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Here's another of those "basic but time to check in on current best practices" questions :)
What do you all consider "best practice" for protecting your pack contents from water? Growing up I was taught to line my pack with plastic bags. I have also heard of trash compactor bags being used. I have also used a pack cover as another layer of protection.
This seems a bit redundant. I've seen hikers with pack covers recently but don't know if they also have bags lining the inside.
The question, of course, is what you're protecting against. In the Sierra, where I'll be, in the summertime, I'm mostly concerned with heavy downpours from afternoon thunderstorms. It's also been known to precipitate in other forms during every month of the year. But if I end up hiking in "days of rain" I'll be very surprised.
There's also the threat of falling & dropping a pack during a creek crossing. This year, at least, it doesn't' seem like it'll be a major threat. But it could happen. But short of zip locked bags for everything I'm not sure there's a solution to for this. I suppose plastic bags lining the inside might protect against a quick dip, though I've never tested this - but certainly not for a prolonged dip.
What's your practice for protecting your gear for similar conditions, and more importantly, what have you found to be the most effective?