Jun 23, 2017

Mom dad and daugther wrapped in towels taking family selfie at the beach with a smartphone

With Summer officially here, you will probably be spending most of your days at the pool to beat the heat or at the beach on a family vacation.

But nothing can put a damper on a fun day by the water like ruined electronics! Here are just a few summer beach hacks to help protect your phone at the beach or poolside.

  1. Backup Before You Go
    This is a must. This will keep all your data safe even if your phone is lost or stolen or water damaged. This will make recovering all of your photos, music and other precious memories easier.

  2. Keep it Cool
    If you have an Apple device, it will give you a warning that your phone or tablet may begin to overheat once it hits around 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The best way to prevent this is to store the device out of direct sunlight in a shady spot, like under a beach umbrella.

    Tip: If your device does end up over heating, try placing it inside your beach cooler with your icy drinks to allow it to cool down quickly.

  3. Koozie and Cool
    A great way to keep your devices out of direct sunlight if you plan on using it throughout the day is by wrapping it in a drink koozie. This stylish and cheap hack will keep your phone from getting overheated. I bet you probably have about 5 of these lying around the house, and many places give these away for free.

  4. Invest in a Waterproof Case
    There are plenty of waterproof cases for all types of smart phones available at local electronics stores. Some of them can get pricey, but so is the cost of replacing a water-damaged phone. This investment will definitely pay off in the end. Some great options are LifeProof and OtterBox cases. And if buying a fancy case is out of your budget, check out our low budget hack on #6.

  5. Put it in a Plastic Bag
    This hack is so easy you probably have the supplies already in your kitchen. Grab yourself a box of plastic snack baggies. Drop one of your electronics in there and seal it tight. Now you are still able to use the touch screen, but this will prevent you from getting water in your phone or sand on the screen.

  6. Use a Peanut Butter Jar to Keep Dry
    Another great way to keep your electronics, keeps, money and other valuables dry during your beach day is a cleaned out Peanut Butter jar. Most jars are big enough to fit typical smart phones and a set of keys. Just seal up the jar once you have placed your electronics inside and you are good to go!

    Bonus: Keep the label on the jar and you could use this to trick thieves from stealing your electronics if you plan on leaving your spot on the beach.

  7. Use a Hairdryer if it Gets Wet
    While many people recommend using kitty litter or rice to dry out a soaked phone, it should be used as a last resort to draw out the last bit of moisture. If your phone does get wet, try using a hair dryer on medium heat to dry out your device.

  8. Take Your Device Out of the Car
    Many beach goers think their device will be safe and cool inside their car. But this can actually be one of the worst places. Your phone can overheat quicker in parked cars directly in sun-causing damage. Take it with you and try any one of our other beach hacks to keep it safe.

  9. Watch Out for Other Devices
    Don’t stack up your devices, especially in beach bags or out in the sun. The combined heat can result in all of the devices overheating faster and causing damage.

  10. Recycle Your Sun Screen Bottle
    If you plan on leaving your spot on the beach at any point in the day, it’s a good idea to have a hiding spot to conceal your phone and keys from thieves. Try using a used sun screen bottle by washing it out and cutting off the top, so your valuables can fit inside. Other alternative hiding spots could be snack containers like Pringles containers – but make sure to put them in a plastic bag first.

  11. Save your Phone from Sand with a Cuticle Pusher
    Pick up a cheap cuticle pusher. You can use it to scoop any sand that gets caught in your phone’s crevices or in your case.

  12. Try a Towel with Pockets
    There many towels that have pockets sewn in that will keep your phone safe and dry from water, sun and direct sunlight. And if you’re handy with a sewing machine and already have a towel, you can sew your own.

  13. Use Tape to Get Off Sand
    Going out after a long day at the beach and notice there is still sand on your clothes or your phone? Grab a roll of tape and wrap it around your hand, sticky side out. Pat down your screens or clothes to use the tape as a make shift lint roller and get out those pesky grains of sand.

  14. Try a Non-Greasy Sun Screen Option
    Unless you enjoy having a slippery and greasy phone, try a non-greasy, or sheer sunscreen to keep you from smearing and smudging when you go to use your device.

  15. Buy a Portable Charger
    You don’t want to miss out on capturing family memories because your phone died at a day at the beach. There are numerous amounts of portable chargers out there for all price ranges, that will allow you to charge up before you head out on your beach adventure.

Hopefully by trying some of quick and easy beach hacks, it will save your phone from all the dangers that can be possible from a day by the waves.

Emily Hartung

Emily Hartung is a successful college student at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania studying Communication Design. She has always been fascinated by the world of Advertising and Social Media, and hopes to offer a unique take on today's changing tech world from the younger generation's perspective.