While many of us enjoy taking trips to nearby or far-reaching areas to explore the abyss, often times vacations that involve scuba diving will involve other activities as well. If you plan on bringing your own scuba equipment, you won’t have much room for anything else, unless you’re willing to haul around more bags or rent equipment from dive shops. However, there are some versatile items that can add to your scuba repertoire that will come in handy in other situations as well. These accessories aren’t absolutely necessary, but they offer advantages at a relatively low cost and don’t take up much space.
If you don’t already have a dive watch, we would suggest getting one when you have the means to do so, as they can really make a difference. Deep divers have previously had problems finding affordable watches that were resistant to their desired depths (some claims by watch companies were proven untrue the hard way!), but fortunately, as technology has advanced and high-quality durable items have become more commercially available, there are lots of options now.
If you want to be confident that your watch won’t leak or crack at various depths, will function properly, and will stand up to brutal punishment, a good place to start is looking for military-style items. For example, military dive watches have proven to be very durable and functional, and while they are more bulky than your standard Timex, they can actually be quite sleek, allowing you to wear them on a regular basis. They often incorporate navigational features as well, such as GPS or a digital compass, making them great to have when camping, hiking, mountain biking, or anything else in the great outdoors! For more military-grade items that can be used outdoors, check out Tac X Tactical.
Simple hand warmers from your local outdoors or hardware shop can make a huge difference in comfort both after diving and in any other outdoor situation that becomes a little chilly. Being more accustomed to the Atlantic, I find these almost essential, not so much for the actual diving, but to keep myself happy afterward! If you’re on a trip and plan on doing other outdoor activities as well, these are great not only for your hands, but to help heat the inside of your sleeping bag, your feet, or any other small area that becomes a little too cold for comfort.
Dive lights are also handy, especially if you’re diving in darker conditions (obviously). The reason we bring these up is because even if you don’t use them for diving, they can still come in handy in many other outdoor situations, whether it be hiking or camping, hunting, or even just making your way back to the tent after using the bathroom. Given these lights are a little more expensive due to their high functionality and water resistance, they can be a little hard to justify, but if you need a flashlight in general, this is a good way to kill two birds with one stone, assuming you don’t lose track of it!
These are just a few ideas for small convenient items that can be great to have when scuba diving, but also have applications extending far beyond the underwater environment. The watch is the most important of the three, but make sure you have all your other equipment in place prior to enhancing your setup with these items.