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How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

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How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

've read in many many blogs that wearing a waist belt is the ultimate "rob me" sign. However, I bought a waterproof waist belt that can hold my phone and some cash (not a lot) to use when I'm at the beach and want to go swimming. I'll be traveling alone and I want to be able to go into the ocean without worrying that someone will steal my stuff when I'm swimming. What else do people do when they're traveling alone and want to do something like swimming in the ocean? How do they protect their stuff while in the water? Any suggestions?

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1. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

You can get waterproof pouches of various sizes - I have one that fits my passport, cash, cards and goes around my neck (potentially dangerous on a surf beach) or across my body. I wouldn't consider a phone a necessity at the beach -but you can probably get a pouch for those to.

I have sometimes just left my day bag with a nearby family - which can need a little common language.

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Spain
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2. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

A waterproof pouch - under your suit IMHO - would seem a sensible option. You could just take your swim stuff and leave all valuables at the hotel in the safe or lock box.

New York City, New...
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3. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

I have a waterproof pouch that goes around your waist. I guess I could wear it under my suit but I would definitely look ridiculous! I just wanted to see what other solo travelers do when they go to the beach and want to swim. I'd like to be able to have my phone with me and a few dollars.

Spain
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4. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

I have to say that I never take electronics to the beach as there is a chance they will get sand in them. I only take swim things and a bit of money at the bottom of my bag.

Kota Bharu, Malaysia
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5. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

i remember seeing some advert with a floating storage ~~ which double as your waterproof camera buoy.

Not too big small enough for some small cash, ID (or photocopy of them), and some keys. It is the size of a 250ml water bottle. Cellphone smartphone is not really possible to store in them.

Isle of Wight...
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6. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

I use Aquapac pouches http://www.aquapac.net/

If you need to take valuables to the beach then a pacsafe travel safe can easily be locked to a tree. I have a 5l and can get "everything" in it.

http://www.pacsafe.com/travelsafe-5l-portable-safe.html

New York City, New...
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7. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

Thanks everyone. I love the pacsafe idea.

Sydney/Melbourne
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8. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

Yes, I'm in the 'you look after mine and I'll look after yours' camp. I pick a likely couple or family to sit near and ask them to watch my stuff while I swim and then do the same for them when they go for a dip. You meet a lot more nice people that way than wearing a pacsafe. I take very little money, a bottle of water a towel, maybe a book and my room key. Valuables always stay locked in the room safe at the hotel. I have to admit to having a bit of a giggle every time I am on a Sydney or Melbourne beach and see people in the water weighed down with waterproof bulges carrying their worldly possessions. Just screams *TO U R I S T* You never see the locals doing it.

Mumbai, India
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9. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

You get pretty good Water Proof packets for the iPhone and you can even keep some cash in with the phone. You should check out amazon they have some pretty good products for this.

Vancouver, Canada
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10. Re: How to keep your stuff safe while swimming

re #8: "I have to admit to having a bit of a giggle every time I am on a Sydney or Melbourne beach and see people in the water weighed down with waterproof bulges carrying their worldly possessions."

Considering that a visitor *may* have been to other places, prior to the beach visit, why is it so odd that they might have more than minimal personal items? I would have, at very least, my mobile phone (for mapping?), cash, credit card, room key, transit card, and personal identification. Yes, it would be a bit bulky. I don't really see any other way to have less... Would probably feel comfortable leaving my small daypack/tote bag on the beach, though.

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