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The Best Liveaboard Packing List – All Star Liveaboards

You’re 3 days from getting on the plane for your liveaboard dive trip with All Star Liveaboards. All of a sudden it hits you…”What am I going to pack?”

No worries, we can help. In addition to a Packing Checklist on each All Star Liveaboard’s Trip Info page, we made this handy-dandy liveaboard packing list to make it easier to get ready for your trip. Check out this infographic, or scroll down to find the copy/paste-friendly typed-out version below!

If your suitcase is overflowing like this, check out this liveaboard packing list

Always remember, you’re more likely to pack too much than too little. There’s an awful lot of stuff on this liveaboard packing list, but you probably don’t need to bring everything on it!

Consider renting some dive gear on the liveaboard or packing fewer outfits than you think you’ll need in a worst-case scenario. There’s not usually tons of extra room on a dive boat, so try to keep your liveaboard packing list short but effective!

The Ultimate Liveaboard Packing List, Typed Out

Here’s a typed-out version of our liveaboard packing list for you to copy/paste! Keep in mind that this is a general packing list meant to help all liveaboard divers prepare for a trip…not everything on this list is absolutely necessary, so consider your own needs and make your decisions based on that.

Also, some liveaboards provide items that others don’t. Many luxury vessels provide towels, shampoo/conditioner, etc., so check with the liveaboard operator to check and see if you can leave some of those bulky items at home. Passengers diving with All Star Liveaboards receive pre-trip documents with vessel-specific packing lists, so read over yours to see what should be packed and what can be left at home.

Personal Items

  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Two Beach Towels
  • Sunscreen (Reef-Save, Oil-Free)
  • Motion-Sickness Remedy
  • Aspirin
  • Decongestant
  • Any Other Meds You Need
  • Mole Skin (For Fin Rubs)
  • Basic Toiletries
  • Electronics Chargers
  • Eye Masks/Earplugs to Sleep
  • Lip Balm
  • Leave-in Conditioner (Reef-Safe)
Liveaboard Packing List- The Aqua Cat with it's tender the Sea Dog alongside in the Exumas, Bahamas.
A shark costume is probably not the best outfit for your liveaboard trip


  • Socks to Prevent Fin Rubs
  • Hat (*Important*)
  • Sunglasses (*Super Important*)
  • Bathing Suits
  • Casual Shorts/Sweats/Tees
  • Rain/Wind Jacket
  • One Set of Lightweight PJs
  • One Set of Warm PJs
  • Flip Flips/Sandals/Deck Shoes
  • Water Shoes (For Shore Excursions)
  • Sundress or Collared Shirt (If Your Cruise Has Fancier Events)

Gotta Have!

  • Passport
  • Money (For Port Night and Crew Gratuity)

Optional Fun

Passenger off the dive liveaboard All Star Avalon II taking a picture of a crocodile in the mangroves in the Gardens of the Queen, Cuba
Learn to dive or snorkel on your family vacation to the Exuma Cays, Bahamas

Dive Gear

  • Dive Logbook
  • Dive Certification Card(s)
  • Mask
  • Fins
  • Snorkel
  • BCD
  • Regulators
  • Pressure Gauge
  • Computer/Dive Watch + Depth Gauge
  • Wetsuit/Rashguard/Skin
  • Dive Booties
  • Gloves
  • Hood
  • Dive Lights
  • Tank Light/Glow Stick
  • Small Dry Bag
  • Mesh Laundry Bag

Stuff to Store Securely

Most liveaboards will store your luggage and whatever else you don’t need at the offices at the dock or in the hold of the ship.

  • Suitcases
  • Return-Home Clothing/Makeup
  • Anything Inessential on the Boat
The Nassau Harber Club, where Aqua Cat docks
A diver in the Lost Blue Hole outside Nassau, Bahamas

Stuff to Not Bring

  • Dedicated Mesh Dive Gear Bag or Other Specialty Luggage (You can leave these at the secure dock storage after unloading on the boat)
  • Tanks and Weight (The boat will supply these)

Bonus: Some Good Tips for Your Liveaboard Trip

Scuba Diving with Blackbeard's dive liveaboard in a unique experience
  • If you’re traveling solo and have indicated a willingness to share a cabin with a stranger, BRING PAJAMAS – They might differ from you in climate control preferences!
  • Consider taking oral meds, ginger, peppermint, an acupressure band, or a motion sickness patch just in case you get seasick!
  • As the seasons change, plus you’re diving and wet, you might get cold – So consider packing some long pants/sleeves!
    • Bonus, Bonus Tip: Packing more swimsuits means you won’t have to put on as many cold, wet ones!
  • Cotton is slow-drying, and a liveaboard is a wet environment, so consider bringing only microfiber towels and synthetic clothing for topside so it will dry more quickly!
  • Most liveaboards require divers to bring their own mask, fins, and snorkel, but there are often spares onboard incase yours get lost or broken! (Try to plan ahead if you need to rent equipment, though)
  • Dive certification courses are usually available during the trip, so (if arranged ahead of time), it can be a great opportunity to earn specialty certifications!
  • Bring a small dry bag to keep essentials from getting soaked on deck! A mesh laundry bag for mask and snorkel and even water shoes can come in handy for shore excursions, too!

Book a Liveaboard Diving Trip With Us!

All Star Liveaboards has dive boats and yacht charters in the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cuba, Indonesia, and the Philippines. So pick a destination, go back over this liveaboard packing list, pack your bag like a pro, and come have the time of your life with us!