Q. I have a tent but I don’t have a bag for it. What should I put it in?
— Bagless Joshua, Perrysburg, Ohio
A. Your best bet is to get a drysack for your tent. Roll your tent up tight and get a rough measurement of how wide and long it is. Then, buy a drysack that’s a bit larger than that size. There’s nothing more annoying than trying to squeeze a tent into a too-tight bag. In fact, I know a couple outdoorsmen who actually get rid of their tent stuffsack and use drysacks instead because it’s so much easier to stuff the tent and poles inside. Plus, the drysack protects your tent from rain or an accidental dunking in the water, ensuring that you always have a dry place to sleep on the trail. You should be able to find a good waterproof drysack at your local outfitter shop or online for about $15 to $20. Be sure to get one with a rolltop closure because those are the most watertight.
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