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Best Snorkel Gear Bags

Who needs a snorkeling bag?

Although a snorkeling bag isn't absolutely necessary, and the pieces involved in a set of snorkeling equipment aren't overly large hauling everything around in your hands or in plastic bags can still be a pain in the butt. Furthermore, even if you are very careful about your snorkeling gear, it can be easy to forget to air out all the equipment so that it doesn't just stay in a wet space to grow mold.

Therefore, if you have a set of snorkeling equipment or are thinking of getting some, it can also be a really good idea to buy a carrying bag for the snorkeling gear as well. There's tons out there, with anything from simple mesh bags with a drawstring, to fancier backpack-style snorkel bags with numerous compartments and added durability.

Knowing where to start can be difficult. usually, the easiest place to start is deciding your budget, but given there is a wide range of snorkel bags available, it can be tough to know if your budget is appropriate, or if you're over- or under-doing it for your needs. Therefore, we decided to review some of the best and most popular snorkel bags on the market, which will hopefully provide some good direction for you to narrow down your choices.

Product Summary Our Rating Price

This simple and easy-to-use mesh bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and a draw string top with closure. 18 inches wide, 30 inches tall. Nothing special, but does the trick!

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This is a medium-sized equipment bag that can hold small-medium sized snorkeling gear. More all-purpose for recreation around the water. Two shoulder straps, drawstring closure, and a reliable brand. Looks good, but not suitable for larger fins or really beefy snorkeling equipment.

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This is very similar to the ScubaMax mesh snorkeling bag. The main difference is the draw string is also the shoulder strap, and the dimensions are 10 inches wide and 27 inches tall. 

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Definitely a more fancy snorkel bag. Two adjustable padded shoulder straps. Convenient lockable zipper pouch for snorkeling equipment, nice zipper pocket for water bottle. Dimensions are 29 inches tall, 10.5 inches wide, and 5.5 inches deep. 

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Adjustable padded single shoulder strap. Mesh front and bottom panels for water drainage and ventilation. Dimensions are 23 inches tall and 8.5 inches wide. 

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Accommodates a full snorkeling set with additional small pockets for wallet, keys, etc. Alternate carry handle on side. Dimensions are 26 inches tall, 10 inches wide, and 7 inches deep. 

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This all-mesh duffle bag allows gear to dry fast and even be rinsed while in the bag. Large enough to hold long fins and then some. Overall great quality and function for the price. 

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Comes with single padded adjustable shoulder strap. Two sizes available: Kids (23"x9"x7") and Adult (29"x9"x7"). Very good quality and really comfortable. Mesh is average. Overall, very well-liked. 

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PVC mesh net with adjustable padded shoulder and sternal straps. Lateral zipper for easy access in addition to the drawstring top. Barrier to help keep you dry when carrying wet gear. Dimensions are 29 inches by 13 inches. All-around awesome snorkeling gear bag!

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600D polyester nylon and nylon mesh with PVC coating for added durability. Design favors long open-heeled fins. Two front pockets and double padded shoulder straps. 29.5" x 11" x 7". Overall, this is a really good snorkeling gear bag. 

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This simple and easy-to-use mesh bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap and a draw string top with closure. 18 inches wide, 30 inches tall. Nothing special, but does the trick!

This is a medium-sized equipment bag that can hold small-medium sized snorkeling gear. More all-purpose for recreation around the water. Two shoulder straps, drawstring closure, and a reliable brand. Looks good, but not suitable for larger fins or really beefy snorkeling equipment.

This is very similar to the ScubaMax mesh snorkeling bag. The main difference is the draw string is also the shoulder strap, and the dimensions are 10 inches wide and 27 inches tall. 

Definitely a more fancy snorkel bag. Two adjustable padded shoulder straps. Convenient lockable zipper pouch for snorkeling equipment, nice zipper pocket for water bottle. Dimensions are 29 inches tall, 10.5 inches wide, and 5.5 inches deep. 

Adjustable padded single shoulder strap. Mesh front and bottom panels for water drainage and ventilation. Dimensions are 23 inches tall and 8.5 inches wide. 

Accommodates a full snorkeling set with additional small pockets for wallet, keys, etc. Alternate carry handle on side. Dimensions are 26 inches tall, 10 inches wide, and 7 inches deep. 

This all-mesh duffle bag allows gear to dry fast and even be rinsed while in the bag. Large enough to hold long fins and then some. Overall great quality and function for the price. 

Comes with single padded adjustable shoulder strap. Two sizes available: Kids (23"x9"x7") and Adult (29"x9"x7"). Very good quality and really comfortable. Mesh is average. Overall, very well-liked. 

PVC mesh net with adjustable padded shoulder and sternal straps. Lateral zipper for easy access in addition to the drawstring top. Barrier to help keep you dry when carrying wet gear. Dimensions are 29 inches by 13 inches. All-around awesome snorkeling gear bag!

600D polyester nylon and nylon mesh with PVC coating for added durability. Design favors long open-heeled fins. Two front pockets and double padded shoulder straps. 29.5" x 11" x 7". Overall, this is a really good snorkeling gear bag. 

What to Look for in a Snorkel Gear Bag

Fortunately, finding a good snorkel bag that will work for you isn't overly complicated, unlike more complex pieces of equipment like snorkeling fins. In the case of a snorkeling bag, the main thing is that you have a decent idea of when and how you will be using it. Otherwise, there aren't a ton of different features that go into snorkel bags. Here are a few things that may be beneficial to ask yourself when trying to find the right snorkeling bag for you:

  • How much gear do you have? 
  • Do you want to put items in the snorkel bag that are supposed to remain dry? 
  • How big is your snorkeling gear, particularly your fins? The fins are usually the largest item you will have.
  • How long do you plan on carrying it for?
  • How often will you use it? 

Regarding the first point of knowing how much gear you have, this is pretty straight forward. If anything, you may want to be a little more conservative when thinking of how much you will have. For example, in addition to a mask, snorkel, and fins, you may want to throw in some wet swimming gear or someone else's stuff, too.

The most basic snorkeling bags are basically just mesh sacks, which means everything is in one compartment. Think about whether or not you will have items that are supposed to remain dry as well. For example, if you have a phone that you want to carry in your snorkel bag, you will likely require something that has at least one additional compartment with some sort of barrier as to remain dry.

In addition to how much you have, think about how big your snorkeling gear is, especially the fins. Snorkeling equipment bags come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so just make sure the dimensions will accommodate all of the equipment you plan on putting in the bag.

How long you plan on carrying the snorkeling bag is another underrated factor in deciding on a product. For example, if you are hiking a long distance to a remote snorkeling spot, you may want to consider a snorkel bag that has two shoulder straps with padding. This also applies if you experience frequent back pain. However, if you just want something to carry your gear from the water to your car a short distance away, then perhaps a simple mesh bag with a drawstring will be adequate for your needs.

Lastly, how often you use the snorkeling equipment bag should matter. If you're only using it for one single trip, then a lower quality cheaper bag could be fine. On the other hand, if you plan on using the snorkel gear bag a lot and want one that will stand up to the test of time, chances are you will have to get something a little more beefy that is known for durability.

One more thing to note about durability of different snorkel bags: all snorkel equipment bags should be built with some form of mesh that allows for good ventilation. If you want mesh that's really durable, look for it to be coated. You can often get mesh coated with PVC, which is a rubbery material. This simply prevents water from being absorbed by the mesh material and also strengthens the material itself, making it more resilient to normal wear and tear. The cheapest snorkel gear bags typically don't have the PVC coating on the mesh, but lots of mid- to high-price snorkel bags do.

Making Your Own Snorkel Gear Bag

We don't really recommend this, at least as a convenient option, because there is some work involved. Moreover, the companies that make snorkeling gear bags know what they're doing, and since they can manufacture the bags on such a large scale, they aren't very expensive for what they are.You may end up paying close to the same amount for a manufactured bag specific for snorkeling as what you would buying the material and making one for yourself. 

That being said, if you want to make your own snorkel gear bag with a specific pattern, it should theoretically be possible. We stumbled upon the following video fairly recently. This isn't specific to snorkeling, but shows how you can incorporate mesh with other fabric to make your own bag. You'll just need to know how to use a sewing machine, or find someone who does. 


Summary

Overall, a general rule of thumb for snorkeling gear bags is that you get what you pay for. The cheapest bags that are a simple mesh sack with drawstring are convenient and cheap, but they won't last as long and may be uncomfortable or inconvenient for carrying long distances. On the other hand, there are lots of high quality snorkel gear bags that are durable, comfortable, and suitable for carrying long distance, but this will come at a higher price.

We have highlighted 10 different snorkel bags in the table above, each with their own unique features. For a more detailed overview of a select few of those snorkeling equipment bags, please check out the more detailed info below.

Voted by us as Best Value Snorkel Bag, this is arguably the most common type of snorkel bag you will see. It's extremely simple, as it is merely composed of a mesh sack with a drawstring sack. This can be favorable if you're trying to save money, as they are generally the cheapest bags, and they often are included in full snorkel sets. 

We would recommend this type of bag if you simply want something to put your snorkeling equipment in to carry for short distances or hang out to dry. Since air has full access to the snorkeling equipment, it will be an effective bag for drying, but may not last as long as other bags due to the predominantly mesh design and cheaper materials in general.

If the function is sufficient for your needs, but you are worried about the durability, we suggest looking for similar type bags, but with PVC coating on the mesh. This will offer a simple design with slightly better durability, and the price should still be very reasonable. 

Overall, this snorkel bag does the trick, but isn't anything fancy and may not last overly long depending on how frequently you use it.

This is one of our favorite snorkeling gear bags, especially in terms of comfort. It's definitely more of a backpack-style design, which is great when having to carry your snorkeling gear for long distances, for example, when hiking to a remote snorkeling spot. Even for traveling in general, it's nice to have something that you aren't carrying in your hands or pushing around on wheels.

Although we say "back-pack" style, this snorkeling bag only comes with one shoulder strap, so it's not like a true backpack. The bag itself still sits on your back, but with a single strap, it may not be the best for those with shoulder issues. The strap is padded though, so there isn't too much difference form a normal backpack.

There is a padded compartment on the back that is meant for your snorkeling mask, mainly so it doesn't get scratched up or damaged from being thrown in with other equipment (this usually that big of a problem though). Depending on the size of your snorkel, you can also put it in that separate compartment. The main compartment is meant for your snorkeling fins.

A cool part about this bag is that it comes in two different sizes: adult and kids. So if you like this bag and are planning a family vacation, you can get everything all at once!

The main downsides are that there is slightly less "buffer space" than some other bags, so you may be limited to your own snorkeling equipment and that's it. Also, the mesh isn't anything special, especially considering the high quality design of the snorkeling bag otherwise.

Overall, this is a great bag especially in terms of comfort. Space is adequate, it's well constructed and very durable, aside from the mesh which should be about average in terms of durability.

This is a fairly unique bag in that it's more of a duffle bag, yet constructed almost entirely of mesh. This will allow for maximum ventilation and minimal water absorption into the bag material, thereby making it very effective.

One of biggest advantages to this bag, depending on how you look at it, is the size. It's very large, measuring approximately 37 inches. This is ideal for longer fins, adult snorkel sets, or even multiple snorkel sets. Moreover, this snorkel gear bag makes for great storage in general, as it can fit compactly into spaces when empty, and can store lots of items if necessary.

Probably the biggest decision you will have to make in this case is whether or not you like the duffle bag design. You could wear it like a backpack, but it's not really meant for that, so your back will get wet and it may be uncomfortable, or potentially impossible to get the straps around your shoulders depending on how big your are. Additionally, it may not be the best for carrying long distances if you need to carry it like a duffle bag, but again, that's personal preference. 

The main disadvantage is that, although they report using a "coated mesh", it does not seem to be PVC coated, so the durability is questionable. Otherwise, this is a great bag with tons of room! 

This snorkeling gear bag was voted by us as best snorkeling gear bag overall. The main reason for this is because it has a ton of features, but all the features have a legitimate purpose. No gimmicks here. For example, although there is a drawstring closure at the top, there is also a lateral zipper to allow for easy access to your snorkeling equipment.

The padded compartment on the back also allows for separation of some of your gear. This can be a nice feature if you are worried about damaging your mask, or you have other sensitive items that you want to keep protected. Also, this bag isn't entirely mesh all the way around, so you can actually stay dry when carrying wet gear. 

The material is great for a snorkeling bag. It's made of a PVC mesh with durable nylon and polyester for connections. The shoulder straps are padded for comfort and are known to be quite durable, plus, there are two rubber handles that allow you to carry it comfortably like a duffle bag or for quick transportation.

Overall, this is a great snorkeling gear bag that is well liked by many customers. The main drawback is it's one of the more expensive snorkel bags on the market, but if you have room in the budget, it could definitely be worth considering. 

Overall, a general rule of thumb for snorkeling gear bags is that you get what you pay for. The cheapest bags that are a simple mesh sack with drawstring are convenient and cheap, but they won't last as long and may be uncomfortable or inconvenient for carrying long distances. On the other hand, there are lots of high quality snorkel gear bags that are durable, comfortable, and suitable for carrying long distance, but this will come at a higher price.

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