Packing for your amazing dive vacation is easy. So many of our new divers have overwhelming feelings when it is time to pack for their dive adventure. Well I have always joked that I should teach a packing for a trip class, so how about a packing blog post instead?
Now this does assume that you own or are renting gear for your trip. Otherwise you wouldn’t be worrying about it and just over pack as usual.
Packing Tip 1: Your fins should go on the side of your bag. This creates a very stable and protective side walls.
Packing Tip 2: BCD goes on the bottom with the tank pad down. Again this will create a more stable and protective bag.
Packing Tip 3: Take half of what you think you will need for the week. Unless you are traveling first class or just want to spend extra money on that overweight or extra bag, you really don’t need a fresh outfit for every day. Here is what I usually pack; 2 or 3 pair of swim wear, 4 pairs of shorts, 3 t-shirts and 4 collared shirts. Ladies might want to add 2 cover ups or wraps. I will also pack 1 pair of flip flops in my main bag. That is all; after all we are going to the islands. If we are going somewhere that has a fancy dress code, then I will toss in a pair of slacks (I probably am not going if they require that).
Packing Tip 4: Wetsuit goes on top. It helps protect everything and is a nice cushion for that rum bottle.
Packing Tip 5: Mask, camera and regulator are in my backpack along with a light jacket/golf pullover, an extra t-shirt, shorts and bathing suit. Add in a micro fiber towel that can act as a pillow or blanket on the plane and I am ready for the islands.
See you at the airport