1. Check Before you Check - In
Call ahead and see what the airline does and does not allow before arriving at the airport to avoid additional charges and unexpected item denials. Remember to do your research about your destination and what they do and do not allow through customs and in their airports as well.
- Typical items allowed in carry-on luggage (provided they fit size parameters)
- Dive computers
- Typical items that must be checked or left at home
- Cutting tools
- Items that can be checked or carry on luggage
If you choose to skip the hassle of traveling with your personal dive equipment, be sure to call ahead to your dive location and ensure they have everything you need to rent to have a comfortable dive experience. Remember that you will usually still need to bring a few basic items such as your own mask, fins, and snorkel.
- Items widely available for rental
- Weights/Weight Systems
- Specialty items not usually available for rental
- Cutting Tools
- Surface marker buoys (dive flag buoys)
- Dive lights/Camera lights
- Specialized Diving Equipment
- Items that may be available for rent depending on location
Know what is and what is not allowed at any dive facility you plan to visit. Check local laws to avoid losing your gear if it is not allowed. Try to learn about the quality of the rental gear available in your vacation area if you choose to rent. Not all gear is created equal and poor gear can ruin your experience. Have any equipment checked prior to traveling with it to ensure it will survive the trip and continue working while you are using it. Your gear is your life support equipment, treat it as though your life depends on it BECAUSE IT DOES! Locate a dive shop or other facility in the area where you can get repairs done if you should need to. The goal is to ENJOY YOUR VACATION! So be as prepared before you head out so you can relax and fully experience the underwater world!