Top 7 Items to Pack for Off-the-Map Diving Trips

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If you’re planning a vacation to a remote corner of the world, then you’re going to have some research and planning in your future!

Language barriers, technological differences and unfamiliar neighborhoods or regions can all be unexpected aspects of a remote diving vacation.

So, it’s essential to make sure you’re prepared as soon as you arrive.

The traveling world is filled with stories of folks who didn’t research properly.

  • Cell phone didn’t work
  • Lost wallet in a crowded street
  • Hair dryer didn’t work because of continental differences of electric plugs

Now do these potential roadblocks mean you should cancel the vacation of a lifetime? Of course not!

But, you should plan ahead for the unforeseen, and make sure you have these essential items packed before you start an adventure abroad.

1. A Local SIM Card

Some major cell phone providers may have data or even voice plans for overseas communications, but before you go, be sure and look at the cost.

Depending on where you land, these fees can be fairly exorbitant can put a big dent in your vacation budget.

Also, you might not get a lot for the price, and extra expenses, (like phone calls at $1.00 per minute or more), might be tacked on to the overall plan.

A good way to avoid these unforeseen expenses altogether is to pick up a local SIM card.

Available at airports, convenience stores, and local carrier shops if applicable, a SIM card goes inside your phone and gives you a local number wherever you’re visiting.

It also allows you to connect to a network, keeping your data charges low throughout your vacation. As a result, it’s a great investment if you want to make sure you can always connect with the folks at home.

Just make sure your phone is “unlocked” before you go as SIM cards only work with unlocked phones.

2. Electric Plug Converters

Depending on where you land, you may be surprised to find that the prongs of your battery charger, hair dryer or other electricity-powered necessities don’t quite fit with the region’s electrical sockets.

What’s the solution? An electric plug converter.

Available at most airports for dozens if not hundreds of different countries, a plug converter comes in handy to make sure all your electric essentials work, wherever you are.

3. A “Universal” Credit Card

Before you go, check to see if your credit card is accepted wherever you land, and also, if the fees to use it aren’t too excessive.

You can use some major companies in specific countries, and it might be worth picking up a new card if you plan on staying a while.

In any case, if you plan to use a credit card overseas, be sure and call your credit card company and let them know your dates of travel and where you’re going.

Sometimes companies will temporarily deactivate the card as a safety precaution if you’re suddenly using it in a far-away location where you’ve never used it before.

4. An Old School Phone Card

If you’ve going someplace very “off-the-map,” where cell phone service and Wi-Fi is not at all guaranteed, then invest in an old school phone card.

You may not ever use a phone card during your vacation, but peace of mind that comes with having it available will be worth the extra cost.

5. Well-Hidden Money Holder

A protected or hidden money holder will come in handy if you’re exploring crowded regions or big cities where pickpocketing tends to be an issue.

Many varieties go through the clothes and are close to the body, which makes them hard to find and access for potential thieves.

They’re not fashionable by any means, but they are useful for day trips to exotic, albeit not necessarily perfectly safe, destinations.

6. Safe or Locked Safety Precautions

Check with your hotel or accommodations provider to see if there are any safes that you can use to store your money and passport, and if not, bring along your own.

It doesn’t have to be a big, bulky thing that will weigh you down at the airport it can be as simple as a “hidden” safe that resembles a bottle of shampoo or another inanimate object.

This is especially useful if you plan on staying at a hostel, at a rustic camping site, or any other area where multiple people can access your stuff.

7. Good-For-The-Environment Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a diver’s best friend, and bringing it along with you, as well as Tylenol, antacids, and other “common” things you use every day, will save you time from hunting it down once you’ve arrived.

With a little preparation, any vacation can be a safe and accessible adventure. Just plan ahead and know your stuff, and you’ll easily be able to have an amazing diving trip at any off-the-map destination.

Want to learn more about diving in remote areas? Check out our website to contact us. If you live in the Dallas area, swing by our shop in Carrollton. We’ll be happy to chat with you about scuba.

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If you’re planning a vacation to a remote corner of the world, then you’re going to have some research and planning in your future! So, you should plan ahead for the unforeseen, and make sure you have these essential items packed before you start an adventure abroad.
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2 responses to “Top 7 Items to Pack for Off-the-Map Diving Trips”

  1. Joe Lanister says:

    I have been that person. I have forgotten or not brought a lot of these things. This is a good list.

  2. Janelle Fuller says:

    I am going on a trip in a few weeks. I will definitely use this post.

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