When you’re going ashore by dinghy, what do you do with all the stuff you can’t afford to get wet? Or even going down the loooooooong dock in the rain?
So many times I’ve laughed at a group of cruisers (even weekend cruisers) — almost everyone seems to be carrying a small dry bag with all their essentials stuffed inside. Not just women!
Small dry bags are great for phones, car keys (those with the door unlock like mine will short out and die if they get wet . . . Dave can tell you all about it), wallets, cameras, papers and more. A slightly larger one will work for tablets and laptops.
One thing to note, though: the lightweight dry bags, made of nylon, are actually “water resistant” and not totally waterproof. They’ll repel splashes, but not serious waves or rain. If you have one of the lightweight ones — like I usually carry — put your items in a Ziploc first, or double-bag (they’re usually sold in sets of three, so this is easy).
The camping department in most big-box stores, as well as almost every outdoors or specialty camping store I’ve been in, sells these. Or you can just get them on Amazon:
If you need a truly waterproof bag, these that are all vinyl do a great job (I have several in larger sizes — you can read more about them in Provisioning by Dinghy). When looking at sizes of the various bags, remember that the diameter is when the bag is laid flat, not when it’s upright and really a circle, and the height is the total height (but you have to fold the top down at least three times to make a waterproof seal).