Ziploc All Your Electronics Before Every Trip

Good day,

It’s Friday and the sun is rising behind me, I know this as the glare on the screen is becoming problematic. That said, just glad I still HAVE A SCREEN. When you’re traveling, a tip that is often overlooked is wrapping your gear in zip lock bags. Ever thought of that? Maybe, I sure didn’t…

The photo above is on Big Corn Island. On the panga from El Rama to Bluefields, it began raining and naturally, I began stressing. Then things really got wet on the cargo ship from Bluefields / Bluff to Corn Islands. When I say got wet, I mean I left my bag somewhere, woke up in a rain storm and everything was soaked.

My laptop got so wet that I had to empty the entire bag, open up the laptop, remove the water with tissue then let the sun do it’s thing. When you arrive to one of the most remote locations you’ve ever been, plan on staying and your laptop is soaking wet it’s terrifying. Maybe not terrifying but really, really scary if you’re a web type. Also waited 8 hours to even turn the laptop on, when I saw the power come it was a feeling so divine I can’t explain it any further.

All this could have been avoided had I packed large Ziploc freezer bags to cover my electronics. You often see people with a small zip lock when going on a boat with their camera. If you’re traveling and getting wet / long boat trips may be in the cards, wrap up the gear – you’ll be thankful.

So yes, today’s travel tip is to always make sure your electronics are protected, you never know when they’ll get drenched but I assure you that if / when it happens you’ll be thankful. The whole ” I think my computer is dead ” meme sorta clouded my experience on the last part of the trip for no reason.

Tips hat,


  1. Dr.M

    April 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Simple comment but effective.I will keep it in mind, especially considering that one of my big wishes in the year of solo trip I embarked recently is learning to sail in the Caribbean. I wonder if you can give some tips on which portable hard drive is best suited to travelling (considering both price and quality if possible). I will wonder around a bit longer tonight, just in case you actually already posted about this issue. Thanks for another great advice!

  2. Hill

    June 7, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks for this information about zip lock. Me and my bf were also went for a long trip last day as it was a sunny day and while returning back it started raining, his laptop was not soaking wet but it didn’t turned on in the night so now he is drying it up in sun , opened up each and every single part and I am searching the online solution. Hah..

  3. Carlo Cretaro

    September 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm


    Good idea regarding the ziploc bags. Can’t take a chance with electronics that’s for sure. A simple yet effective tip. Nice one.

    • Rob

      September 13, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Got this tip from a dude who had been traveling 7 years, he puts EVERYTHING in zip locks and divides the stuff up like shirts, shorts, socks blah.

  4. Alicia

    January 31, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Um, yes a soaking wet laptop is terrifying!! Or hard drive.. I can’t even imagine. Great tip.. I’ve never done this before but something tells me it could be crucial in certain environments.

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