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When packing for your next underwater adventure, what dive gear bag are you going to use? Check out these TFG picks for the best scuba luggage out there!
Best Dive Bags
Written By: Laura Pulling
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Being a scuba diver, you are likely thinking about your next trip to enjoy underwater life, whether that be a road trip to the coast, visiting your local lake, or quarry, or a bucket-list international destination like the Galapagos or Great Barrier Reef.
And if you’re big on diving, you’ve also accumulated all the gear over time and want to be able to use it (why pay rental charges for something you already own!).
So how do you pack your dive gear effectively? You’ll need a purpose-built scuba bag that’s up to the job! Personally, I put my “expensive and essential gear” in my carry-on—regulators (in their own bag), dive computer, and mask (in a case), and then I pack my BCD, wetsuit, fins, and boots in my checked scuba gear bag.
Although nothing can stop you from using a regular suitcase for dive equipment, scuba dive bags are made to keep your specialist gear packed safely and with extra pockets that are quick-drying and great at keeping your equipment organized.
There’s a whole range of specifically designed scuba travel bags in the market and it can be confusing to know which one is right for you.
To help you mine the plethora of choices, check out these TFG picks for the best scuba bags to store all your gear!
Best Large Roller Bag
AKONA Rolling Dive Bag
If you dive with a buddy, AKONA backpack rollers bags fit two whole sets of dive equipment inside. The main compartment has three side openings and fins fit in designated side pockets. The front pocket has a zip closure for extra gear or regulators and can ‘pop out’ to put in your carry-on when flying.
All of the metal elements are made from stainless steel or bronze to avoid oxidation when used with wet or salty gear. This gear bag with wheels can also be used as a backpack, with hidden shoulder straps.
AKONA Dive Gear Lightweight Roller Bag
AKONA scuba roller bags carry a full set of dive equipment. The large opening gives you easy packing. It is made with a durable PVC coated fabric, that holds up well on tough docks and boat decks. Plus, the sturdy wheels make pulling it along super easy, even when it’s full.
One user explains, “It’s a simple bag that holds a ton and is very lightweight while being very sturdy. It’s a minimal bag, But that’s what keeps it light. No brand name all over to say, hey, steal me!“
Stahlsac Dive Luggage
Stahlsac dive bags are designed with reinforced compartments for your gear. It has heavy-duty wheels and stabilizers to keep the bag upright for when you have your precious equipment inside. It’s sized to accommodate a full set of dive gear, plus your personal items, so it’s the only bag you’ll need for one trip!
One user shares, “Just bought this bag for a dive trip to the Galapagos. It’s a very sturdy bag and holds all my gear and some. The zipper pulls are also big enough to use TSA cable locks on them which was a plus as well. Love the pink highlights as well.”
Aqua Lung Explorer II Roller Bag
These bright blue Aqua Lung dive bags with wheels will brighten up any diving day! Specifically designed for your scuba gear, the large side pockets let you slide in even the largest of fins, and the interior and exterior pockets help you to keep the rest of your gear organized.
The bag is made of heavy-duty polyester and the sturdy zippers are corrosion resistant.
It also has tough roller wheels and an extending handle for easy maneuverability.
TUSA Mesh Rollers Bag
This large TUSA bag will fit in two sets of gear, according to users. They have used it for travel and even checked it in on international flights. The large internal pocket is easily accessed with sturdy and secure zippers. The roller wheels mean carrying it is a cinch! Just drag it using the top handle (unfortunately, it’s not a telescopic style!).
One user explains, “Very well constructed and durable material. If you want a nice roomy dive bag, this is the one for you. It’s just super nice!”
Cressi Roller Luggage Bag
This Cressi extra large wheeled luggage is designed to transport your scuba equipment. The large compartment opens from three sides with a strong zipper, and there are additional pockets on the front, plus a fin pouch on the side.
The pull handle is fully retractable and the 300 and 400 denier fabric makes this bag light but super strong.
This is the best scuba travel gear for female divers!
Best Carry On Roller Bag
TUSA Roller Travel Scuba Gear Bags
This TUSA scuba dive luggage comes in different sizes, from a small carry on, to a medium, and then large checked sizes. Every size has a heavy-duty pull handle and rolling wheels. The zipper is secure and has buckle clips that go over the top, which hold the case shut, even if the zipper fails. It has a ton of pockets, both internal and external, plus straps to attach your fins to.
Stahlsac Steel Scuba Dive Bag
This Stahlsac duffle bag fits airline carry-on size restrictions (but always check with your airline!). It has a unique design that allows it to be used as both a duffle bag or as a backpack, by converting the shoulder straps.
The bag itself has different compartments for storing your gear, including a separate wet/dry section for your gear post-dive. The bag has a full-length lid pocket and the inner linings are brightly colored to help you find smaller items inside easily.
Best Scuba Backpacks
Aqua Lung Explorer II Scuba Travel Bag
This Aqua Lung carry-on size backpack is diver approved! Its stylish design is packed with convenient features. It has two external pockets, one of which is mesh for keeping any wet gear. It has straps to attach your fins to the outside, plus comfy pegged shoulder straps for wearing on your back, which also converts into a duffle bag.
TUSA Mesh Diving Backpack
This TUSA mesh travel bag is stylish and generously sized. The main compartment has rubberized mesh sides that allow gear to dry easily. The bag has a uniquely designed opening zipper that allows you to put your gear in through a larger opening and there is an additional inside pocket for keeping smaller bits safe.
One owner of this bag shares, “Great bag. Everything fits without the bag being too big and difficult to handle.”
Promate Snorkel Gear Bag
This Promate scuba diving backpack is the perfect size for snorkel equipment. It will fit in up to 27” fins, in the long fins shaped main pouch, plus smaller accessories, like your mask, knife, defog, and computer. If you rent the rest of your equipment, this bag is great for the essentials. It has a handy pocket on the front, plus bungee cords where you could store a towel or wet swimwear.
One reviewer uses hers for diving equipment and explains, “There’s such a pleasure in using a product that is well designed and thought out, and this bag is exactly that.”
Best Scuba Mesh Bag
Phantom Aquatics Mesh Snorkel Bag
This Phantom Aquatics mesh carry bag is a great value. The 27” by 10” nylon sack can hold your lighter scuba or snorkel gear together, fitting fins and masks inside. The mesh material dries super quickly as well.
Users say the straps can be uncomfortable on the shoulders when the bag is loaded with gear, but for the price, they still rate it super highly.
Armor Gear Mesh Netted Backpack
This large Armor backpack can fit in your full set of dive equipment easily. There is a roomy 61 liters of space inside, big enough for a BCD, wetsuit, and fins! The mesh means you can rinse the gear through the bag with it all still inside and there are four base drains for water to drip out through the bottom.
For easy access, the bag has a top opening, plus a full side zipper too. There are also a ton of extra pockets and external straps for clipping on extra bits and pieces!
Athletico Mesh Travel Bags
This simple Athletico mesh dive bag is made to fit your gear easily. If you plan on packing your dive equipment in your normal suitcase, this scuba gear travel bag folds up small and can transport your gear to the dive shop.
The mesh means it’s super quick-drying and you can put your wet gear straight inside without fear of water collecting. It’s large enough to fit an entire set of gear, and has convenient tote handles to carry it.
Mares Cruise Dive Mesh Bag
This large capacity Mares diving mesh bag will fit an entire set of dive equipment. The large pouch opens at the top with a drawstring closure. It has a smaller pouch on the front for storing your mask and dive computer.
When you aren’t using the bag, it completely folds down inside the small bag for storage. The shoulder straps are padded for comfort.
However, users do warn that this bag is almost too big, saying if you fill it to capacity with heavy dive pieces, they are wary of it tearing. So, be careful!
AKONA Mesh Duffel Bag
AKONA bags symbolize good quality, as they are a brand that specializes in watersports goods, and this high capacity duffle is perfect for storing and transporting your dive equipment. The PVC coated base is durable for being dragged across rough surfaces, such as beaches, concrete or boat decks, and the PVC coated mesh upper allows your equipment to ventilate and dry quickly.
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Best Dry Bag
Aqua Lung Defense Duffle Dry Bag
The Aqua Lung Defense duffle is one of the toughest, heavy-duty travel bags available and holds a whopping 85 litres. The bag is designed to fit a full set of dive gear, including a BCD. It’s as tough as they come, and will last a lifetime. The gray color keeps your precious equipment inside cooler than darker colored bags. Plus, it can be used as its own rinse bucket when you’re out diving, there’s a drain valve on the side to empty the bag of water afterward.
Breezsisan Dry Bag Backpack
These Breezsisan waterproof dive bags have a ton of additional features that dry bags don’t usually have. It has comfortable padded shoulder straps to wear it on your back ergonomically, a spacious 30-liter capacity, and there are extra pockets on the front and side (including a transparent phone pocket) to store small objects for easy access.
HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag
These HEETA dry bags are completely waterproof to keep your gear safe and dry during any adventures on the water. Available in different sizes, from 5 liters to 30 liters, you can get a small size that stores your phone and small essentials, or a large bag can keep towels and gear inside too. The colored bags are slightly transparent to help you find your things easily, but still opaque enough to keep your stuff covered!
Check out these scuba gear packing tips!
Best Scuba Regulator Bag
Mares Cruise Scuba Diving Regulator Bag
This Mares Cruise bag is designed to keep your regulators safe and secure. The bag has a surprising amount of space, not just your regulator, but other small dive accessories. The shoulder strap is long and can be worn cross-body. It also features a small additional case for stowing your dive computer safely.
Athletico Dive Regulator Bag
This Athletico bag has a padded interior with a molded EVA foam hard-shell lid. The shape is rounded to allow you to roll your regulator hoses, without kinking them. Inside, it has a mesh pocket for keeping small parts or tools safe, plus inner straps to hold your regulators safely.
Aqua Lung Hexagonal Explorer Regulator Bag
The hexagonal-shaped Aqua Lung Explorer bag is designed to minimize kinks in the hoses of your regulators. The bag is padded but has mesh walls that are light and quick-drying. The tougher PE boards protect your delicate gear.
Best Scuba Weight Bag
AKONA Weight Bag
Dive weights are heavy! An obvious statement, as they are made of lead and their purpose is to weigh you down. To pack your weights for a trip, you don’t want to ruin your normal backpack or diving bag. The AKONA weight bag is the easiest way to carry diving weights as it has heavy-duty handles, reinforced stitching, and a PVC coated base.
One user shares, “I’ve used this bag for several years with weights, many times the weights were wet and I didn’t remove them from the bag to dry. No rusting or damage to the bag.”
Best Scuba Mask Cases
WIN OUTDOOR Diving Mask Case
The WIN Outdoor mask case fits most standard dive masks and has a zip closure to keep them secure. The inside is lined with a softer material to ensure your mask doesn’t get scratched. It also has a handy carry clip to attach the case to your dive gear.
Innovative Scuba Concepts Dive Mask Case
This Innovative bag is just perfect for keeping your mask secure. There’s a pocket big enough for your diving mask and a side pocket to keep your defog in. The bottom of the bag has small drainage holes, and you can even loop your snorkel under the handle.
SCUBAPRO Mask 2 Mask Pocket Bag
This SCUBAPRO mask bag has a soft padded inside to keep your mask packed safely and securely. It has a mesh bottom for quick drying and loops on the back so you can keep your snorkel close too! The opening is velcro, which closes securely. As it is made of fabric, it fits in your luggage better than a plastic box for traveling.
Cressi Protective Scuba Mask Case
This Cressi box is as simple as they come. It’s a basic size box that keeps your mask from being scratched. Top clips keep the lid in place and the box is clear so you can see what’s inside. You can fit your mask and a bottle of defog inside easily.
Scuba Diving Bag Product Comparison Chart
|BRAND | MODEL||FEATURES | REVIEWS||RATING | PRICE|
|Best Large Roller Bag|
|AKONA Rolling Dive Bag||If you dive with a buddy, AKONA backpack rollers bags fit two whole sets of dive equipment inside.||Check Price|
|AKONA Dive Gear Lightweight Roller Bag||“It’s a simple bag that holds a ton and is very lightweight while being very sturdy. It’s a minimal bag, But that's what keeps it light. No brand name all over to say, hey, steal me!“||Check Price|
|Stahlsac Dive Luggage||“Just bought this bag for a dive trip to the Galapagos. It's a very sturdy bag and holds all my gear and some."||Check Price|
|Aqua Lung Explorer II Roller Bag||The bag is made of heavy duty polyester and the sturdy zippers are corrosion resistant.||Check Price|
|TUSA Mesh Rollers Bag||“Very well constructed and durable material. If you want a nice roomy dive bag, this is the one for you. It's just super nice!”||Check Price|
|Cressi Roller Luggage Bag||The pull handle is fully retractable and the 300 and 400 denier fabric makes this bag light but super strong.||Check Price|
|Best Carry On Roller Bag|
|TUSA Roller Travel Scuba Gear Bags||It has a ton of pockets, both internal and external, plus straps to attach your fins to.||Check Price|
|Stahlsac Steel Scuba Dive Bag||The bag has a full length lid pocket and the inner linings are brightly colored to help you find smaller items inside easily.||Check Price|
|Best Scuba Backpacks|
|Aqua Lung Explorer II Scuba Travel Bag||It has two external pockets, one of which is mesh for keeping any wet gear.||Check Price|
|TUSA Mesh Diving Backpack||“Great bag. Everything fits without the bag being too big and difficult to handle.”||Check Price|
|Promate Snorkel Gear Bag||“There's such a pleasure in using a product that is well designed and thought out, and this bag is exactly that.”||Check Price|
|Best Scuba Mesh Bag|
|Phantom Aquatics Mesh Snorkel Bag||The mesh material dries super quickly as well.||Check Price|
|Armor Gear Mesh Netted Backpack||This large Armor backpack can fit in your full set of dive equipment easily.||Check Price|
|Athletico Mesh Travel Bags||It’s large enough to fit an entire set of gear, and has convenient tote handles to carry it.||Check Price|
|Mares Cruise Dive Mesh Bag||It has a smaller pouch on the front for storing your mask and dive computer.||Check Price|
|AKONA Mesh Duffel Bag||This high capacity duffle is perfect for storing and transporting your dive equipment.||Check Price|
|Best Dry Bag|
|Aqua Lung Defense Duffle Dry Bag||It can be used as its own rinse bucket when you’re out diving, there’s a drain valve on the side to empty the bag of water afterwards.||Check Price|
|Breezsisan Dry Bag Backpack||A spacious 30-litre capacity, and there are extra pockets on the front and side (including a transparent phone pocket) to store small objects for easy access.||Check Price|
|HEETA Waterproof Dry Bag||The colored bags are slightly transparent to help you find your things easily, but still opaque enough to keep your stuff covered!||Check Price|
|Best Scuba Regulator Bag|
|Mares Cruise Scuba Diving Regulator Bag||This Mares Cruise bag is designed to keep your regulators safe and secure.||Check Price|
|Athletico Dive Regulator Bag||This Athletico bag has a padded interior with a molded EVA foam hard-shell lid.||Check Price|
|Aqua Lung Hexagonal Explorer Regulator Bag||The bag is padded, but has mesh walls that are light and quick-drying.||Check Price|
|Best Scuba Weight Bag|
|AKONA Weight Bag||“I’ve used this bag for several years with weights, many times the weights were wet and I didn’t remove them from the bag to dry. No rusting or damage to the bag.”||Check Price|
|Best Scuba Mask Cases|
|WIN OUTDOOR Diving Mask Case||It also has a handy carry clip to attach the case to your dive gear.||Check Price|
|Innovative Scuba Concepts Dive Mask Case||This Innovative bag is just perfect for keeping your mask secure.||Check Price|
|SCUBAPRO Mask 2 Mask Pocket Bag||It has a mesh bottom for quick drying and loops on the back so you can keep your snorkel close too!||Check Price|
|Cressi Protective Scuba Mask Case||Top clips keep the lid in place and the box is clear so you can see what’s inside.||Check Price|
What are your picks for best scuba diving travel bags? Share with us in the comments below!
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