Long ago, I ventured off into the lakes of Northern Saskatchewan, Canada with a few friends, canoes, and a guide. We spent three weeks paddling and camping through the lakes before spending the last week driving towards Calgary and camping along the way.
One of the first things the guides did was hand out very thick contractor garbage bags. I vividly remember the frustration I felt of having to dump the carefully packed contents of my large backpack out so I repack it inside of the garbage back liner. Even though my pack never went overboard, I recognize in hindsight that even a little bit of protection could go a long way in keeping me comfortable and safe during those chilly Canadian nights.
So today I want to share a resource with you. My friend, and community member here at The Everyday Marksman, Justin “Graveyard” Fields over at Swift Silent Deadly put up an article recently detailing several ways to waterproof a pack.
You might remember Justin from a recent podcast episode where we discussed preparedness and why he got started with his site.
While You’re Over There…
By the way, while you’re over at Justin’s site, why not give him a follow? He does a lot of great work and cares deeply about your privacy. He has an extremely interesting background, though he’ll never brag about it, and is absolutely the kind of person I’d like to have on my apocalypse team someday.
Matt decent article you linked to. I waterproofed my ruck slightly differently, but same general idea. First, clean the ruck well. Then apply several coats of scotchgard protectant spray. Use the scotchgard brand. It helps the ruck shed water in light rain when you don’t want to dig out a pack cover. inside, place a GI waterproof bag. These are inexpensive (about $15-20) heavy rubberized fabric bags. Pack your gear inside. Close the top with a gooseneck fold and tie. Packed this way you can helocast all day long and your gear will stay dry. Comparmentalizing the gear inside into… Read more »