Ryan Photographic - Packing list-
- Sunscreen – I like Bull Frog because it is a gel and goes on easily
- Insect repellant – containing DEET. Biting insects are not usually a problem, but when they are around, I have found they have an affinity for ankles.
- Money – it is generally better to use a credit card for everything you can because you will get a better rate through the credit card company than you will at the bank. It is also a good idea to call the credit cards you are planning to take and let them know you will be out of the country and ask that they put a note on your account, so that your card is not declined. I usually have a Visa, Master Card and an American Express and have never had a problem using any of these cards.
- Dive gear – at least mask, snorkel, fins and booties. Probably should have a wet suit – I dive in a 3-5-3 (3mm on the arms, 5mm on the body, and 3mm on the legs).
- Swimming suits – it is a good idea to bring at least 2 swimming suits…there’s nothing like putting a wet swimming suit on first thing in the morning!
- 2-3 t-shirts that you don’t mind getting dirty. I find it very convenient to wear the same t-shirt to and from the dive boat, but over the course of 2 weeks they will get dirty.
- 2 sarongs –wrap around "skirts" worn by boys and girls
- 2-3 t-shirts or button down shirts (Hawaiian shirts) for dinner.
- 2-3 pairs of shorts. Surprisingly you will not wear shorts often, you will find yourself in a t-shirt and a sarong more often than not. Remember to pack clothes that will dry quickly, denim may be the first choice but it does not dry quickly.
- A sweatshirt – after 2 weeks of diving you may find yourself cold, especially if it rains.
- Beach towel – it may be a good idea to take 2, one for diving and one for showering.
- Don’t forget the undies!
- Toiletries – shampoo, shower gel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, shaving cream, etc. Also, don’t forget to pack/bring any prescription or over the counter medications you may take.
- Some sort of flip-flop type shoes, aqua socks, etc. It might be a good idea to have a Teva type sandal.
- Sneakers and socks.
- Flash light or dive torch
- Ipod or CD player and discs
- Kool-Aide, Crystal Light
- Nalgene bottle, or similar
- Camera and film or memory cards
- Extra batteries for everything – cameras, dive computers, CD players or anything else electronic you may bring. Generally you can get most any battery in Fiji, however finding it quickly and the cost are completely different stories.
- Charger if you are using rechargeable batteries, there is usually a 120-volt outlet available for recharging batteries.
These are just suggested items, especially for people who have never travelled to the tropics.
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CO 80241 USA Phone 303-457-9795