Keep Your Gear Dry with OtterBox Waterproof Drybox

Our small electronics have become so much a part of our lives, that it’s surprising to find someone whose gaze isn’t lost in their phone wherever you go. I’m not shaming anyone by pointing this out, because that’s sometimes me, as well. But when you’re going to be near water, you owe it to yourself (and your wallet) to protect those small electronics from getting wet.


Sure, you can buy waterproof phone cases, or deploy the waterproof setting on your watch, but when you need to set that gear aside to enjoy your water adventures (like when you’re diving), it’s good to have a trusty dry bag or dry box. One excellent example: the OtterBox Waterproof Drybox.


The box itself measures 8.32 inches x 5.09 inches x 2.51 inches—small enough to tuck into a suitcase, but large enough to fit your phone, watch, keys, and reasonably sized wallet. The interior foam lining is kind to your devices, and keeps them from smacking the tough polycarbonate case too much.


The stainless-steel hinge and latch pins, as well as the easy-open and durable latches make it simple to open and close the box, even when you have gloves on.


The drybox is advertised to be waterproof up to 90 feet for 30 minutes. I didn’t test it for this feature, because my diver certification (PADI Open Water Diver) doesn’t allow that depth. The good thing about this feature may merely be that if the appropriately latched box goes overboard, or if you have it attached to you for a lesser depth for 30 minutes or less, then you should feel fairly confident that the things on the inside will remain dry.


The Waterproof Drybox comes in black ($39.99) and Trail Side, a combo of tan, green, and a RealTree graphic ($49.99) on the OtterBox site.


Jill Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks. She divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day. Her articles have been featured in the AFAR, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, the San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Catch up with her adventures on and IG/Twitter at dangerjr.

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