Whoop whoop! Travelling destinations are opening slowly, and we can now start to travel more freely. Egypt, with its stunning Red Sea is back, alongside a few other popular exotic diving destinations. Check here where can you go diving now.
We are back to the old conundrum of taking our scuba diving equipment abroad without paying unnecessary excess baggage fees. If you are looking for a new BCD or Wing, this blog may help you choose your new, travel-friendly diving gear.
Lightweight scuba diving bags
You also need to decide the size that suits your travel plan the best. Let's take roller bags as an example. The size of up to 40 litres may be suitable even as carry-on luggage, while bags of around 80 litres will provide most of your diving equipment for a weekend trip. Tha bags of 100 plus litres will cuddle the whole diving equipment set for a week-long and extended scuba diving holiday.
- Roller Bags
- Duffle Bags
- Backpack Bags
- Mesh Bags
- Dry Bags
- Regulator Bags
- Snorkelling Bags
- Mask Bags & Cases
- Hard Cases
Lightweight travel BCDs and Wings Sets
In terms of BCD suitable for travelling, there are many fantastic hybrid buoyancy compensators on the market. BCDs are the bulkiest pieces of equipment, and choosing a smaller, more streamlined BCD will save a lot of space in our dive bag. Most scuba diving companies offer a travel-friendly BCD. Travel BCD is slimmed down to the essential bits like comfortable padded shoulder straps, integrated weights, trim pockets. Almost all good travel BCDs offer wing type bladders.
- Aqua Lung Rogue
- MARES Magellan Travel BCD
- Hollis LTS BCD
- Scubapro Litehawk
- Aqualung Rogue BCD Pink
- Scubapro Hydros Pro Men
- Scubapro Hydros Pro Ladies
Travelling extensively on many expeditions, I found that my travel wing-harness-backplate set up is the lightest and smallest to travel. Modern single travel wing sets feature weight-saving aluminium backplate - cut out for ultimate weight reduction, single tank wing with a lift of around 13-20 kgs.
We are active scuba divers ourselves, and we love to travel. We have a full range of lightweight travel BCDs in our travel collections. Thinking about getting a ladies BCD but not sure what the benefits would be? Read our 'Why Choose a Women's BCD' article to find out how they differ from a standard BCD
Lightweight travel regulators
If you prefer to pack regulators in hold luggage, the weight of a regulator plays an important aspect in planning our packing. Diving regulators first stages can be heavier as they feature a lot of high-quality metals. Some experienced divers will choose regulators that offer a compromise between slightly heavier cold water rated rigs and lighter, more travel-friendly construction. A typical travel regulator features weight-saving polymer second stage and octopus casings and is furnished with high quality but lightweight braided hoses like miflex.
- Apeks Flight Travel Regulator Set
- Aqua Lung Micron Travel Regulator Set
- Aqua Lung Core Supreme Travel Regulator Set
- Scubapro MK11 C370 & R095 Travel Regulator Set
- Mares Rover 15x Lightweight Travel Regulator
- Atomic M1 Regulator, Z2 Octopus and Console Travel Package
Lightweight travel fins
Standard fins are heavier, especially any type of Jetfin, which are popular amongst drysuit divers. They help significantly in the trim but are not the lightest to travel with.
Fins that are more travel friendly are made usually from a lighter polymer and have a shorter blade to reduce the weight but still offer enough power transfer. Actually, a shorter blade can be beneficial if you are going wreck, cavern or cave diving.
Lightweight travel packages
Our travel experienced Showroom Team has put together a collection of fantastic lightweight travel dive packages. The combined weight of all BCDs and Regulator sets is under 7kg in each package! With the tightening of airline luggage restrictions and the increasing cost of checked luggage, there has never been a better time to get a package that could fit in your hand luggage!
- Aqualung Rogue Travel Package
- Scubapro MK11 C370 Litehawk Travel Package
- Scubapro MK17 G260 Seahawk 2 Travel Package
We are here for you, and if you are unsure which equipment will suit your dive style the best, do not hesitate to get in touch with our well-travelled instructors.