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The beach is pretty much the best place for any human to spend a summer day (assuming it isn’t raining and you’re not allergic to sun). It’s not really a great place for your electronics though. Between the water, the sand and the sun, the beach can turn into a real deathtrap for phones, tablets and the like.

Well, thankfully, it’s 2017 so there are a bunch of ways to not only protect your tech at the beach.

h, but use it to protect yourself. Here are the best pieces of tech that can really help you take the summer up a notch.

Kikkerland Waterproof Phone Bag

Want to take your phone to the beach but don’t want to drop $70 on an Otterbox? Rather than just sticking your phone in a Ziplock bag (which totally works, by the way), invest just $7 on a cute and colourful waterproof bag that’s just the right size. Plus, it comes with a lanyard attached so you can keep your phone on you, even when you’re just in your bikini. Win-win.

Kikkerland phone sleeve
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La Roche-Posay My UV Patch

Here’s a piece of tech that can work for you at the beach instead of the other way around. This wearable is a little (cute) sticker you can put on yourself or the kids to monitor sun exposure and know exactly when to reapply the sunscreen. The little heart is a QR code that changes with sun exposure and can be read by the UV patch app. It’s super flexible and water resistant so you can go about your normal beach activities, while hopefully being a little safer in the sun.

La Roche-Posay UV patch
La Roche-Posay

Kobo Aura H2O

In the endless debate of book versus eReader, the beach has always been one place where books pull ahead. Yes, they don’t survive a dip in the water very well, but a little spotting just gives them character rather than causing them to short-circuit. Well, the eReader just got a big boost with Kobo’s new waterproof model. Splash it a little or throw it in the lake, this reader is going to be just fine. It’s also dust-resistant so the sand won’t do it in either. Sorry books, that’s one point, eReader.

Kobo Aura H2O
Kobo

Bose Soundlink Speakers

It might be a little pricey–it’s Bose–but if you want to take your tunes to the beach, this is the portable speaker for you. With 360 degree sound and a flexible handle to easily tote it around, this speaker will keep everyone on the beach dancing (you know, if you want to be “that guy” who’s pumping music at the beach). It’s also water-resistant so you don’t need to worry about splashes (although, this isn’t something we would recommend submerging).

Birksun Solar backpack

Obviously, you’re going to need something to carry all this stuff in (and maybe a towel too). Why not a backpack that does double-duty as a bag and a charger? This bag has a solar panel built into it which fuels the built-in battery pack you can use to charge all those devices. They come in a bunch of cute (or classy) designs. Plus, what’s better than green energy? Green energy that helps us have a good time.