Quick Camping Tip: Invest in a Top Quality Watertight Case

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Camping & Survival

Cheaper Than Dirt! Quick Camping Tip Originally purchased for a floating trip down the Guadalupe River in Central Texas, my Pelican 1040 Micro Case is by far one of the most valuable pieces of camping equipment I own. A watertight case protects essential survival gear from the elements and accidental falls in the water.

Picture shows a clear watertight case with black foam lining inside.

The Pelican 1015 Micro Case is by far one of the most valuable piece of camping equipment I own.

Keep fire starter, lighters and tinder—as well as cell phones, driver’s license, keys, bank cards, cash, prescription medicine and a GPS—in watertight cases. The Micro Case’s interior dimensions—6.50 by 3.87 by 1.75 inches—hold essentials with room to spare.

Because of the case’s durability, it goes virtually anywhere. I have stashed it in a cooler full of ice, stuck it in between rock crevices and carried it on boats.

You never know when weather will turn ugly or if your tent will leak. Taking a watertight case on every camping trip means I can secure my cell phone from damage, keep keys from being misplaced and my lighter dry.

Depending on the size of your family and its needs, Pelican makes its watertight, crush-proof and floating cases in a variety of sizes from 57-inch-long rifle cases to iPhone cases. I am certain you will find one for your needs.

Is there a specific item you picked up for a one-time trip that is now an essential piece of your camping gear? Tell us what it is and why in the comments section.


Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (2)

  • Bill from Boomhower, Texas


    Good idea Suzanne, not just for camping, but anywhere you can think of, where you might need to keep essentials close at hand in the elements. Extra small parts on a tractor, in a boat, a cashe left hidden in the woods, just to name a few. A small bungy cord with the hooks bent closed will keep it from walking away too. I also like Hank’s idea. Desicant is probably a good addition as well to prevent moisture. How ’bout it? Anybody else got any good ideas?


  • Hank Alvarez


    If you had given us an approximate cost I might have considered it but Pelican and a few other brands were pretty pricey the last time I looked for what you get. After teaching SCUBA for about ten years and being around the water all the time I found a couple of heavy duty, double zippered Zip Lock quart size sandwich bags, one inside the other, worked just as well. Being soft sided they packed a lot easier and they worked well as long as you didn’t try to take it underwater. They protected my phone, wallet and anything else i wanted to keep dry.


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