It can seem like an impossible task deciding which equipment and accessories you need to pack for a diving holiday. You need to remember too that the airline will only allow a certain amount of baggage weight per passenger. Remember, you don’t need to take everything as you will be able to rent equipment at your destination.
Make a Packing List
It is a good idea to make your own packing list and take it with you. This way you will be unlikely to miss anything when you pack to return home. You do not want to be leave equipment behind at your resort.
All of the resorts have dive centres that will rent out equipment. Most dive centres offer free rental equipment if you undertake a course with them. Almost every dive centre includes the cost of a tank and a weight belt/weights in the cost of the dive. If you are unsure what can be rented at your chosen dive school, contact them before you leave and ask. You may well be surprised.
Items to Think About Including
Whilst not all of these are necessary items to take, you might want to think about using this list as a guide:
- BCD (Buoyancy Control Device or Vest)
- Dive Computer
- Diving Watch
- Fins (and Boots)
- Emergency First Aid Kit
- Dive Light
- Kit Bag
- Underwater Photography Equipment
- Mask and Snorkel
- SPG Pressure Gauge
- Log Book
- Certification Cards
- Travel Insurance Documents
- Medical Forms
- Slate & Pencil
- Padlock for Dive Locker
It Doesn’t All Have to Fit in Your Case
This list is just a breakdown of what you need. It is a sample packing list for a scuba diving vacation. Many of these items can be rented at your resort. Remember, you also have to fit your ordinary clothes and usual holiday items in your suitcase too! When you are making a packing list for a scuba diving vacation, remember to use your hand luggage as storage too.
Use Your Hand Luggage Allowance
Smaller items can be included in your hand luggage. Insurance documents, certification cards and your log book will take up little room in carry on luggage. Also remember to pack spare batteries, O rings and other small spares like fin straps.
Items You Can Rent
Most items can be rented, but if you can take your own wetsuit and mask you should. It’s a good idea to pack your own personal dive essentials and rent the bulkier items. Don’t try and carry everything as it will cost a fortune in excess baggage charges.
Items You Can Rent at the Resort
The following items can definitely be rented at almost all dive destinations:
- Air Tanks
- Diving Weights
Remember Your Travel Insurance
DO NOT leave home without your insurance documentation. Make sure you have bought the right type of insurance for your holiday, and check everything before you leave home. Many standard travel insurance providers do not cover scuba diving, so double check your policy. A mistake could prove to be very expensive.