Sunday, June 24, 2012
Product Review: Waterproof Passport Holder
These little jobbies are like a heavy duty zip long with a hook and lanyard. There is plenty of room in them to put your passport, your photo ID, credit card, a bit of cash and a room key.
Sold by StoreSMART via Amazon.com, they cost $5.99 each (plus s&h).
I looked at many options for waterproof passport holders and read a lot of online reviews. This one was the choice I came up with that best fit our needs and my pocketbook. It's not like we're frequent travelers, so why pay a lot for such a thing?
The reviews were overall, quite favorable. Some reported that they were just as advertised and others said the zipper closure broke right away, or that it leaked. So "Thelma's" suggestion was, when we actually take them to the beach and into the water, we could put stuff in another zip lock baggie inside of this one.
Some people reported putting a bit of air in them too so they floated. Others said they tied them to their swim trunks and snorkeled or dove with them on, and certainly swam with them. We're hoping it solves the problem of having to have someone always on the beach watching our gear. With these on our body, the most they'll get is my fab Breakfast at Tiffany's tote and my beach towel.
These will also keep our ID handy in airports. You can also put your smart phone in it, or your iPod.
Remind me if I forget, and I'll report back how they performed in action.
September 2012 Update: Well, I'm back from my fantastic journey (Be sure to look up the posts in September for Thelma and Louise's Most Excellent Cozumel Adventure). Oddly, I hardly used this item. For moving quickly through security, it was a little hard to get open and closed and wiggle the passport out of in a hurry. And on the airplane and in airports, it was a bit in my way dangling around my neck. On the beach, we just didn't end up taking our passports. We stayed on the hotel property and locked that stuff up in our hotel safe. For our dolphin swim...same thing...we locked it up in a locker. So I can't tell you about it's durability and waterproofness. If I have occasion to try again, I'll update. I'm glad I had it, but didn't really use it.