Packing for a scuba diving travel is as tedious as the diving mission itself. For a serious dive mission, it is vital to bring regulators, dive computers, buoyancy compensators, wetsuits, masks, fins and other scuba gear necessary — as well as their backups and batteries. Stuffing these arsenals into a fleet of dive bags and roller bags can be a conundrum. Fortunately, we have gathered these paramount guide from expert divers on how to legitimately do it:
1.Wrap your mask
The best way to take this space-consuming hard case is to wrap it with clothes before packing it into the bag. Not only will it protect the lenses of the mask from scratches, it will also put the space for your clothing into good use. It is also essential to invest on your own mask as a diver who travels; rental masks that leak may ruin your whole dive travel.
2.Keep regulator on your hand carry
This is your own air delivery system. Do not disassemble the first and second stage, keep them together to keep them tight. Wrapping it in a soft cloth or padded bag for cushion will only consume more space. It is highly encouraged to keep it in your hand carry because you would not want your life support equipment being thrown around in airports.
3.Use wet suit as padding
Maximize the function of your wetsuit and use it as a padding for your regulator or mask. This is a very personal essential and you might not want to consider renting this from dive centers. Choosing a wetsuit that perfectly fits your anatomy and morphology, and the type and temperature of water you are diving is extremely significant.
4.Turn fins to storages
Fill the holes of your fins with small items like batteries and seal them with socks to save room.
Fins can be put along the sides of the bag. They should fit comfortably without bending. Check out the Mares X-Stream, the lightest full-size fin (.7kg) with a good kicking power.
5.Lay buoyancy compensator at bottom of bag
BC’s take up a lot of space when you are packing. Make sure that all of the air is out, and then lay your BCD on the bottom of the gear bag, flattened out and centered in the bag.
- Pack your dive knife in your checked luggage. It is not allowed aboard the plane.
- Keep your dive computers and cameras in your carry-on bag.
- Bring a mesh bag with you.
- Don’t forget your accessories such as gloves, dive lights, and save-a-dive-kit.
- Don’t forget your sunscreen and medications in case you catch seasickness!
Travelling with dive gear and packing them is not the easiest task — but it will all definitely pay off after the dive.