90L = £110
Review by Mrs Muz. Bags supplied for independent review by Aquapac.