2 swimsuits – Since you spend the majority of your time in your swimsuit, it’s a good idea to bring two so you can let one dry while you wear the other.
2 towels – The same rules apply for towels because nothing is worse than drying off with a wet towel. Perhaps make one a pack towel. One for salt, one for fresh.
2 dresses – A few cotton dresses can be thrown on over your swimsuit in a pinch. Guys can substitute shorts and shirts here.
1 pair of ankle socks – Fins can rub on your heels so a pair of socks makes them more comfortable.
2 pairs of underwear – If you don’t want to sleep in your swimsuit, pack a few pairs of undies or jammies since this is dormitory style, you’ll need something to sleep in besides your birthday suit!
Sarong –cover up
Shoes- you end up barefoot most of the time but the no skid can rub tender feet after a week. Flip flops or Teva like sandals for shore excursions are recommended.
Leave in conditioner – Hair gets to be a tangled mess and some leave in conditioner is helpful.
Deodorant – It gets hot on the sundeck and you don’t want to smell.
Hair ties – If you have long hair you can pull it back so it doesn’t get caught in your mask.
Toothbrush and toothpaste – Keep that smile white, even in the middle of the ocean.
Hairbrush or comb – It may be hard to run a brush through your hair, but it’s always good to have.
Lotion – Salt water dries out skin.
Birth control – You never know when you might meet a sexy scuba diver.
Eye drops – If your eyes are sensitive to salt water, eye drops can flush them out.
Contacts/glasses – For those of us who wear contacts, bring extras in case yours fall out. If you wear glasses, you can rent prescription masks from the local dive shop.
Sleeping pills – If the diving doesn’t wear you out, you may find it difficult to fall asleep because of the people who want to stay up late and the constant rocking of the ship. Gravol can help for both sea sickness and sleeping.
Protection from the Elements
Hat – Ideally one that covers the ears.
Motion sickness tablets – The motion of the ocean can make you queasy.
Sunscreen – SPF 30 minimum, even if you will be in the ocean the majority of the day you can still get burned.
Sunglasses – One pair should be sufficient.
iPod – Good for down time and parties at night with fellow divers.
Dive log – To keep track of your dives.
Dive certification card: If you’re going on your open water course, they will give you a card.
Dive gear – If you already have gear, including but not limited to a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy compensator, wetsuit, and dive computer, bring it with you. If not, everything can be rented with prior arrangements.
Money for port night and tip for crew. Thursday, we are back in port and most folks go out. We still provide dinner and drinks on board. Tip for crew can be paid in cash or by credit card.
Book – A paperback book is good to have for afternoons between dives and you can swap it with other divers when you’re done
What NOT to bring
Big bulky bags – try to pack light and in soft sided bags. You can leave your wheeled bags at the dock storage with your going home clothes.
Alarm clock – you are on vacation!
Makeup – There’s no point in applying mascara once you dive into the ocean. Leave it in your go home bag at the dock!
Gear left at the dock: suitcases, clothes and toiletries for the return trip home, street shoes and everything else you won’t need on the boat. For this trip, less is more!