Dubai, UAE

Phone Tether: How to Not Lose Your Phone

Forrest Mallard

This summer, I invested a bit more in a phone with one of the best-reviewed cameras available. This camera is so good, it meant that I could leave all of my other camera equipment at home and travel with this little bugger in my pocket. If I lost it, it would ruin the entire trip, so I had to create something to stop that from happening.

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MANY LOST PHONES

Two years ago, while on vacation, I lost two phones.

They weren’t stolen or misplaced. In both instances, I left them on a cross-country bus, when the bus driver woke me up and told me I had arrived in the city I was traveling to. In that moment of delirium, I grabbed my bags and rushed off the bus as to not inconvenience any other passengers.

Just seconds later, after the bus had continued its journey, I realized what I had done and the day was ruined.

This summer, I invested a bit more in a phone with one of the best-reviewed cameras available. This camera is so good, it meant that I could leave all of my other camera equipment at home and travel with this little bugger in my pocket.

BUT WHAT IF I LOST IT!!??

It was quite annoying before when I had left my phones costing a few hundred dollars on the bus, but this new phone had a price tag of over one-thousand dollars. Losing that in the middle of a trip would be absolutely devastating. I could leave it on a bus again, or just forget it in some crazy country after drinking too much of their exotic local liquor.

The anxiety of losing the phone, along with all of the photos and videos stored on it, would be massive and constant.

You can’t lose something if you strap it to yourself though, and I created a way to tether the phone to myself and this allowed me to get rid of all of the worries, and simply enjoy my time.

I had seriously expected to be ridiculed and laughed at, having my phone strapped to my belt-loop, but exactly the opposite happened. People actually loved it and everyone thought it was an amazing idea. Now I have other friends saying they are going to copy the idea so they don’t lose their phone on their own travel adventures.

Now, my 5-month travel/adventure is over, and I have never come close to losing my phone and never had to worry about losing my phone.

So now I am just going to share this with the world.

SOLUTION FOR LOSING CELLPHONES

THE PHONE TETHER

1. Get a phone case with a rough surface
(This one had a faux suede.)
2. Super-glue a phone-holder with a ring to the phone case.
(Do not rely on the glue on the back of the phone holder. Definitely use super-glue!)
3. Get either a chain, expanding keychain, or some kind of bungee cable and clip this to the phone-holder.
4. Get a carabiner of some sort to easily clip to your belt-loop or belt.
5. Before you walk out the door, clip this thing on and only take it off if you have to.

ADDED BONUS TO SAVING YOUR PHONE

Now I can take photos, holding the phone out of the car window, over water on a bridge or boat, etc. The anxiety of dropping it is gone.

ENJOY!

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