Packing light can sometimes be overrated. One of those times is when you’re traveling to developing nations, especially if you’re going for a specific reason. Packing for a snorkeling trip falls into that category.
Let’s say you’re going to a Central American country for the main purpose of snorkeling. It’s probable that you may need your own snorkeling gear as well as extra safety supplies like items to sanitize fresh produce or medications to battle water-borne illness. Mosquitoes will most likely also be prevalent, so you’ll need to carry clothing and repellent to minimize exposure. Speaking of exposure, the sun can also be a hazard at any time of year in countries close to the equator … and the list goes on.
For those who may not have done a lot of snorkeling, I’ve prepared a “packing for a snorkeling trip checklist” to help you prepare for your trip.
For more information on specific items to pack for a snorkeling trip, see “What to Pack for a Snorkeling Trip“.