5 Best Wetsuit Bags for 2023

Daniel Lofaso

Whether traveling up the coast or across the globe, it's best not to mix wet wetsuits with any of your dry gear. That's why we've put together this list of best wetsuit bags that range from wetsuit backpacks to wetsuit change mats, to surf buckets. Check out our list put together by our editorial team for an assortment of wet/dry bags for any lifestyle or budget.

Our pick for

Best wetsuit backpack

Dakine Cyclone Hydroseal 36L Backpack

The Dakine Mission Surf DLX Wet/Dry Bag is our top choice for an all-around wetsuit backpack with wet/dry capabilities and all the other stuff you'd expect from a backpack. We really like Dakine products for surf travel and this wetsuit backpack travels nicely when compared to some of the more traditional wetsuit bags on this list.

This is basically Dakine’s most well-rounded surf pack that they make. It features welded and waterproof zippers to isolated wet trunks or wetsuits, an integrated board carry system to complement your Dakine boardbag, and 305D Cordura® HP Coated Ripstop, one of the most highly soughtafter waterproof materials on the market.

What do John John, Jack Robo, and Carissa Moore use when traveling? This backpack is it.

Our pick for

Best multi-purpose wetsuit bag

Creatures of Leisure Wetsuit Change Mat

The Creature of Leisure Wetsuit Change Mat is your basic waterproof change mat. You step inside, take off your wetsuit (preferably with a towel around your junk), and let the moisture fall into the mat. Then, when you’re done creeping out the locals in your towel, you pull up the drawstring, throw it in your creepy van (which probably smells like mildew anyway), and you’re off.

The change mat turns into a wetbag as well; just don’t forget to take your wetsuit out of your car when you’re home.

Our pick for

Best wetsuit drybag

Rip Curl Surf Series 20L Dry Bag

A no frills wetsuit dry bag for the surfer who needs nothing more than a dry place to store their wetsuit. It's got plenty of room for a full-suit and some other wet gear, and we really like the simple roll up and clip design.

We also really like the old school Rip Curl Wetsuits logo that reminds of times of yesteryear when our surfing forefathers didn't even have wetsuits... or wetsuit drybags. Suckers.

Our pick for

Best 50L dry bag (+/-)

Creatures of Leisure Surf Bucket

This Creatures of Leisure Surf Bucket is for the guy or gal with a ton of wet gear they need to stow. Perhaps even the surf mom or dad who is desperately trying to keep the minivan as dry as possible.

It can be used as a wetsuit change mat or as a great wet gear storage solution. What we like about it is that it can double as a storage container for those long beach days. The bucket also folds down flat when not in use.

Our pick for

Best cinchable wetsuit bag

Ho Stevie! Wetsuit Changing Mat

If what you are into is something that can get you out of a pinch in a cinch (see what we did there?) then you’ll want the no-fuss, cinchable Ho Stevie! Wetsuit Changing Mat. Stand in it, change out of your wet surf gear, then cinch it up and enjoy the internal waterproofing as you go about your day enjoying the fact that your car won’t get wet.

Other features our editorial team likes are the lockable drawstring and dual purpose of a dry bag. Overall, it’s a simple wetsuit changing mat that gets the job done.

Considerations for choosing a wetsuit bag

If you are considering a wetsuit bag then you'll want to take into account some of the following to help you finalize your decision.

The first consideration is utility. Will you be using this bag for daily trips to the beach where you'll need to walk to your local spot, change, surf, and secure your wetsuit back into something waterproof? Will you also need to pack other belongings in your bag such as water, your clothes, or perhaps some camera equipment? If so, you may want a backpack style wetsuit bag that allows you to store additional items.

The same goes if you are traveling to some cold water places and want your bag to double as a carry-on as well as utility item whilst on your trip. If this is the case, you may want to purchase something with lots of compartments.

On the other hand, if you are just looking for someplace safe to toss your wet gear after a day at the beach you can probably go with one of the more simple items like a change mat or surf bucket.

Finally, cost is a consideration that is obviously important. There are simple, affordable options such as the cinchable change mats and there are more costly items that increase in price as the function changes such as with the backpacks that feature a bunch of compartments. If you are really on the fence, do the smart thing and get one of each!

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