Cheap Smartphone Protection

Cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts: Do you need some cheap rain, sweat, and dirt protection for your smartphone? There are expensive waterproof pouches available, but I found a cheap alternative that will keep sweat and the elements away from your phone while riding, hiking, or doing other outdoor activities.

Kroger Home Sense brand “Portion Control Snack Bags” are big enough to hold smartphones with screens smaller than five inches, have a double zip closure, and are clear on one side for easy use of the phone through the bag. The two pull tabs for the closure are offset enough that the bag can be opened with lightweight gloves on if needed, though most phones will be fully usable inside the bag. Photo quality may suffer a bit, but as long as printing on the bag doesn't cover the camera lens, you should be able to take decent photos through the bag.

These are not super durable, but they hold up surprisingly well against keys and other objects with which they would typically share a jersey pocket.

Front view of a smartphone inside a small zipper-closure bag

Front view of a smartphone in one of the portion control snack bags.

Back view of a smartphone inside a small zipper-closure bag showing the printing on the bag

Back view of a smartphone in one of the portion control snack bags. On this phone the printing on the bag does not cover the camera lens.