Isabelle Barbier

Feb 20, 2018 • 6 min read

Traveling with dive equipment often seems to be a challenge. It can be heavy, it’s fragile, often takes a lot of space. So how do well-traveled divers do it?

We selected six pieces of dive equipment that you can easily travel with:

  1. A DIVE BAG EASY TO TRAVEL WITH… IT CAN BE FROM A NON-DIVING BRAND!
  2. SOME FINS YOU WILL FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH
  3. A COMPACT BCD THAT’S ALSO EXCELLENT FOR BUOYANCY CONTROL
  4. A PERFORMANT REGULATOR YOU WILL KEEP FOR YEARS
  5. A MASK THAT FITS YOUR FACE
  6. A WETSUIT ADAPTED TO WHERE YOU DIVE

All these weight together less than 10kg, including the 80L bag they fit in… and you will even be able to pack some clothes around it. That means no need to check-in two bags at the airline counter. And some money saved!

1. A DIVE BAG EASY TO TRAVEL WITH… IT CAN BE FROM A NON-DIVING BRAND!

A right bag to travel with is is one that allows you to put your fins in - usually that’s the biggest equipment. Also, better if it rolls, who wants to carry all this weight on the back? It should be solid, to protect your equipment. And finally, enough space so that you may even add some clothes in, and that way, register only one bag at the airline counter.

Deuter Helion 80L: with all these requirements in mind, we found the perfect bag. Yes it is an investment but after a few years, it’s still rolling over the world! Totally worth it.

Deuter Helion 80L

We like… the straps you can use to transform it as a backpack if you arrive by boat on a sandy island!

Weight: 3,7kg for 80L (8.8 lbs)

Price: 289 USD

Where to buy: deuter.com

2. SOME FINS YOU WILL FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH

Fins are key to a good buoyancy and feeling confident in the water. We do not have all the same strenght, preferred way of kicking, or diving habits: warm or cold water, with currents… So the key is to find fins in which you feel good. Our two favorites are:

APEKS RK3, by Aqualung: yes you’ve seen it for decades, it’s because it had originally been designed in collaboration with the US military. It is compact, however requires more power to kick.

APEKS RK3

We like… their size, so easy to pack!

Weight: 2 kg for a medium size (4.4 pounds)

Price: 160 USD

Where to buy: AquaLung.com

Mares Avanti Quattro +: another all-time diver’s favorite. Less compact than the one above, but very versatile. The 4 channels offer great thrusting power which is good for diving in currents.

Mares Avanti Quattro

We like… the versatility of the Mares and its choice of colors - you’ll find your fins in a second on a dive boat!

Weight: 2 kg for a medium size (4.4 pounds)

Price: 129,95 USD

Where to buy: Your Nearest Mares Dealer

3. A COMPACT BCD THAT’S ALSO EXCELLENT FOR BUOYANCY CONTROL

Many divers wait sometimes years before buying a BCD… however when they have their own, they usually bring it everywhere. It makes such a difference to have a BCD that suits you perfectly that it’s hard to go back to rental ones.

  • Our favorite is the lightest on the market: the Cressi Ultralight. Its back inflation offers good buoyancy control. It has lots of buckles, handy to clip a light or a camera. It features integrated weight pockets and a side pocket you can deploy or not.
Cressi Ultralight

We like… easy to fold, it easily fits into any travel bag

Weight: 2,1kg for a medium size (4,6 lbs)

Price: 419,95 USD

Where to buy: Your Nearest Cressi Dealer

4. A PERFORMANT REGULATOR YOU WILL KEEP FOR YEARS

Do not go cheap on it, as remember, it is the primary life support piece of equipment you have. Again, you’ll see a big difference in having your own vs. rental. A good regulator provides good comfort on breathing at depth. Remember to service it every year.

We usually keep our regulator in our hand luggage as it is an expensive piece of equipment that needs care. If you ever fly within Philippines, you will however have to check it in as per local regulations.

Scubapro MK11/C350: very light and compact - it was designed for traveling. It also presents an excellent performance. You’ll never go back to rental after trying it.

Scubapro MK11/C350

We like… how you can find Scubapro parts everywhere in the world, especially in South-East Asia. That’s handy in case you need to have it fixed while traveling!

Weight: 1.09kg (2.4lbs)

Price: 429 USD

Where to buy: Your Nearest ScubaPro Dealer

5. A MASK THAT FITS YOUR FACE

There is not much difference in the mask volumes and weight so the primarily objective should be how well it fits your face: having the proper size and shape for no leaking. Our two favorites are:

Oceanic Shadow: its sleek 100% silicone skirt is molded directly to the lens. It is leighter in weight and provides excellent visibility. It is super compact and can easily be kept in a pocket.

Oceanic Shadow

We like… how compact it is. So small you could keep it as a spare too.

Weight: 385gr (0,848 lbs)

Price: 79,95 USD

Where to buy: Your Nearest Oceanic Dealer

Cressi Big Eyes Evolution: its shape makes you feel you see 360 degrees, even more with the crystal version of it.

Cressi Big Eyes Evolution

We like… its amazing visibility and the fact that you can also use it with prescription lenses

Weight: 399gr (0,879 lbs)

Price: 59,95 USD

Where to buy: Your Nearest Cressi Dealer

6. A WETSUIT ADAPTED TO WHERE YOU DIVE

We are slightly biased there as we have a preference towards diving in warm waters… 28 degrees Celsius and above! Our favorite combination is a rash guard and a board short. When a bit cold, I add a vest. Surfer brands do a good job at designing these.

Roxy 1 or 2mm vest: it can even be used above a rashguard, and a board short can be a proper protection equipment for the conditions above stated.

Vest Roxy

We like… that it’s so easy to put on!

Weight: 500gr (1lbs)

Price: 99,95 USD

Where to buy: roxy.com

Aqualung Hydraflex 3mm wetsuit for women diving in slightly colder waters or who just want a full body protection is also an excellent choice.


We like… its cool style and flex parts - it is so easy to put on!

Weight: 900 grammes (2lbs)

Price: 199 USD

Where to buy: amazon.com

Remember, your wetsuit needs to be adapted to where you dive: most people in warm waters will still wear a shorty or a full wetsuit, both of 2 to 3mm. In colder water, use full protection and a 5 to 7mm wetsuit, sometimes you may even need a dry-suit. Talk with your dive operator before deciding what to pack.

SO…WHAT DOES THE BUDGET LOOK LIKE FOR ALL THESE?

We opted for some equipment that’s both excellent performance and reasonably priced. Should you have to buy this equipment, you would spend 1500 USD. An investment you will use for the years to come.

We did not include Dive computer and Surface Marker buoy as these are compact by nature. But of course, they are essential items to pack! We do not get any commission for recommending this dive equipment. We just truly like these!


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