Sun, sand and water. Three things that make the beach amazing but are terrible for your tech. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered when it comes to keeping your stuff protected so that you can still enjoy your beach days with your favourite tech in tow.

Prevention is better than cure. 3 tips to reduce the risk of holiday mishaps

Protect your tech

Sunscreen protects your skin from burning at the beach, a screen protector or case can prevent your phone from scratches and knocks in your packed-to-the-brim beach bag. A tempered glass screen guard paired with a rugged case should keep you covered.

Top picks:

1.Hisense H11 Slim Guard Tempered Glass – R149 | 2. UAG iPhone XS Max Plasma Case – R699

DIY tip: to be extra safe, put your phone in a sealed ziplock bag for the day to prevent sand and water splashes getting on your device.

Water resistant tunes

What are beach sundowners without music to set the mood? Don’t put your phone at risk of getting full of sand or worse, being splashed with water, by investing in a wireless Bluetooth speaker that is designed for outdoor use. You can leave your phone safely in your bag and stream your favourite tunes via Bluetooth speaker made for getting messy.

Top pick water resistant speakers:

1.JBL Clip 2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker – R1099 | 2. JBL Charge 3 Bluetooth Speaker – R2899 | 3. JBL Xtreme Portable Bluetooth Speaker – R5299

Get a grip

If you absolutely can’t put your phone away for the beach day, make sure you have a good grip on your device. A pop socket is a great way to add a little handle to the back of your phone so that you have something extra to hold onto when snapping beach selfies for Instagram. It also doubles as a cool kickstand so you can angle your phone on your towel and scroll away leaving your other hand free for a cold drink or ice cream.

PopSockets (R179):

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Quick fixes. 3 tips for when the s*&t has hit the sand

Sand in all the wrong places

It happens. You take your phone out to snap a pic of the sunset and it slips from your grip. When there’s sand in the grooves of your phone or in the earphone jack, you can use a toothpick and earbud when you get home to gently scrape and wipe away sand and dirt from the crevices. Give your phone a quick blast with a hair dryer on the cold setting to blow out any final bits of sand.

Water damage

The worst has happened, you’ve dropped your tech in water. Loads of people swear by uncooked rice to soak up excess water from the device. To try it for yourself. Switch off your phone and place it in an airtight container filled with dry rice overnight.

If that doesn’t work, at least hi has a range of affordable phones from as little as R399 to hold you over while you wait for your phone to be repaired. Shop them here