My bags: a big one for diving equipment and clothes, a small one for photo equipment ...
My bags: a big one for diving equipment and clothes, a small one for photo equipment ...

What's in my blogger diver travel bag ?

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the weird sentences and the funny mistakes that could have been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here:

  Between Two Journeys

My diving equipment and my equipment for underwater photography now occupy the bulk of my luggage. Impossible for me to travel light as before! But the basic principle remains valid: I must be able to lug all my luggage alone.

Warning : this is NOT a sponsored item, I am not affiliated with any of the brands I quote below in this article. I invested little by little, year after year, especially in computer equipment, photography and diving ...

Until 2009: my backpacker luggage

Big backpack (green) + diving bag (black) + small backpack "cabin".
Big backpack (green) + dive bag (black) + small "cabin" backpack.

That was my diver-pack before 2010. I was then a backpacker, a backpacker. I had not yet invested in a waterproof case to take underwater my SLR camera (Canon Eos 7D), which today represents all additional paraphernalia to carry. I was moving with the following three pieces of luggage:

  • 1. A big backpack (green stuff) for clothes and the rest (10-12 kg)
  • 2. A bag-pudding with shoulder strap for diving equipment (10-11 kg)
  • 3. A small backpack, my luggage "cabin", where I tidied my compact camera of the time and its small box, the laptop and small things fragile and / or precious (iPhone, papers, money) ...

All that came down roughly in the limitation usually practiced, at the time, in eco class for luggage: twenty kilos in the hold (my two big bags) + a few kilos in the cabin.

2010-2018: my first bag with wheels

This is the bag that faithfully accompanied me from 2010 to 2018, in all my diving trips: a trunk bag 90 liters, light and cheap, found in a large chain of sports shops (Decathlon), early 2010 (this Newfeel bag is still marketed today, with some evolutions).

Its design in two compartments is very practical. My full dive gear is on one side. The clothes and some of my underwater photographer bardas on the other. I completely reviewed my luggage logistics from 2010, when I started to carry a little more photo material to make images under water. I talk about it in these articles:

→ Finished the backpack, long live the bag with wheels!

→ Photo and diving: my equipment

My bags: a big one for diving equipment and clothes, a small one for photo equipment ...
My bags: a big one for diving equipment and clothes, a small one for photo equipment ...

I reluctantly gave up my "backpacker" status with all his belongings on his back / shoulder. It's a lot less exhausting to be a "rollpackeuse" ... 😂

This compact and unobtrusive wheeled bag draws much less attention than the bulky dive travel bags, all of which have a well-known brand name written on them. He held the road eight years, with 3 to 4 trips a year and was often roughed up! I was very happy, until he let me go in May 2018, returning from a trip to the Philippines.

The handle has finally come out of its rail and the two corners down at the front are quite worn. In contrast, the closures still hold and the entire canvas is still in good condition. Rather robust, so despite its very small price, a very good investment.

From July 2018 to today

Forcing me to renew my luggage, I have just invested in another bag with wheels, designed in the same way, in two compartments. A bag also discreet, a famous luggage brand (Eastpack) that guarantees its products thirty years. His name : Transver L.

It is less cheap than my previous bag, a little larger (121 liters). I hope it will last as well or longer!

Here are my current luggage: a big Eastpack wheel bag (right), a Ikea wheeled cabin bag with detachable backpack (left). (Charles-de-Gaulle airport, Roissy, July 2018)
Here are my current luggage: a big Eastpack wheel bag (right), a Ikea wheeled cabin bag with detachable backpack (left). (Charles-de-Gaulle airport, Roissy, July 2018)

Small underwater photo logistics

This change of logistics and the choice of the wheels were therefore imposed because of the material for the underwater photo, to transport in addition to the rest ... I had to completely review the organization of my luggage!

In addition to the camera and its waterproof case, it must convey the heavy equipment that goes with: the plate (support) with its two handles, flashes and their batteries, the arms of the flash, the charger for these flashes, cables etc. I put you some photos below, so that you give an idea of the bazaar ...

Yes, I do not really look like a mermaid with all my photographic bazaar under water! (Philippines, May 2018 - Photo by Steven Weinberg)
Yes, I don't exactly look like a mermaid with all my photographic stuff underwater! (Philippines, May 2018 - Photo by Steven Weinberg)
My paraphernalia for underwater photography.
The same paraphernalia, dismounted ...
There you go ! The device is ready to accompany me under the water! (Romblon, Philippines, March 2017)
My current configuration (since 2016), with two flashes.
The little bazaar that I steal on a trip to be able to take photos under water ... Right, my camera with its new lens 100mm macro. Only the most fragile elements, namely the camera and lenses, its box and portholes, remain in my cabin bag. I put everything else in the hold. (Romblon, Philippines, March 2017)
The small bazaar that I steal on a trip to be able to take photos under water ... And again, do not appear on the photo the dome and the lens for the wide angle shots. Right, my camera with its 100mm macro lens. Only the most fragile elements (camera, lenses, box and portholes) remain in my cabin bag. I put everything else in the hold. (Romblon, Philippines, March 2017)

For the plane: only one big bag in the hold

So I put in the hold only one big bag to roll. This luggage on wheels, divided into two compartments, contains:

  • on one side, my complete diving equipment;
  • on the other side, some clothes and various accessories a little heavy related to the underwater photography that I evoked above (the flashes and their batteries of a model authorized in the hold, the charger for these batteries, the arms of the flashes and the platinum of the box, among others).

Fortunately he rolls, this bag! The whole easily reaches 28-29 kg ... 😱

I therefore prefer to travel, for international flights to / from France, on airlines that allow no extra cost 30kg in the hold (Emirates Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines ...).

➡️ Attention on Emirates: during the stopover in Dubai, the company's policy is to re-check the weight of passengers' hand luggage on most flights. They are waiting for you with a scale, just before the access to the departure lounge. Better not to exceed 7kg allowedthey are very strict, the extra kilo is charged at a high price (and impossible to board without paying). For photographers: I advise you to wear your camera around your neck and slide your lenses in a multipockets jacket ...

For flights between Asian countries, I often borrow Air Asia to buy at the time of booking, beyond the 15kg base for checked luggage, extra pounds up to a total of 30kg ...

Finally, overweight fees on local companies that I often borrow (Indonesian, Malaysian, Filipino) are rarely a problem: they are very low compared to Europe. One can either pre-pay at the time of booking online, otherwise they are to be paid at the time of registration, and are often charged with a "discount" at the head of the customer (and especially the customer, when she makes a big smile at the check-in counter and says hello in the language of the country) ... 😉

The thorny issue of "cabin" luggage

In addition to my bag with wheels, I have with me a "small" cabin bag, now also on wheels, bulky and convertible backpack, unearthed in the store of a large Swedish furniture chain (Ikea)

The interest is that it divides into two pieces of luggage thanks to a zip: the rear part, which rolls and which is stacked in standard authorized cabin format; and the front part, which turns into a perfect little backpack for my MacBook Pro computer and my papers. All zips can be secured by small padlocks.

I spread in this cabin baggage "two in one" all that is fragile and / or precious and that I do not want to put in hold:

  • In the main part of the rolling bag: the Ikelite waterproof case for my 7D and its two portholes (wide-angle dome + macro porthole), the Canon Eos 7D and its lenses, the fragile electronic equipment (dive computer and backup hard drive), a fleece jacket for transport ( especially in Asia where the air conditioning is often pushed to the bottom) and a mini-change of urgency (in case the luggage in the hold containing the clothes would not have followed, precaution that I take since that happened to me in 2015 → Leaving on an island far from everything).
  • In the small detachable bag: my 15-inch MacBook Pro, my iPhone, money and papers, and my airplane survival kit (mask, ear plugs, compression socks, toothbrush). In general, I keep this detachable bag with me in the plane, slid under the seat in front of me, and I place the other in the luggage compartment in height.

➡️ NB. I have this clever convertible cabin bag since 2016 (before, I had a beast little backpack, which weighed a little heavy on my shoulders, with all this stuff, in the airport corridors) ... I am delighted with my find, this new little bag with wheels is perfectly suitable for air travel!

Clothes: the tropical minimum

And for the rest, what do you put in your luggage for a trip to Southeast Asia or tropical islands? As little as possible! 🌴 🌴 During my travels in Asia, I learned to take only the essentials. I have made a small checklist below.

➡️ My usual destinations enjoy the same climate: hot and humid. Long live summer clothes! No need to worry: if I miss something, I buy it on the spot (in addition, it is much cheaper than in France). No problem getting flip flops, t-shirts or sarongs in Asia!

Clothing: the tops

  • some tops with straps for "seaside" places
  • two t-shirts covering the shoulders and several fine tunics with long sleeves. Both to respect certain places and situations (cities, Muslim countries, temples) and as protection against mosquitoes at night. Preferably things easy to wash and match with any stocking.
  • a small fleece jacket for all air-conditioned places that are often in "fridge" mode (plane, bus, boat, shopping malls, etc.)

Clothing: the stockings

  • cropped trousers
  • long trousers (for travel by plane, and for places and circumstances where it is not better, as a woman, to be bare legs)
  • a skirt and / or a summer dress with braces
  • one or two shorts

Undergarments

  • panties and bras: simple and comfortable
  • in sufficient quantity for a week

At the feet

  • a pair of canvas sneakers that I wear on the plane, which is then used only when you have to walk a little
  • a pair of flip flops that do not weigh anything in the bag and that I almost always at the feet on the spot

➡️ I'm not a trekker, so I do not clutter heavy hiking shoes or socks ...

My indispensable accessories

  • 3 or 4 swimsuits (I am always in the water, I like to change)
  • 2 to 3 paréos or sarongs (a "clean", one or two others for the beach and sea trips, I often buy new ones on site)
  • a hammock (one of these light models as found everywhere in Asia)
  • Sun glasses

➡️ I do not take bath towel for a long time, it is now everywhere.

Toilet stuff

  • Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothpaste, moisturizer, sunscreen, etc. Before, I took them in small quantities in small bottles for the arrival, because I often bought my toiletries on the spot to gain weight in luggage. From now on, I use biodegradable products to pollute the least possible and as it is not easy to find on a trip, I take the necessary quantity with me. I recently switched to shampoo as a solid soap, very convenient.
  • Toothbrush, hairbrush, hair elastics, tweezers, razor, etc.

➡️ Special girls: whether you are tampons, cup or towels, it is better to think about carrying your hygiene protection, we are not sure to find everywhere, especially tampons ...

Médoc: small pharmacy at bobos

My pharmacy kit has been steadily reduced during my travels, most often to Asia and the archipelagoes of the Indo-Pacific ... Do you say that in tourist areas and large cities, There is usually medical infrastructure in case of a real problem. Overall, the risk of contracting a serious illness is minimal for a healthy, well-nourished Western traveler who has his vaccines up to date. And if that happens, we will not treat ourselves: we will consult a doctor on site or we will call for assistance / insurance for travelers.

So I'm happy here to give common sense advice, for small problems on the trip, not for serious situations. These tips obviously can not replace a medical opinion. But given the exorbitant price of some drugs (which often will not be used), the best is to take with you only enough to treat small disorders and small sores.

The really useful stuff

The problems that are most likely to be faced: the famous tourist (traveler's diarrhea) and small wounds (bites, scrapes, cuts, blisters, which heal poorly in humid climate and can become infected).

So, what is really useful in a travel pharmacy kit is at a minimum an anti-diarrhea, as well as bandages sterile and a disinfectant type Betadine (be vigilant on all the small sores on the feet, since we walk around barefoot, in flip flops, it can be infected very easily). I now have with me also waterproof bandages adapted to protect a wound when I dive, the salt water only aggravating the situation otherwise ...

Possibly antibioticsif you know that you will spend time away from any city (where you can find doctor and / or pharmacy). For example, I already had to urgently find a pharmacy between two planes in Indonesia, to get me antibiotics for three days, just to stop the infection of a bulb of fins (sic!) That had degenerate.

For the small ordinary evils, I also take some pills ofanti-pain with paracetamol, Doliprane type, Dafalgan or equivalent.

Finally, very useful for the diver that I am: drops to treat otitis externa (caused by badly rinsed ears after immersion). The most effective for this type of infection, among those I tested: those named Ottopain in Indonesia or Panotile in France.

Mosquitoes and malaria

The malaria (also called malaria) is an infectious disease potentially deadly, caused by parasites of the genus Plasmodium, transmitted by mosquitoes when they bite us.

Malaria does not occur everywhere in the equatorial or tropical regions of the world, nor in the same country considered malarious area. I mean, there's no need to take preventive treatment when you go to Phuket, for example ... For malarious areas, it is obviously advisable to consult a doctor before leaving. He alone can properly inform you about the risks of contamination where you are going and how best to prevent them.

This is not a question to take lightly. As rightly remember many travelers on the internet, just a single bite of a mosquito carrying the parasite to be infected for life ...

My weapon against mosquitoes.For my part, it is rare that I take an antimalarial treatment. I am often asked the question and I am always a little annoyed to answer, knowing that this can influence the decision of other people. But it is a personal choice, of which I assume the risk for myself, knowingly.

My decision can not be a substitute for medical advice and is not a recommendation. Everyone to take responsibility with their health.

I usually settle for the simplest basic precautions, which have been proven: mosquito repellent, sleeves and long pants at dusk if needed, careful closure of the net around the bed if there is one and the room is not closed.

I invite you to read this excellent article published by François du blog Tourdumondiste, which explains everything very well, with serious information (sourced) and advice → Should we take malaria medication while traveling?

➡️ It is not only malaria to be feared: mosquitoes can also transmit the dengue. Protecting yourself with repellent and long clothing therefore remains a basic precaution in all cases.

Techno: an indispensable superfluity

There, I confess, I charge a little. I'm addicted to my toys! I have traveled a long time without a computer, when I was a real backpacker, but it's over. At that time, to connect to the web and keep this blog updated during my travels, I spent hours in the local internet cafes ...

1. Laptop

The first time I decided to leave with a laptop, I first opted for a netbook (a laptop) all light and not too expensive, the small Medion Akoya (read here → My technomade mini-computer). But from 2010, when I acquired my Canon 7D SLR camera who is doing HD video, I gave up: this little computer was not powerful enough ...

Instead, I took the next time my old 15-inch MacBook Pro. Only he scared me by falling in the road with a beautiful black screen: he did not like the humidity and the heat at all. It returned to life afterwards, but this machine was already beginning to be obsolete at the time. Technological toys are evolving at full speed! ! !

So, in January 2011, I fell for a 13 inch MacBook Air, one of those of the first generation, all light, really good. I loved it and traveled with many years. But similarly, he ended up no longer suffice me, with the stock of raw photos and videos that I accumulated ... His slowness, faced with new software and ever larger files, became infuriating.

My MacBook Air. At Ankermi, in Maumere. Flores, Indonesia, July 2011.
My MacBook Air 11 inches, at Ankermi Happy Dive, in Maumere. (Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)

So, in June 2016, I invested in a new machine, able to process without dragging a lot of big files and which should be able to last several years: a MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina Display from mid-2015 (photo below).

Nice, my blogger's office! (Lembeh, Sulawesi, July 2017)
Nice, my blogger travel diver! (Lembeh, Sulawesi, Indonesia, July 2017)

I bought it reconditioned (they are computers that were used in presentation in store and which were rehabilitated for sale then, it allows a consequent saving, compared to a new model) on the Refurb Store from the brand to the apple.

I took care to choose a model well inflated in power (16GB RAM + 2.5GHz processor Intel Core i7) and storage (1TB of flash memory), in order to process without rowing heavy files photos and videos, and in the hope that it will not be too quickly obsolete ...

With the amount of underwater images I'm doing now, I can not imagine traveling without a computer. I can write my texts whenever I want, from my room or my terrace, sort my photos as I go on Lightroom, edit videos and connect to the internet, either using a wifi connection when there is one, or using the shared connection of my iPhone in which I put a local SIM card (not expensive at all in Asia, very convenient to connect via the mobile network).

2. Photo and video equipment

Since January 2010, I travel with a SLR camera that also makes video, the Canon Eos 7D (nothing to do with the small digital compact Canon Powershot A95 who accompanied me before). I am very happy, even if it is quite heavy and cumbersome.

He has never let me down, he is strong, he can withstand the wet conditions that I inflict on him regularly, and he is able to make beautiful pictures under water.

I have not yet renewed this material (it represents a budget, especially since it would buy a box for a new device, these things are not interchangeable, and a box, it costs roughly the same. same price as the case 😱).

Before, I also had a compact device in relief, for terrestrial photos, but the iPhone has now become my second camera. In just a few years, the quality of the smartphone sensor has become excellent.

In June 2019, however, I have just acquired a mini-SLR as a secondary camera for terrestrial photography, the Canon Eos 250D. Extremely lightweight, not expensive, it is considered a SLR of "beginners". But I seem to have the right technology to be a practical and versatile case on the road. I'll talk about it when I test it more in the field. It was getting complicated for me to take the 7D out of the box after every dive when I needed it for photos I did not want to make to the iPhone.

For the 7D, I carry several 32GB and 16GB memory cards, a spare battery and its charger. For the 250D, I have two SD memory cards, an 8GB inherited from an old device, a fast 32GB video-ready, as well as a spare battery and charger.

My goals (see here → Photo and diving: my equipment) are interchangeable on both housings.

Finally, I also have a portable hard drive 500GB SSD to make a backup of photos and videos (I unload and store the originals on my MacBook Pro).

For shooting underwater, as I explained above, I also carry the Ikelite case for my SLR (as well as its accessories: the flashes and their charger, the arms of the flashes, the cords, the plate, the portholes ...).

3. iPhone

I also spoke about it above. I currently have the iPhone X and it's really my second camera now. It allows to to make images without attracting attention, everyone leaves his smartphone to make pictures in Asia! It's always on hand, really practical.

For all that is communications (telephone, SMS, internet), I put a local SIM the time of the trip, it allows to have access to internet 3G and 4G when there is network and it avoids roaming charges. It serves as a "modem" to the computer via connection sharing, when there is no wifi available and I only have the local telephone network to connect to the internet.

NB. In this month of June 2019, just discovered with spite that the new iPhone XR and XS allow recently the use of e-SIM, but not the iPhone X I have ... Too bad for me, the e-SIM is virtual, allowing to keep his usual number associated with the iPhone without physical SIM. So we can slide a second physical SIM card in the device, for example a local SIM, without missing the first number ... The kind of thing perfect for me!

4. Cables

In modest accommodations, it is rare to have more than one electrical outlet. And sometimes it's set up in odd places, high up, or near the door, or in an inaccessible corner behind the bed ... So I take a strip, to connect all this little world more easily. I check before leaving the type of taking the country to take the adapter which is good (but if you forget it, it is on the spot).

I also have a USB key, a memory card reader to unload my photos and of course the cable and the plug for iPhone.

  Between Two Journeys

  1. it's a baggage that weighs how many pounds all that?
    It's not a joke, I really want to know with you how much you travel, because your list seems very good, and me, I still have too many kgs, it's really a disability that "weighs" me on a trip.

    And again there are no multi climates like when traveling in a country, mid-tropical-beach and mid-mountain at 4000 m. Between the small hiking shoes, and the "fleece, windbreaker, anorak" ...

    The iPod, a good idea. Do you travel with an iPod of how much?

    thank you for your information.

  2. @Joce: The backpack weighs about 12kg, sometimes it is mounted up to 14kg ... These are all cables, batteries, electrical equipment that ends up heavy. I can not afford to go beyond, since I also have the dive bag that weighs in 10kg [EDIT: rather 11-12kg, now that I put the regulator with the rest]. Most companies tolerate a total of 20-22kg in the hold, but not much more.
    As for my iPod, it's old model, which is "only" 60GB.
    😉

  3. Hello Corinne, I take note of your backpack that seems well organized, I have for my part hiking shoes and more but hey, I can have them on the feet in the plane. This is the dive bag that makes me more worries. Mine alone weighs 20 kg, problem ... I have a stab a little too heavy, halcyon, great but not easy to carry. Maybe I could buy another lighter for the trip. I will walk from South India to New Zealand between September 2009 and May 2010, I will go through Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia and finally NZ. What material do you bring? Thank you for your answer

  4. @debullenbulle: Hello, and welcome to Little Bubbles Elsewhere! With a pseudo like that, you're in the right place! 😉

    My dive bag, which is in 8-9kg, contains:
    - mask
    - Mares AdvantiX-3 fins
    - boots
    - Seac Sub stab Pro Pro Lady XS (I will invest in lighter one day)
    - combi 5mm (before I took a 3mm, much lighter)
    - accessories: soft snorkel, small parachute, knife, lamp (without batteries for transport)

    Tip n ° 1: the bag itself is very light, I think that's where I gain weight compared to others: simple net bag with zip, slipped for transport in a duffel bag that goes closes from the top (all found in a large chain of sports shops that encourages us to be "thoroughly form"). This is the black and gray pudding with orange border that you see in the photo.

    Tip 2: I keep my regulator (Legend ACD) in my "cabin bag" when I fly, just to lighten the weight in the hold.

    It makes me want your trip ... Pile the kind of itinerary that I would do well if I had a few months of freedom and a few under reserve.
    Good preparations!
    8)

  5. Hello Corinne, yes I'm going in search of a light stab because mine has a stainless steel plate of 6 lbs and a support also stainless. I had mourned my material but thanks to you I made the decision to bring it. It's great to share your experience. Thank you. Even if you think I'm not very rich but it seems to me that a longer trip is cheaper, maybe I would find some work, who knows ... And then life sometimes leads you to a crossroads that feels adventure. I trust for the return. I know that I will be amply energized by Asia.
    Your blog motivates me and reassures me. I'm leaving alone too, to celebrate my 50th birthday. I really like the idea of downloading chapters Lonely planet, really clever.

  6. @debullenbulle: The bottom line is that you are able to carry everything (dive bag + clothes bag) all alone. This is really the determining factor. Beyond twenty pounds, it becomes a galley, anyway. At worst, you leave without stab and you rent one on the spot. During my first trips, when I did not have all my gear yet, that's what I did. And then, on such a long journey, in terms of clothes and the rest, you can buy stuff along the way, as and when, and get rid of other things, according to your needs of the moment.

    I did not suppose you were "rich", on the contrary, what you say is very fair: the longer the trip, the better. Moreover, your journey is like a project that matures secretly in me and that I will probably realize one day ... During my travels, I met lots of people, neither more nor less fortunate than you or me, who traveled in the long term, working a little here and there, from one dive center to another, according to meetings, desires, opportunities. And by lugging their gear! Really, Asia is a fabulous destination for small budgets and "solo travelers".

    For my part, I'm not yet at a "crossroads" I am content for the moment of my periods of leave to travel, but I come back every time more frustrated (always too short!), With the want to leave ...
    🙄

  7. Hello Corinne,
    In fact, I put my beautiful big stab on sale on diver.com. Anyway too tech for me. Thank you for your response as diligent as it is thoughtful. to more Cô

  8. Hello

    I am very impressed by your blog and post very practical and super clear for who wants to get started on long distance trips!

    I just wanted to react to two things: the traveler's "pharmacy kit" and the palu.

    Pharmacy kit: I personally travel a little bit heavier than you because, even if we find bcp of products in capitals (although for the Biafine, for example, it is not a winner!), The more remote corners do not often do not offer much (I think for example in Cambodia, Laos, Burma, parts of Thailand or the Philippines, etc.). In addition, a significant proportion of pharmaceuticals available in Asia are counterfeit and pass the door of a place brand "Pharmacy" is rarely a guarantee of quality, caution.
    Another thing about aspirin: this product, although very common in France, is far from innocuous. In particular, it inhibits platelet aggregation and, as such, is unusable in dengue areas (South East Asia, South America, Africa) as there is an increased risk of hemorrhage. It is therefore advisable to prefer paracetamol.

    Malaria (Malaria): One could understand from your sentence that malaria transmitting mosquitoes "flee" in front of tourists. It is unfortunately nothing! Many tourist areas are also impaled. So, again, caution, the best is to learn about its destination and to consult if necessary a doctor specialized in tropical medicine. And since the goal is not to get stung, sleeping systematically under a mosquito net is an excellent thing!

    The tropics, it's great, do not bring bad memories !!

    @+
    Ben

  9. @Ben: Hello and welcome to Little Bubbles Elsewhere! Thank you for your comments, which I can only approve, of course. Very fair for paracetamol and mosquito net.

    My point here about the little travel pharmacy was to "dramatize". It goes without saying that if the tourists fled mosquitoes carrying malaria, that would be ... 😆 I dare to hope I have not been misunderstood on this point! Of course, I recommend to consult before leaving for professional advice and adapted prescription. Once informed, everyone opts for prevention and the solutions he considers most appropriate to his case: it is a question of personal responsibility.

    It's just that sometimes I've seen people take away a staggering (and very expensive) pharmaceutical arsenal just to spend a week in Phuket ... 😯

  10. Can you give me the tip to go to Phuket as cheaply as possible, by Malaysia or other? Your site is remarkable, thank you.

  11. @Marie-Christine: Thanks for the compliment ... 😉
    There is not really a "pipe" to go to Phuket as cheaply as possible. The best is to monitor the rates of flights that serve large airport hubs in the area, such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore ... as well as specials from companies like Thai Airways or Malaysia Airlines. Once in Bangkok, KL or Singapore, we can take a cheap flight with Air Asia for the final destination, Phuket in your case.
    For my part, to locate the cheapest rates, I use a search engine very well done, which allows to indicate several dates of departure and return: Partirou.com. Then I will see directly on the websites of the indicated airlines.
    Good preparations!
    🙂

  12. Hello,

    Super site !!! 😉

    Full of advice, beautiful design, etc.
    No, frankly! Deserve to be known!

    We are leaving Bali early and I also plan to create a blog on our different trips. I intend to promote your blog.

    Good continuation
    😀

    Lili
    from Yaya & Lili

  13. @ Yaya & Lili: Welcome to my little bubbles elsewhere! I am delighted that the ride you like ... And thank you for this nice comment. Let me know when you have launched your blog, I will go for a walk in my turn. Good preparations!
    8)

  14. Written by Ben (see above):
    "Pharmacy kit: I personally travel a little bit heavier than you because, even if we find lots of products in capitals (although for the Biafine, for example, it's not a winner!), The corners back often do not offer much (for example, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, parts of Thailand or the Philippines, etc.). In addition, a significant proportion of pharmaceuticals available in Asia are counterfeit and pass the door of a place brand "Pharmacy" is rarely a guarantee of quality, caution.
    Another thing about aspirin: this product, although very common in France, is far from innocuous. In particular, it inhibits platelet aggregation and, as such, is unusable in dengue areas (South East Asia, South America, Africa) as there is an increased risk of hemorrhage. It is therefore advisable to prefer paracetamol. "

    +1

  15. @John: Are you the virtual clone of Ben, who left the same comment (very relevant, this said), word for word, a little higher?
    EDIT: I just understood ... you quote Ben, in fact, and you "plussoies" with the + 1 ... 😆
    I rectify the presentation of your comment, so that it is clearer.

  16. Hello Corinne,

    Thank you for this blog that makes me travel a little while waiting to leave for Borneo and Sipadan in 1 month ... By the way about luggage, I wondered if you had a torch and whether you put it in the hold or in your carry-on baggage?
    I seem to remember that there were problems with diving torches and air transport and when I search the internet and forums, I find as many versions that the internet can give ... Do you have an opinion on this topic?
    Thanks in advance & long life to this blog.

    Aurélie

  17. @ Aurélie: Welcome to my little bubbles elsewhere!

    For sub lighting, I put everything in the hold. I only have a tiny torch from which I simply remove the batteries, and an Ikelite flash for my camera, which I also travel separate from the "battery" part. Like that, no danger that one or the other light by accident in the bag in the hold.

    You will enjoy Sipadan ... Good preparations!
    8)

  18. The French multi-catch has often been unusable in Thailand. The problem is when you have to connect the fan to one of these inputs of the multi-plugs, because the fans in Thailand, they have flat jacks as you know. And as often me too I found myself with a single socket in the room!
    I managed to travel this time at the start with 10.5 kgs (I'm proud it's the first time) + the bag of the day, 20 l, containing the notebook and its cables. Have returned with 15 kgs. no hardware like you, but also a lot of electronics, between computer, HD ext, USB sticks, card reader, app. photo (small) and phone + chargers.
    Do you know Marie-Ange from http://www.unmondeailleurs.net/ a super diver too (and photographer).

  19. @Joce: I also have a flat-plug adapter, to which to connect the power strip ... 😉
    Congratulations for the 10.5kg, it's true that it weighs all these little things!
    Yes, I know Marie-Ange, we even met two years ago at the diving show!

  20. I also have a flat adapter, (and even full, bought in Bangkok,) on which to connect the power strip ... French.
    But there, already that only one catch (the adapter with flat plug it leans to death down on their catch of ...
    well you see, the adapter did not support the weight of the French power strip, which she also did not accept the flat plug of the fan. it leaned to death down all that ...
    So, adapter flat plug + power strip French + flat adapter to connect the fan, and still others (since power strip, it is done to connect three devices in my case, chargers, computer & #8230;
    I never got out, and I had to use the computer powered by staying on my terrace. Otherwise, on battery.
    When I talk about 10 kg, it was the wheeled suitcase, because I also had the computer on the back and his gear (1kg5)
    I take this opportunity to thank you for the story of your stay in Koh Yao Noi, it really helped me a lot to read you.

  21. Very nice site 🙂 Design, content, photos, I will take my marks.

    Me material question, I try every day to get rid of unnecessary things. I left with 10kg of luggage and I must have lost two pounds along the way. I realize that I do not need much anymore.

    At the hardware level: Mac Book Pro, adapter, Sony 550 camera, some cables. A good book, two outfits, a notebook, and that's all. I had opted for a tent and a sleeping bag, which I finally gave up.

    Good continuation,

    NowMadNow

  22. @Joce: I know the blow of taking m ... on which everything leans to death down. I have a tip: I have a mini-adapter flat plug found in Thailand, and that fits well and remains in place, on which I plug the power strip (which power strip is with a wire, so I fact that I can put it, and it does not hang on the wall with the weight of all the little things to plug ...).
    😉

    NowMadNow: Welcome to my little bubbles! Delighted that you like it. I would have to update this section, since, since I seriously equipped for the underwater photo and it changes the deal: with the case for the SLR, the porthole, the support plate, the arm for the flash, the flash, the charger for the flash, the cable for the flash, I end up with a lot (too) extra kilos to manage & #8230; Last time, with the clothes + the dive business (complete equipment of 10-11kg) + the gear, I shot around 26-27 kilos !!! 😯 But it's true that for the part "clothes and personal things", it is easy to be very light.
    8)

  23. Hi !

    One quick question: how long did it last you, your Macbook Pro? It angers me a bit ...
    I intend to bring mine brand new, almost 17p, during my trip to Asia. You had a bag adapted to protect it, I guess. If you have any advice, it would be cool 🙂
    In any case, great site, I feel he will help me prepare myself ^^ thank you to you. 🙄

  24. @Jasmineloo: After a few days. The screen first made me several quirks before going out for good. That said, when I returned to France, everything went back to normal. But it was a very old MacBook Pro ... If yours is new, I think you do not have to worry too much. No special advice to give you, if not to have a cover, to protect it, just to avoid shocks during transport. One thing is for sure, computers do not like the heat and humidity of tropical air.
    8)

  25. Hello,
    oki good j hesitates to spend the dark side only for these few months to know take a pc ... : Mrgreen:
    otherwise I will inquire for the macbook air to know if it supports well, the CS5 (photoshop, flash, dreamweaver ...) but it seems to me that yes with the new processor ... ah ah, in any case thank you very much for your answer. ^^
    Have a nice trip, beautiful !!

  26. A girl who travels with so little is very rare! I remember a friend who accompanied me during a stay in Spain last year who took with her a lot of useless clothes for a week's trip. Knowing that she is passionate about shopping, she could not help but rob many shops on site. Upon return, her suitcase far exceeded the maximum weight allowed, but fortunately for her that the company did not weigh her hand luggage!

  27. @Elyes: Whether I'm a girl or not change nothing ... You compare with trips that have nothing to do with mine, in fact. As I fly every time to destinations where I plan to scuba dive (not shopping), and I am now also equipped with a waterproof case for underwater photography, I do not have really enough to take away a lot of other stuff. And then, in the tropics, a swimsuit and a pareo are enough, very often. I think, on the contrary, that I am much more busy than your friend shopping, with all my bardas dive ...
    🙄

    1. Hello,
      Starting for the first time in BDE cruises in Egypt next year, I am in search of solutions to fit all my gear (like you Ikelite and 7D box with big Hublot).
      I also want to bring my 13 "macbook pro.
      Could you give me stp the references of your cabin bag where you put all that stp?
      A big thank you in advance!

  28. Thank you for all your advice !

    Olala, it's a hell of a load for diving but I do not think we can do otherwise! I take note for the ear drops, I did not think about it. Every time I get my ears because I know it is quickly caught. Which ones do you take?
    The Macbook Air 11 "is really the computer cut for the trip. And I'm not talking about the new series with the return of the backlit keyboard and a powerful proc ...

    Side clothing we go pretty light with my girlfriend, walking shoes (low) included, we arrive in the 9-10kg each!

  29. @Bruno: For ear infections: Otipax that I buy in France, works very well. In Malaysia, I had found a bottle of Ottoman well effective too. But all that stuff has to be worth it ...

    The 11-inch MacBook Air was right on the computer I dreamed of before it existed, when I bought a netbook and dreamed of seeing it display an apple at startup:
    http://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/2009/01/28/mon-petit-ordi-de-technomade/

    And here I am green to discover the power of the new MacBook Air just released. If only I had waited a few more months ... But hey, so it is, in terms of technology, new products are quickly outdated soon acquired.

    As for my diving equipment and my material for the picture under water, I do not plan to do without it, so yes: impossible to do light, now.

  30. Hello Corinne,

    Congratulations for your site. It is pleasant to read and very inspiring. I'm leaving for Bali with my 5 year old boy and I want to introduce him to snorkling. Do you have places around Bali that you recommend for snorkling with a young child.

    Thank you for all your good advice.

    Brigitte

  31. Yes, really top the Macbook Air and I drool over the new ones 🙂
    Thank you for the drops for the ears, I note, I take advantage of our passage in France to recharge our pharmacy!
    A +

  32. Hello,

    First of all congratulations for this wonderful blog and the quality of the photos.

    For my next trips (a dive cruise of 5 days at Similians in early November), I hesitate to bring my own diving gear.
    For the combi (I use an integral kitesurf suit in 3/5 mm) OK; it's better for hygiene and I do not like rental shorties ...
    But for the rest: stab, fins, mask, regulator. Is there really an interest given the weight constraints?

    Jean-Luc from Lorient

  33. @ Jean-Luc56: Thank you for the congratulations, it's always nice ... 😀 As for the interest in lugging his diving gear, it's really a personal choice. I'll be you, I'll still get mask and regulator.
    🙄

  34. Hello,
    I came across your site a bit by chance. I find the pictures beautiful. We are planning to go to South East Asia for 4 to 5 weeks this summer, but we are hesitant about where to go. We like to practice snorkelling, we avoid too touristic places.
    The country must not have too many health risks (child of 5 years). Do you have any leads to give me?

  35. @My': Hello Marion, and thank you for the compliment! 🙂
    I tell you nicely: you want one thing and its opposite, no? ... 😉

    Let me explain: the advantage of the so-called "tourist" places, when traveling with a small child, is that there are all the infrastructure that may be needed in case of concern (medical equipment, transport, communications , accommodations, etc.). If we want to avoid tourist sites, we opt for a trip that will necessarily be less comfortable (longer, more complicated, further) and that will involve more "health risks" ...

    Personally, I would recommend "easy" destinations to travel, such as Thailand (snorkeling: in the southern islands, on both sides), Malaysia (snorkeling: Perhentian Besar island, Tioman island), and Bali in Indonesia (snorkeling: Amed, Pemuteran).

    These are certainly tourist destinations, but you can find lots of peaceful corners anyway. Look a little in travel guides (Routard, Lonely Planet) on these destinations, it can already identify corners and islands that would suit your desires ...

    Good preparations !!!
    8)

  36. Hello and thank you for your answer,

    Yes, you're right what I'm looking for is contradictory ...
    Thailand and Bali: these are the 2 destinations I thought of. The choice will be difficult.
    We have already been to Malaysia and especially Tioman and Perhentians but at the time, it was childless - backpack and adventure.
    And since then, I really want to discover other countries in Asia ...

    Marion

  37. @My': Thailand or Bali ... what a dilemma !!! 😀 Both have their attractions and are quite feasible with a little bit of cabbage. Since you go in summer, maybe aim for Bali, rather, you will have the certainty of having good weather wherever you go on the island. In Thailand, in this season, the southwest coast is very watered ... Good preparations!
    8)

  38. I was inspired by this post to go to Israel. I do not dive but I decided to leave with only a cabin bag for my 12 days of journey ... well, I will not do it again 🙂

  39. Congratulations on this very useful blog with a person who works great in his head ............ it's rare!

    For my next trips to Indonesia where I come back I will be of good help.

    do you have tips for snorkeling in Flores, Komodo, borneo?
    Michel

    1. @Michel: Thanks for the compliments on the blog! 🙂

      It is always difficult for me to advise people on snorkeling in particular, since I do not practice it. But in general, where there are good diving spots, there are also good spots for snorkelers ...

      So no, I do not really have a "snorkeling place" to advise in Flores, Komodo, Borneo. You'll find a little everywhere, I guess ... Otherwise, aim at the places where the divers go, there will be necessarily nice places to swim with palms-mask-snorkel nearby!

      8)

  40. Hello and thank you very much for making me dream about Raja Ampat. We are 4 from, a little trek in the jungle and to us the bubbles .......
    It's good to start approaching J-12, business is ready, there's just a little bit about the change.
    I make a stopover in Jakarta, where I will make my visa. Is it better to change, relative to the exchange rate at the airport or arriving at Sorong, for it to be more advantageous. Often it's worse at airports.
    In Sorong or go change: in a bank, in a hotel like Novotel or other.
    Are euros accepted without problem or should we also provide dollars?
    Thank you, see you soon and let us travel again this is only good.
    cordially .
    Sylvie

    1. @Jean: when you say "on the plane", I guess you mean with me in the cabin ??? As I explain in the article, my fins and all my diving gear are in my bag, whether on AirAsia or other companies. I have no reason to take the fins out of the bag to take them in the cabin & #8230; 😉

  41. Hello Corinne
    First of all, congratulations for your site very well documented, we travel just by consulting! Your course is a little (a lot!) Identical to mine. I travel almost exclusively to dive, since my first bubbles in 1990, day of my baptism, a revelation! I am also a photographer and videographer, but I stay in the gear "light" with a gun that still makes me good images. I am currently doing my check-list to go on a cruise to Rajat Ampat (with Wallacea), and I would like to know if you have ever had any worries about excess baggage on this destination? I have the same bag as you, but that will be well compact, I intend to also put the gear and my clothes. And how is it on domestic flights? Finally, I read that the temperature of the water was constant at 28 ° all year, is it? So a 3mm must be sufficient. Thank you again for this beautiful site and the beautiful images!

    1. @Marianne: no problem for luggage up to Raja Ampat. In general, you are asked to pay for excess pounds at the time of registration, but not always (depending on the companies, the mood of the person at the counter and the head of the customer) / e). As it is at the Indonesian rate, this supplement is quite affordable.
      Yes, the water is chaaaaude, we did not lie! 🙂 I am very cautious, I support very well a 5mm at these temperatures, especially when we dive every day, several times a day. But a 3mm is in principle sufficient, indeed. Good preparations!

  42. Hello,
    I appreciate all the details you can provide. Is it possible to know the name of the new model of roulette bag that you have acquired? I'm coming to the Red Sea soon and I'm looking for ^^
    Thank you and good bubbles 🙂

    1. @ Solène: it's an East Pack Tranverz L (large format) https://www.eastpak.com/oc-en/luggage-c140/tranverz-l-current-khaki-pEK63L73T+00+999.html Like my previous bag, it is in two compartments, and I put on one side the diving gear, on the other the clothes and a lot of other stuff (cables, non-fragile elements for the underwater photo, etc. .). It is a little more bulky than the other, but it seems more robust. I just tested it in Indonesia ... I'm getting used to its format, a little bigger than the previous one ...

  43. great item for luggage
    I add: concerning the labels, I put 2 on the handles of the luggage, and a paper with my addresses inside the baggage.
    I take a picture of all my luggage on my iPhone, and I backup all my documents (plane tickets, hotel, passport) on my iPhone and on the cloud.
    When to my photo bag cabin I found a special backpack photo top for my compaq and its flash, I'm still too afraid to put my SLR in the water and ... it's heavy.
    I add to my waterproof case a set of O-rings backup, silicone grease of course ... etc
    And I make an exel file with all that I have to put in my luggage like that every trip I take my list without anything forgotten ... hehe once my spouse had forgotten his swimsuits, stuff easy to buy in the countries tropical ...

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