In your carry-on bag, you should consider packing the following:
- PASSPORT (must be at least 6 months from expiring)
- AIRLINE TICKET OR E-TICKET
- CONFIRMATION NUMBER
C-CARD & DAN DIVER INSURANCE ID Unless you are a student.
- NECESSARY MEDICATONS & VITAMINS
- REGULATOR, COMPUTER & MASK
- SUN GLASSES, HAT
- One BATHING SUIT
- One change of CLOTHES
- CAMERA, IPOD, E-READERS, ETC.
In your checked bag:
A small medic first aid bag containing:
- OTC MOTION SICKNESS MEDICATION – non-drowsy formula. Bonine is a good choice for a lot of people.
- EAR SOLUTION – OTC Swimmer’s Ear or homemade version: 1/3 white vinegar, 1/3 hydrogen peroxide, 1/3 rubbing alcohol, 1 drop baby oil per ounce, in a small plastic squeeze bottle. PUT 3 DROPS IN EACH EAR AFTER EVERY DIVE.
- OTC ANTI DIARRHEA MEDICATION
- TOILETRIES, LIP BALM, GOOD HAIR CONDITIONER
- INSECT REPELLANT for gnats, “no-seums”, sand fleas, mosquitoes and “Afterbite”
- SUN SCREEN
- PEPTO BISMO TABLETS
- HEADACHE MEDICINE
- DECONGESTANT MEDICATION
- A PERSCRIPTION OF THE GENERAL ANTIBIOTIC (COMMON NAME) CIPRO IS RECOMMENEDED WHEN TRAVELING OUTSIDE THE US
- EXTRA BATHING SUITS
- SAFETY SAUSAGE (SOS TUBE)
- BCD & WEIGHT POCKETS
- MASK DEFOGGER, SNORKEL
- FINS, BOOTIES
- SKIN & FULL WETSUIT – 3MM IS THE MOST COMMON FOR CARIBBEAN TEMPERATURES
- HOODIE OR VEST OR BOTH
- SAVE A DIVE KIT
- DOO RAG – if thin on top!
- CLIPS, WHISTLE, RETRACTOR
- DIVE LIGHTS – extra batteries (pull batteries out of each light prior to checking baggage)
- LOG BOOK
- BOAT BAG
- SHORTS, T-SHIRTS, SANDALS OR FLIP FLOPS, TEVAS, TENNIS SHOES
- LIGHT WEIGHT PARKA
- SNACKS (no fresh fruits and vegetables) for the room
- PAJAMAS if you have a roommate
- COSMETICS & BATH NEEDS
- GOOD SKIN LOTION & HAIR CONDITIONER
- PLUG ADAPTERS
Check your luggage claim checks as soon as they are received to make sure your bags are routed to the correct location both directions and keep them.
Take a great attitude along. Remember, “Island Time” (slow service) is a lifestyle in some countries!