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How to Keep Your Stuff Safe at the Beach (Updated 2024)

Keeping your valuables safe at the beach is a greater concern today than ever.

Hey there fellow beach enthusiast! If you’re anything like me, you live for those sunny days by the ocean. Whether you’re planning a Greek Island adventure, a week by the pool in a Thai Resort, catching some waves in Cape Town, sipping wine on the islands of Croatia, or hitting the beaches of Maui, you want to enjoy your days laying out in the sand.

But let’s face it, keeping our valuables safe while we soak up the sun can sometimes be a bit nerve-wracking. Fear not! I’ve got some savvy tips to ensure your beach day is stress-free and all about the fun!

Beach in Thailand

In a time where we rarely leave the house without money and at least a smartphone, theft at the beach is a legitimate concern for summer travellers. So, let’s look at how to protect your stuff at the beach

beach umbrellas and blue ocean on a greek island, an anti theft beach bag will allow you to relax while in swimming.

For More Safe Travel Tips: Read Our Safe Travel Guide

Think about What Stuff You Need at the Beach

First things first, let’s talk about packing smart. Before I hit the beach, I always take a moment to think about what I really need. Do I need to bring my entire jewelry box? Probably not! I leave the bling at home and opt for only the essentials to minimize any worries about loss or theft.

For More Ideas on What to Pack: Read This Beach Vacation Packing List.

Organised beach in the Algarve Portugal. Do you worry about keeping your valuables safe at the beach?

The Beach is the Perfect Place for Thieves

Now, let’s get strategic about our beach game plan. Crowded beaches can be a hotbed for sneaky thieves, so it’s crucial to stay sharp. Keep your eyes peeled for any unusual distractions or disturbances around you. Trust me, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

And, it’s not just at the beach. Petty thieves target the poolside areas of resorts and beach clubs too.

So, how can you keep your valuables safe at the beach and make sure a relaxing day by the sea or pool is not ruined by thieves?

Here’s a look at some beach safety tips to help you keep your valuables safe on the beach as well as some of the best anti-theft beach bags and waterproof solutions for storing your valuables on the beach.

Invest in a Dry Bag to Keep Your Stuff Safe

One of my must-have beach accessories? A top-notch dry bag. Not only does it keep my belongings safe from any unexpected splashes, but it also gives me peace of mind when I decide to take a dip in the waves. Plus, it’s a total game-changer for keeping my stuff secure and dry.Some even have touch sensitivity so you can continue to use them in the water for taking photos, video or even calls.

waterproof dry bags

Most are relatively inexpensive starting at as little as $7. Just make sure you have the lanyard securely around your neck or wrist while you swim.

Surf boards against a tree at the beach. Keep Valuables safe at the beach with a beach security bag.
A waterproof beach bag that you can take into the water with you will reduce the chances of beach theft.

Get Yourself a Waterproof Smartphone Case

And for all you smartphone addicts out there (don’t worry, I’m guilty too!), a waterproof smartphone pouch is an absolute lifesaver. Imagine snapping Insta-worthy beach pics without worrying about water damage or sneaky thieves trying to swipe your phone. It’s a win-win!

waterproof phone case

Use an Anti-Theft Beach Bag

But wait, there’s more! Upgrade your beach gear with an anti-theft backpack, beach bag or a locking beach bag. These bad boys come equipped with nifty security features like slash-resistant straps and locking mechanisms. Talk about next-level beach safety!

anti theft beach bag

Make Sure Your Valuables are Being Watched

Did you know some thieves specialise in stealing beach bags and valuables from distracted people on the beach or, people who leave them unattended while swimming, or walking?

Always be mindful of where you place your belongings. I never leave my stuff unattended, and I always keep it within sight. And if I’m with friends, we take turns keeping watch over our gear. Safety in numbers, right?

Even people taking a quick nap while they sunbake are a prime target.

Beach thieves have a variety of ways of stealing valuables from beachgoers. The most common is to wander crowded beaches looking for unattended bags.

Thieves will be on the lookout for people heading to the water, leaving their belongings behind.

They will keep an eye on you and wait until you’re not facing the beach, or you are underwater to grab your stuff. You will be none the wiser until you return to your towel or lounge.

An anti-theft fanny pack or waist bag is also great for the beach. See our top picks for the most Stylish Anti Theft Fanny Packs and Waist Bags on the market.

A crowded beach of white umbrellas in Athens. Keep Valuables safe at the beach with a locking beach bag.
Stay safe from thieves on a crowded beach with an anti-theft beach bag.

Keep Stuff Safe at the Beach by Taking Turns

Even if you are using beach safe containers of some description, taking it in turns to watch your gear is always a good idea at the beach. It’s a great deterrent for would-be thieves. 

If you’re heading to the beach in a group, take it in turns to have someone in the group keep an eye on your gear while you go swimming.

This isn’t always ideal if you are only a couple or on your own.

Be Mindful of Where You Place Your Bags

Remember; if you are at the beach in a group, or even as a couple, keep your bags to the centre of the group rather than around the perimeter where they are an easy target for snatch and run thieves.  A bag with a lock is also handy.

Consider secret hiding containers, under towels or buried in the sand, however, a beach security bag is a better option.

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Get a Portable Beach Safe

For that extra layer of security, consider investing in a portable beach safe.

It’s like having a personal bodyguard for your valuables!

These compact safes are a game-changer for keeping your stuff safe and sound while you dive into the waves or lounge on your beach towel.

Four Best Beach Safes

Lewis N. Clark Waterproof Portable Safe

Lewis N. Clark Safebox Portable Safe with Anti Theft Combination Lock and Slash Resistant Material to Protect Wallet, iPhone and Valuables at the Beach, Pool, Camping + Hotel, Large
  • Great for travel and the beach
  • Cut-Resistant
  • 3-digit resettable combination lock (no key)
  • Secure it to any stationary object
  • Durable multi-layer construction
  • Heavy-duty, easily packable, flexible, and waterproof
  • 3 Sizes, large will fit large tablet plus additional items.
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Pacsafe Travelsafe X15 Anti-Theft Portable Safe

Pacsafe Travelsafe X15 Anti-Theft Portable Safe, Hawaiian Blue
  • Our top pick for travel and the beach.
  • It can be locked to a secure fixture to protect your valuables.
  • Folds flat for easy packing when not in use.
  • 360-degree exomesh stainless steel wire meshes embedded into poly canvas fabric to help prevent thieves from breaking into safe.
  • TSA approved a three-dial combination lock to secure stainless steel cable to a fixture.
  • Large enough for up to a 15-inch laptop, tablet, camera, jewellery, and other small items.
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SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe

SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe with Key and Combination Access (White)
  • This portable safe ranks high for its quality, convenience affordability and durability.
  • Indoor and outdoor lock box safe with 3-digit custom combination code + key access.
  • Heavy-duty 17 inch adjustable steel cable locks securely around almost any fixed object.
  • Adjustable plug opening, so you can listen to music while your device is safely inside the box.
  • Rust-resistant, nickel-plated lock.
  • Lightweight ABS plastic is extremely durable, impact and water-resistant.
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Multi coloured beach huts on white sand in Cape Town. Keep Valuables safe at the beach with a lockable beach bag or beach safe.

Keep Your Valuables Out of Sight

And last but not least, when it comes to keeping your valuables safe at the beach, out of sight truly means out of mind for potential thieves.

Consider using a beach tent or umbrella to create a cozy spot for your belongings, shielding them from prying eyes as you soak up the sun. Alternatively, stash your valuables in a discreet spot under your beach towel or clothing when you’re not using them.

Remember, a little bit of ingenuity goes a long way in keeping your stuff safe and secure while you enjoy all the beach has to offer.

beach sign that reads "safeguard your valuables"

You can read more about the best anti-theft travel gear and tips for avoiding theft while you travel here.