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How to pack for Scuba trips

My father always said everyone should have lists for packing. Turns out, he was right!

After numerous trips of forgetting important or annoying items I started compiling a list, that still grows to this day. It's bizarre how many things one can forget to pack, to do, to prepare. Have a look at my video as inspiration.

My recommendation is - make yourself a list as well. Maybe my list below can be a starting point. Or check out this video that I made about scuba packing.

Personally I keep an EverNote on my packing. Like that on all my devices I can add to my list when I suddenly out of nowhere I remember an item that I always forget.


Diving and travelling is more fun when you have everything with you that you need. Max out on your baggage allowance and take everything with you that you need.

Dive Equipment

- mask & snorkel (snorkel for potential snorkeling with animals)

- wetsuit

- rash guard/thick rash guard (sharkskin or other)

- dry bag

- torch (always good to have)

- BCD, reg, booties, fins - hoodie&gloves for wrecks&caves

- Surface Marker Buoy (mandatory)

- computer & spare computer

- reef hook (coil type recommended)

- pointer

- knife

- regulator serviced?

- BCD functioning? Check all gear straps

Camera Kit

- camera / lenses

- gopro / filter / selfie stick / handles

- accessories kit incl tools, wiping cloth

- batteries camera, strobe, gopro

- spare batteries, strobe, lighting cable, chargers

- memory cards

- spare arms clamps etc

- hot shoe mount target light

- macro dome and wide angle

- spare wide angle dome (in case scratch)

- diopter for macro and fish-eye

- snoot

- wrist strap

- allen key set and tools (not in carry-on)

- cleaning equipment

- detergent for run-free splitshots

- camera bag for carrying camera

- topside lens

- external flash for topside

- camera bag and straps for land photo / splash guard

- Multiplug / extra international power adapters

General & Flight Day

- e-ticket print (always for passport control)

- passport (6 months validity after trip end)

- local money AND spare USD

- sleeping mask and head rest pillow

- pen

- headphones & adapter for plane

- drivers license / international drivers license

- Reusable water bottle

- travel insurance? insurance card/numbers

- PADI dive cards / log book

- Dive Insurance card / renewed

- Business cards

- Pocket knife & tools out of carry on luggage

- Tickets, vouchers, addresses printed out?

- Check baggage allowance

- International power adapter and phone chargers

- Out-of-Office set up

- turn off mobile roaming on phone

Normal Equipment

- chargers phone, ipad, computer

- international power adapters

- computer and charger (photographers)

- ipad? download movies?

- headphones

- sun glasses

- spare glasses (long trip) / contacts

- head lamp or torch

- e-reader / Games / Bluetooth speaker

- watch

- binoculars

- coffee (item thanks to Daniel)

- DUCT tape


- spare swim trunks

- strong shoes for walking expeditions

- rain jacket (always)

- warm sweater (always)

- hat / cap / beanie (always)

- warm socks (always)

- sleeping clothes (aircon)


- sun lotion

- mozzie spray

- contact lens solution

- motion sickness pills

- diaria, headache solutions

- ear cleaning solution

- contact lens fluid

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