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 ...

Luggage: which diving bag to choose for travel?

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  Between Two Journeys

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My diving equipment and underwater photography gear now take up the lion's share of my luggage. Impossible for me to travel light as before! But the basic principle remains valid: I must be able to carry my dive bag and all my stuff on my own.

Disclaimer : this is NOT a sponsored item, I am affiliated with NONE of the brands I mention below in this article. I have invested little by little, year after year, especially in computer, photographic and diving equipment...

My diving travel bag since July 2018

I've invested in a new wheelie bag in 2018 to replace the previous one (see below). I wanted it to be designed in the same way:

  • a bag large enough to hold my diving equipment, clothes and accessories for underwater photography;
  • and opens into two wallet-style compartments. Convenient for separating diving equipment from the rest.

Again, I opted for a discreet bag, with no markings written roughly on it. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than having a diving equipment manufacturer's name or logo on one's luggage. It signals that there are valuable things inside, and that you are potentially a (very) wealthy tourist...

My choice was a reliable model.The company has a well-known luggage brand (Eastpack) which guarantees its products for 30 years. Its name : Transver L.

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)

This big Eastpack wheeled bag is less cheap than my previous bag from Decathlon, and a bit bigger (121 liters). I hope it will last as long or even longer!

So far, I'm very happy with it. It is robust, handy, practical and does not attract attention.

Underwater photo logistics

I no longer carry my stuff in a backpack like I did when I was 20 years old... I now carry all my underwater photography equipment so I had to completely rethink the organisation of my luggage!

The solution of the big wheeled sack quickly became obvious.

Because in addition to the reflex camera and its waterproof case that I keep in my small carry-on luggage, I have to carry the heavy equipment that goes with it: the plate (support) with its two handles, the flashes and their batteries, the arms of the flashes, the charger for these flashes, the cables, etc.. I put some pictures below, to give you an idea of the mess...

Yes, I do not really look like a mermaid with all my photographic bazaar under water! (Philippines, May 2018 - Photo by Steven Weinberg)
Yeah, I don't really look like a mermaid with all my underwater photographic junk! (Philippines, May 2018 - Photo by Steven Weinberg)
My paraphernalia for underwater photography.
The same rig, dismantled...
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 little mess I make on my trip to be able to take underwater pictures... And still, the dome and the lens for wide angle photos are not on the picture. On the right, my camera with its 100mm macro lens. Only the most fragile parts (camera, lenses, housing and portholes) remain in my carry-on bag. I put everything else into my checked luggage. (Romblon, Philippines, March 2017)

The thorny issue of carry-on luggage...

In addition to my large wheeled luggage intended to go in the hold during air travel, I have with me a "small" cabin bag, also on wheels, bulky and convertible into a backpack, found in the store of a large Swedish furniture chain (Ikea)

The interest is that it divides into two small luggage thanks to a zip:
- the rear part, which rolls up and is stacked to the authorized standard cabin size ;
- the front part, which turns into a mini backpack perfect for my MacBook Pro 15′ and my papers. All zips can be secured with small padlocks.

I divide in this cabin baggage "two in one" everything that is fragile and/or precious and that I do not want to put in the 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 little detachable bag: my 15-inch MacBook Pro, my iPhone, money and papers, as well as my survival kit for the plane (eye mask, earplugs, support socks, toothbrush). Usually, I keep this detachable bag with me in the plane, slipped under the seat in front of me, and place the other one in the overhead luggage compartment.

NB. I have this clever cabin bag that can be transformed since 2016 (before, I had a silly little backpack, which weighed a bit heavy on my shoulders, with all this burdock in the airport corridors). I'm delighted with my find, this new little bag on wheels is perfectly adapted to air travel!

The question of overweight luggage

As I said before, I only put one big rolling bag in the hold. This rolling luggage, divided into two wallet-like compartments, contains :

  • on the one hand, my complete diving equipment;
  • on the other side, some clothes and some accessories a bit heavy related to the underwater photography I mentioned 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 turntable of the housing, among others).

Good thing that bag rolls! It easily reaches 28-29 kg... 😱

Because of the extra kilos that my photo accessories represent (about 5 kg more), I can't stay within the 20-23 kg limit usually allowed in eco class on international flights. So I travel preferably for trips from/to France, on airlines flying to Asia that allow 30 kg in the hold at no extra charge (Emirates Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines...).

Overweight fees are rarely a problem on the local airlines I often use (Indonesian, Malaysian, Filipino): they are very low compared to Europe. You can either pre-pay them when you book online, or pay them at check-in, and they are then sometimes charged with a "discount" to the customer's head (and especially to the customer, when she smiles a big smile at the check-in counter and says hello in the language of the country)... 😉

For flights between Asian countries, I often use Air Asia, which allows me to buy at the time of booking, beyond the 15kg base for hold luggage, additional kilos up to a total of 30kg ...

Watch out for Emirates: during the stopover in Dubai, this company has the habit of checking the weight of passengers' hand luggage AGAIN. Employees are waiting for you with a scale, just before the access to the boarding lounge. Better not to exceed the 7 kg allowedThey are very strict, the extra kilo is charged at full price (and it is impossible to board the plane without paying). For the photographers: I therefore advise to take out of the cabin bag everything that is heavy. The easiest way is to carry your camera around your neck and to slip your lenses into a multi-pocket jacket...

2010-2018: my first wheeled bag

This is the bag that faithfully accompanied me from 2010 to 2018, in all my diving trips: a 90-liter wheeled bag, light and cheap, found in a large chain of sports shops (Decathlon), early 2010 (this Newfeel bag is no longer sold today).

Its two-compartment design was very practical. My complete diving equipment was stowed on one side. Clothes and part of my underwater photographer's gear on the other.

I completely revised my luggage logistics from 2010, when I started to carry a bit more photo equipment to make underwater pictures. I talk about it in these articles:

→ No more backpacks, long live the wheelie bag!

→ Photo Equipment and Dive Gear

I have given up without regret my status as a "backpacker" carrying all her stuff on her back / shoulder. It is much less exhausting to be a "rollpackeuse"... 😂

This compact and discreet wheeled bag attracted much less attention than the voluminous travel bags for divers, which all have a prominent brand name written in large letters on them. It lasted eight years, with 3 to 4 trips a year, and was often mishandled!

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

I was very happy about it, until he let me go in May 2018, when I returned from a trip to the Philippines.

The handle eventually came out of its rail and the two bottom corners at the front were all grated. However, the latches were still holding and the entire canvas was still in good condition. Rather robust, so, despite its very small price, a very good investment.

Until 2009: my backpacker luggage

The picture below was my pack of scuba divers, before 2010. I was then a backpacker, a backpacker with a backpack. I hadn't yet invested in a waterproof case to take my SLR camera underwater (Canon Eos 7D), which today represents a whole lot of additional gear to be transported.

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

I would then travel with the following three pieces of luggage:

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

All this was roughly in line with the limit usually practiced, at the time, in eco class for luggage: about twenty kilos in the hold (my two big bags) + a few kilos in the cabin.

Clothes: the tropical minimum

And what else do you put in your luggage for a trip to Southeast Asia or tropical islands? As little as possible! 😎 🌴 In the course of my travels in Asia, I have learned to take only the essentials with me. I've made a short checklist below.

Long live summer clothes! My usual destinations enjoy the same climate: hot and humid. No need to bother: if I'm missing something, I buy it on the spot (plus, it's much cheaper than in France). No problem to get flip-flops, tee-shirts or sarongs in Asia!

Clothes: tops

  • some bib tops for "beach" 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: 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


  • 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 or soap, toothpaste, moisturiser, sunscreen, etc. Before, I used to take them in minimal quantities in small bottles for the arrival, because I often bought my toiletries on the spot to save weight in my luggage. Now, I use biodegradable products to pollute as little as possible and since they are not easily found when travelling, I take the necessary quantity with me.
  • Toothbrush, hairbrush, hair elastics, tweezers, razor, etc.

Girls' special: whether you are tampons, cups or pads, it is better to think about taking your sanitary protection with you, we are not sure to find the solution we prefer everywhere, especially tampons .

Médocs: small pharmacy for sores

My first aid kit has been getting smaller and smaller throughout my travels, mostly to Asia and the Indo-Pacific archipelagos... Remember that in tourist areas and big cities, there are usually medical facilities in case of real problems.

Overall, the risk of contracting a serious illness is minimal for a healthy, well-nourished Western traveller who has up-to-date immunizations. And if this happens, you will not treat yourself: you will consult a doctor on site or use the services of a travel assistance/insurance company.

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.

Covid-19. This article dates from before the pandemic ... In addition to the basic health recommendations recalled here, if you manage to travel despite the restrictions imposed by the health situation related to the coronavirus, remember to take precautions to protect yourself and others: mask, distancing, hand washing (soap and hydroalcoholic gel).

The really useful stuff

The problems we're most likely to face: the famous tourista (traveler's diarrhea) and small wounds (bites, scrapes, cuts, blisters, which heal poorly in humid climate and can become infected).

So, what's really useful in a travel medicine kit is at the very least 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 you will be spending time away from any city (where there is a doctor and/or pharmacy). For example, I've already had to urgently find a pharmacy between two planes in Indonesia, to get antibiotics for three days, to stop the infection of a palm blister (sic!) that had degenerated.

For the small ordinary evils, I also take some pills ofanti-pain with paracetamolDoliprane or equivalent.

Finally, very useful for the diver that I am: some drops to treat otitis externa (caused by improperly rinsed ears after immersion). The most effective for this type of infection, among those I have 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 equatorial or tropical regions of the world, nor in the same country considered a malaria-endemic zone. By this I mean: there is no need to take preventive treatment when you go to Phuket, for example... For malaria-infested 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 is not a substitute for medical advice and is not a recommendation. Everyone to take responsibility with their health.

I usually stick to the simplest basic precautions, which have proven their worth: mosquito repellent, long sleeves and 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 I take malaria medication when travelling?

Malaria is not the only thing to fear: mosquitoes can also transmit the particular. Protecting yourself with repellent and long clothing is therefore a basic precaution in all cases.

Techno: an indispensable superfluous

Now, I admit, I'm a little loaded. I'm addicted to my toys! I've been traveling without a computer for a long time, back when I was a real backpacker, but that's over. At that time, to connect to the web and keep this blog up to date during my travels, I used to spend hours in 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 on it because this little computer wasn't powerful enough...

Instead, I took the next time my old 15-inch MacBook Pro. Only, he scared me when he fell into the bay, with a beautiful black screen: he didn't like the humidity and heat at all. He came back to life on the way back, but this machine was already starting to become 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, capable of processing large files without dragging and which should last for 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 diving traveler blogger desk! (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 LightroomI can edit videos and connect to the internet, either by using a wifi connection when there is one, or by using the shared connection of my iPhone in which I put a local SIM card (it's not expensive at all in Asia, very handy 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 go of me, he's robust, can stand the wet conditions I regularly inflict on him, and is capable of making superb underwater images.

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 2019, I acquired a mini-SLR as a secondary camera for terrestrial photography, the Canon Eos 250D. Extremely light, not expensive, it is considered as a "beginners" reflex. But it seems to me that it has what it takes in terms of technology to be a practical and versatile camera body for travel. I'll talk about it when I've tested it more in the field. It was getting complicated for me to take the 7D out of the housing after each dive when I needed it for photos I didn't want to take with 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 underwater shooting, as I explained above, I also carry the Ikelite housing for my SLR (and its accessories: the flashes and their charger, the flash arms, the cables, the turntable, 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 attentioneveryone takes out their smartphone to take pictures in Asia! We always have it 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 in 3G and 4G when there is network and it avoids the roaming costs. It thus serves as a "modem" to the computer via shared connection, 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-SIMToo bad for me, the e-SIM is virtual, allowing you to keep your usual number associated with the iPhone without a physical SIM. You can therefore slip a second physical SIM card into the device, for example a local SIM, without depriving yourself of the first number... The kind of thing that's 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.

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  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 Petites Bulles d'Ailleurs! With a nickname like that, you've come to 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!

  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 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 !!


  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, on the little travel pharmacy, was to "play it down". It goes without saying that if the tourists would scare away the malaria-carrying mosquitoes, it would be known... 😆 I hope I wasn't misunderstood on this point! Of course, I recommend consulting before leaving for professional advice and an appropriate prescription. Once informed, each person chooses the prevention and solutions that he or she feels are best suited to his or her case: it's a matter of personal responsibility.

    It's just that I've sometimes seen people taking away an amazing (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: Then I will see directly on the websites of the indicated airlines.
    Good preparations!

  12. Hello,

    Great 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

    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!

  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. "


  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 figured it out... you're quoting Ben, actually, and you're "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.


  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!

  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 a super diver too (and photographer).

  19. @Joce: I also have a flat plug adaptor, on which to plug 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 + adapter flat plug to connect the fan, and still others (since power strip, it is done to connect three devices in my case, chargers, computer ...
    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 beautiful site 🙂 Design, content, photos, I will take my marks there.

    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,


  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! I'm glad you like it. I should update this section, because, since then, I have seriously equipped myself for underwater photography and it changes the game: with the reflex housing, the porthole, the support plate, the flash arm, the flash, the flash charger, the flash cable, I find myself with many (too many) extra kilos to manage... Last time, with the clothes + the diving gear (complete equipment of 10-11kg) + the photo equipment, I was around 26-27 kilos!!! 😯 But it's true that for the "clothes and personal stuff" part, it's easy to make it very light.

  23. Hi !

    One quick question: how long did it last you, your Macbook Pro? It angers me a bit ...
    I plan to bring my brand new one, almost 17p, on my trip to Asia. You had a bag fitted to protect it, I imagine. If you have any tips, that would be cool. 🙂.
    Anyway, great site, I feel that it will help me to prepare ^^ thanks 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.

  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:

    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.


  31. Yes, really top the Macbook Air and I drool over the new 🙂.
    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: Thanks for the congratulations, it's always a pleasure... 😀 As for the interest in carrying your diving equipment, it's really a personal choice. I would be you, I would still take 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'm telling you nicely: you want one thing and its opposite, don't you?... 😉

    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 !!!

  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 ...


  37. @My': Thailand or Bali... what a dilemma !!! 😀 Both have their attractions and are quite feasible with a little bit of cabbage. Since you're going to Bali in the summer, maybe you should aim for Bali instead, you're almost certain to get good weather wherever you go on the island. In Thailand, in this season, the southwest coast is very wet... Good preparation!!!!

  38. I was inspired by this post to go to Israel. I don't dive but I had decided to leave with only one carry-on bag for my 12 days trip... well, I won't 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?

    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!


  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 .

  41. Hello!

    Your blog is great!

    I have a question, are you already taking your fins on the plane with Airasia?

    Thank you!

    1. @Jean: when you say "on the plane," I assume you mean with me in the cabin. As I explain in the article, my fins and all my diving equipment go in the hold in my bag, either on AirAsia or other companies. I have no reason to take the fins out of the bag to take them in the cabin... 😉

  42. 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 didn't lie to you! 🙂 I'm very cold, I can stand a 5mm very well at these temperatures, especially when we dive every day, several times a day. But a 3mm is in principle sufficient, indeed. Good preparation!

  43. 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) 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Hello, thank you for this very informative article. Could you advise me on the purchase of photo and video equipment for diving. Thanks again

    1. Cortiana: hello, there are so many new cameras and housings possible, in such different price ranges, for photographers of various levels, that it is impossible for me to advise you on a particular type of equipment... Set yourself a budget to start with and see what's available based on that. If it's for the occasional underwater photo/video shoot, don't bother spending too much... It can be worth looking at used equipment. If you're already a fan of images and have mastered the principles of photography on land, then it's time to see what type of camera can suit you... You can register in the Sub Photo Forum, where you'll find lots of tips and can ask questions to other enthusiasts:

      And I'll add: if you read English, there's this site, which is a mine of information: