How to Pack: Carry-on, Personal Item, Checked Bag

Now that we know what to pack for trips to foreign countries (i.e. Cozumel, Mexico), the next thing we’ll look at is how to pack.

Keep in mind that you are allowed a carry-on, a personal item (i.e. purse, briefcase), and with a trip like this you’ll need a checked bag. Nowadays, checked bags cost a few extra dollars. Each airline is different so make sure that you check with the designated airline to make sure you meet regulations.

Other regulations to keep in mind items that can and cannot be included in carry-on bags as well as size limitations (think 3oz or less). With this day in age, there are many regulations on what you can travel with and where. Better to be prepared.

How to Pack:

Checked Bag

Your checked bag is the easiest to pack sort of… There are weight limitations on checked bags. If you go over the weight allotted, they will charge you additional fees. Make sure you get scales and weigh, weigh, weigh.

  • BC
  • Wetsuit
  • Boots
  • Fins
  • Pony Bottle (if applicable)

Carry-on bag

  • Computer
  • Camera (if applicable)
  • Regulator
  • Medicine
  • Any items you could not get by without

Personal Item

  • Money
  • Credit Cards
  • Passport
  • Certification Cards
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Airline information to check in with

Then… We have carryover items.

What are carryover items? Those items that are divided between your checked bag and your carry-on bag. Items include but not limited to:

  • Swimsuit
  • Flip Flops
  • Shorts
  • T-shirt
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Towel
  • Sweatshirt
  • Jeans
  • Slacks
  • Dresses

Basically, all those clothes you might need. Now, a good rule of thumb is to pack a swimsuit, flip flops, a pair of shorts, and a t-shirt in your carry-on. That way should your luggage get lost, you can still dive.

One other item that needs a place would be your mask. Where should you put your mask? You can put it in your checked bag or your carry-on. That’s entirely up to your preference. If it is a prescription mask, you’re better off to put it in your carry-on.

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