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Old 05-03-2017, 08:55 AM   #21
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Digital has been a true blessing. We had only passing use of film cameras, but definitely paled in comparison to DW's Nikon with Aquatica housing, or to her smaller Sealife set up. (On a trip where she takes both cameras, adding the other dive gear to the travel kit isn't that big a deal.... )
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Old 05-04-2017, 04:37 AM   #22
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Yeah I used to have a dedicated camera bag for my rig. Flooded camera on a trip 5 years ago and decided not to repair or replace it. I was accumulating some really nice images but really never looked at them or did anything with them, and I found I enjoyed diving more without taking photos.
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Old 05-04-2017, 06:03 AM   #23
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... I found I enjoyed diving more without taking photos.
Me as well, although I do keep a goPro in my pocket, just in case.... We'll see how DW's preferences change (if at all) when we double our lifetime dives over the next year or two. We've suffered from living well away from a coast and not being interested in quarry/lake diving.
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Thanks for all the responses. I think I'll always want to bring my mask, fins & snorkel as I really enjoy snorkeling too. I get cold easily so I dive in a custom 5 ml full wetsuit. Will want to bring that too. The computer would also be easy to bring if I take it out of my console and use a wrist strap instead. However I may try renting the BC & regulator next time. I'd probably still end up bringing my dive bag to hold the other items but at least I'd have more room and less weight in the bag, and I wouldn't need to upgrade or maintain my equipment.


After traveling for the last 5 months, we decided it was a good idea to bring our own, even though it was a bit of a hassle given weight restrictions on smaller planes in Asia and Australia. We just love having gear that we know well and can rely on. However, I agree with servicing costs of regs....we dive with cressi compacts, great for travel and cheap enough to probably replace rather than service (bought online).

I think planning to rent next time might be a great way to see if you can be ok without your reg and bc....really depends on where you go and dive op you go with. Enjoy! Jealous to not have any Dive trips planned right now!
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We own and travel with our own gear...consider it a SAFETY issue.
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Thinking about this more, maybe we should check out the compact BC's & regs for future trips. Once I bring prescription mask, fins, snorkel & custom wetsuit, I need a big suitcase anyway. I also have lots of Little accessories (dive light, pointer stick, safety sausage, slate, etc) that I like to bring. I fantasize about traveling lightly but have to admit I like my own "stuff."
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Thinking about this more, maybe we should check out the compact BC's & regs for future trips. Once I bring prescription mask, fins, snorkel & custom wetsuit, I need a big suitcase anyway. I also have lots of Little accessories (dive light, pointer stick, safety sausage, slate, etc) that I like to bring. I fantasize about traveling lightly but have to admit I like my own "stuff."
We travel light--when we aren't diving. (Doing the one carryon backpack thing for 8 weeks of Andes & Amazon this fall; DW even getting a pixie cut to avoid need for most beauty products. Highly unlikely we can ever get to not checking bags on a real diving trip though.)
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We travel light--when we aren't diving. (Doing the one carryon backpack thing for 8 weeks of Andes & Amazon this fall; DW even getting a pixie cut to avoid need for most beauty products. Highly unlikely we can ever get to not checking bags on a real diving trip though.)
Besides, they are not going to let you carry-on a dive knife.
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How true! I don't dive with a knife but DH does.
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We like to carry a knife also but some dive places don't want you to have a knife. So I carry a pair of blunt nose utility scissors. Easier to cut fishing line with those.
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