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The Best Waterproof Containers for Your Valuables

Keep your gear dry with these five products

Hope your phone wasn't in your pocket. (Photo: Martin Stabenfeldt/Flickr)
Hope your phone wasn't in your pocket.

Everyone knows the pain of soaking your phone or dropping your camera out of your boat and into the river. But a little foresight can prevent that. We scoured online reviews and found the most highly rated waterproof cases that are guaranteed to keep your precious cargo safe. 

Pelican Micro 1040 Case ($25) 

Pelican Micro Case 1040
Pelican Micro Case 1040 (Photo: Courtesy Pelican)

Pelican sets the industry standard for small, waterproof cases. The Micro comes in a few different sizes, but the 1040 is big enough to hold your phone, keys, and wallet. It has a lifetime guarantee, is crushproof, and can be submerged a meter under water for 30 minutes. 

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Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag ($40) 

Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag
Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag (Photo: Courtesy Sea-To-Summit)

This 20-liter bag is made from 420-denier nylon, which is super burly (your rain jacket is probably made from 50-denier fabric), and packs down to practically nothing. It’s not submersible but can handle intense splashes.

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Joto Universal Waterproof Case ($10)

Joto Universal Waterproof Case
Joto Universal Waterproof Case (Photo: Courtesy Joto)

This is the highest reviewed case of its kind on Amazon and has performed well in independent reviews, too. It fits phones up to six inches, is touchscreen compatible, and is waterproof up to 100 feet. 

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SealLine Waterproof Case ($30) 

SealLine Waterproof E-Case
SealLine Waterproof E-Case (Photo: Courtesy SealLine)

If you happen to take your tablet into the outdoors, this fully waterproof bag—which is submersible up to a meter—will keep it or anything else you stuff in it completely dry even in the worst weather. 

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Outdoor Research AirPurge Dry Compression Sack ($40) 

Outdoor Research AirPurge Dry Compression Sack
Outdoor Research AirPurge Dry Compression Sack (Photo: Courtesy Outdoor Research)

The AirPurge is made from an air-permeable, waterproof fabric, so you can compress the hell out of the contents—a puffy jacket, a sleeping bag—and keep them perfectly dry in your backpack, even during a downpour. 

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