In my dive travel bag as a female scuba diver

Tips for female to take on their scuba diving trip
Pink stuff in my dive travel bag

5 tips for females that scuba dive & travel

A little while ago, I uploaded a new video on the Splashpacker YouTube channel, with 3 tips for female scuba divers & travellers. It includes items to add to their packing list for a scuba diving holiday or other dive trips. In this post, I will describe them in a bit more detail and why I really benefit from taking these items. As a bonus, I will add two more and so in total, I will share 5 female articles I always carry with me in my dive travel bag when I go splashpacking.

Here is a link to the YouTube video:


Tip 1: The waterproof dry bag is useful on the scuba dive boat but also as a female travel bag

The little waterproof dry bag, which you can buy in many scuba dive destinations like Thailand for example, are useful for females for different reasons. First of all, obviously, the bags are invented to keep stuff dry on either a scuba dive boat, kayak or any other watersports activity. They are made very simple and in order to close them waterproof, you just roll the end up and then click it together. There are many different sizes available. I used to use the bigger size when I worked as an instructor to carry a dry swimsuit, clothes or a towel on the boat. They come in different versions, and the one below is also a little backpack. This version might be useful for other excursions during your travels too.

Bigger waterproof dry bag for scuba travellers
I used this backpack version of a bigger waterproof drybag when I worked as an instructor on the Maldives

The little scuba dive dry bag can also be used as a travel handbag for girls & women

One of the reasons I really like the little 2-litre version is that you can also use it as a handbag. Of course, we females always need some kind of a handbag. Whether you go for dinner at night or just for a walk, I rarely go without a little bag. But I don´t always have space in my backpack to carry yet another bag. This is where this one really becomes handy! It exactly fits my phone, wallet, maybe sunglasses or my e-reader.  Find your drybag on Amazon or use the photo below for a budget drybag in different sizes & colours, if you like to order one before your next diving holiday! Kindly note that I receive a small commission if you purchase through the links in this post.

I also use this little bag as hand luggage during the flight of my scuba diving holiday!

Beside of that I sometimes carry it as hand luggage on a plane, next to another carry-on bag. If I have a little backpack as hand luggage, I put my passport, cellphone and wallet in this one. It´s safe because it´s rolled before closed so nobody can grab into it and if someone unclicks it, it will roll off and you feel that on your shoulder. Also, when I´m in my plane seat I take it with some things I like to use during the flight.


Little 2L dry bag for female dive travellers
I always carry this little dry bag with me on a scuba diving holiday


Tip 2: The menstrual cup is unmissable in the travel bag of a scuba dive girl or woman!

More than 10 years ago, I always found it so hard to find Tampax when I worked as a scuba diving instructor. In some places I worked, like the Dominican Republic and Mexico, these products were so expensive or even unfindable! After that, when taking off for a new job on the Maldives, a bag full of Tampax was put in my diving bag. Yet still, I needed to ask my aunty to send me more because they were not available at all on the Atoll I worked! Also, I remember travelling on the Philippines not being able to find them anywhere in Manilla! So, a few years ago, when the ´menstrual cup´ came out,  heard, I instantly bought one! Find yours on Amazon here:


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The menstrual cup is unmissable for female divers
So happy with the invention of the menstrual cup!


As a female scuba diving instructor working abroad I was so relieved with the invention of the reusable period cup!

If I remember it correctly, the first I bought was called the DivaCup. But soon a lot of other brands appeared on the market and now you have even organic & eco-friendly ones! There are different sizes for younger girls or woman who have given birth. And you also have a travel version. That´s the one I now carry with me. I´m really happy with that one, called Lily Cup Compact. You can fold it and take it with you without taking up any space in your luggage! As far as I know only available in Spain. But check out the above Amazon link to find your suitable one. Also, it´s so environmentally friendly because you don´t produce any waste with this!


travel version of the menstrual cup
The travel version of the menstrual cup is foldable and doesn´t take up any space in your luggage!
For female travellers: travel edition of the reusable period cup
You help the environment by using the reusable period cup one instead of Tampax

Tip 3: The microfiber travel towel is not specifically for females but always handy for any scuba diver or backpacker!

The microfiber towel is light-weighted and won´t take up much space in your luggage. Especially if you roll it, it´s nothing compared to a normal towel. I always carry this towel with me and only use normal towels if the accommodation provides them to me. This towel can be carried on the dive boat as well you can just use it to lay down on the beach. Another benefit of this towel is that dries very quickly and for the females can it be used to dry long hair quicker. Find your microfiber travel towel on Amazon by clicking here. I receive a small commission on your purchase through this link.


micro towels are very useful for scuba dive travel
When you roll the micro towel, it takes up very little space in your luggage
Pink female micro towel for scuba dive travel
The microfibre towel is fast drying & super compact: ideal to lay on the beach or to dry long hair


Tip 4: The Dutch ´washing hand´ is practical for scuba divers, active travellers and even for ladies to remove make-up!

In the Netherlands, you will find something literally translated as ´the washing hand´, in almost every family´s bathroom. It´s used simply to wash your body under the shower, to just wash your face or to clean little children´s hands or face. You stick your hand in it and you have a ´washing hand´. I always carry a couple of them with me on a scuba diving trip.


The Dutch ´washing hand´ useful for female that dive and travel
The Dutch washing hand: great for ladies that dive and travel!


Why do I put the ´washing hand´ in my travel bag for scuba diving holidays?

I have three reasons for this. First of all, it can be used the same way as a dry cloth to clean for cleaning a mask or camera lens. Second, I use it to wash my face but also sometimes to dry my face if my microfibre towel, for example, is not clean. Also, even you are provided with a towel by your accommodation, it´s still nice to use something clean for your face every day. Third, it can be used as a sweat cloth in the gym or during other exercises. Even if you can´t find the original version as a ´washing hand´, you can take a little dry cloth with you on your dive travels. I bought the ones below just in Ikea or you can also order them on Amazon. (I receive a small commission on your purchase through this advertisement)

Alternative version of the Dutch washing hand as a dry cloth
Little dry cloths are very handy for scuba diving travels, either as a male or female.


Tip 5: The stainless steel drinking bottle is recommended for any traveller, either male or female.

My last recommendation is not specific for females either. But because mine is pink, I include it as well in this post. Since I´m always looking for ways to protect our environment and reduce plastic, this is one of the easiest things to have to help the environment. Think about how many plastic bottles are saved each time this one gets filled up! Not only does this plastic-free bottle serve the environment, but it also serves you.

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Carrying a plastic-free water bottle in your travel bag serves the environment and yourself!

First of all, the water stays much colder in this kind of bottle compared to a plastic bottle. And second, you save money. A little plastic bottle of water might not cost you too much, but calculate how many you buy in a year! And even if the tap water is not of drinking quality, you still save money and plastic by buying big 5- or 8-litre water containers. Beside of this, in many places, there are free water refill stations and especially on airports. Click here for an overview of eco-friendly and conscious scuba dive centres!


Stainless steel pink drink water bottle
My pink stainless steel drink water bottle from Natura: piensa globalmente,actúa localmente – (think globally, act locally)


Conclusion about packing our travel bags as female scuba divers

Sometimes it´s hard to decide what to take on your scuba diving holiday and things might not always fit in your bag, but there are always tips for travelling lighter. Also, it´s hard not to forget something, especially for women or girls who always just need a little bit more stuff than man. And then as scuba divers, we even need more things! So I hope this post has helped you in some way with some ideas for your packing list or for packing your travel bag for your next scuba diving trip.

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NEW! For male & female scuba divers: My review about the Nikon Coolpix as a dive travel camera. Click below to read the full post!

Nikon Coolpix dive camera for underwater photos


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Share your ideas or follow me as a fellow female scuba diver & traveller!

If you have any great ideas to take on your diving holidays as a scuba diving girl or woman, please don´t hesitate to share them in the comments below! Also, feel free to subscribe to my mailing list below to stay up-to-date when I post something new. Next to packing ideas, I also write about scuba diving destinations around the world, eco-friendly scuba diving & travelling, my experience working as a scuba instructor and I keep a dive & travel blog amongst even more! You can also follow me on social media (scroll down to very end of this page) or subscribe to my YouTube channel below. Here is a link again to the video related to this post with 3 things for your dive travel bag!

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Happy splashpacking!


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