Waterproofing Your Gadgets: Be Splash Free

Geeks lug around loads of gadgets, especially during travels. Usual destinations are places with water-related amenities, where your beloved gadgets are exposed to the whims of the elements.
Be sure to protect your gadgets from extreme wear and tear.

Soft cases:
No more wet surprises.
They may look like simple plastic bags, but these protect your gadgets when submerged in 10 to 20 feet of water.
Known as Dry Bags, these use clear, waterproof materials to house your digital cameras. For MP3 players, there are waterproof bags with rubberized earphone jack. Although materials used differ per manufacturer, dry bags are reasonably priced to safeguard your gadgets.

Available locally
Reasonably priced
Generic sizes can accommodate different types of gadgets

Can be submerged in water up to 10 to 20 feet only.
Material can still be cut by sharp objects.

Hard cases: Heavy duty

The ultimate in safeguarding gadgets, hard cases are always ready to take on a beating. Aside from securing your gadgets when submerged by up to 100 feet, hard cases protect your tech babies from drops and bumps. Waterproof hard cases are also popular among photography enthusiasts and professionals, since taking pictures underwater is a dream come true. Most popular point-and-shoots and DSLR cameras almost always have their counterpart waterproof hard cases sold in the market.
Hard cases use vinyl (and other similar materials), hard plastic for the exterior, loads of padding for the interior, and rubber stoppers placed in between openings to prevent water from seeping through. Note that the foam or padding placed inside the lining of the case provides a snug hold for the gadget. Hard cases are all-weather cases since they’re airtight and tough, good to tow during swimming trips and other rough sports like mountain climbing and spelunking.

Gives protection not only from water leaks but from bumps and drops
Deep-water protection

Bulky and heavy

Zap it up!
When shopping for a laptop bag or sleeve, you have to consider not only the material but also the type of zipper used. Zippers generally look alike, but the enclosure itself is what sets apart a good zipper from the rotten ones.
Water-resistant zippers are easy to spot, having a rubbery material covering the zipper teeth upon closing. This rubbery cover protects your laptop from spills, so it won’t realty hurt if your next laptop bag or sleeve has a water-resistant zipper. Come on, say it with me: The more protection, the better.