Automobiles are one of the greatest inventions that man came up with and most of us, if not all, owned one. Cars are of most tremendous help when it comes to transportation, whether it would be people, things, or goods. It comes in different types and forms, but a truck is just one of them.
A common feature of a truck is the space at the back part of the vehicle or behind the cab, which you can use on moving things rather than to serve as a space for passengers.
Trucks have open space, and the question, “what about the weather?” keeps on bugging you. Admittedly, it would be a real struggle to find a way on how to keep your things dry during the rainy days, away from dirt or the harsh rays of the sun.
However, worry no more! At the end of your reading, you will undoubtedly know how to keep your luggage dry in the truck bed!
Keep luggage dry in truck bed with these great options:
- Tonneau cover
- Truck bag
- Use some contractor bags
- Make a truck bed riser
- The old tarp and bungee method
Some of you might have heard the word “Tonneau” before while some might be wondering.
What is the meaning behind that fancy word or where did it come from?
Tonneau is a French word, which means ‘cask’ or an open rear passenger compartment. Tonneau covers are one of the commonly used protective covers for truck bed.
It comes in various types and model; you need to choose what is best for you carefully. Ideally, I recommend soft ones for non-experts since they are easier to install. Although they can be quite expensive, there is no doubt that they can keep your luggage dry. Every penny is worth it!
Here is a link to a systematic process on how to install a Tonneau cover: https://m.wikihow.com/Install-a-Tonneau-Cover
Buy a Truck Bag
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Another way on how to keep your luggage dry in the truck bed is to use a truck bag. A large cargo bag can fit into the bed of any truck. Besides, the good news is that it is waterproof, lightweight, and easy to use!
Additionally, truck bags are also easy to store since you can roll it up for storage. That is a plus, and maybe this is finally the time for you to stop by a store and get your own!
Here is a link on a simple guide on how to use a truck bag properly: http://www.tufftruckbag.com/tuff-truck-bag-proper-use-guide/
Use Some Contractor Bags
If you are in a hurry and do not have time to stop by a store to get a Tonneau cover or truck bag or if you are on a tight budget, contractor trash bags can save your day! They are affordable and easy to find but still do the job of keeping your luggage dry.
These durable bags are of polyethylene material, which manufactures for plastic bags and food containers use. With the help of some duct tape and a few tips and tricks, contractor bags can guarantee you in keeping your stuff dry!
All you need to do is to secure and seal the bags using some duct tape and make sure that the taped side is adjacent to the bottom part of the second bag. This is to ensure that a closed end and a taped end of the bags tightly secure each end of the luggage. It does not seem hard to make, is it?
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Make a Truck Bed Riser
Making a truck bed riser can also chase your worries away about keeping your stuff dry during the days when the weather chooses not to cooperate.
Placing your luggage in an elevated way helps in keeping it away from being drench on the water that may accumulate within the truck bed itself. You can save yourself some time and get a wooden pallet, but you can also make your truck bed riser!
Cut down some wood planks or lumber by the length of 2×4 and place them flat across the truck bed. Pile your luggage on top. Then, voila! You have now your very own truck bed riser!
How to Keep Your Luggage Dry in Truck Bed using the Old Tarp and Bungee Method
One of the most practical ways on how to keep your luggage dry in the truck bed is by using the old tarp and bungee method. This method is perfect if you are looking for an easy and quick way to keep your things dry. The materials needed for this technique are natural to find and probably just sitting at a corner of your stock room or garage!
Start by placing two large tarps stacked on each other and lay it flatly on the truck bed. Put your luggage on the center and fold the first tarp to wrap around the payload. Secure the ends of the first tarp by using a bungee cord or a durable rope. Then, take the pile and roll it on the second tarp. Make sure that you fasten the ends tightly.
For additional protection, you can use some duct tape to seal the edges. Overall, this method looks like you are making a huge burrito! I mean, who does not love burrito?
For instance, you need to load a Kayak on your truck bed, and the weather seems to be acting up, you can use this method to cover up the Kayak.
Here is a link to a short video showing how to load and secure your Kayak into the truck bed:
You now know a few simple ways on how to keep your luggage dry in the best truck bed tonneau cover, and for that, you can finally hit the road and continue your adventures without having to worry continually about keeping your luggage away from the unexpected pouring down of rain.
If you find this article informative and helpful, do not hesitate to share this to your friends or colleagues who also have the same struggle in keeping their stuff dry!
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I am Dave McCurdy I am the content developer on the ecodrivingusa.com website. I have 6 years of experience in marketing as an automotive major.
24 thoughts on “5 Simple Ways on How to Keep Luggage Dry in Truck Bed”
This is so simple yet brilliant. 🙂 thank you for sharing this.
When you have the one part folded all the back can you drive like that?
Seems like a bit of roping across the mats wouldn’t hurt, and could be quickly done.
Just a little heads up for ya. The detents in the sides of the bed and on the top of the wheel well are specifically designed from the manufacturer just for this purpose. There are vertical ones for blocking movement forward to back, just like your doing with your wedge board. They look like a pause sign right behind your wheel well, and in front of it. There are horizontal ones like in the middle on the top of the wheel well. It looks like a rounded dent. Also on the angled part just below your speakers are for laying down 2×4’s on the wheel well or 2×6’s in front or behind it laying flat so you can stack wide things above the wheel well. All the supports are the same height. that way you can put extra wide things above the wheel well and still put plywood or other things under it. Hope this is helpful.
I just bought a diamondback cover and was thinking of something like this, since their additional storage boxes are very expensive. – so this is a great help on making it happen. Thank you sir!
I like your low budget idea for simpe bed storage. may i also add that you could use those long rectangular boxes with wheels that normally go under a bed (for sleeping) that can roll out for storing long items like golf bags snowboards ect
this is great.. after today I learned the pain of groceries sliding all over the bed of my new truck.. Lol gonna do this set up thanks
Really informative. Tks!
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Thank you again!
I needed an easy idea for hauling my stuff around town. This will keep my supplies organized and will be easy to see what is inside the containers. Thanks for sharing your truck bed organizing idea!
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How do u take the whole thing off? Does it just unclip an I can carry the whole unit away? Nobody show this feature if it is one…idk…?
Thank you for your blog. So much effort and work hard at it!!!
Thanks for your information on this blog. One particular thing I wish to say is I find your information so precious and they would help me alot with my car.
here’s a great tip that can save your life… when using a ratchet strap ,or rope to tie down a load, put the ratchet or knot on the passenger side in case you will need to tighten up while already down the road from load shifting. (most likely to pull off to the right side of street or highway etc)
Will a cargo net resolve the flapping?
Excellent how to! Thanks!!
You should have went with a Diamondback…luv mine
Love it. This’s exactly the anwers to my problems with my car. Tks!
Thinking getting one of those as i have to carry a guitar amp for jam sessions. But for my peace of mind, i would still secure that thing with the good old load straps
I just bought one for my trip. This video was helpful. Thank you for the info.
Will a cargo net resolve the flapping?
We use my dad’s pick-up to travel across different states sometimes but it could be a hassle when it rains because all of our things get well back there. Thanks for saying that a bed lid would be a great investment since it will undoubtedly keep things in there dry. I hope I could save up enough to have one installed before we travel again.