The kids may be headed back to school but we have several more weekends left of summer. Whether you're headed to a national park, a waterpark, or the park down the street, this list of essential gadgets will help you maximize and memorialize your fun in the sun.
Technology and water don't usually mix, but in addition to amping up your summer fun, these gadgets are built to function in water. Dunk them in the pool on purpose or drop them in the lake by accident, it won't matter. Take a look at these ten items that will make you want to spend more time in the water.
1. Action Camera
This device is for the adventurous. You can mount the HP Action Cam on your helmet as you race down a mountain while biking on the trail, or take it with you underwater while you're snorkeling. You control the camera from a watch that has an LCD screen. They cost $249.95 and there's only a few left in stock. Buy it from the Komando Shop.
2. Digital Camera
For those of you who are a little less active but you still want to capture beautiful underwater images, the Nikon COOLPIX S33 is more your speed. It takes great quality video in 1080p with stereo sound. It's available in blue and white for $129.00, and shipping is free. Click here to purchase it from Amazon.
3. Phone Case
Although cell phone manufacturers are inching closer to waterproof phones, until it's perfected you may want to protect it with the Kroma Cell Phone Dry Bag. Then you will be able to text while you swim. Its diagonal length is six inches across so it can hold all the popular devices, such as the iPhone 6 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S7. You can buy it on Amazon for only $7.99.
4) Mini Tablet Case
Maybe your little swimmer thinks it would be cool to watch Finding Dory underwater. They have their goggles, water wings and now a MoKo Dry Bag so they can watch movies in the pool.
The waterproof case is only $9.95 and it's made to fit smaller tablets, such as the iPad Mini Retina, Google Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab 5. There's also a detachable lanyard that they can hold or hang around their neck to prevent them from losing it in the deep end. Just make sure you teach them how to snap it shut. Click here to buy it from Amazon.
5. Floating Speaker Ball
Dance, swim, and play catch all at the same time... well maybe not that last one! Toss the Ivation Waterproof Bluetooth Floating Speaker in the water to bring the dance party from the poolside to the center of the pool. For $49.99 you'll get a device that's compatible with Androids, iPhones, MP3 players, and all Bluetooth Media Players. Check it out on Amazon.
6) MP3 Player
For swimmers that need to share the pool with others or just want to get in the zone, the AGPtEK S01 8GB Swimming Waterproof MP3 Player holds nearly 2000 songs and comes with two different types of headphones. The player is $29.99 and there's also a clip on the back so you can attach it to your swimsuit. View its other features here.
7. Floating Radio
This adorable radio is great for making bath time or pool time more fun for your little ones. The speaker ball and MP3 player may not be a great fit for younger children but the Sharper Image Floating Duck Bath Radio is a new take on the bathtub rubber ducky that allows them to rock out to AM and FM stations. The radio is $19.99 and only a few are left in stock. Buy it here from Amazon before they're all gone.
8. Floating Lantern
If the moon doesn't provide enough light to illuminate night swims at the lake then consider buying the durable, Mini Waterproof Lantern. Small yet bright, this light is also great for camping trips and power outages. It also has a hazard light mode that provides enough light for you to fix your car while it alerts other cars of your presence. Get it for just $29.95 from the Komando Store.
This is not your average wristwatch. You can wear the Touch Screen Waterproof Fitness Tracker while you're swimming, record how far you swam and how many calories you burned, and then send the results to your smartphone or tablet. It also vibrates to alert you of alarms and fitness progress. Buy it on sale for $35.00 from Amazon.
10. USB Charging Pod
Last but certainly not least, the Weatherproof 7800mAh Power Bank will revive your other devices that charge via USB ports. Phones, tablets, cameras - it does it all. In addition to being waterproof, it's also dustproof and shockproof so it should withstand many adventures. It's on sale in the Komando Shop for $59.99.