Packing for a diving trip

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Since I became a diver and started taking diving trips, many things have changed. For example, packing for a diving trip is not the same as packing for a normal one. Apart from clothing, electronics and personal items, comes the heavy equipment with its weight and volume.

With the limited weight offered by some airline companies, and sometimes some extra costs, I had to manage to take everything I need without paying more for it. This normally means: less clothes and shoes, so on my past diving trips I learned what is superfluous to take, and what really are my essential items (based on diving in warm conditions).

Β The luggage

Β Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Luggage for diving equipment*

Apart from taking 1 normal luggage with clothes, which I share with W, I take a second luggage specifically to fit the diving equipment of two people. I find it very useful, it has pockets everywhere and it is waterproof in case I need to take on the boat or to the beach.

*Considering that the baggage allowance is one luggage per person with maximum 23Kg.

Waterproof cabin luggage

This cabin luggage is very useful to take the smaller or expensive equipment we don’t want to check in, like the dive computers and snorkels. It is waterproof, and it can be taken on the boat for example, not to mention that it fits perfectly on the baggage compartment of the airplane.

Basic diving equipment

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Since we started to dive, W and I have bought most of our diving equipment, and here is what I take along:

  • Wetsuit
  • Jacket
  • Regulator
  • Boots
  • Fins
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Dive computer*
  • Buoy Marker
  • Logbook + waterproof binder + pens


Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Diving without photography is just not the same. So of course, with time I have also acquired some useful equipment to take better underwater pictures, which are indispensable on my diving trips:

To wear

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Light clothes: t-shirts, shorts and light dresses are basically what I take.

Hoodies: they are always useful on the boat, especially after each dive.

Bathing suit: a must, of course.

Sun glasses

UV t-shirt: very useful to wear under the wetsuit, not to mention it protects your skin against the sun. It is also good for snorkeling.

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Havaianas: my inseparable friends, always useful in any travel to the beach. I just have to watch out not to put too many pairs.

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

For the health

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

You need to be fit to dive, and I always worry about being healthy while I am on a diving trip. And here are the items I always take along:

Magnesium: very good for muscle pain and cramps, as well as for hydration.

Multivitamin: I take them everyday, especially during trips.

Sun cream and after sun: they have to come along, just because.

Waterproof plasters: very useful for small cuts… I always get cut on diving trips.

Cream/spray for cuts: same as the above.

Rehydration salt: you really need to be hydrated during diving trips; otherwise the risks of getting decompression sickness increase. Rehydration salt is very useful if you get a food poisoning, diarrhea, etc.


Vacuum compressed bag/space bag: these are heaven! By the end of the trip all clothes are dirty filled with sea salt and sand, so I just put them on either a vaccum compressed bag, which reduces the volume by 75%, or in a space bag, which you just need to roll. Using them means: more room in the luggage! Yeah!

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Waterproof cellphone case: so useful to take the phone and money to the beach/boat without risking getting them wet.

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Dry bag: to take on the boat and avoid getting everything wet… a good idea in case you don’t have a small waterproof cabin luggage like mine, or would like something smaller.

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Anti-fog spray/sea drops: another great thing you can bring along to a diving trip. This spray really helps you to avoid getting your mask foggy.

Disinfectant spray for masks, regulators and snorkels.

Gear marker: always useful to mark your name on your own gear.

Packing for a diving trip, by Packing my Suitcase.

Towels: if you can take the ones from the hotel to boat trips and to the beach, then no need to pack one. If you can’t, then take your own.

Hair bands and pins: in case you have long hair like I do.

Some tips

Check the luggage weight

I have at home a hand scale to check the luggage weight, which I also take to the trip. It has been very useful and I can highly recommend you to get one.

Check extra costs with the airline

Before packing everything and head to the airport, check your airline’s regulations regarding diving equipment. Some charge you extra if they figure out that you are taking them with you, others don’t really mind.

Yes, it’s a lot of things. Yes, it’s a lot of work to fit everything in the luggage with limited space and weight, but diving trips are always worth it, and the ones I most get excited about it! In fact, while this post is being published, I am diving in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Mabel Kwong

    Ooooh. So many things you need to take with you when you are diving. I’m not a diver and I don’t like swimming either so this was a very interesting post to read! I always wondered about vacuum bags – do you need a vacuum to vacuum them shut? I always thought so but does every hotel room have a vacuum…excuse my ignorance. I usually can survive on very few clothes for a very long time πŸ˜€

    So much diving equipment but you really squeeze it all so well in your bag! Happy times in Egypt!

    • Ohhh soo happy that you like the post Mabel, glad you found it intresting πŸ˜€

      Yes, if you have your own dive equipment it is a lot to pack!!

      About vacuum bags, I have 2 types, one you need a vacuum cleaner, the other you can simply roll it then close it, it works awesome too!! To this trip I bought both types, but still have found a vacuum cleaner here at the hotel, so I will just roll it πŸ˜€
      But your question is very interesting, because it was also mine πŸ˜€

      Thank you!! I am having a great time diving here πŸ˜€
      I hope all is fine with you too!

  • Nihar Pradhan

    At the outset best wishes for you to have a beautiful diving exploration, I am sure by the time you read the comment you would have completed your mission. It is indeed a mission, just seeing the kind of preparation needed, I am just not able to recollect the checklist, you have written with so such minute details and with so many aspects and its application described vividly and lucidly anyone who wants to try out, this can be best instruction sheet one can refer to. I will definitely pass on this checklist to many of friends who are exploring the new excitement of diving. Just love it…

    Looking forward to reading your lovely experience at Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt…


    • Dear Nihar, thank you so much for your comment!!
      I am glad that you found the list interesting and will pass it on to your diver friends πŸ˜€ I hope it is useful to them.

      I am still in Egypt and today was my second day of diving, and it was fun!! πŸ˜€ thank you so much for your words πŸ˜€ I hope you are having a great week!

      • Nihar Pradhan

        Hope the under water exploration is in full swing and I am sure with your eyes for details and an ear for lovely things, you must be enjoying every bit of the engagement with sea…

        Looking forward to hearing from you and seeing through your eyes, the world I have never explored but I have always enjoyed watching it through the discovery channels.

        Have a great weekend…


        • Thank you dear Nihar!!
          It was a great diving trip… I have seen many things underwater and I can’t wait to share it all with you!

          I am so happy that you can experience the underwater world with me somehow and not only on discovery channel πŸ˜€

          I wish you a wonderful week!!

          • Nihar Pradhan

            I am so excited to hear from you, I know your observation and narration would be simply fantastic…you will touch on so many facets which never get captured or shown in the discovery channel plus it is a wonderful feeling that I am hearing from my good friend…
            Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

          • Awwwnn thank you so much Nihar!!
            Next week you will read all about my trip to Sharm el Sheikh πŸ˜€ I hope you like it!
            Have an amazing weekend!

  • Wow, so much you need to think about when you go on a diving trip. I love the waterproof phone case. I like the idea of the vacuum packed bags too. That’s very clever. I totally agree that you should always check luggage weight beforehand. It’s less stressful πŸ™‚

    • Yesss so many things πŸ™ and the problem is that within Europe airline companies gives you max 23kg per person, but this not even our entire equipment! We really need to leave some clothes behind or pay for some extra weight haha

      Awwwnn thank you!! I love the waterproof phone case too, is from Havaianas! A Brazilian friend of mine gave it to me πŸ˜€

      And yes, checking the luggage weight avoids lots of stress at check in!

  • Gin

    Very useful packing tips ! I shall bookmark this ! πŸ™‚ Thank you for the postcard, it arrived today. Life has been hectic these last few days, so I haven’t had time to post yours, but it will come, don’t worry.

    • Thank you Gin πŸ˜€ Happy that it will be useful to you!!
      Awwww you’re welcome!! I happy it arrived and that you liked it!
      Don’t worry about it, I can imagine how things have been crazy for you lately!! I hope all is fine! πŸ˜€

  • Thank you Adri πŸ˜€ I’m happy the post is also useful to you! Planning to becoming a diver sometime soon?

  • hahaha that is certainly a great tip Andrew!!

  • How awesome Holly, I didn’t know you were also a diver!! I am always happy to meet divers around here!
    W and I got so excited after finishing our Open Water course that we started buying our own gear, we have recently finished buying them. It’s a bit expensive, but if you dive often it is worth it. We also needed to rent some of the gears for a while, now not anymore. Some stuff we bought used or on sale, so we saved a lot!

    Where did you dive so far?

  • You are right!! It is hard to keep all this equipment if you have a nomadic life πŸ™

    How awesome, you have been to amazing places! I’m sure you saw many cool marine animals!!
    I have dived only in Croatia, Turkey and Egypt. Snorkeling I did in the Maldives and the Galapagos Islands πŸ˜€ I wish I can go back and dive there!!

  • Believe it or not I thought of you while writing this post πŸ˜€ well, I always think of you when it comes to diving!
    The other day I was thinking about that, of when I get all the underwater photography gear… it will be crazy to fit everything!!
    We always book our flights and trips by ourselves, but now we are considering booking with an agency specialised in diving… probably they have great agreements and prices! πŸ˜€ I can only imagine how is your luggage when you are going on a diving trip πŸ˜€