Waterproof Bags and Other Must-Have Kayak Accessories

Some kayakers swear by a few particular accessories that they consider essential such as waterproof bags and coolers!


Kayak accessories such as waterproof bags and coolers and storage compartments have evolved quickly, so sometimes it seems complicated to find your way around. Some kayakers swear by a few particular accessories that they consider essential, while others find them superfluous.

To avoid unnecessary clutter, the best thing to do is identify the type of outing you will be making and adapt your storage needs accordingly. A trip on the water to go camping on a remote island will not require the same gear as a fishing trip with friends at the cottage.

When planning your outings on the water, keep in mind that a well-stocked space is easier to manage and that, ideally, you should prioritize kayak accessories with multiple functions.

Keep your gear dry with a waterproof bag

Available in various sizes, a waterproof bag will keep your personal belongings safe from the elements and float on the water's surface in case of capsizing. In addition, adjustable shoulder straps make it easy to carry while leaving your hands free to grab your cooler or move your kayak to a safe spot.

With their soft, lightweight construction, sturdy PVC waterproof bags fit easily into all types of kayaks. The practical design allows you to easily store your mobile phone in the water-resistant outer pocket without worrying about it getting damaged. In addition, integrated rings maximize the storage of your waterproof bag by allowing you to attach additional equipment with carabiners.

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Another dry bag option

Discover Dagger’s ultimate dry storage bags for whitewater paddlers or anyone living and playing on the water. The On-Tap Dry Bags are available in two sizes, 15L, and 30L, and are designed to compress into tight spots, providing wide-open access to your gear. The submersible waterproof zipper keeps contents dry and is lengthened for wide-open access.

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Multi-purpose coolers

Designed to be versatile, the Exocool 10L waterproof bag serves as a cooler — ideal for keeping your day's catch cool or your drinks at just the right temperature.

The 17-liter Exochill Pelican soft cooler can refrigerate your snacks while storing your favorite personal items. It can also be used as a seat, a practical option when inviting a friend to join you on the water while saving space. This way, you can enjoy your kayak without having to leave any gear at home!

Get the right fishing gear: never be without a milk crate

Like any good angler, you probably own a milk crate to store the gear you use most. If you are ready to retire your milk crate, consider looking into the Pelican Exocrate fishing bag or Wilderness Systems Kayak Krate to facilitate easy transport and storage for your favorite fishing tools.

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When storage and compartment go hand in hand

To make the most of your kayak, be sure to optimize available space. Use the Exopak or Exopod 24 to complete the organization of your boat. Designed to be removable, the storage compartment will simplify your prep time by allowing you to add the equipment you want to bring on your next adventure in advance.

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Find a kayak accessory to enhance all your outings on the water!

Pelican Exochill seat pack cooler

The Exochill seat pack cooler is an essential accessory when you are packing up for your fishing trip. This well-designed soft cooler is equipped with a front pocket with zippers on both sides and a front mesh pocket that provide storage for small items. This 14L capacity cooler can be attached to kayak tubular seats and includes two bungee ball attachments, a removable adjustable shoulder strap, and paddle holder straps.

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Wilderness Systems Custom Dry Bag

Designed to fit perfectly in the tank wells or bow hatches of most Wilderness Systems sit-on-top kayaks, the Custom Dry Bag optimizes the available storage space in your boat. Featuring a waterproof zipper for excellent access from the top, an interior pocket for storing small items you want to get to quickly, carry handles, and a shoulder strap for ease of transport.

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Pelican Exodry 30 L Waterproof Dry Bag

Our Exodry 30L waterproof bag allows you to carry all your essential gear wherever you go. This accessory comes with comfortable backpack straps made of breathable, quick-drying padding to carry your gear easily and comfortably. A medium-sized, water-resistant outer zipper pouch allows you to store your essentials and keep them close at hand too. A reflective logo will make you more visible in low light conditions, and the built-in buckles are perfect for hanging extra gear. Made from tough, flexible, and waterproof 500D PVC, our EXODRY 30L waterproof bag keeps your gear safe and dry no matter the weather.

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Wilderness Systems Kayak Krate

The Kayak Krate sophisticates the tank well storage experience with a superior functional interface and sleek look never before seen in a fishing gear storage crate. An open main compartment accommodates larger gear and tackle boxes, while smaller items can be stowed in the secondary lid storage. Functional and durable inside and out, the Kayak Krate is blow-molded, water-resistant easily lashed within a tank well, and comes standard with four-rod holders.

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Pelican Exocrate fishing crate bag

Get the most out of your milk crate with the Pelican EXOCRATE Fishing Bag. It can also be used without a crate, thanks to the panels provided with each bag. Designed to accommodate any standard 13 in. x 13 in. milk crate, it includes two rod holders with drainage holes, a lined storage compartment with a sturdy zipper, as well as several compartments for your tools. Buckles to secure your fishing bag to your kayak are also included, as are reflective logos and a padded and removable shoulder strap. This fishing bag is both UV and salt water-resistant, allowing you to fish with peace of mind.

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