Why You Should Bring Your Own Snorkel on Vacation

You probably don’t want to know where those rental snorkels have been.

Woman on the beach wearing dive gear
You can always rent your snorkel gear, but when it comes to your mouth, you might want to bring your own snorkel.Shutterstock

We have to bring a lot with us when we travel, and in some cases, it makes sense to rent it when we get there rather than haul it on the plane with us. But you shouldn’t leave your snorkel behind if you plan to go diving. Here’s why your breathing buddy should be in your suitcase instead of waiting at the rental place on the dock.

Mind Your Mouth

aegend Dive Mask Easy-Breath Free Diving Snorkel
aegend Easy-Breath Free Diving Snorkelaegend

The most basic issue is that everybody needs a different snorkel. Leaving aside any hangups about using something a stranger has put in their mouth, everybody's mouth is different, and a good fit is the difference between a pleasant swim observing life underneath you and having to pop up to spit out water every five minutes. Bringing your own snorkel ensures comfort and ease of us.

Give It a Test

Speedo Bullet Head Swimmer's Snorkel
Speedo Bullet Head Swimmer's SnorkelSpeedo

Another fit issue is the headband. A headband that's too tight can cause discomfort or even headaches, while a loose one might mean a snorkel drifting into the water at the exact moment you choose to inhale. Being able to test out your snorkel and adjust it for fit before you go will save you time on the dock and comfort in the water, so you get the most from your vacation.

Keeping It Clear

Cressi Adult Diving Dry Snorkel with Splash Guard
Cressi Adult Diving Dry Snorkel with Splash GuardCressi

Snorkel technology has advanced quickly, especially over the last decade. Everything from new materials to designs that make it easier to clear your snorkel after a dive have changed snorkels at a surprisingly fast speed. That's also meant picking the snorkel just right for you in terms of features has become even more important. Whether you want to swim fast without coming up for air, or want to sometimes go under to look more closely without the tube filling up, it's better to bring your own and guarantee you'll have that on your dive.