Last updated: July 2022
Wherever in the world you’re traveling, there are countless occasions when you might find yourself in need of a protective, waterproof phone case – or an even roomier dry bag. Maybe you’re snorkeling the world’s second largest reef system in Belize, cave diving through Yucatán cenotes or going for a sunrise kayak excursion on Lake Como. Or perhaps you’re backcountry skiing in Aspen, snowshoeing in Finnish Lapland or exploring glacier lagoons in Iceland. (Ready to book an adventure yet?) Or could be you’re simply going for a sunset walk on the beach and don’t want to risk dropping your phone in the sand or rolling surf.
Whether surrounded by water, sand or snow (even sheer humidity) there’s no denying a waterproof solution for your phone and other personal belongings is a packing priority. So we delved into the rabbit hole of Amazon, combing through countless product listings and reviews, to prepare our edit of the best of the best.
Here, 15 waterproof wonders ranging from easy, over-the-neck phone pouches to sleek sling bags to roomy, floatable dry bags. All boast rave reviews attesting to effectiveness and longevity, not to mention are affordable and many, surprisingly stylish.
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Over-the-Neck Phone Pouches
For those seeking phone protection only (perhaps an ID or credit card too), an over-the-neck, detachable lanyard phone pouch is a clear choice. Pun intended, as all are designed with a transparent window allowing you to fully see, and tap, your screen both on land and in-water. And since many come equipped with floating capability, this means you don’t have to worry about retrieving your phone from the depths of the ocean floor when you accidentally drop it mid-snorkel.
JOTO 7″ Waterproof Phone Pouch with Detachable Lanyard in Black, was
$19.99 –> now $6.99
Is it a sling bag or is it a fanny pack? While the verdict may be out on terminology, the verdict is IN on the undeniable function and convenience of these waterproof waist bags. They offer more room than the over-the-neck pouch, easily fitting your phone, ID, cash, passport and perhaps even a watch or necklace. The body-hugging style offers versatility to boot, able to be worn around the waist or over-the-shoulder thanks to adjustable straps.
AiRunTech Waterproof Waist Pouch with Adjustable Strap 2-Pack in Gray + Black, $14.85
geckobrands Waterproof Phone Tote with Adjustable Shoulder Strap in Neon Green, $29.99
Whether you’re mountaineering, cross-country skiing or simply spending a day at the beach, a waterproof dry bag has you covered with the most room for all of your on-the-go essentials. Wear-resistant PVC, welded seams and adjustable straps are just some of the ways these versatile, all-weather bags offer both function and protection. If you leave enough air inside, they’ll even float. Most dry bags are offered in 10L or 20L, however some run as small as 5L or as large as 50L – so you’ll want to pay attention to sizing before you buy. Bonus: some of the below options even come with a separate, waterproof phone pouch included.
BeachBeing Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack with Adjustable Shoulder Straps in Pink Shark, $18.99 (10L) or $21.99 (20L)
Skog Å Kust Waterproof Floating DrySak with Single, Adjustable Shoulder Strap and Attachable Handle in Palm Print, $22.95 (5L). Also available in 10L or 20L.
SNAILMAN Waterproof Dry Bag with Single, Adjustable Shoulder Strap and Attachable Handle in Geometry Print, $17.99 (5L), $22.99 (10L), $25.99 (20L)
Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag in Orange with Single, Adjustable Shoulder Strap and Attachable Handle + 6.5″ Waterproof Phone Pouch, was
$34.99 –> now $19.99 (10L)