Taking your phone on vacation can be nerve-racking, especially if you’re going somewhere tropical where you’ll be at the beach surrounded by water 24/7. Even though many new phones like the iPhone XS and the Samsung Galaxy S10 were created to be water-resistant, accidentally dropping your precious device into the ocean will probably still give you a mini panic attack, water-resistant guarantee or not. Fortunately for you, the Joto waterproof phone pouch (amazon.com; from $8) will protect your phone even if it hits the very bottom of a pool.
The simple and super affordable phone case is beloved by tens of thousands of people — over 19,000 customers have left it glowing five-star reviews. It fits all smartphones with screens that measure up to six inches diagonally, which includes most recently released phones, whether you own an iPhone, Samsung, or Google Pixel (the max diagonal length for the aforementioned devices is around 5.8 inches).
The phone case has a clear, touch-friendly screen on both the front and back sides, which makes it perfect for using your camera underwater to snap some fun pics. It comes with a neck strap for easy carrying, features a durable snap-lock feature that keeps out sand and dirt, and comes in several color options including black, white, pink, blue, and clear. Along with your phone, you can also store cash, credit cards, and any other personal documents without having to worry about losing or damaging them.
“I recently got back from an adventurous trip to the Philippines where this dry bag helped me take photos through all our adventures,” one reviewer raved. “We swam with whale sharks in salt water seas, swam through cold canyon waters, jumped through cliffs/waterfalls into the bluest waters, and traveled along several islands with this bag keeping my iPhone 6S and cash safe and dry!”
To buy: amazon.com, $8 to $10
Another customer shared a story wherein she accidentally dropped her Joto case — which had her phone, ID, and debit card in it — into the river while canoeing. Months later, she was reunited with the case and its contents were totally intact and “dry as a bone.”
“There was not one single drop of water in it and [the man who retrieved it] ended up purchasing a case for himself because he was just that impressed,” she wrote. “I’m not one who is easily impressed by much of anything anymore, but if you are planning a trip and need a waterproof case, this is the one to get.”
Convinced to take it on your next vacation? So are we. If you're nervous to use it after ordering, we recommend sealing a piece of paper inside and submerging it in a cup of water for several hours for a test run.