In my recent post about my new camera, I briefly mentioned that I am using some Silica Dry Packs to help keep my camera dry. I am sure that this is nothing new, but when I really started thinking about keeping my camera (along with some of my other stuff in my pack) dry, then these just kind of made sense. So, I searched around on Amazon and found some 1 gram Silica Dry Packs (of course, keeping in tune with the “Ultralight” backpacking philosophy…)
Once they came in I was a little shocked at how small they really are… despite the fact that only being 1 gram each should have given me some clue. As well, I was also a bit confused since the little silica beads are actually contained inside a plastic pouch, rather than the little cotton, or paper pouches that I am used to seeing. I searched the package for any sort of user instructions and found this: “Insert packet into any container that includes your valuables.” So I have just been throwing the little plastic pouch with tiny beads in different bags which have contents I would like to keep dry…
As I said, the dry sacks are filled with little tiny beads, most of which are clear, but also some that are orange. According to the package, once the orange beads turn dark green, it is time to replace the package since the package is now “fully absorbed.”
I would also just like to say that I do not intend for these dry packs to protect my “valuable” items from rain, or excessive moisture (solid water). Instead, it is that tiny bit of moisture that gets caught inside stuff (such as electronics) which will actually condense on the inside of a plastic bag (such as a Loksak or Ziploc bag) once the temperatures change.
As seen in the pictures above, I have been throwing these little packages inside a few different places, and that is cool since they are only 1 gram each! Of course though, that doesn’t mean I can get carried away since everything weighs something, and it all adds up…
So, what do you think about using these dry packs? Do you, or have you in the past, used these, or anything else similar? For those of you that have used them, are there certain ones that you found works better than others?
Thanks for reading!
Disclaimer: I purchased the Silica Dry Packs with my own money.