9 Scuba Divers Share How They Pack Their Diving Gear

Are you a scuba diver with gear scattered everywhere? Packing your scuba diving gear and equipment for travel is crucial and requires extra effort and planning.

To improve how we pack our bags, we have talked with 9 experienced scuba divers and asked them to share their best advice.

Read on and learn from their best tips and tricks (all the divers have lots of experience, so they know what they are talking about!).

Scuba diver bags and gear

The 9 Experts

Alisha and Joey Postma (Dive Buddies 4 Life)
We are a husband and wife dive team from Canada. Our current travels have us on the road around Europe. Right now we can be found diving along the coast of Brittany, in northern France.

For us scuba diving is more than just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. We love being around the water. I (Ali) have been scuba diving for over 10 years and for me it was a career choice (I did my university in marine biology). For Joey, he likes to try new adrenaline pumping things, and when he first met me, he figured the best way to get my attention was to throw himself into something I was passionate about. Low and behold, it turns out he absolutely fell in love with diving too!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all scuba divers bring?

On top of all our regular scuba equipment, we always bring with us:

  • A tonne of camera equipment (GoPro, Camera with the waterproof housing, Strobes, Drone);
  • A save your dive kit (with extra o-rings, spare batteries, lube, an extra mask strap and drysuit repair gel);
  • A small toy smurf (called Scuba Joe) that comes with us on every dive and which we photograph in an attempt to educate and teach the younger generation.
    • We bring the camera equipment because I love to record and photograph our underwater experiences in some lesser traveled dive areas in an attempt to educate and inspire others to try scuba diving. The save your dive kit because diving takes a lot of time, energy, and preparation and if even a small thing goes wrong (such as your mask strap snaps) you can at least replace and hopefully proceed with the dive day. And Scuba Joe the diving smurf comes well because he’s the coolest scuba smurf ever and we love to bring him and take pictures of him diving all over the world!

      One of the best stories I have about our scuba smurf is while we were diving in Spain we put Scuba Joe down beside a little octopus for a picture, and this octopus decided to try and steal him and swim away. It was a close call, but eventually, as we swam after him, he decided to throw him away and dart under a rock.

      Regarding useless things, it’s hard to say because you can never have too much when it comes to diving. There are certain things that we take, which may seem useless for a couple of dives, but at some point, we end up needing them or using them. Take our inflatable dive buoy, we brought it with us just in case we decided to do some diving in a high boat traffic area and we haven’t used it for a few months but just a few weeks ago we dove right beside a marina so for obvious safety reasons out came that dive buoy.

      How do you bring things with you?

      When Joey and I bring scuba stuff with us for traveling, it’s a combination of tactical packing and careful weighing.

      Because we are carrying both warm water and cold water dive gear with us generally speaking we take up two bags, and those bags end up being heavy. So to counterbalance our heavy dive gear, we try to pick bags that are very light but sturdy and resistant to salt and moisture. The two bags that seem to be doing the trick for us are essentially hockey bags with the brand name Easton and Athletic Works. As always there is never enough room in a dive bag. In an ideal world, I would be able to fit both my and Joey’s stuff together in one bag, but what is limiting us now is the weight capacity for baggage on an airplane without paying the extra fee.

      As carry-ons, we always take our regulators and underwater camera equipment with us. For our regulators, we use just a simple padded and protected Renwick bag with wheels, and for my underwater camera I split it up with a hard top silver suitcase (no brand) and my Vanguard Backpack Bag.

      What are your top tips for other scuba divers?

      Scuba diving is a very gear intensive sport and when your traveling, it can be a pain in the butt bringing everything you need so the first thing you need to determine is how much diving you are doing. If you are planning on doing over a week of diving, it is definitely worthwhile to bring your own dive gear as opposed to paying rental prices.

      One thing I never travel without is my own mask and regulator. I have seen some scary regulators out there not serviced properly and by having those two things you are making sure your dive adventure is SAFE and enjoyable.

      My thoughts on packing light…. ha GOOD LUCK!!!! If you ever figure that one out, please let me know.

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Murat “Seaman” Demirag
I am a scuba diver instructor since 2005 and a diver since 1996 with 4.000+ dives. I am also the founder of the scuba diving blog divewithseaman.com

I love scuba diving due to several reasons being free is the leading one. You are free! There is no other activity on the Earth (yes, you can try space for sure if you are working in NASA) that you can go up and down. Running, football, baseball… You can only go right, left, front and back, right? No, not in scuba diving! Ascend and descend whenever and where ever you’d like to (of course within the technical limits). This is freedom! I have even seen blind people scuba diving with their dive buddies. They cannot see, so why they are diving, right? Because they love the way it feels!

Another reason I love scuba diving is that you can discover the world even more. Regular people (non-divers) only can enjoy 20% of the world. However, scuba divers are exploring a different world in the very same planet!
Underwater life is crazy, believe me. Octopus has three3 hearts, moray eels have two jaws, this is insane! You cannot see this kind of bio-diversity on land.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all scuba divers bring?

Good question.

I always carry my GoPro for sure (laughing). Ideal for both land and underwater recording.

However, if I will be camping nearby the sea while I am in a dive vacation: Pots, knives and a huge tent.

This really helps me in diving, because I am getting used to the weather, nature and being alone and quiet. I feel comfortable and without any stress. This helps me to perform better underwater the day after like consuming less air and keeping the pace. Stay in tent not hotels.

And just before getting into water, I love to listen to soft rock. That’s another way for me to concentrate and gives me that chance to remember any equipment I forgot to check ot to take my dive knife, see? I am taking my mind out of stress and relax. After breaking down dozens of MP3 players, I am recently using a water proof MP3 player. Actually it is designed for listening to music underwater but no way! I am diving to get rid of all the sounds. Only before my dives!

Well, I saw one guy who brought his favorite teddy bear to the dive boat. That was awesome and also weird. He said this is the way he is feeling better and doesn’t hesitate to jump into water with his SCUBA right away (I think he experienced a problem before and hesitating to jump right away, I don’t know).

How do you bring things with you?

I use Maleroads 60 lt backpack.

That’s getting smaller and smaller for me day-by-day for sure, I always want to carry more like one more pillow for my tent.

Well, I don’t have a standard backpack organization. I am always asking for help from my industrial engineer friend to help me because they are really good at optimization.

Other stuff like my scuba diving equipment, I am carrying it with my ScubaPro Dry Bag 120 lt.

So I am carrying one bag for my equipment and one backpack.

What are your top tips for other scuba divers?

What I suggest to other scuba divers is to take a bag that will not leak water!

If you are an inexperienced scuba diver, I know how it sucks to carry your bag and the wet dive equipment in it.

Your back is wet and your bag drops water right behind your steps. If you have a car, it will also be wet if you don’t, no bus, train or plane will want it! So, big trouble.

If you have budget, buy a dry scuba bag, if not, take one garbage pack with you and first put your wet stuff in it, then put that pack into your bag.

You’ll see it will help you a lot!

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Goni Boller (MoreFunDiving)
I’m from Switzerland and that’s where I am enjoying a very warm summer right now.

While travelling the world, I got more and more into scuba diving and ended up mainly exploring the underwater world. I’m an instructor as well as cave diver and travelled the world mostly scuba diving for 4 1/2 years

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all scuba divers bring?

I bring spare O-Rings in all the different sizes, these were not only helpful to me but also many other divers, especially on liveaboards. I also have different trigger hooks with me. These are handy to attach all kinds of things to the wing in order not to lose them during a dive. I also bring a spare mask – you never know and you can’t see underwater without a mask that fits well.

I have seen many useless things. I think tank bangers are useless, especially in crowded areas, it is better to pay attention to your buddy and stay close enough to hear him/her yell at you.

How do you bring things with you?

I don’t own a typical dive bag as I could just not find the right size and compartments. So I got a 100L bag from Eagle Creek. It works perfectly fine with the fins at the side and the wing at the bottom. Regulator and mask wrapped in the wetsuit for protection. I pack the wing and also the wetsuit in thin dry bags for easier packing and in case I have to travel with moist gear.

Before I traveled with an Aqua Lung bag, which broke after a year. Never heard from the company after contacting them with my complaints.

I could also travel with an 80l bag, but I like to have some extra room to bring extra stuff with me. This came in handy many times already. The bag has straps that allow to reduce the volume if needed.

My camera goes in my carry on which is a simple backpack.

What are your top tips for other scuba divers?

Light scuba gear helps, people who don’t dive too often can get especially light BCDs and maybe also fins. However, I decided that I prefer to not travel light, but instead to bring good gear.

For a dive holiday, my top recommendation is not to bring too many clothes and other stuff. If you’re on a small island or a liveaboard do bring spare even if you need to carry some more weight. If you are in a place with many dive shops around you can leave the spare at home.

Everything else depends on preferences. Some people prefer to have separate bags for scuba gear and other stuff. I prefer to have one with everything combined. I then pack my other stuff around the dive gear

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Rika (Cubicle Throwdown)
I’m Canadian, but I’ve been living abroad for seven years. I lived in the Caribbean for five years while working as a dive instructor. I went there on a random vacation, and ended up staying and doing all my dive training, all the way through my professional courses. I loved working as a dive instructor and teaching people how to explore the underwater world. Now I’m living in rural Japan and teaching English!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all scuba divers bring?

First, I always travel with Alka Seltzer tablets! After a late night on a dive trip, if I’m not feeling 100% in the morning, these usually get me up to speed by the time we have to load the boat. They’re light and take up next to no space in your luggage. Second, I never, ever dive without an SMB. It’s such a small, easy-to-pack item that there’s no reason to not have one. I firmly believe all certified divers should carry one! Third, I bring a silicone collapsible water bottle. Staying hydrated while diving is super important. A collapsible bottle is easy to pack, and it won’t break if you drop it on the boat.

How do you bring things with you?

I usually try to travel with a backpack. I use an 80L backpack that I can easily fit my fins, mask, underwater camera housing, and SMB (all kept together in my fin bag) in with some room to spare for the rest of my clothes, toiletries, etc. I don’t usually travel with my BCD/reg set… they aren’t very travel-friendly because they’re for teaching, so they’re on the bulkier side. Hopefully in a travel BCD and reg set are in my future!

What are your top tips for other scuba divers?

I always travel with my own fins, mask, dive computer, and wetsuit (if I need one). I can’t stand using rental stuff for those items since personal fit is huge! Research the rental gear in your destination dive shop. If it’s well-maintained, consider renting your BCD and reg if it’s in your budget. You can save a ton of space and weight by not bringing those two items.

My biggest piece of advice is to do a refresher on your first day if: a) you are using the shop’s rental gear for the first time, to familiarize yourself with it, or b) if you are using your own gear and it’s just been serviced. When I was working as a dive instructor, as soon as one of my divers said they just had their gear serviced, it was an immediate red flag for me to keep a close eye on them. Without fail, most of them had something go wrong with their gear on the first day. Much better to test thoroughly and check stuff out in a supervised environment like a refresher! That way you won’t miss your dives due to surprise gear issues.

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Meghan Oaks (Submerged Oaks)
My husband and I are originally from Michigan and are now living in Texas. Before moving to the Gulf Coast, we had a two-year stint in Germany.

Scuba diving had always been something we talked about doing, but never got around to actually doing. Then we booked a rather spontaneous trip to Roatan for our first anniversary. We quickly realized we didn’t like laying on the beach and that Roatan had some pretty amazing diving, so we took classes and got certified before we went. Best first anniversary ever! Now, we love diving all over the world – cold water, warm water, salt water, fresh water, rivers, lakes, oceans – if there’s water, you can bet we are thinking about diving it!

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all scuba divers bring?

The only thing I can think of that all divers bring is dive gear! We always travel with our own (except for tanks and weights) because we are most comfortable that way. In addition to dive gear, we always make sure to bring a camera, preferably a water proof one. We like this one Powershot D30 from Canon, since it’s waterproof on its own up to 30 meters meaning we don’t have a housing to bring along making it significantly lighter and smaller.

Another important item to bring on any dive trip is cash! Cash is needed to tip your dive guide, the boat crew, dive center employees, and any private transportation you have to get to the dive resort. This is something we didn’t know when we first started doing dive trips. I’m embarrassed to admit this, but our first trip ever we had to write a check to tip the boat crew. That was the only time we forgot! Depending on where we are going, we either take US dollars and exchange them, or take out local currency from an ATM. Always take more than you think you’ll need! There are a lot of places in this world that only accept cash too, so you’ll need it for more than just tips.

The final thing we always bring is a small first aid kit. It’s awful to be in a developing country and not know where to go to get basic first aid supplies. In ours, we have the following:

  • blister packs of sudafed or other decongestant for those days when you inevitably get a little congested (there is some debate on the use of decongestants and diving, so each diver needs to do some research and assess what will work for them);
  • a small bottle of insect repellent;
  • topical benedryl because sand flea bites itch so bad! We know this one from experience;
  • excedrine, tylenol, motrin because a pain reliever is always a good idea;
  • ear drops to help dry out your ears and prevent an infection.

Dive accident insurance. Actually, if you do any diving at all – whether it’s local or travel – you should have this on the off chance that anything terrible were to happen. It doesn’t take up any room at all in your luggage, but is invaluable. We use DAN since they are the most well-known the world over. Even their most basic package includes $45,000 of dive accident coverage. In their early days, I’ve heard of them flying reps to Mexico with a suitcase of cash to ensure medical care for their customers.

How do you bring things with you?

The bags we use depend on the diving we are doing! For ease, I will list them and describe why we use them, one of them is pretty unconventional!

  • Aqua Lung Roller Bag
  • We use this one a lot (and not just for diving) mostly because it has a lifetime warranty on it! So, if it gets all beat up and the zipper breaks and the wheels fall off, we can get a brand new one. But, we haven’t had to yet and it’s still in great condition. It has two pockets on the sides, inside the bag, for fins. From there, we pack our backplate and wings in the bottom, small gear in and around those, wetsuits and dive logs on top.

  • Husky Mobile Job Box
  • Yes, this is a rolling tool box, but it works great for diving! The major downside of this is that the box itself is heavy, meaning we can’t put as much heavy gear in there. But the little tray is great for holding small things. This case is well-suited for diving that we drive longer distances to.

  • Apeks Wet/Dry Duffel
  • This is one of our work horse bags. We can fit most of our gear in here for two divers. We pair it with two small dry bags that we put our drysuit undergarments in and then compress as small as we can. If we really work at it, we can get two sets of fins in, two dry suits, two sets of undergarments, and two back plate and wing set ups. Mask, dive computers and regulators get carried on (which is what we usually do to begin with). The integrated drain not only allows you to drain off accumulated water from wet gear, but also use it as a rinse tank after a salt water dive. We do this every time we dive in the ocean!

  • Apeks Wet/Dry Backpack
  • This is our newest bag and hasn’t yet been on a trip. But I did try it out at home one night and I can get all the gear for one cold water diver in there easily. It’s smaller and the backpack straps are more comfortable than the Apeks duffel.

    I use cold water gear for many of the comparisons because there is a lot more of it – drysuit, undergarments, bigger fins all take up more room. If it will hold everything for cold water diving, it will definitely hold all the gear for warm water diving.

    What are your top tips for other scuba divers?

    We are still figuring out this whole “packing light on a dive trip thing”! We always end up bringing way more clothes than we need – especially for warm water dive trips. We end up rewearing some things many times because they hardly get worn except for a few hours in the evening. So, my advice, for warm water trips – pack only half of the clothes you think you’ll need, throw in an extra bathing suit, and you’ll probably be good!

    Depending on your location, there are some things its always a good idea to carry on instead of putting in your checked luggage. We almost always carry on our regulators, mask, and dive computers. Why? Because if the checked luggage goes missing or is delayed, some of the most expensive and critical pieces of your equipment are with you. You can rent a BC, wetsuit, and fins fairly easily, but having a regulator and dive computer you trust and know how to use are crucial to ensuring a safe dive. While it’s tempting to check these items, I would strongly consider carrying them on.

    We also see a lot of divers bringing equipment that they aren’t comfortable with – it’s new, it’s complicated, or it’s extraneous. If you’re traveling for a dive trip, chances are you paid good money to get there and dive! To ensure the best possible experience, make sure the gear you bring is in good condition, you know how to use it, and you have dove it before! There’s nothing worse than getting a new BCD, only to take it on a trip and realize it doesn’t fit or is super uncomfortable. Do a test dive with your gear BEFORE you leave to make sure all your stuff is in working order and that you are comfortable with it.

    The best way to stop dreaming and start diving is to partner up with a local dive shop or with a travel agency that specializes in dive travel. With your local shop, they do most of the hard work and planning. You just bring yourself and your gear and you’re pretty much good to go. Diving is such a social activity too. Going on a trip with your local dive shop gives you a built-in group of like-minded people to hang out with when you’re not diving. If you don’t have a local dive shop or are somehow restricted, a reputable dive travel agency is a good option. They will have insider information on special deals at resorts, can research your flight options, and can personally recommend dive resorts to go to (often times they have familiarization trips to learn about and test out new resorts).

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Torben Lønne
A born water lover! I love watching it, love being there, love going under the surface!

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a kind of pull towards the ocean. Every time I’ve had the chance to go swimming or diving I’ve taken the jump. Now I’ve taken this love and passion to the next level and made it my living. I’ run a dive magazine called dive.in and write for countless other web-based publications.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all scuba divers bring?

  • A bag/net for the trash: It’s not that common, but I often encounter plastic or trash on any dive. And I’ve made it a mission to pick up as much as possible on every dive. It really takes no time, but often I’ll show quite a good amount of trash once back on the surface.

    Usually, it’s not the amount of trash I bring up form the dive that makes the difference, but the talk we have afterward that really makes people realize the state of the ocean.

  • A dive light on all dives: This is getting quite common, but not all divers understand the value of a good dive light on a daytime dive.

    First of all, it’s a great safety device. If ever lost at sea, you want your light right there with you. A diver in the ocean can be hard to see, especially at night, but your light will shin up your world at this time.

    Next. it’s great for looking into small holes and cracks. It’s great for showing the “true” colors of the things underwater.

  • An extra dive computer: It not common, and might be going a bit overboard, but I see the dive computer as the single most important piece of dive equipment and therefore I bring two. Why, becaue if one fail I’ll always have a backup.

How do you bring things with you?

Depending if I travel light or “heavy” I bring all my own gear. Except for weights and tank of course.

Bags also depend on the type of travel, but usually, I bring a dive trolly. My current brand is Aqua Lung but I change from time to time.

When packing, Fins in the bottom, Mask goes into the foot pocket for protection, then I pack the regulator into the BCD and wrap the BCDwings around for protection. My clothing, I but into a small bag and stuck in between the dive gear. It adds extra protection to the dive gear, and then I only need one bag – instead of one for clothes and one for dive gear.

Usually, I have plenty of space left in my bag, but I have a hard time keeping the weight down for flying.

What are your top tips for other scuba divers?

I think the biggest issue in packing, is not bringing your own gear. Even though it can be heavy to bring for a flight, it adds great value and safety to any dive. You’re just more comfortable in your own gear than a rental set.

If you don’t want to bring it all, at least pack your fins, dive mask(that can be used for a great day of snorkeling as well), BCD, regulator and of course your dive computer – then you’re all set for a lot of good diving.

Once packed down, it doesn’t weigh that much, and how much clothes do you really need 🙂

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David Harmon
I’m currently in Central Virginia, but I have lived in New York, San Francisco, and San Diego over the past 13 years.

While living in NYC, it was so easy to hop down to the Caribbean that my wife and I started scuba diving for vacations. We love the ocean and the feeling of floating along under the sea. We also really got into fish identification. While it’s always fun to see the big fish (sharks, turtles, mantas, etc.), when you start getting into identifying unique fish, dives that others things are ordinary become more exciting for you.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all scuba divers bring?

I always bring a microfiber towel. Super handy for drying yourself or things off quickly, and the towel itself dries quickly so you can use it each dive.

My wife dives with ankle weights. They really help her maintain a streamline profile in the water.

A weight belt is an easy way to cinch things tight to fit better into suitcases, so we always bring a few even though we have integrated weights.

How do you bring things with you?

For two people we bring two bags. One is a dedicated, large dive bag that we put BCDs and regulators in. The other is a North Face waterproof duffle that we roll our wetsuits, fins, masks, along with miscellaneous items in.

Our stuff basically fits perfectly in these two bags. If I could change one thing I might buy a second smaller BCD for Caribbean trips, and leave the larger for diving where I need extra buoyancy on the surface. (which isn’t too often). This would give me a little wiggle room in our suitcases.

What are your top tips for other scuba divers?

If we are going on a long trip where only a small part involves diving, we’ll sometimes bring a subset of our equipment, like wetsuits, fins and masks, to minimize how much we have to lug around the rest of the time.

If you are really determined to pack light, I think you have to forego BCD and regulator

I don’t travel with weights, but it also sucks having to pay for weight rentals (occasionally places charge). Sometimes I’ll use something with a known weight (like my wife’s ankle weights) to weigh out rocks, objects, sand, etc. to stick into my bcd pockets so I don’t have to pay for weights. I’m cheap like that.

Obviously the easiest way to travel light is to just rent everything, and you should do this for a while anyway until you are ready to make the investment. Cost is often the biggest barrier to diving; training, equipment, travel, etc. all quickly add up. But if you are dedicated to the hobby, owning all your equipment and going to shore-diving destinations (like Bonaire) can mean relatively inexpensive dive trips (especially combined with other travel hacks for air fare and accommodations).

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Kiersten (The Blonde Abroad)

I grew up in Southern California! While San Diego is my home base, I travel about 9 months out of the year to run my blog and business. I had spent a long time traveling on land before I ever brought myself to try scuba diving. I ended up diving for my first time as a way to conquer my fear of the deep ocean. And then I was hooked; it was such a different world. There’s an meditative effect that I find calming when I dive. It’s physically exciting and fun, but also a therapeutic and relaxing activity for me.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all scuba divers bring?

First, I bring underwater photography and videography gear. It might be common but I absolutely love shooting diving videos like this one below:

Second, I always bring fun wetsuits! I love colorful and printed wetsuits to mix it up. Plus, neon stands out in photo and videos better underwater!

Lastly, I bring a lot of hair products. Because I have very fine hair, I have to style and tie it back a certain way, and then after a dive, I have to apply a few products to avoid the tangles!

How do you bring things with you?

I don’t travel with a BDC or regulator—I always rent—mostly because I travel with so much camera gear that luggage weight is always an issue. I have a North Face duffel bag that I bring to fit my wetsuit and other essentials. To store spare camera batteries and camera equipment, I always bring my dry bag backpack on diving trips. For wet swimsuits or clothes, I love ALOHA bags so I can throw them in my suitcase without worrying about getting my other items wet.

What are your top tips for other scuba divers?

Establish what you need to own and what you can rent. Realistically, you can rent the basics, but investing in a regulator, wetsuit and a mask are the most important and space-efficient items if you’re traveling a lot. I’m sure other avid divers would disagree, but I have to prioritize what I pack, and my camera gear is most important to me.

I still see avid divers touching underwater reefs and objects, which bums me out. I always carry a tickle stick to balance myself near a reef (especially for photography) but there’s some places you shouldn’t touch with anything. I think it’s important to always make smart choices and be informed on your surroundings before diving.

If fear is a factor, try a discovery dive (you’ll be fine, I promise!). If money is an issue, look for the less expensive destinations to try diving, like Central America, Thailand, etc. They are great places to start and consider getting certified while you’re there.

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Campbell and Alya (Stingy Nomads)

My wife and I write the travel blog stingynomads.com, I am South African, she is Russian. We met in a dormitory while surfing and diving in the Philippines about five years ago. We are digital nomads, permanent travelers, mostly writing about hiking and diving. At the moment, I am in Thailand sitting on a ferry from Koh Tao and did some awesome diving this week. I am on my way back to Bangkok, writing this on my phone.

What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all scuba divers bring?

I am an instructor, but don’t travel with all my gear anymore, for long term travel it’s impractical. I always have my Padi slates in my backpack if I want to teach somewhere. I don’t go anywhere without my Mares star silicone skin mask and snorkel. I love diving with my mask and can use it for snorkeling, if I did some diving with a center they normally lend me fins for snorkeling.

When traveling with my own gear I always pack an A-clamp adaptor in Asia, since many centers do not have tanks that can fit Din fittings. Most useless I have seen people pack is a 5mm wetsuit to a tropical country.

How do you bring things with you?

When I go on a dedicated dive trip, I use a Mares Cruise roller bag. It is a well thought out, good quality dive bag. I like the big wheels when dragging and nice padded shoulder straps for carrying as a backpack. It has plenty of space for all my gear, sturdy, good quality, fairly light and folds up nice and small.

What are your top tips for other scuba divers?

I love diving with my own mask and computer and always carry those. The coolest light toy I have is a Go Pro Hero 6, the footage and even photos are unreal for such a small camera, all my dive gear fits in a toiletry bag. When I spend time in Indonesia I wrap a Sony Rx100 housing and ikelite strobe in my clothes and squeeze it in my backpack, you need light and a real camera for macro photos Traveling light is awesome, renting equipment is not so bad. Diving doesn’t have to be about expensive resorts.

Here’s an example of diving an awesome spot on a tight budget.

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