I either put mine in big plastic bag or hang it from a tree with some paracord and a karabiner and put a pack cover on it.
As far as the trash bag, i was taslking about one of the super thick contractor bags. They are way thicker than a standard trash bag.
@ Terry - I will have to look for a better quality plastic bag. I just grabbed the plastic bag I had in the garage and the wind tore it up pretty good.
Hanging in the tree might work. I was able to put it in the trees and the hip belt wrapped around the tree. Now I just need it to rain to do some testing.
Go to the home improvement section of Walmart, or Home Depot or Lowe's, and ask for "contractor bags." They're great for pack liners and are heavy duty enough to sit on, so they'll stand up to the wind at night. I've worn them as ponchos before, cut them down the sides to open it up as a ground sheet, etc. Here are some examples:
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You can also double the contractor bags and stuff leaves and stuff in between them and crawl into the inner bag kinda like a sleeping bag if you get cold. You may even be able to make a makeshift underquilt that way. When i used to go caving a lot we would take along a candle, poke a hole in the closed end of one of the bags to stick our head out, like a poncho (but not poke any arm holes) and stand over the lit candle to get warm.
+3 to laying it under the hammock (sometimes right beside, like if i open up my hammock, it's right there, but i usually don't cover it. it's a pack. it can get a little misting
Thanks for the help. I'm off to the toy store for more stuff. I think the guys at the local hardware store like seeing me walk through the door.
Mist or light rain is not the concern. We were in the Uintas the last week of July and we had to trench our tents and eating areas because it rained every day for 1-6 hrs.
Ziploc makes some big storage bags that I've used as pack liners before. The big one is too big to use as a pack liner, but would easily hold my ULA Catalyst if it was empty, or near empty. Seals right up and they are pretty durable.
I just sling my pack into the hammock with me; goes under my feet and legs. It's mostly empty anyway when I'm in camp and it makes a nice knee break. I never have to worry about my pack getting wet in camp, or carrying a pad to cover what the Yeti misses. I just have to make sure I keep my Packa on my pack and ready to go quickly if it starts raining while I'm hiking.