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As is the case with most sur­vival gear, the higher the stan­dards of qual­ity and func­tion­al­ity we de­mand of our stormproof packs, the higher the price tags. So how can you keep your sup­plies dry if you can’t af­ford an ex­pen­sive dry bag?

If you’re prep­ping on a bud­get, backpack de­signer Mel Terkla rec­om­mends two eco­nom­i­cal strate­gies.

“A built-in wa­ter­proof pack rain cover or a stand­alone one is the eas­i­est way to keep the rain at bay,” says Terkla, an in­de­pen­dent de­signer who’s worked for a va­ri­ety of com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Ki­faru. “The other op­tion is to sep­a­rate all your gear into wa­ter­proof bags” be­fore plac­ing them in your backpack.

By “wa­ter­proof bags,” he’s re­fer­ring to air­tight plas­tic pouches made by com­pa­nies such as Lok­sak. They look like zip­pered sand­wich bags but are 100-per­cent wa­ter­proof, far more durable, and come in a va­ri­ety of sizes. For ex­am­ple, Lok­sak’s OPSAK can be as small as 7 by 7 inches or as large as 28 by 20 inches and start at $9.49 for a two-pack. If you’re re­ally pinch­ing pen­nies, Terkla says, then use that money to get a box of Zi­ploc freezer bags and sep­a­rate your sur­vival gear ac­cord­ingly.

As for rain cov­ers, if your backpack doesn’t come with one, you can find generic mod­els for as lit­tle as $5 or qual­ity brand cov­ers start­ing at about $15, de­pend­ing on size and com­pat­i­bil­ity.

“Th­ese two sim­ple so­lu­tions will make your bag ab­so­lutely stormproof with­out any loss of dura­bil­ity,” Terkla says.

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