Just like people, bags that have the benefit of waterproofing come in all shapes and sizes. Both the little bags you carry at your waist and the large ones you tote around by their handles are available in waterproof varieties. In choosing your bag, you should know what you want to go inside it and how much space that will take up. The less extra space you have in your bag, the more efficient it will be. But you don't want to go too far and get something that can't hold everything comfortably, either.

Mistaking the exterior measurements of a waterproofed bag for its interior holding capacity is a common issue you should avoid. Waterproof designs often incorporate extra material that limits storage more than lighter bags would. A good product will have its holding capacity noted on the box or in the product listing.

A bag being waterproof means that it won't have the same kind of easy long zip open and closed mechanism that you'd find on standard bags. Instead, the opening will be restricted to a narrow area, or further protected in ways that make it a little more tedious to get to. Find the right balance between convenience, size, and protection against moisture for your needs. There's no one perfect design out there, but there are many effective ones.

Any good bag that boasts waterproofing will come with a warranty. This may be a limited warranty or a permanent one, depending on the class (and usually expense) of the bag. It's very often worthwhile to pay a reasonable amount of extra money to get a bag with a lifetime-long warranty, rather than paying slightly less for a warranty that only lasts a few years. However, the other side of the issue is that it may not be worth it for your personal needs to pay a great deal more just for the longer warranty alone.

Many **waterproof bags**, and especially larger ones, have a rolled up design. This extra roll of fabric keeps the interior particularly protected, and allows for the use of designs that would otherwise be too vulnerable to moisture without it. But as practical as the rolled up style is, it's not without a price of its own. You'll find that it will take you longer to access your bag's interior, simply because you have to roll and unroll it often.

Looking for the most integrity in a waterproof style of bag is a matter of looking at the weak points and making sure they're reinforced. One of the weakest points in a bag is the seams. You can tell a bag is really living up to the waterproof label if it has seams that are welded at frequencies that are higher than usual. This procedure results in a sturdier bag, and is a sign of a competent manufacturer.

Some, but not all bags that are made to be waterproof can also float. How much so depends mostly on what you've packed in it, naturally, and on the general water conditions. This isn't meant to let you use your bag like a flotation ring, but rather to enable ease of retrieval. Don't take the trait as a license to do what you please with it, just because the bag can float for a while under reasonable conditions.

Bags with waterproof features will range from a low fifteen dollars to eighty dollars, depending on their size and their general quality. And not all of the cheaper products are necessarily that bad, either. If you can afford a walking stick or a couple **clear umbrellas** for that camping trip, you can afford the bag too.