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Traveling gear
Starky - 10/16/2018 1:38 PM
Category: New Diver Q&A
Replies: 10

We are finally taking our trip to Cozumel in January. Should I bring my own gear or use resort/dive shop gear. We each get a free suitcase and carry-on and I can get all my gear less weights in the suitcase and keep it under the 50# max. I would prefer to use my own gear but is this overkill. Either way I would still bring my own mask, fins and wet suit.
What do most people do that travel?
Eric_R - 10/16/2018 6:38 PM
I just got back from Hawaii and took everything but a wetsuit. I carried my reg set in my carry-on. I used my dive gear bag as my suit case and was just under #50.
daz88 - 10/16/2018 9:36 PM
Always take my own gear!
LatitudeAdjustment - 10/17/2018 6:31 AM
Take your own gear, some of that 3rd world rental gear is pretty sketchy, there are no government requirements for service, the equipment service tech is probably on the job training :(
GreggS - 10/17/2018 3:11 PM
I take all my own equipment as well (minus tanks and weights, of course.) Don’t take any superfluous items you won’t and can’t dive with (knife, gloves, for instance) and you should be able to pack everything else with clothes with no problem staying under the weight limit. You’re always more comfortable diving with familiar gear than rental which may or may not be safe to use.
Starky - 10/18/2018 2:55 PM
Thanks guys, this helps a lot. Really looking forward to this trip.
LatitudeAdjustment - 10/19/2018 8:04 AM
From GreggS: Don’t take any superfluous items you won’t and can’t dive with (knife, gloves, for instance)

I did find in Greece that taking the dive knife thru their version of TSA gets you a Police escort who carries your dive bag to the boat :)
Starky - 10/19/2018 12:56 PM
Thanks for the advise. I’ll take it off my BC.
sdweller - 10/19/2018 3:36 PM
Honestly, I use the equipment of the Resort I’m visiting...other than my mask & fins. Most good resorts/centers have good equipment...remember if it’s a bit washed out that’s because they use it a lot,but they also service it a lot.
MDW - 11/05/2018 11:28 AM
I always prefer to take all my own. I know where it’s been, I’m used to it, and so I’m pretty sure it will not kill me.
ChadS - 12/20/2018 1:46 AM
I prefer to take my own gear. A pain packing and getting through the airlines without extra bag fess, but worth it when at the dive site!