The best water-resistant and waterproof gear for the pool or beach

We love water, but most of our gadgets don’t.

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!

It’s water-resistant up to 50 meters. Amazon

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The Apple Watch has cellular and GPS 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.

If I’m going to swim, sound quality isn’t my main concern. Amazon

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These Bluetooth SENSO waterproof headphones are inexpensive, 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.

Just don’t use it in the pool. Amazon

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The Braun Series 9 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 9 comes with a dual cleaning and storage docking station and holds a 50-minute charge. The flexible shaving head allows you to shave as closely on contours.

Great for music near the pool or in the shower. Amazon

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The Ultimate Ears WONDERBOOM 2 speaker is IP67 waterproof rated (it can withstand heavy splashing and showers), provides 360-degree sound, and has a 13-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.

Great in low-light. Amazon

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The Fujifilm FinePix XP130 camera is waterproof, freeze-proof, shockproof, and dust-proof. It has a 16.4-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.

Perfect for wetter situations. Amazon

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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.

Safe to clean in your sink. Amazon

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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.

Ever have a great idea that escapes you before you have time to dry off? Amazon

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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.

You can even take photos without taking your device out. Amazon

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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 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.


Billy Cadden
Billy Cadden

Billy Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.