Ever found yourself in a remote location without your wallet? Best have a checklist. Here are a few checklist items and travel tips that will be indispensable on your next diving holiday.
Shoes & Socks – Protect your toes from clumsy travellers, falling bags or sticky stuff on the floor.
Sandals – useful in monsoons when you don’t want to destroy your Gucci’s.
Underwear – At least 1 pair for each day, please.
Shorts – Bring at least 2 pairs, depending on your ability to control your bladder when diving, and preferably ones that are quick to dry.
Formal wear – You’ll want something dressy for an evening out, when visiting a sacred place, or bribing the local authorities.
Sweater or sweatshirt – Because aeroplanes get cold, and tropical nights can be cool.
Bathing suits / swimming trunks – Bring at least 3 and make sure the colours match your dive gear.
Hat / baseball cap -You’ll feel much better without heatstroke and your scalp beetroot colour.
Dive gear – Comes in useful on a diving holiday. If you’re taking your own equipment make sure you get it serviced / checked before you go. Make sure that you wetsuit is appropriate for the waters in which you are going to dive. There’s nothing worse than freezing your arse off if the water’s colder than you planned for. If you’re over the baggage weight limit, don’t be shy, put some extra layers of clothing on, repack you regulator in your hand luggage and stick your ankle weights in your jacket pockets. That should do the trick.
Insect repellent – Going somewhere that has lots of insects? Probably. Mosquito bites can look unsightly after picking at them and then diving in tropical waters a few times. Malaria is even worse!
Swiss army knife – Make sure all knives are checked in, unless you fancy the prospect of a full cavity search prior to departure! And don’t go waving it around in mid-flight, Mr. Bean-like, that will only gain unwanted attention.
Address book – So you can send postcards or email, or to show your fellow passengers that you do have friends.
Day pack – To carry stuff, including your excess luggage
Reading book – Quality English language book shops are few and far between in foreign countries, so if you want to read something other than Danielle Steele or John Grisham, bring your own.
Plastic bags – Garbage bags are helpful for dirty laundry, if you get stuck on a rainy runway or have to pack your gear wet.
Sticky tape – It has millions of uses, so bring a small roll.
Power adapter – If you are going abroad, check ahead for specifics.
Moist towels or anti-bacterial hand cleanser – Clean hands are a great way to stay healthy and avoid eye infections.
Tuk Tuk driver repellent – er, no, that’s enough for now, our safety can no longer be guaranteed…
Travelling is fun and a fabulous way to learn about the world. There are lots of places to dive around the globe and every destination offers something special to see. When you are planning and packing for your trip, the suggestions mentioned here are good things to remember but, of course, your packing should be personalised to where you are going and how long you’re going for. Good luck, have a great trip, and don’t forget to send us copies of your prize winning scuba photos.