What to bring onboard during a liveaboard?
Liveaboard trips are the diver’s favorite. Some divers love Liveaboard so much that they dive only while living aboard. Mostly, divers cruise to remote areas for the sake of adventure and exploration of untouched worlds. So, going to such areas for diving, you will pretty much have to carry everything. Especially when you are doing a liveaboard, you are virtually cut off from the world and you cannot go shopping that’s why you need to prepare a pre-planned list of things that you are going to carry with you. It is better to discuss such things with your friends whom you are going with.
Here are given some tips and lists of what you need to carry with you on a liveaboard:
- Right Choice of Dive Suits and Snorkel:
There’s nothing worse than ending a dive because you’re cold, so having the right wetsuit (wet suit or dry suit) for your trip is essential. Your liveaboard will tell you the water temperature for the time of year you’re traveling and recommend a suit thickness. Always follow their advice or go thicker, especially if you tend to get cold quickly. Liveaboard dives tend to belong, and you’ll be diving multiple times per day, so confirm you’re comfortable in your suit.
Also do not forget to bring a snorkel with your dive suits. Although, most of the diving equipment can be borrowed from the ship but make sure to bring your own snorkel in case!
Older wetsuits tend to get colder faster, so check that your suit is still in good shape. It’s might be worth investing in a new wetsuit, although you ought to dive in it before your trip for familiarization and to check for any uncomforting.
If you need a dry suit, again confirm that you have a proper certification beforehand for your trip.
- Insulating your Dive Suits:
Adding layers under your suit is a great way to increase warmth and comfort and gives you flexibility depending on each dive. A variety of thicknesses are available, just check beforehand that you’re still comfortable and can easily move. Liveaboard also allows wetsuits to dry faster and make it much easier to get your wetsuit on. If you can, carry two to three extras so you have a dry one to put on before each dive.
If you’re a dry suit diver, wear thermal clothing underneath, and remember to bring a few extra layers.
- Remember to Bring Swim Suits:
Bring at least two to three swimsuits with you. This will keep your stock of swimsuits ready anytime. You can hang your used suits at the deck for drying. Always keep the fact in mind that you are going for a lot of dives while liveaboard.
- Earplugs and eye mask:
You’ll need plenty of sleep during your trip to fully enjoy your dives and stay safe. However, divers often complain they couldn’t sleep due to the boat’s engine, churning away while the boat moves at night. Find earplugs that are comfortable for you and pack a few sets. An eye mask can also help if your cabin is light or you want to catch a snooze between dives.
- Personal Care Items:
Because of the constant dives in seawater and harsh weather conditions in place, you visit; your hair and skin become dry and wrecked. So, it is best to carry some sort of conditioner, shampoo, and lotion creams for your personal care. Although some ships provide it, you should bring your own. Lip balms are also necessary for your chapped lips, so do not forget them!
- Light, Comfortable Clothes:
This is not a resort-based trip, where you’ll be going out for dinner or perhaps a night out, so pack mostly comfy clothes. No one really cares what you look like on these trips, so comfort is the priority over anything fancy. Sweatpants, sweatshirts, loose skirts and tops, as well as a few swimsuit cover-ups, are all you’ll really need. And don’t overpack. Your cabin will likely have only small storage space. For cold locations, a good jacket or hoodie will be good, although even in hot locations, you’ll likely get chilled at night after a full day of diving.
- Sea-sickness medication:
If you are prone to seasickness, don’t let this ruin your trip, so pack your medications. However, it’s not a bad idea to pack some meds even if you don’t ordinarily get seasick, as you never know if you will be randomly affected. Take non-drowsy tablets for daytime and drowsy for nighttime. If there are rough seas at night on a liveaboard trip, drowsy seasickness tablets can be a lifesaver, allowing you to sleep and wake up refreshed for the next day’s diving.
- Eco-friendly Sunscreen:
Make sure to carry products and items that are eco-friendly especially sunscreens. Some sunscreens may contain oxybenzone and other destructive chemicals for sea life, especially reefs. So care for sea life and carry reef-friendly sunscreens.
- Camera gear/chargers/storage devices:
Last but not least, nearly every diver seems to travel with a camera nowadays, so pack everything you need. There’s nothing worse than realizing too late that you forgot a charger or an essential filter or lenses. Taking extras things like batteries will also prevent problems when you have a short surface interval. With so many other cameras on board, keep track of yours by marking it with a particular bright lanyard or clip. This will help you easily identify it when the crew hands them out. Bring plenty of large memory cards or an external hard drive so you don’t run out of space.
Lastly, there will be plenty of chilling out between dives; you may want some extra layers. Bring a warm hat, gloves, scarf, and windbreaker for cold climates and a hat and sunglasses for warmer trips. With all that downtime, you’ll want some reading material as well. Although most boats have a few books, bring your own. If you’re going on land for excursions, make sure you bring proper footwear for the terrain; usually, any hiking will require close-toed shoes.
With Vaiatea Liveaboard, you will have all the necessary comfort, whether diving with new and adapted equipment or even on the boat, for your photo equipment with a room especially thought for that purpose with all the useful accessories or even during your sleep with rooms isolated from the boat’s noises.
Finally, be sure to check with the boat on how you’ll pay your bill and tip before you disembark. Most of the boats accept credit cards but make sure to bring a little cash with you too just in any case!
Have fun! Travel safe.