Dive Vacation Checklist

Inspect all equipment before you go. With dive equipment, make sure everything appears in good condition, functions properly, and has has been serviced as necessary.

If you are bringing photo- or video equipment, check that before you leave, as well.

Mark your equipment. It all looks alike on the boat.

Mark your Luggage, inside and out. Including the address to return the luggage to will increase the likelihood that the airline has the correct address to return your luggage to -- consider marking this inside and outside (e.g. with an address tag) of your luggage.

Do not pack your passport in any luggage. Keep it on your person (preferably in a front-pants pocket) and available at all times.

Scuba Equipment

Dive Trip Essentials

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Boots
  • Reef Gloves
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD -- Preferrably with Alternate Air Source and Integrated Weight Pockets)
  • Regulator with Alternate Air Source
  • Pressure Gauge / Depth Gauge / Compass / Dive Computer (or Dive Console)
  • Wet Suit
  • Gear Bag
  • Boat Bag
  • Mesh Weight Belt
  • Certification Log and Book

Recommended Accessories

  • Knife
  • Dive Light (with Lanyard)
  • Recreational Dive Planner (Wheel, Tables, or eRDP)
  • Dive Beacon
  • Dive Flag
  • Underwater Slate and Pencil
  • Dive Skin

Spare Items

  • Spare Parts Kit, Including:
    • O-Rings
    • Mask and Fin Straps
    • Regulator Mouthpiece
    • Spare Light Bulbs
    • Snorkel Keeper
    • Lamps for Flashlight
  • Batteries for Flashlight
  • Spare Dive Beacon

General Luggage

For Island Vacation or Local Trip (to the Upper Midwest)

  • Shorts
  • Comfortable Shirts
  • Sweatshirt / Sweater
  • Swimsuits
  • Beach Towel
  • Hat / Visor
  • Long Pants (at Least One Pair)
  • Clothes Suitable for a Night Out
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Bug Spray
  • Toilet Articles, including:
    • Towel
    • Face Cloth
    • Soap
    • Shampoo

For the Boat

  • Windbreaker
  • Sweat Suit (to Keep Warm after a Dive)

Medical / First-Aid Items

  • Waterproof Sunscreen
  • Sunburn Treatment / Aloe Vera Gel
  • Swimmer's Ear Solution
  • Sea Band Acupressure Pads (to help prevent seasickness -- contains no medication)
  • Seasickness Medication
  • Nausea Medication
  • Diarrhea Medication
  • Aspirin / Ibuprofen / Other Pain Relief
  • Antibacterial Cream
  • Prescription Medication (in its original bottle)

Suggestions for Carry-On Luggage

  • Diving and Snorkeling Guidebooks
  • List of Important Phone Numbers / e-Mail Addresses
  • Reading Material
  • Favorite Snack Foods
  • Plastic Bags, Various Sizes
  • Flashlight with Extra Batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Pair of Perscription Glasses (or Contact Lenses)

When packing your carry-on, consider that airlines occasionally misplace luggage. The airline will do what it can to reunite you with your luggage, but in the meantime, you may need to make due with what is in your carry-on. It's generally a good idea to pack for two days without your luggage.

Also consider that airlines have restrictions on the size of carry-on luggage. Be sure to check the dimensions and weight of your carry-on luggage and check the airline's Website, to make sure your carry-on will be allowed.

For Underwater Photographers and Videographers

  • Camera
  • Camera Housing
  • Filters
  • Strobe
  • Chargers and Connector Housing
  • Extra Lenses:
    • 50mm
    • Wide-Angle
    • Telephoto
  • Film (and lots of it!)
  • If the Camera is Digital:
    • Extra Memory Cards
    • Connection Cables (USB, Firewire, etc.) to transfer pictures to a computer (if you've brought or will be using one)
  • Lens-Cleaning Fluid and Tissue
  • Spare Batteries
  • Spare Bulbs

Last-Minute Checklist - Do You Have

  • Passport
  • Airline Ticket(s)
  • Money:
    • Cash
    • Credit Cards
    • Traveler's Checks
    • Vouchers
  • General Luggage
  • Dive Gear
  • Carry-On Bag
  • List of Important Phone Numbers

For a printable and e-mailable version, see our .PDF Checklist

Divers entering the water from a boat