Earth Pak was founded in 2015 when we decided to pack our bags for one last hurrah in Southeast Asia before preparing for grad school. From motor biking in the rain to getting down and dirty while volunteering at elephant sanctuaries, we came back to the United States with memories to last a lifetime – but travel gear that didn’t last through our wild month-long adventure.
On our flight back, we were so bummed to be headed back to reality. After traveling through Southeast Asia, we decided we still wanted to keep the adventure going – and instead of preparing for grad school interviews, dropped that career path and began preparing ideas to start our own company and bring quality gear to market that we wish we had while traveling through the downpour season of Southeast Asia.
Earth Pak started with one order of just 700 dry bags and every penny of the $5,000 we had in our savings account. From the start, we were all in. With no Kickstarter, no crowdfunding, no investors (even our parents), we bootstrapped to bring to life awesome gear that was sourced with the highest-quality materials.
Our first batch of Original Dry Bags hit the market in July 2015 and the feedback we received surprised and more importantly, motivated us. As we continued to receive positive reviews about our first rollout of dry bags, we eventually began building a constant fan base. People embraced our Original Dry Bags for traditional outdoor activities like fishing and hunting, but for more modern activities such as adventure sports, hiking, closer-to-home camping, photography, and more.
With the beginning of a fan base, we knew we also had the beginning of a brand that customers began to go to. So, we rolled up our sleeves to evolve our product. With more sizes and colors and our growing popularity, Earth Pak hit the $1 million milestone in October 2016. By the next spring, we’d started expanding our product line.
At Earth Pak, we’re evolving rapidly – and are anything but a traditional outdoor and sporting goods company. We’re motivated by a new era of modern outdoor enthusiasts driven by curiosity and a desire to connect with nature – and share it with each other. From travelers to adventure-seekers, content creators to athletes, we’ve sold over 150,000 bags that are being used across all 7 continents – and we’re just getting started.
We’re continuing to develop new products keeping in mind the modern outdoor enthusiast, and are here to give you gear that not just inspires you to travel to new places but more importantly, makes Earth Pak a part of your outdoor lifestyle.