Despite its famed golden sunshine: tropical showers, watersports and sometimes even local festivities mean it is well worth waterproofing your favourite accessories when you visit an island in Thailand.
For most travellers, getting soaked in a sudden monsoon shower and squelching around the rest of the holiday sights i is rarely a desirable way to spend an afternoon, even in Thailand.
Getting your iPhone broken on a snorkeling trip or because of one too many super-soaker blasts of ice-cold water at the annual Songkran Festival in April is also less than appealing.
In short, in a tropical country where there is no guarantee of staying dry all day, it is well worth investing in a few nifty gadgets to protect your valuables from a dangerous dousing.
Below is a selection of essential waterproofing gear.
Nice one, Nikon
The power to capture the dazzling coral reefs and marine life in the seas of Thailand makes a waterproof camera a covetable treasure for any snorkeler or Scuba Diver, but the 16-megapixel illuminated CMOS sensor, 5x zoom and built-in GPS the Nikon AW100 is a lot more than just a camera. This impressive gadget remains waterproof to depths of up to 10 metres, which makes it the perfect device to capture schools of colourful fish as they swim mere metres below you. Fashionable divers that want to co-ordinate this camera with their wetsuit will be thrilled to learn that the AW100 comes in black, blue, orange and camouflage.
While it is never advisable to take your phone on a swimming or snorkeling trip, it is always nice to know that it would survive if you left it in the pocket of your swimming shorts, even if you take a dip in your villa’s private pool. Not only is Lifeproof’s Nüüd case waterproof, but it also protects your device in case it is dropped. With every single Lifeproof case tested before it gets shipped, buyers can relax in the knowledge that their precious device can survive H2O at depths of 2 metres for up to an hour. This makes it the perfect case to protect from water splashes at the beach or by the pool.
If you are heading out on a boat trip to explore the local islands, sun cream, snacks and camera are just a few of the essentials you may want to pack beforehand. If you don’t want to waste time worrying about your goodies as the speedboat bounces across the Andaman Sea or Gulf of Siam make sure to pack them in a sensible waterproof backpack. Overboard’s wide range of waterproof bags and cases spoil traveller’s for choice and its latest range of Waterpoof Pro-Sports backpacks are something special. Made of ultra-lightweight environmentally friendly fabric, the bags can handle sudden submersions underwater and the bag will even float to the surface when sealed correctly – just in case you happen to lose it overboard.
Made for Walking
The mountainous jungle interior of islands like Koh Samui are famed for their spectacular waterfalls. Even for a short waterfall trek, it is important to invest in footwear that is comfortable, supportive and resistant to a little bit of light paddling. Merell’s Pulsate Men’s Walking Shoes allow guys to take on tough terrain in utter comfort, knowing that the M Select Dry waterproofing is going to keep their feet dry. The protective rubber toe cap and eyelet lacing make for a perfectly snug fit.
If you thought jelly shoes were a thing of the past, think again. This season, jellies are back and none are more eye-catching than Love Moschino’s Heart Bow Red Jelly Flat Sandals. Not only are these striking jellies practical for an afternoon of outdoor fun; their embellished bow detail vivid colour also gives them a playful style to match your holiday wardrobe. As versatile as they are comfortable, these jellies are perfect for trips to the beach, a strolls around the market and even cocktails at your local beach bar.