09 Nov A Better Cruising Purse
For years, I’ve used a dry bag as a cruising purse, to protect my wallet (and car keys if I’m carrying them) from wayward splashes riding in the dinghy. Or — GULP — from an accidental drop while getting in/out of the dinghy or walking down the dock.
A couple of years ago, I wrote about my “cruiser’s purse” — a lightweight nylon water repellant bag.
But now, thanks to Emma at Travelling Accessories Online, I have a new, improved “purse!” Her parents cruise aboard their 52-foot Crowther designed catamaran that they built and just happen to follow The Boat Galley. Being around boats pretty much all her life and seeing her mom drop things in the water, Emma started her company to provide quality dry bags with good features for boaters at affordable prices.
Her first product is a 10-liter dry bag with a shoulder strap that she sells on Amazon. She gave me one at a reduced price to use and provide an honest review. So here it is — I’ve been using the bag for about a month now.
Bottom line: I love it!
- Good size: 10 liters carries what I need (wallet, cell phone, camera, tablet, keys) without being too bulky. I put a ball cap next to it in the photo above for a size comparison.
- Waterproof: this is a heavy weight waterproof dry bag, not the lighter weight water resistant bag I had before. While it’s a little bulkier, it provides much better protection (note that no bag can guarantee that no water will enter, but this type of bag coupled with attention to closing it properly provides the best protection). Depending on the weight of what’s inside and how much air, the bag will probably float if it goes in the water.
- Solid construction: I’ve been using the bag for a month now, and it still looks new. Time will tell for certain, but it seems like it will hold up for several years of typical everyday use . . . or should I say abuse?
- Shoulder strap: the shoulder strap makes all the difference in the world when it comes to using the bag as a purse. I love being able to have my hands free . . . or hang it on a chair in a restaurant. A bonus is that the strap is adjustable and long enough that if needed, it can go across my chest. Great on a scrambling hike or when playing tourist in an area known for purse-snatching.
- Cute: most of the dry bags that I’ve seen with a shoulder strap are designed for hiking, not for trips around town. Bright yellow and orange with huge logos just aren’t what I want when shopping or eating out in a city. The dark red color and Travelling Accessories logo look active without being obnoxious.
For best protection, don’t fill the bag too full. Tightly roll the top down three times (it’s easy to know how far to roll it as the connector for the shoulder strap will be on the outside) and snap the buckle shut. That’s it!
Again, this bag is no longer available but this one from Marchway is very similar and comes in a variety of colors.