How Do You Keep Valuables Safe At The Beach?

Keep Valuables Safe At The Beach

Going to the beach is great, but keeping valuables safe at the beach or in the water proves to be challenging.  I found a few ways that have worked for me in the past and researched a few more that will help. 

How do you keep valuables safe at the beach?  Take it swimming with you by using waterproof pouches and bags.  Also, add a GPS tracker for bikes and other valuables.  Additionally, you can use security cameras to secure your campsite.

Don’t worry about how to keep stuff safe at the beach again.  Follow my suggestions and relax and enjoy your time at the beach.

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Let’s Keep Valuables Safe At The Beach

Keeping Personal Belongings Secure

When going for a swim or other water activities, there are items you need to take to the beach, but you don’t want to get wet:

  • Wallet or Purse
  • Cell Phone
  • Car Keys
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Water and Snacks

There are a few things you can do to keep your valuables safe.  You can bring them with you, leave them in the car or secure them.  Here are some ideas.

Waterproof bags

Taking Your Things With You In The Water

If you came in your car, then you can naturally secure these items in the trunk of your car or under your seat and out of sight.  But, what about cash cards keys and phone?  How about if you want to be free to carry your personal valuables into the water and want to dry off and walk down the beach?  Or kayak or snorkel?

Take it with you while swimming and keep your stuff dry.   Carry all your things: cash, credit cards,  keys, and phone and even enjoy a snack later without having to come back to your car or motorcycle.

Get a waterproof pouch or bag with the following features:

  • Get one that is sealed to keep your stuff totally dry, even underwater. You should be able to go swimming or snorkeling and not get any water in the pouch
  • It is recommended to get one around 9 x 6 inches to allow for your phone, cash, cards, keys, and phone
  • The cost for these varies from $12 – $20.

Get a dry bag with the following features:

  • Get one that is water sealed to keep your stuff totally dry, even underwater.
  • This offers larger sizes that you may use during your water activities such as kayaking, canoeing, boating, and swimming. Most of these are tear-resistant and float.
  • They come in 2 liters, 5 liters, 10 liters, and 20 liters to allow for as much as you want to carry including your cash, cards, keys and phone, towels and shoes depending on size.
  • These are available in sets for around $15 – $50

Other options include a waterproof beach bag or a fanny pack.

Sonia travel’s “Travel tips: How to keep valuables safe at the beach” is the video I found for good ideas for securing your things at the beach.

Locking Down The Camp Site

You bring valuable items and keep them all around your campsite.  So, that makes it hard to leave unattended.  Tents, generators, chairs, canopies, and tarps are the most common.  These tips will give you peace of mind when you are away from your campsite and enjoying the beach. For tents and canopies, the best way to deter theft is to prevent it from collapsing or breaking down. This means to avoid tents with collapsible tent poles.  There are plenty that uses pre-attached tent poles that unfold and extend with prefab joints.  

Coleman instant tents are a good example.

Tent collapse joints

Secure generators, air conditioners and heaters in your vehicle, camper or RV using cable or chain locks when in use and securing in a trailer, truck or RV when not in use.

Security Cameras
There are excellent cameras that monitor inside your vehicle, RV or camper that are motion activated.  These can also be positioned to record the campsite with alerts sent to your phone.


  • I was not able to find a slash-resistant tent.  But, you can still make sure the zippers for vents and doors have a hole to slip a lock.  So, this will allow you to secure the doors.
  • Use luggage locks with loops and for each zippered entrance and window.
  • Keep a footlocker for the more valuable camping accessories and keep inside the tent. Also, a good padlock will secure it
  • There are sand anchors and a P-lock that will make it harder to steal.  But in the sand, these can be difficult to remove.
P-lock Secure Tie Down
P-lock Secure Tie Down 2


  • You can also use orange screws and P-lock.
  • Secure with a cable lock to your vehicle.
  • You can get these in sets for around $15 – $30.
orange screw

Securing Your Camper

Park the camper pointing away from the road.  Camper security starts with how and where you park your camper trailer. The best way to park to to make it difficult and inconvenient to attach the hitch to a truck.  This can be done by parking with the hitch away from the road and turn it around and then move it close to an obstacle.  A would-be thief would need to spend time and require help to adjust it for hitching.

Use a hitch lock and a wheel chuck lock. This will prevent both the hitching of the trailer and one of the trailer wheels from turning.

Securing Items
Install a safe for storing valuables in the camper into the floor or interior wall.  A footlocker with a padlock is a good alternative.  Cable lock each to the trailer or make sure they are too heavy to carry off.

Install Security System
Install a security system inside the camper and motion detector lights on the outside.  You can add security installed professionally or purchase as a package with the camper.  Motion detector floodlights are a good deterrent for opportunistic thieves and nocturnal animals.

Keeping Your Fishing Gear Safe

Fishing rods, tackle boxes, ice chests, and other gear are subject to theft when left unattended.  This could be at your campsite, by your vehicle or at the pier. I have had good luck throughout the years temporarily leaving my fishing tackle unattended while at a pier.  Sometimes I would get down to the end of the end and watch someone bring in a large shark. But, fishing alone at a pier where I am not so familiar with, I would take a few precautions before leaving my gear alone. There are several convenient ways to fasten down your fishing gear to keep it safe.

Securing Your Fishing Rods At Campsite or Vehicle

  • Lockdown rods to the rod holders on the front bumper of your truck, Jeep or RV
  • Break down rods and lock inside your car or truck
  • Fasten inside the tonneau cover of your truck
  • Use a looped rope to secure along the roof inside your vehicle
Looprope inside suv

Securing Your Fishing Rods At The Pier

  • Interweave a cable lock around the poles and the tackle box with the pier
  • Tie bungee cords around the rods and tied off to the pier
  • Use a bicycle U-lock around the rods and attach to the pier
  • Apply luggage loop locks on the rods

Fastening Down Your Bikes

Bicycle theft is one of the most common and can be easy to prevent. Here are a few tips to keep your ride secure.

Securing Your Bike
Use a U-lock to secure the frame, but you will still require additional cable locks to protect the wheels. Chain locks are good to lock the wheels to the frame of the bike.  Additionally, you have the option to fasten to a truck bumper.  Install an anchor to a truck bed in which you can tie down cable and chain locks

GPS Security Tools
Install a GPS tracking device.  This can be used to also track ATVs, motorcycles or bicycles.

Spot Trace

Spot Trace can be attached to any valuable object and tracked providing email, text and phone alerts.  Requires a service agreement


SIGTUNA U-lock and cable lock combination

Sherlock GPS

Sherlock anti-theft GPS tracker for bicycles.  Requires a subscription.


How can you keep valuables safe at the beach?  By following these tips.  There are various tools and accessories you can use to keep track of your things.  Also, changing your habits and keeping things secured can prevent distressful losses.  Early planning can make keeping your valuables safe a lot easier.

Tracy Villarreal

Tracy Villarreal is a seasoned fisherman, kayaker, beach camper, and general beach enthusiast. He has written about it both personally and professionally since 2018.

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