Whether you are working out or dressing up for a formal occasion, there’s not always a guarantee that your outfit will allow for pockets. One option, of course, is to leave your phone and other belongings at home, but this isn’t always possible. For instance, if you are going for a long run or bike ride, you’ll want to take your phone so you can listen to music, use GPS, or call for help if you get stranded. Having secure spots to put keys, cash, driver’s licenses, and other important belongings is also important even in no-pocket outfits.
Luckily, no pockets are not a problem! With these clever ways to carry your phone with no pockets, you will be able to keep your phone on your person at all times—even if the pair of sweatpants or the dress you are wearing doesn’t provide pockets.
If you need a spot to stow your phone during a workout, an armband or sports case for your device is a smart investment. As you will see if you search “iPhone armband” or “Samsung Galaxy armband” on Amazon.com, these products tend to be both highly rated and inexpensive. Since there has been so much competition in the armband market over the past decade—first with iPods and then with smartphones—you will have no problem getting a high quality, fully functional product for a bargain basement price.
In addition to providing you with a place to stow your phone while you work out, exercise armbands are also great because they make it easy to listen to music during a run. Some jogging armbands even come with extra features, like small pockets to conceal a car or house key.
Try out a Shoulder Holster
At e-Holster, we pride ourselves on designing an array of unique phone carrying solutions. Particularly unique are our shoulder holsters, which provide a way for you to get your stuff “off your belt” and “out of your pockets.” Our shoulder holsters are designed as “carry all” solutions. In other words, our cases are spacious enough to store your wallet, your keys, your phone, and anything else you might tend to carry around with you on a daily basis. We even have holster cases designed to carry tablets, perfect for the iPad owner who doesn’t want to lug around a backpack or messenger bag.
Our shoulder holsters aren’t meant for running or exercise: if that’s what you’re looking for, try our brand new double-pouch running belt. However, for business or travel, a shoulder holster easily beats your pockets as a place to carry and secure your belongings.
Go for a Fanny Pack Alternative
By now, a fanny pack is essentially a punch line, a tragically unhip accessory that every stereotypical American tourist keeps wrapped around his or her waist at all times. Still, while fanny packs are often derided for how they look, there’s no denying their convenience. A small satchel that clips around your waist and provides you with a spot to securely carry the items you would normally put in your pockets? That description sounds like precisely what most people reading this article are probably looking for!
Luckily for you, there are several popular alternatives that take the basic fanny pack waist-carry model, but tweak it with more attractive and socially acceptable designs. One of the most popular fanny pack alternatives is the FlipBelt. Designed as a “tubular waist pack,” the FlipBelt allows you to store belongings all the way around your waist. Your phone might slip into a pocket near your hip, while your driver’s license might be tucked away in a rear pocket. And so on and so forth.
Made from micro poly and lycra, the FlipBelt is stretchy enough to accommodate a bunch of stuff and durable enough to last. The materials are also soft and comfortable, designed to wick away sweat and dry quickly. Since the FlipBelt is tubular, there are no buckles or fasteners like what you might expect with a more traditional fanny pack or belt. As a result, the FlipBelt is generally acclaimed for not having the chafing issues that many fitness belt products do.
You may also want to consider the e-Holster waist pouch. Once you stow your belongings in one of the expandable pockets, you simply buckle the two straps together around your waist to ensure nothing is going to fall out in the middle of a run or bike ride.
Since women generally have to deal with more no-pockets situations than men, it’s only fair that some of the cleverest and most innovative phone-carrying solutions are designed with ladies in mind. Case-in-point is the JoeyBra, a bra designed with convenient side pockets for carrying your phone, credit cards, driver’s license, car keys, or cash. Hailed as a genius innovation by everyone from Forbes to The Huffington Post, the JoeyBra is the perfect investment for women who don’t want to have to carry a purse with them everywhere they go. The bra is available in both “Sport” and “Fashion” versions.
Another innovative solution—this one for both genders—is the RooSport. A simplistic phone pouch with magnetic fasteners, the RooSport attaches to your shorts, bathing suit, or shirt like a magnetic name badge would. The magnets are powerful enough to hold even when you are carrying heavier plus-sized phones. Just make sure not to use one of these pouches for carrying an older iPod or any device that uses a hard drive. Hard drives and magnets don’t mix, and the RooSport doesn’t solve that particular problem.
Pockets and purses are usually fine places to store your phone. However, if you’re heading out for a run or spending the day at the beach, you won’t necessarily have either of those things. Any of the above solutions can give you a convenient and secure place to carry your phone with no pockets.