What To Pack For Your Scuba Vacation
You have planned your dream scuba diving vacation and you leave in a week. You’re excited, but a sense of dread hits you because you don’t know what to bring.
Scuba diving requires quite a bit of equipment and forgetting anything you can supply on you own can be frustrating if you have to rent it on-site. Sometimes the gear you’re forced to rent doesn’t fit right, or is much more expensive than you hoped.
With the limited space restrictions for bags on airplanes, you might think it’s an ok idea to pack light. However, there is some scuba diving gear you’ll just want to bring along. Here are some things to keep in mind.
Bring The Basics
When packing for a scuba vacation you should figure out what you can take. You only have two bags plus a smaller 3rd bag. How can you make everything fit? It’s really about bringing the most basic equipment.
You can forgo bringing your dive tank and weights with you for obvious reasons. Not only are they much to heavy to take on a plane, but they should be included in the price of your diving trip. Instead, focus on this list of essentials.
Bring your own:
You might not have room for everything on this list, but even one or two things in your suitcase will save you from high rent costs and wearing gear that doesn’t quite fit.
Surprisingly a wetsuit might fit better than you think. Take out a few sweaters and sub in this instead.
You will want to look into what the weather and water temperature will be where you are going. There is no need to bring a thick wetsuit if the water is going to be above 85 degrees, and you may not want to be stuck in a shorty in cold water.
Your own wetsuit will fit you just right and is a smart thing to bring if you tend to get cold easily in the water. If you don’t have an issue with the water temperature, then it might be worth renting one to save room in your bags.
Regulator and BCD
Your BCD and regulator are lifesavers and worth buying. The regulator is by far the most important piece of gear you have for diving, and using your own BCD will make you more comfortable. In addition these two pieces of equipment are two of the most expensive items to have to rent, so having your own will save you a decent amount of money.
Fins can be put in your bags as extra padding to protect more delicate equipment. Having to rent a pair that doesn’t fit can cause painful blisters to form, so if you intend to rent make sure you bring your own boots to wear.
Mask and Snorkel
It is always a good idea to bring a mask and snorkel even if you aren’t planning on scuba diving since they can be used for snorkelling on any beach and they weigh very little. You’ll need to research ahead of time and find out if the diving company carries snorkels, or expects you to bring your own. However, it’s rare that a company won’t have snorkels as part of their excursions.
Last Things to Consider
Make sure to weigh your bags before you depart to ensure you are within the airline’s allowed weight. Some airlines will allow passengers travelling with full dive equipment extra weight for their bags, but you will need to find out before you purchase your ticket. Otherwise you could be stuck having to spend a lot more money to bring the extra equipment with you.