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When I got invited to Social Media on the Sand last spring, one of the first concerns I had was “Ooh! So many awesome photo opportunities!” I had never been anywhere quite like Turks & Caicos before, so I knew that I’d want to be able to take a camera into the water with me. I looked at lots of options; renting a waterproof DSLR casing from BorrowLenses.com (expensive, even to rent!), buying a less expensive casing, I even considered buying a couple of disposable underwater film cameras (a fun novelty, but not very efficient from a social sharing standpoint!), and then I started looking at underwater phone cases, so I’d have both my phone and a camera with me at and around the water.
I eventually settled on the FRIEQ® Universal Waterproof Cell Phone Carrying Case. At only $10, I figured I’d order it and if it didn’t safely keep dry during my testing, I could return it, and even if I couldn’t, it’s only $10. Before we headed to the pool the first day at #BeachesMoms, I wadded up some paper towel, put it inside and submerged the case in our hotel sink. Leaving it for a few minutes, then rattling it around under the water, I decided it was ready to go.
Now, to be clear: This isn’t an everyday phone case. This is not a “put it on and leave it forever” phone case. It’s too bulky and awkward for that, but it was PERFECT for our purposes! I could wear it on a lanyard around my neck (dorky but effective) and I could keep my room key and a business card stashed inside, so I had everything I needed on my person.
First stop was the swim-up bar, because swim-up bar. We played around a bit, freaking out the bartenders with our carefree photo taking in and around the water. The touch screen of the phone actually works THROUGH THE PLASTIC on the case! It’s amazing!
I liked that I could wear it out into the ocean, without fear of losing my phone. We had a blast, taking pictures and shooting video. I had to take the phone out of the case if I wanted to use my selfie stick, but otherwise, I kept my phone in the waterproof case the vast majority of the time I was at the resort.