Scuba Diving Trip Checklist


Here’s a list I use to make sure I’m packed correctly for a dive trip. Feel free to print the list or copy to your reminder app.

Essential Scuba Diving Equipment

  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • Boots
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD — Preferably 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
  • Dry Bag (or plastic bag)
  • Certification Card & Log Book
  • Knife (Some countries will not allow dive knifes. Also make sure the knife remains in your checked luggage)
  • Dive Light (small light with lanyard)
  • Dive Beacon (on dive boat)
  • Dive Flag (on dive boat)
  • Underwater Slate and Pencil (optional)

Spare Items (optional)

  • O-Rings
  • Mask and Fin Straps
  • Regulator Mouthpiece
  • Snorkel Keeper
  • Batteries for Flashlight
  • Spare Dive Beacon

General Luggage Items

  • Shorts
  • Comfortable Shirts
  • Sweatshirt / Sweater
  • Swimsuits
  • Hat / Visor
  • Long Pants (at Least One Pair)
  • Clothes Suitable for a Night Out
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Bug Spray
  • Nail Clipper

For the Boat (pack in dry bag)

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

Medical / First-Aid Items

  • Waterproof Sunscreen
  • Sunburn Treatment / Aloe Vera Gel
  • Swimmer’s Ear Solution
  • Diarrhea Medication
  • Aspirin / Ibuprofen / Other Pain Relief
  • Antibacterial Cream
  • Prescription Medication (in its original bottle)

Suggestions for Carry-On Luggage

  • List of Important Phone Numbers / e-Mail Addresses
  • Reading Material
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra Pair of Prescription Glasses (or Contact Lenses)

For Underwater Photographers and Videographers

  • Camera
  • Camera Housing
  • Filters
  • Strobe
  • Chargers and Connector Housing
  • Extra Lenses
  • Extra Memory Cards
  • Connection Cables (USB, etc.) to transfer pictures to a computer (if you’ve brought or will be using one)
  • Lens-Cleaning Fluid and Tissue
  • Spare Batteries

Last-Minute Checklist

  • Passport
  • Airline Ticket(s) (It also helps to download the airlines apps)
  • Cash (tips, treasures & departure tax)
  • Credit Cards
  • Traveler’s Checks
  • Vouchers
  • General Luggage
  • Dive Gear
  • Carry-On Bag
  • List of Important Phone Numbers

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