6 Packing tips for a dive trip

Postado dia 3 de agosto de 2016

Whether you are an enthusiastic new diver (congratulations if you are!) or an experienced hard core one, sometimes we may absentmindedly miss out on important things to bring when packing for a dive trip.

This post is to summarise a shortlist for you and I welcome comments and suggestions if you wish to add to the list:

Please note that my shortlist excludes the dive equipment that you may own as you can easily rent from the shop if you forget to bring them. And of course other obvious that you usually bring on a trip..

  • Dive certification card

This is very important as the card indicates your level of proficiency. Forgetting your card may result in getting yourself and the dive centre into an uncomfortable situation.ccard2

It will be extremely disappointing if you cannot dive because of this and most dive centres will not want to stand in your way from you having fun.

Especially if your trip is solely a dive trip, barring yourself from diving not only makes the entire trip meaningless, watching your friends having all the fun and exchanging dive adventures really sucks.

However, safety is the most important priority for every dive centre and a top class reputable centre will never want to jeopardise that.

I am certain you will not want to be restricted to just exploration dives but want to go for your night dives and drift dives as well!

  • Sunscreen/ Aloe Vera cream

While enjoying the sun, it is important to cover yourself with lotsa sunscreen with high SPF. I usually apply sunscreen of SPF 50 so that I will not suffer from burns or look like a pink crab the next day.

It definitely hurts gearing up or putting on the wetsuit when the skin (especially the shoulders and neck) is burnt. I will suggest a minimum of SPF 30.

Maybe worth investing in some aloe vera cream to apply on your already burnt skin as damage control to cool it down.

It is not wussy at all to apply sunscreen or to put in efforts to take care of the largest organ of the human body.

This will prevent ageing and the likelihood of developing skin cancer or pigmentation so you can enjoy more diving!


  • Extra plastic bab

plastic-bagOne of the most irritating part of diving is getting into the tight wetsuit. A cold wet one, unlikely to be dry after diving the previous day, makes the entire experience uncomfortable.

Because of the “high friction” property of rubber, it make sliding the limbs into the respective parts of the suit difficult.giphy-1

One tip if therefore to put your
foot into a plastic bag first, before putting it into the wetsuit. The lubricant properties of plastic (plastic is a polymer made from crude oil) makes sliding your limbs into the wetsuit very much easier.

You may then remove the plastic bag after your limbs slide through and come out from the opening.

As plastic bags are usually flimsy and tears easily, you should bring some spare.

  • Sunglasses

Besides looking cool, it helps to protect your eyes from the reflective glares and strong head winds while travelling to dive sites.

May be worth investing in a strap so you can hang them around your neck to prevent your glasses from falling into the sea!


  • Photography equipment

If you are an avid diver, don’t forget your strobe lights and casing to water proof your camera. The charger for the camera battery is very important as well!


  • Your dive log!

I have given up recording my dives however I do know of people who still conscientiously update their logbook after every dive, attach photos of their dive guides and buddies.

There are people out there who make it a hobby to collect stamps from dive centres!

You may of course easily purchase a new one from the dive centre if you forget.


I hope you find the list useful.

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Enjoy diving!!


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