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Good, inexpensive luggage?

Discussion in 'Women's Perspectives' started by Kimela, Nov 5, 2019.

  1. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Hi @DrMack

    I prefer luggage where the contents are not identifiable, and a potential target
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  2. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    A few years ago we purchased the following rolling duffel bags for our dive adventures and they have held up quite well:

    Wheeled Duffel Bag, Black

    We wanted something lightweight and rugged, with wheels, and was not ridiculously expensive . After lots of looking at local stores and online we found these. They are made of sturdy ripstop nylon, have roller-blade type wheels, and weighs approximately 2.5kg (5.5lbs) empty.

    We purchased ours through the base exchange where we are stationed. I think we paid around $35 or $40 for each of the 4 we bought. I just check the price on the base exchange website and they are currently selling for $44.95 instead of $79.99 at the company website above.

    If you are interested in buying one, I can assist, just shoot me a PM.

    chillyinCanada and Perryed like this.
  3. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: USA
    What can possibly happen to your BCD in a checked bag??? Pardon me for intruding into women's territory, but you need something sharp to damage BCD, not just punches, heavy weights on top and kicks. So just go for the lightest bag you can find and sandwich anything sensitive between your fins, wetsuit, BCD and T-shirts. Put water-sensitive items into ziplogs and ignore the rain factor, things get dry eventually. And yes, buy cheap and patch/replace, as needed.
  4. Kimela

    Kimela Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: St Louis
    I can't say how it has happened, but we ended up with a broken inflator that we suspect was a result of rough handling of a bag. Somewhere along the line, my Aqualung Zuma got a pinhole sized hole in it but I really have no idea how that happened - it's fairly lightweight anyway. Maybe the damage happened to both on the way to or from the boat, while in our own possession. But you never know how your luggage will be wedged, squished, thrown or piled on. I'm just trying to take whatever precautions I can to minimize the damage. Perhaps an overabundance of caution, but I'm ok with that. :)
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  5. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

    Sorry to hear your gear got damaged. If you travel with your reg set and dive computer as a carry-on, perhaps removing the corrugated hose from the BC and adding it to your reg bag would keep that from happening in the future...kind of a minor pain but far less chance of it getting damaged.

    When we pack, we put each fin on either side of the bag to protect the sides of the bag, wetsuits go along the bottom of the bag. Mask is in a fin foot pocket. When we had jacket BCs we removed the corrugated hose/inflator assembly and folded the jackets and placed them in the center of the bag back side up...we do the same now with BP/W, the wing gets rolled up and then wrapped in a towel or some t-shirts for added protection. Booties, hood, and gloves get stuffed where ever along with bathing suit, shorts, and shirts. Reg, computer, compass, and inflator hose go in the carry on (along with toiletries, spare underwear, and spare socks - essential if your flight gets cancelled or you are otherwise temporarily stranded at the airport overnight without access to your checked luggage).

    If you decide to remove the inflator hose, be sure to remove the gasket and don't forget to pack it too.

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