Am thinking about visiting Thailand for my next holiday/ dive trip but would really like to see a bit of Thailand as well as beyond sea level. How on earth am I going to manage this with my kit? Has anyone else done this? I will limit what I take but it will still be a lot (i am really really reluctant to rent, especially bcd and regs)
Has anyone fit kit into a backpack?!!!
God I hate diving kit!
why are you so against renting? think you need to decide what the trip is going to be primarily for...diving or is that just going to be a small amount? If you're honestly considering carrying it, could you strip your kit down and compromise on what you rent or dont?
I'm very against renting as I know where I am with my kit... I know it's been looked after properly, it fits me perfectly and I have it set up as I like. Until you dive with your own really really good kit, you won't understand. I won't get in the water without my Apeks xtx 100 regs now. Listen, i'm a UK diver, we're a bit kit mad us lot
The diving will be at least 50 % of the time, but who knows until I get there. If i'm not totally shattered as I have been lately, then the diving could be much more. I really would like to see some of Thailand though even if just a rush around at the end. So basically it's a diving holiday but with hopes to do other stuff.
I had decided I will take a backpack for my regular stuff and a small dive bag (i'll cut down to regs and bcd and whatever I can squeeze in!) and hope for the best. Am I the only one to do this then?
[ Edit: Edited on Oct 31, 2007, at 1:08 AM by divegirl ]
If you intend to stay in one place for the diving, you could just leave your kit with the dive base...provided that you trust them
If you want to dive neighbouring areas you could still leave your stuff with the base and pick it up on your onward travel after touring the 'above sea level'
If you plan to travel far consider downsizing on your clothes and stuff. My complete 'going to the tropics' luggage including my dive kit weights under 20 kg so hauling it around is kind of bothersome but not as much as using borrowed equipment
How about sending it back home when your done diving? it might be a bit pricey as I would think that diving gear is heavy, but might be worth it if you don't have to carry it around with you...