The Best Waterproof Phone Cases for Admittedly Accident-prone Travelers
Losing or damaging your phone can be surprisingly devastating. We keep so much of our lives — photos, directions, calendars, and so on — on one device that breaking it can sometimes feel like the end of the world. And doing so while on vacation is a next-level tragedy. Not only can you no longer capture all the fun moments, but depending on your location, you might be left completely disconnected from the world.
So, just like you wouldn’t forget to pack sunscreen to protect your body during your next water adventure or beach getaway, don’t leave without a quality waterproof case for your phone.
In general, there are two types of waterproof phone cases for you to consider. The first one is, for the most part, a regular case. It snaps onto your phone securely and has been designed to keep away water, and in some cases, dust and dirt, too. Most of those phone cases could be submerged into water (although depth and amount of time tolerated differ by model) and many will allow you to take photos and videos. And while there are definitely a few models that have a bulkier construction, most brands are now designing cases that are just as sleek and light as the one you use every day.
The second type looks, and functions, more like a dry bag and is perfect for water sport enthusiasts. Most of them come in a pretty universal size so you can store almost any device (or other valuables) in them and hang them around your neck. You can also opt for a floatable design, which will come in handy if you accidentally drop your phone in the ocean or the pool.
Below, the best waterproof cases to make sure your phone stays dry and safe while you tweet and Instagram all you want.
Best for Staying Dry on a Budget: Joto Universal Waterproof Case
This waterproof pouch is a top-seller Amazon, with over 41,000 five-star reviews. You can store any device that's less than 6.69 inches tall (including the iPhone 12 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy S20) or use it as a wallet for your money and cards. It features a simple snap and lock closure for easy access.
To buy: amazon.com, from $7
Best Floating Case: AquaVault Waterproof Floating Smartphone Case
Not only does the AquaVault case shield your phone from water, but if accidentally you drop it overboard, it will float thanks to the company’s patented airbag. The case allows you to retain full access to your smartphone’s functions in the water, including taking photos and videos. It fits any device that measures less than to 7.25 x 4.25 inches.
To buy: amazon.com, $25 (originally $30)
Best Pouch: Syncwire Waterproof Pouch Bag
If you're looking for a little more storage than for just your phone, you'll want to opt for a waterproof pouch that's easy to carry and will keep your essentials safe and dry. This pouch has a waterproof seal and can be carried multiple ways for convenience.
To buy: amazon.com, from $13 for two
Best for iPhone 12: Meritcase Waterproof Case
For iPhone 12 Pro users, this sleek yet durable case is the way to go. It features a raised lip to protect the phone's cameras, a clear anti-scratch back panel, and built-in screen protector, allowing you to use your phone as you please while offering plenty of protection.
To buy: amazon.com, $17 (originally $20)
Best for iPhone 11: Vapesoon Waterproof Case
If you use an iPhone 11, this waterproof case offers excellent protection against water and the elements. It's made from shock-absorbing materials, so you'll be protected against drops, too.
To buy: amazon.com, $20
Best for Samsung Galaxy S21: Eonfine Waterproof Case
This case is impressively durable against water, dust, snow, drops, and more, making it a stellar option for Samsung users. And even though it's ultra-protective, it still has a slim look and feel, and access to all ports.
To buy: amazon.com, from $20
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