Try to keep your phone camera and camera equipment away from heat.
- If you are outside on a hot day, try to keep equipment out of direct sunlight when not in use and toss a towel over the camera.
- Take your camera with you instead of leaving it in the car or the trunk.
Water is damaging as well.
- Leave camera equipment in the bag until you are really ready to shoot.
- Use a filter and lens hood.
- Wipe it down with a clean dry towel/sweatshirt/t-shirt if it gets hit by moisture.
- Cell phone pouches (see image below) are super cheap. We've tried them. They work great!
- In a pinch at the beach, lake and swimming pool a Ziploc bag actually works for phones. OK, you can't talk into the phone but you can still type and scroll through the plastic!
Clean the lens.
- Use a dedicated lens cloth. If you are using the same cloth used on eyeglasses or sun glasses the oils from your skin will transfer to the lens.
- A washable multi-pack of cleaning clothes pretty much guarantees you will have one when you need one.
Always keep your camera away from sand and salt.
- Avoid changing the lens at the beach.
- Wipe camera equipment with a damp towel after time at the beach.
- Keep your bag off the sand. It's better up on a table or chair.
- Use the strap.
- Always change lens over a blanket or a camera bag. I learned the hard way thinking I had a firm grip on the camera body and lens and it slipped out of my hand....not good!
- If you think your camera has been exposed to sand or was dropped in the sand, turn it Off and take it to a camera specialty store for guidance.