10 Useful Travel Tips for Scuba Divers
Diving vacations are the best! Traveling for scuba diving is a wonderful way to see other cultures, learn about people and see strange lands, not to mention see various species of the underwater world that you wouldn’t see in your backyard ocean. Everyone should take time to travel. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling near or far, to foreign lands or staying local, traveling has certain characteristics that put a smile on a person’s face.
Of course, it speaks for itself that you should bring your dive equipment, dive certification cards, DAN insurance info, travel documents, etc, but having extra things to help the trip makes the vacation that much better. Knowing that travel is so great for the soul, let’s talk about what to include to make it that much better. Here are our top ten items that a person should include on any scuba diving trip.
1. A travel resource: whether you are taking a scuba dive vacation in South Africa, Thailand, Fiji or the Solomon Islands, a travel guide can be monumental in not missing a treasured sights. There are a ton of different options out there, but a few favorites are the Footprint and Travel Guide series. These books are helpful insight and can make a trip much more enjoyable. We can suggest exactly the right guide book for your personalized diving vacation.
2. A journal: a journal is a great place to record the sights, lessons and experiences learned on a trip. It is also a great way to remember the name of that local that took time out of her day to help you out ten years after the vacation.
3. Business cards: this is a great, easy and small item that helps build contacts and friends when traveling. You never know when you might meet that interesting person that has a new insight into something you have interest in. A business card can also be an impressive way to introduce yourself to others.
4. Have hermetically sealed bags to protect against water: excellent for anything that needs protection from sun and surf, like a cell phone, toiletries or even as a dirty laundry hamper.
5. Vaseline: this might sound like a funny item but can actually come in handy on a couple of different points. Of course, there is the obvious reason: it is good for moisturizing the lips. Another is that it is a great way to protect you from getting sick when flying in the airplane. By rubbing a small amount at the base of the nostrils you help your body kill bacteria before it ever enters your body. It also moisturizes the air, helping the nostrils from drying out.
6. Put plastic wrap under your liquid caps: A fabulous way to stop your shampoos, lotions and conditioners from leaking is by placing a small amount of plastic wrap over the opening of the bottle and then screwing the cap back on. Instant fool proof bottles.
8. Save space and money on luggage by rolling your belongings: save space and cash by rolling your clothing in your suitcase. Start by tucking in arms of a shirt, or if pants, square them so they are easy to roll. Then place the clothing item on a hard surface and roll tightly, patting out wrinkles as you go. Save even more space by using your belts, sarongs or scarves to keep rolls tight.
9. A water bottle: though it can’t contain any liquids before entering the gate terminal (in the United States anyway), a water bottle should be filled up before take-off to insure proper hydration during flight (the small, plastic cups really don’t offer much) and then, again, anytime during travel.
10. A compact, water-resistant wind shell: this light, small item can be a life saver. It is never fun to be caught in the middle of a storm without proper protection. The best space efficient models are the ones that pack into themselves.