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July 25, 2022 12 min read

Waterproof Backpacks for Women

Man and a woman holding a waterproof backpack while paddle boarding

Soggy belongings are a thing of the past thanks to the invention of waterproof backpacks. 

Whether you enjoy hiking, watersports, or taking your bag to work, no one, and we mean no one, wants their things to get wet in the event of an unexpected downpour. 

Waterproof backpacks also come in extremely handy for water-based activities such as paddle boarding, kayaking, or canoeing. If your bag falls into the water, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe and dry inside. 

We’ve gone over the best waterproof backpack for hiking, for fishing, for carrying a laptop, for carrying camera gear, and for the best waterproof backpack coolers, but we thought we should give a special mention to waterproof backpacks for women. 

Not everyone enjoys big bulky black backpacks, so we’ve mixed it up and come up with a list of 12 of the best waterproof backpacks for women that’ll not only meet your style preferences but also your budget. 

GILI’s Top Picks: By Budget

Best Budget
Heeta Waterproof Dry Bag for Women, Rode Red
Heeta 20L Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

GILI’s top budget waterproof women’s backpack pick is the Heeta 20L Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack. The roll-top design of their backpack prevents any water from entering the bag, making it a great option for watersport enthusiasts.

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Best Mid-Range
GILI waterproof backpack roll-top, Teal
GILI Waterproof Backpack

The 28L GILI Waterproof Backpack takes our mid-range spot due to its padded ergonomic shoulder straps, interior laptop sleeve, and the fact it is made out of heavy-duty 500D tarpaulin fabric that is not only waterproof, but also abrasion-resistant.

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Best Premium
Heavy duty backpack, Sea to Summit hydraulic dry pack, blue
Sea to Summit Hydraulic Dry Pack

If you’re looking to splurge, then the Sea to Summit Hydraulic Dry Pack has some incredible features that make it stand out from the rest. Its removable mesh and foam harness provide optimum comfort while transferring the weight of the pack down from your shoulders, onto your hips.

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12 Best Waterproof Backpacks for Women

GILI Waterproof Backpack

The GILI Waterproof Backpack is a unisex pack suitable for even the most daring of adventurers.

Designed out of 500D tarpaulin, the GILI Waterproof Backpack can take a beating while also keeping its contents dry no matter what the weather. 

GILI went for a simple design for their pack but of course, included the roll-top closure that you now know is ideal for waterproof backpacks. You can take this 28L pack paddle boarding, hiking, or fishing, and no water will ever be getting into the main compartment. 

On the bag’s exterior is a pocket with a splash proof zipper to hold items that you need in an easy-to-reach place. Alternatively, you can store things in the two mesh side pockets that are not only great for water bottles but other larger equipment that doesn’t need to remain dry. 

The backside of the bag features padding, ergonomic shoulder straps with D-rings, and chest straps for additional support. The GILI Waterproof Backpack comes in teal, blue, black, or yellow, and you can also upgrade to the larger 35 or 50-liter version. 

GILI waterproof backpack roll-top, Teal

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Features & Specs:

  • Made from 500D tarpaulin 
  • Roll-top closure
  • Splashproof front zippered pocket
  • Two side mesh pockets
  • Ergonomic padded shoulder straps
  • Back padding
  • Available in blue, teal, black, and yellow
  • Also available in a larger 35L or 55L size

Sea to Summit Hydraulic Dry Pack

The Sea to Summit Hydraulic Dry Pack comes in four sizes ranging from 35L up to 120L. Today, we have included the 35L backpack as it is the perfect size for everyday use, watersports, and hiking. 

Sea to Summit created their pack out of an abrasion-resistant waterproof TPU-laminated 600D nylon that can take on the outdoor elements as well as a range of different activities. You can throw this bag around, submerge it in water, and do pretty much anything with it without any water getting in or any holes or tears appearing. 

To enhance its waterproof qualities even further, they welded the seams and added a TPR roll-top closure which is typical of dry bags. This closure once rolled down, prevents any water from seeping into the bag and potentially ruining its contents. In fact, they’re so good at keeping water out that divers even use them to keep their belongings dry. 

Sea to Summit also wanted to make their backpacks versatile, so they included a removable mesh and foam harness and a removable waist belt, which improves comfort and airflow when carrying the pack over long distances. The harness, with its sternum strap and waist strap, help to transfer the weight of the pack from your shoulders onto your hips.

The Hydraulic Dry Pack comes in a bright blue or a vibrant yellow which are highly visible and excellent for outdoor activities. However, if you prefer a simpler design, it also comes in a standard black.

Heavy duty backpack, Sea to Summit hydraulic dry pack, blue

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Features & Specs:

  • Made from abrasion-resistant waterproof TPU laminated 600D nylon
  • Welded seams
  • TPR roll-down closure
  • Removable mesh and foam harness
  • Heavy-duty lash loops
  • Available in four sizes ranging from 35L up to 120L
  • Available in blue, yellow, and black

Skog Å Kust Store Waterproof Floating Backpack

The Skog Å Kust Store Waterproof Floating Backpack made it onto our top best waterproof backpack list because of its rugged all-weather protection. The company made its pack out of heavy-duty 500D PVC materials and welded the seams to prevent the outdoor elements from getting into the bag.

Along with welded seams and waterproof fabrics, Skog Å Kust Store included a roll-down top that is watertight and easy to access. The top can also be clipped down to the sides of the bag, which in turn compresses the contents and makes the pack smaller and more manageable.

Alternatively, you can roll the top down three times, clip it together, and use it as a carry handle. For comfort, Skog Å Kust Store equipped their bag with padded back support, padded shoulder straps, and a sternum clip to relieve the pressure on your muscles. They even included D-rings so you can attach additional equipment like water bottles.

The exterior of the bag features one pocket with a splash-proof zipper. Although it is splashproof, it isn’t fully waterproof, so only use it for items that won’t damage if wet, instead, put those in the interior pockets which in turn help separate your valuables from the rest of your pack’s contents.

Skog Å Kust Store released their lightweight waterproof backpack in 25L and 35L sizes and also produced 11 different colors to suit all styles and tastes.

BackSåk Waterproof Floating Backpack, Palm

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Features & Specs:

  • Made from heavy-duty 500D PVC materials
  • Welded seams
  • Roll-top closure
  • Padded back and shoulder straps
  • Exterior splashproof pocket
  • Interior zippered pocket
  • Available in a 25L or 35L variation
  • Available in 11 unique colors

Earth Pak Waterproof Backpack

The Earth Pak Waterproof Backpack is another roll-top dry bag style backpack that is made from waterproof materials to keep your belongings dry and safe. 

Earth Pak used 500D PVC for their pack and included a roll-top closure that can be clipped down or used as a carry handle. This bag was built for comfort with an ergonomic padded back panel, reinforced shoulder straps, a sternum strap, and a waist belt to distribute the weight of the pack across your entire back and hips.

The exterior of the pack has a zippered pocket that can hold important items like your phone during downpours, but if the pack is being submerged in water, we suggest putting these items in the inside pockets, so they don’t get damaged.

If you’re an avid boater, kayaker, paddle boarder, or biker, you can anchor the Earth Pak Waterproof Backpack down using the convenient D-rings on the shoulder straps.

The fantastic waterproof backpack is available in five solid block colors and two different sizes. It even comes with a waterproof phone case to protect your phone even further during bad weather conditions. 

Earth Pak Waterproof Backpack, Yellow

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Features & Specs:

  • Made from 500D PVC materials
  • Roll-top closure
  • Ergonomic padded shoulder and back panels
  • Sternum strap and waist belt
  • Exterior pocket with a splash proof zipper
  • Interior pockets
  • D-ring anchor points
  • Included waterproof phone case
  • Available in five colors
  • Available in a 35L or 55L variation

Idrybag 30L Waterproof Rucksack

The Idrybag 30L Waterproof Rucksack is made from 500D waterproof materials that are also scratchproof and wear-resistant.

The bag has an exterior outer pocket equipped with a splash-proof zipper to store important items that you may need in an emergency. For more secure storage, inside the 30L main compartment is a smaller inner pouch for high-value items like your phone, wallet, or keys.

Like the other dry bag backpacks on our list, Idrybag fitted a roll-top closure to their pack to make it easy to reach the bag’s contents and to also keep them dry. Side buckles on the side of the bag let you compress the roll-top closure down, minimizing the size of the pack or allowing you to fit more items in. 

The straps of the bag are designed with a honeycomb mesh to help improve airflow and comfort while carrying it over long distances. Back padding, an adjustable waist belt, and a sternum strap with a safety whistle also come included with the bag.

Idrybag has released their backpack in black, blue, yellow, and gray and also gives you the option between a 20L, 30L or 40L main compartment. 

iDrybag waterproof dry bag, Gray

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Features & Specs:

  • Made from 500D waterproof material
  • Front splash proof zippered compartment
  • Interior pocket
  • Roll-top closure
  • Side buckles to compress contents
  • Padded honeycomb mesh shoulder straps
  • Available in black, blue, yellow, and gray
  • Available in a 20L, 30L, or 40L variation

Oak Creek 30L Backpack

The Oak Creek 30L Backpack comes in a stylish light gray color and boasts front bungee cords to hold any gear you can’t fit in the bag’s main compartment. There is also a front zippered pocket for items you need in close reach and a mesh pocket on either side for water bottles and other larger accessories. 

Oak Creek created their bag out of a heavy gauge PVC material and, of course, included a roll-top closure to prevent any water from seeping into the 30L compartment. 

The padded shoulder straps have reflective tape as well as being mesh-lined and padded for optimum comfort and visibility while hiking, paddling, or biking.

Oak Creek Canyon Falls Dry Bag Backpack

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Features & Specs:

  • Made from heavy gauge PVC material
  • Front bungee storage area
  • Front zippered pocket with a PVC rain cover
  • Side mesh pockets
  • Roll-top closure
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Available in gray

Acrodo Waterproof Backpack

The Acrodo Waterproof Backpack has unique side buckles, so that you can attach additional Acrodo backpacks together. This is a fantastic feature for boaters who want to keep their bags connected and in one place. 

Their bag is so waterproof that it can even float in the water if you leave room for air inside the main compartment. This feature makes it an excellent waterproof travel backpack for those using personal watercraft. 

Apart from the unique buckle features on the bag’s exterior, this dry bag is fairly simple and only has a large main compartment for all of your belongings. With that being said, however, the roll-top closure will keep the contents dry, and Acrodo designed their bag to withstand the outdoor elements. 

One of the only issues with this bag is the straps, as they aren’t padded and could cause some discomfort if you decide to carry the pack over long distances. If you’re only traveling shorter distances or plan on taking the bag on watercraft, this flaw can be looked over.

Acrodo floating waterproof dry bag backpack, Black

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Features & Specs:

  • Side buckles to attach additional Acrodo backpacks together
  • Roll-top closure
  • Will float in water
  • Available in three colors

Venture Pal Lightweight Travel Backpack

The Venture Pal Lightweight Travel Backpack boasts 40L of storage space throughout its numerous compartments.

It’s important to mention, however, that not all waterproof backpacks are actually waterproof, and the Venture Pal Backpack is a prime example of this. 

Instead of being fully waterproof, there is a waterproof wet pocket inside the pack for important items, and the material used to create the pack’s exterior is water-resistant nylon. Water-resistant backpacks will still keep your belongings dry during light rain, but they won’t fully protect them if your back were to be submerged in water. 

Although the pack isn’t waterproof, it is still budget-friendly, great quality, and suitable for hiking or biking where you won’t be in direct contact with rivers, lakes, or oceans. 

Venture Pal added breathable mesh shoulder straps and a chest clip with a whistle for comfort and safety, and they also included mesh side pockets and a zippered front pocket to help organize your items.

Venture Pal Lightweight Hiking Backpack, Dark Gray

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Features & Specs:

  • Water-resistant nylon
  • Interior waterproof wet pocket
  • Mesh shoulder straps
  • Chest clip with safety whistle
  • Side mesh pockets
  • Two large compartments
  • Available in 11 colors

Tomule Hiking Daypack

The Tomule Hiking Daypack is another water-resistant backpack with numerous compartments for organizing your things. What we particularly love about this bag is that when it’s not in use, it can be folded down and packed away into its own inner zippered pocket. 

Similar to the Venture Pal backpack, Tomule’s has an internal wet pocket to either store important items or wet items that you don’t want touching the rest of your gear. 

As well as the wet pocket, the bag has a secondary zippered compartment, three internal pockets, two exterior pockets, and two side mesh pockets.

The pack itself is incredibly lightweight and will only add an additional 0.7lbs to your back. But don’t worry; if you are an overpacker, the daypack will remain comfortable thanks to its padded shoulder straps and sternum strap. 

Tomule Camping Hiking Daypacks, White Leaves

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Features & Specs:

  • Water-resistant nylon
  • Foldable design
  • Internal wet pocket
  • Numerous compartments
  • Lightweight
  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Available in eight colors

Dveda 35L Water Resistant Backpack

Dveda are another company that has created its own water-resistant backpack that has separate compartments and pockets for a wide range of items. 

Their pack is also extremely lightweight and collapsible, meaning it won’t take up any room while traveling. The large main compartment, along with the smaller front zippered compartment, can hold up to 35L of gear while also keeping everything neat and organized.

Dveda’s pack is made from a rip-stop nylon fabric and has adjustable shoulder straps and a chest strap so you can tailor the bag to fit your body.

Dveda lightweight Packable Backpack, Green

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Features & Specs:

  • Water-resistant rip-stop nylon
  • Lightweight and collapsible
  • Large main compartment
  • Front zippered compartment
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Available in ten colors

Zomake Water Resistant Hiking Backpack

A great affordable water-resistant hiking backpack is the backpack from Zomake. Like some other packs on this list, their backpack is foldable, meaning you can compact it down and conveniently place it in your checked-in luggage. Once you reach your destination, you can open it up and use it for your daily travels. 

Throughout the bag, you have a large main compartment, a second medium-sized compartment, and a smaller front compartment along with side mesh pockets. In total, you can store up to 30L worth of gear inside the bag.

Zomake created their hiking backpack with a sturdy water-resistant material and double layered the bottom piece for extra support.

Zomake Packable Hiking Water Resistant Backpack, Black

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Features & Specs:

  • Water-resistant 
  • Foldable
  • Three separate compartments
  • Side mesh pockets
  • Padded shoulder straps with a sternum strap
  • Available in twelve colors

Heeta 20L Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

The final waterproof backpack on our list is the 20L Waterproof Dry Bag from Heeta. Heeta decided to create a basic pack, but in all honesty, sometimes that’s all you need.

The dry bag features that famous roll-top closure that’ll keep the bag’s contents bone dry, even when submerged in water. 

Heeta added a side carry handle to the pack, which you can also attach the straps to and wear as an over-the-shoulder bag.

Not only is the bag available in five sizes, but it also comes in eleven colors that are all slightly see-through. Take note though that only the bags from 20L up have double straps that you can wear as a backpack. 

Heeta Waterproof Dry Bag for Women, Rode Red

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Features & Specs:

  • Made from thin PVC material
  • Roll-top closure
  • Side carry handle
  • Available in five sizes
  • Available in eleven colors

FAQ’S

🏆 Are waterproof backpacks worth It?

In our opinion, yes, waterproof backpacks are worth it. No matter what items you’re carrying inside, whether that be a laptop, camera gear, important documents, or just a spare change of clothes, you don’t want them getting wet and quite possibly ruined in the event of a downpour. 

If you enjoy being out in the great outdoors, they come in even more handy for things such as watersport activities. 

Granted, some of the best quality waterproof backpacks come with a substantial price tag, but there are others on the market that are extremely affordable and will protect your belongings from any water damage. 


👍 What is the best women’s waterproof backpack?

With thousands of waterproof backpacks on the market, it’s hard to pinpoint which one could be specified as the best as people have different wants and needs for a backpack. Instead, we have curated a list of 12 women's waterproof backpacks that’ll suit all style preferences and budgets. 

  • GILI Waterproof Backpack
  • Sea to Summit Hydraulic Dry Pack
  • Skog Å Kust Store Waterproof Floating Backpack
  • Earth Pak Waterproof Backpack
  • Idrybag 30L Waterproof Rucksack
  • Oak Creek 30L Backpack
  • Acrodo Waterproof Backpack
  • Venture Pal Lightweight Travel Backpack
  • Tomule Hiking Daypack
  • Dveda 35L Water Resistant Backpack 
  • Zomake Water Resistant Hiking Backpack
  • Heeta 20L Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack

🏝️ Do waterproof backpacks exist?

Yes! Waterproof backpacks exist, and they come in a range of shapes and sizes. Their waterproof qualities make them a great choice for traveling, hiking, watersports, or for general everyday use.

Megan Bryant
Megan Bryant

Based in Bali, her favorite SUP spot is the GILI Islands themselves. Travel is another passion of hers - she dreams to see the entire world one day.


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