Backpacking Tip - Orange Garbage Bag Liner

by Andre
(Saint-Hubert, QC, Canada)

One of my best backpacking tips I've used and taught my Scouts over the years is to use an orange colored trash bag to line their backpacks. This serves 2 purposes:





1 - Once closed, it protects all your gear from rain.

2 - When looking for something in that long dark backpack... an orange colored trash bag liner makes it a lot easier to find stuff. :-)

The process is quite simple... make sure your bag is big enough to fill your entire backpack and roll up at the top. Then once you cinch your backpack closed, your stuff is protected.

Can't tell you how many times this backpacking tip saved me from a wet and dreary night...

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks for the fabulous orange trash bag tip, Andre. After searching around I've noticed that yellow colored trash bags may also be available and may serve the same purpose.

We have always told our Scouts to bring along two large black trash bags -- one to keep the sleeping bag dry and one as a backup in case the first one gets torn, or for use as an emergency pack rain cover (in case the real rain cover gets lost), or as an emergency rain suit (for those who lose lots of things on the trail) or even for use as... a trash bag.

I never thought of going orange (or yellow) or lining the inside of the pack. One other good use for a yellow or orange colored trash bag might be to attract attention from searchers if you are lost or injured.

Go orange and "Be prepared!"




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Signaling device
by: CountyRat

There is another reason to carry a heavy-duty orange trash bag into remote areas: it can serve as an emergency signal to attract searchers. Be Prepared!

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colored bags
by: Anonymous

Google "colored trash bags" -- they come in many colors. rbagco.com is an example.

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Trash Compactor bags work great
by: Anonymous

The bags we use aren't orange, but are white. Trash compactor bags work great for lining the inside of your backpack. They are a heavier mil (thickness), so they hold up longer than regular trash bags. Plus, they aren't as tall as trash bags, do you don't have a lot of extra plastic at the top to dig through. A rubber band or small loop of bungie-type cord will hold the top together when bunched up.

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Orange trash bags
by: KY. Scouter

What company makes that color trash bag? I have seen black & white colors only.

EDITOR'S NOTE FROM DAVE: I haven't ordered these, so I can't vouch for this company, but a quick Google search turned up this site for ordering 33-gal or larger Orange Trash Bags at about $50 plus shipping for a case of 100 (scroll down to the 3Mil bags section, where you'll find several Orange bags listed).


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Orange Trash bags?
by: Stacey Wittig

Great tip! Where do I get ORANGE trash bags? I've never seen them.

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