What to pack for a liveaboard dive trip?
You are about to spend a week or more aboard a dive liveaboard and need to know what to pack. Packing for a liveaboard is pretty universal, but it’s always good to check with the operator you booked with.
Here is our recommended list of what to pack:
Clothing – Remember when packing that you are staying on a boat with a whole bunch of other divers. The majority of your time will be spent in a bathing suit and the amount of clothes needed will probably be much less than you think. Packing light way or quick dry shirts are always a plus. Some liveaboards offer complimentary laundry service while others may not have this amenity. Pack a lightweight jacket or fleece as your core body temperature will drop after spending a whole day diving. You may also end up with a roommate who wants to keep your cabin like a meat locker.
Dive Gear – if traveling with your own gear be sure to have it serviced at least once per year or before departing on your trip. It’s also good to travel with a minimal repair kit (replacement batteries, mask strap, o-rings etc.) Check with the company you booked on water temperatures and recommended wetsuit thickness, this is often personal preference so if you know you run cold maybe pack a hood or up from a 3mm to 5mm wetsuit. Additional equipment may be required or recommended depending on your itinerary. Reef hooks or pointers come in handy when in a destination like Komodo with higher currents. No matter where you are diving it is always recommended to have an SMB (Surface Marker Buoy), aka safety sausage, and a reel.
Toiletries/Medication- This is another one to check with your liveaboard company to see what is provided. Some boats have shampoo, conditioner and bodywash stocked in your bathroom. If you are someone who gets seasick don’t write off liveaboards all together. They are often more stable and a better option than a day boat. Pack some seasickness meds and follow the instructions. Most advise that you start taking the day before boarding your boat. Candied ginger is also said to help with seasickness.
Sleep Aids- and I’m not referring to the prescription kind (although you can consult with your physician). When traveling on a boat there will inevitably be added sound that you are not accustomed to like the engines, generators, compressors and water lapping against the hull. If traveling solo and sharing a cabin with another person, you never know if they are a snorer or maybe you yourself are the culprit. It’s always nice to have them for yourself or to share in the event you are keeping your new roommate up. Sleep masks can come in handy as well when traveling around the world and trying to catch some zzz’s during the day.
Chargers, Camera Equipment and Electronics
There is nothing worse than getting to your destination only to realize you forgot your charger or don’t have the correct kind of plug. Check before traveling to see what kind of outlets are most common where you are going and what kind of outlets are onboard your boat. Many boats nowadays are equipped with universal plugs and some even have USB ports. If you are an underwater photographer be sure to bring backup SD-cards and/or an external hard drive.
In lieu of recent events and fire safety aboard a boat, we like to travel with a fireproof charging bag. This Lipo Guard Sleeve Sack is fire and explosion proof and avaialble on Amazon. This one is 11″x9.5″, perfect for charging your phone, but larger ones are available.
Reef Safe Sunscreen-nothing is worse than getting a sunburn on day 1 of your dive trip then trying to gear up for every dive, protect yourself and the reef by buying reef safe sunscreen. Stream2Sea offers a variety of products from reef safe sunscreen to lotion, shampoo and bodywash.