Get outdoors without soaking your circuits using the best waterproof gear

Summer is here, and for many of us, that means lazy days by the pool or ocean – lounging on deck chairs or getting sunburned on the beach (unless you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, then we wish you a happy winter).

If your travels this summer involve any sort of water activity, bring along gear that can withstand splashes or even dunks – whether it’s an action camera that can dive with you, an ebook reader that can survive spills, or bags that can shelter all your stuff from inclement weather. For 2016, here are our favorite weatherproof equipment (remember: waterproof is what you can submerge, while water-resistant handles splashes) for getting through a wet and hot summer.

Eagle Creek Cargo Hauler Duffel, 120L ($119)

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The new Cargo Hauler Duffel is made out of lightweight, water-repelling fabric, while a foam bottom helps protect what’s inside from any impacts. We like the removable backpack straps for easy hauling, versus the over-the-shoulder strap of traditional duffel bags. Six lash points let secure it to a roof rack – yes, it’s that durable. It’s also the right size for carrying on a plane (we’ve never gotten any grief for bringing on a duffel), although Eagle Creek offers them in various sizes, including larger ones with wheels. Pack it with Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Sport Wet Dry bag to keep the wet stuff separate.

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Amazon

Cascade Designs SealLine waterproof E-Case ($20+)

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Electronics don’t exactly play nice with water, unless they’re sealed inside the Waterproof E-Case from Cascade Designs’ SealLine. They comply with the IPX7 standard, which means you can take your Amazon Kindle or iPhone into 3 feet of water, for up to 30 minutes. Better yet, the plastic not only lets you easily see what’s on screen, but also lets you access touch displays without removing. The SealLock zipper and RF-welded seams are guaranteed to keep water and dirt out. For years, we’ve used SealLine’s bags to keep our clothes dry while traveling; now, our gadgets can get the same treatment.

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Amazon

GoPro Hero Session ($200)

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Since GoPro dropped the price of the Hero Session to a more reasonable $200, this tiny action cam should attract some new fans. It’s the first GoPro camera to be completely waterproof without a special housing, so it isn’t cumbersome to use, especially while you’re engaged in an activity like surfing or swimming. It’s not as feature-rich as the Hero4 models, but it more than makes up for it in ease-of-use and convenience. It’s also a strong performer that’s capable of shooting great-looking video. Pair it with GoPro’s Quik smartphone app and you can compile your clips into a cool video, in minutes.

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Amazon

Raden A22 Carry ($295)

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Raden is the latest in smart luggage, but unassumingly so. The pullout handle doubles as a scale, while a battery can fully recharge up to four phones. Paired with an iOS app, it can even help you locate it through low-energy Bluetooth. But from a durability standpoint, Raden hard-shell luggage is made out of strong, lightweight, and water-resistant polycarbonate and waterproof sealing – able to take the abuse from inconsiderate baggage handlers. The A22 ($295) meets carry-on requirements, but it’s also available in a larger size (A28, $395) or as a set (A50, $595). Read more here.

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Olympus Tough TG-870 ($280+)

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As a rugged camera, the TG-870 is able to go under water without a special housing. It can dive down to 50 feet, allowing you to capture in-pool selfies (thanks to the 180-degree flip-up LCD) or exotic fish. It can also withstand drops, crushes, and dust, making it an ideal travel camera. The TG-870 replaces the TG-860 – a camera we enjoy using and subjected to many endurance tests – although the changes are minimal.

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Amazon B&H Best Buy

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge ($770)

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The Galaxy S7 Edge is Samsung’s most impressive smartphone, to date. It has all the trappings of a modern, high-end device, with an incredibly thin and sleek profile. But it one-ups most phones in durability, the iPhone included, thanks to its resistance to water. You can dip it into five feet of water for 30 minutes, although we wouldn’t recommend swimming laps in the pool with it. But splashes of beer or Mai Tai can be easily wiped off. Read our full review here.

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Amazon B&H Best Buy AT&T Verizon T-Mobile Sprint

Barnes & Noble Nook Glowlight Plus ($130)

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For avid readers, the Nook Glowlight Plus ebook reader is completely waterproof, so you’re free to take the latest bestseller into the pool, tub, ocean, or finish that gripping chapter in the pouring rain. The high-resolution display makes text easy to read, and it lights up for nighttime perusing. It’s dustproof too, and will last six weeks before you need to plug it in. Read more here.

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