What to pack for your diving liveaboard

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Diving Equipment checklist for your diving 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 spots 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 will 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. I have categorized items into two main categories:

  • Items provided by trip organizers.
  • Items brought by you.
  1. Items provided by trip organizers:

Diving equipment:

  • Buoyancy compensator regulator
  • Gauges
  • Dive computer
  • Spare mouthpiece
  • Wetsuit (some ships don’t provide wetsuits, so always carry two-three wet suits of your own)

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. 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.

If you need a dry suit, confirm that you have a proper certification beforehand for your trip.

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  • Mask
  • Dry bag
  • Compass

Non-diving equipment

  • Life jackets.

 Items brought by you:

Diving equipment:

  • spare mask
  • fins
  • snorkel
  • booties
  • hood
  • gloves
  • logbook
  • diving certification
  • tank banger
  • slate
  • whistle
  • reef hook

Non-diving equipment:

  • Bring Swimsuits:

Bring at least two to three swimsuits with you. This will keep your stock of swimsuits ready anytime. You can hang your used suits on the deck for drying. Always keep the fact in mind that you are going for a lot of dives while on 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 ship 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 wink between dives.

  • Personal Care Items:

Because of the constant dives in seawater and harsh weather conditions, your hair and skin become dry and wrecked in the place you visit. So, it is best to carry some conditioner, shampoo, and lotion creams for your 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 cares what you look like on these trips, so comfort is prioritized over anything fancy. Sweatpants, sweatshirts, loose skirts and tops, as well as a few swimsuit cover-ups, are all you’ll need.  And don’t overpack. Your cabin will likely have only a small storage space. A good jacket or hoodie for cold locations will be good, although even in hot spots, you’ll probably get chilled at night after a full day of diving.

  • Sea-sickness medication:
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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:
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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:

Finally, 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 extra things like batteries will also prevent problems when you have a short surface interval. With so many other cameras on board, please keep track of yours by marking it with a particular bright lanyard or unique clip. This will help you quickly identify it when the crew hands them out. Bring plenty of large memory cards or an external hard drive to avoid running out of space.

Is all your equipment ready? So don’t wait any longer and get on board Vaiatea Liveaboard to live an extraordinary adventure.



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