The best water-resistant and waterproof gear for the pool or beach
Keep your electronics dry or get some gear made to withstand some splashes or an occasional drop in the pool
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If you’re heading to the beach or pool, you want to bring your gadgets and personal effects, but worry about them taking a catastrophic dip. Imagine being poolside with no music? Or going to the beach and not being able to buy a hot dog or ice cream cone because you left your wallet at home? If you want to protect your things from getting wet–or invest in some products designed to hold up against moisture—take a look at these neat products that can be submerged, withstand a hefty splash, or even allow you to do things like take underwater photos with your smartphone. Cannon ball selfies, woo!
1. Apple Watch
The Apple Watch has cellular connectivity, a scribble texting feature—you draw letters on the face of the watch—lets me stay in touch with people when my phone battery dies, and even lets you swim with the watch. With all of these features, I am able to leave my phone at home if I am going to the pool or to the beach. The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters and holds an 18-hour charge. $387.
2. Waterproof headphones
If I’m going to swim with headphones, sound quality isn’t my main concern. These SENSO Bluetooth 4.1, waterproof headphones only cost $28,have an IPX-7 waterproof rating, and provide eight hours of battery life. Ear hooks help keep fit snugly around your ears to keep the headphones in place while you are running or in the water. They come with a year warranty, so it’s a fairly low-risk purchase. $28.
3. Electric shaver
The Braun Series 7 razor is a wet and dry electric shaver—you can use shaving gel or trim down to stubble while your face is dry—that is waterproof up to five meters. The waterproof aspect of a razor like this is nice mostly for cleaning. Instead of using the little brush that came with older razors, you can stick this shaver under the faucet or wash it off in your shower. The Series 7 comes with a dual cleaning and storage docking station, holds a 50 minute charge, and features five shaving modes for extra power or for a more gentle shave. The flexible shaving head allows you to shave as closely on contours. Just don’t use it to shave at the pool. $192.
The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM speaker is IPX-7 waterproof rated (it can withstand heavy splashing and showers), provides 360-degree sound, and has a 10-hour battery life. This one features a rope you can clip to your bag and is lightweight enough to hang from a fogless shower mirror. $63.
5. Original Ground Cover
The Rumpl Original Ground Cover is waterproof, lightweight at less than 1.5 pounds, and comes with stake loops to keep it securely fastened to the ground. The 50 x 70-inch blanket has a waterproof polyester bottom that keeps any moisture from soaking through to the laminated, water-repellent, nylon upper layer. It packs into a zip-up carrying case and features a light insulation material to keep you warm if you want to use it as a blanket. $89.
6. FinePix XP80
The Fujifilm FinePix XP80 camera is waterproof, freeze-proof, shockproof, and dust-proof. It has a 16.2 megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor—great for low light—records HD movies, has optical image stabilization, and can continuously capture ten images per second. You can also connect it to your smartphone and use it as a remote. $179.
7. Waterproof and stain resistant spray
This Forcefield Protector spray makes your clothing and shoes water-resistant. The clear hydrophobic coating takes under 30 minutes to try and will last up to a year. $13.
8. Diving flashlight
This 1000-lumen LED light from ORCATORCH is waterproof up to 150 meter depths making it great for deep sea diving and safe to leave outside if it rains. The airtight torch turns on by rotating the head and comes with a wristband, rechargeable 3,400mAh batteries (good for about two hours of light) and a charger. $75.
9. Washable keyboard
Accidents happen, and cleaning your keyboard can be a pain. But not if you’ve got Logitech’s durable, washable keyboard. The wired keyboard can be run under a faucet, so you can wash away all crumbs that have accumulated between the keys over the past couple months. $63.
10. Waterproof notepad
Ever have a great idea in the shower that escapes you before you have time to dry off and write it down? These Aqua Notes notepads come with 40 waterproof pages and a graphite pencil, and feature a suction cup on the back so you can stick it on your shower wall. $9.
11. Waterproof phone case
The JOTO waterproof case can fit pretty much any phone and has enough room to fit other items that can be damaged by water. The case is can survive under up to 100 feet, keeps out dust and dirt, and features with a neck strap for easy carrying if you’re going to the beach. The case is also clear and lets you use your phone while in the case. This makes it possible to take photos and text without taking the phone out of the case. *$5*.