A very nice reader, Chris, from Oahu recently wrote me saying,
I noticed that a lot of visitors to Hawaii forget about protecting their cell phones around the beach. They either drop it in the ocean, leave it by their towel and not realize that an occasional wave can reach the towel and anything else laying near it like a cell phone.
I have counted at least 3 friends and a family member who have their phones ruined by the ocean. Even if you have cell phone insurance, you will still have to pay $50 for a replacement in many cases and go through the whole activation process.
Thanks, Chris, for suggesting this important topic that’s often not considered until it’s too late!
In addition to cell phones, it’s important to keep your money, identification, camera and car keys dry and secure. These days, most car keys have electronics embedded in them that will not work if they become wet.
Another important point about protecting your valuables that Chris hasn’t observed, but other readers have mentioned is that unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for an opportunistic thief to snatch your valuables when you step away from your beach towel or aren’t looking. To be safe, you really should keep your valuables with you at all times.
So, what can you do to protect your valuables at the beach? I recommend that you purchase a type of dry bag or waterproof pouch that you can securely attach to your wrist or waist. Amazon has a very big selection of dry bags and waterproof pouches with straps with hundreds of positive reviews. ( I have a small dry box that I mentioned, but it’s too small for everything. So, I’m thinking about purchasing this dry pouch for myself.) You might also check at your local sporting goods store.
What other solutions do you have for protecting your valuables at the beach?