Best luggage, packs, and cases: this category covers items for transporting gear, like packs and duffels for airline flights, as well as cases to hold rods and reels. Organizing and transporting tackle is an important concept for anglers in Alaska and a well-organized angler usually catches more fish because they minimize downtime searching for tackle when rigging.
Best luggage, packs, and cases for Alaska 2021
|Three Bears Alaska Grizzly Tech Dry Pack
We recently used one of the 40L camouflage dry packs on a very wet moose hunt and can attest that the pack performed well. The dry pack has comfortable shoulder straps, a chest strap, and waist strap. The roll top is easy to shut and the pack also features a zippered external pocket.
|Fishe Dolly Vee Dry Bag
You really cannot go wrong with these roll-top dry bags from Fishe Wear. With a 22-liter capacity this pack is a perfect day-trip bag on the boat. Keep all your gear dry in style. You won’t have any trouble identifying yours.
|Yeti Panga 100 Duffel
We used this bag to transport gear into the field in 2020. It’s supremely waterproof, with burly hardware that matches the quality of the bag. The bag’s straps are adjustable, and it also sports handles at either end of the duffel. Our tester reported that he could fit 50 pounds of gear in it to maximize luggage capacity on commercial flights, then pare down the items once on location and use the Panga as a boat bag in the worst of conditions. It’s 12” x 32.5” and weighs 6.8 pounds when empty.
|Yeti Camino Carryall 35
Yeti made a name for themselves with their top-of the-line coolers and they’ve brought their performance level to a whole array of handy products, including this tote that can literally carry and fit it all. This bag holds a ton of gear, allows for easy access with the open top, and the straps are built to last. This is the bag for life on the go when you are a road-tripping angler.
|Plano Guide Series Reel Locker
This is reel storage at its finest. Lock up to 12 reels in this sturdy case from Plano. Removable dividers allow for a customizable layout. The hard top and hard bottom couple with the interior interlocking foam to protect your reels.
|Plano Edge 3700 Thin
Plano Edge boxes are feature-packed tackle storage boxes that can help you be a better-organized angler. We use the 3700 Thin to store a multitude of small terminal-tackle items that we need in multiple fisheries. This box stays on the boat, whether we’re trolling in saltwater using downriggers or lead, backtrolling or backbouncing in rivers, targeting silvers or kings…Whatever the situation may be, we have duo-lock snaps, beads, chain swivels, barrel swivels, sliders, EZ clips, ball-bearing swivels with Coastlock snaps, and more all in their own little space. The boxes are configurable so you can make specific spaces for items of various sizes. The boxes are sealed with an O-ring, and Rusticator technology helps prevent rust. The clear polycarbonate top is tough and makes it easy to see inside; the hinge pins are stainless steel; and the dividers are built to be moved, yet not allow migration of small items between compartments. The Edge 3700 Thin is a truly great box for this application.
|Salmon Sisters Heart Fish Backpack
This is the first dry bag offered by sisters Emma and Claire, AKA the Salmon Sisters. At 28 liters, made from heavy-duty material with a zippered pocket, we are giving it positive reviews. Silicone straps are an added feature of the backpack for a comfortable, shock-absorbing option.
These submersible cases keep a variety of personal items and electronics dry and safe in the outdoors. They are available in five sizes so you can protect your ID, cash, fishing license, phone, map, guidebook and more.
|Nanuk 920 Hard Case
In our years adventuring around Alaska, taking photos and video for the magazines and our array of digital content, this is one of the best waterproof camera cases we have used. We set it up for a Sony A7iii camera body, plus it has room for a couple short lenses and a wireless mic set. You should consider adding a Nanuk 920 lid organizer if you purchase one. It fits a 15-inch Mac Book Pro.