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Don't Leave Home Without...

Everything Cheryl needed for her warm water swimming adventure

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18-Jul-2017 /  written by Cheryl Cross
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Don't Leave Home Without...
“ During one swim, I was irritated by some leaking which I think was caused by sun cream upsetting the seal, as they were fine next day after a rinse in fresh water."

Packing my one cabin bag for my trip to the Montenegro Fjords I was distressed to find I didn't have room for my Aqua Sphere Aqua Skin wetsuit, even though the Strel expert, Borut, and everyone else I asked (given the predicted sea temperature of 24 degrees), said I wouldn't need it.

Still at least I'd have my Gul Evotherm top. Nobody would think I was a whimp in that, would they? I tested the water, in private in case it made me howl a bit (that's what I'm used to) and found I didn't need the thermal top either.

The sea really was warm enough and so was the sun. For ease (and to make my flight size sun cream last) I wore a Gul rashguard  and Bohn jammers with my costume and on one occasion when the back of my knees were looking a bit pink, I wore some three quarter length Bohn leggings.  Towards the ending of the week I was able to risk swimming in just my Zoggs costumes.  I knew they'd be reliable - lifetime guarantee, good coverage, excellent freedom of movement, and quick drying (although it was sensible to have more than one).

As for goggles I wore my favourite Aqua Sphere Vista. You can't beat it for visibility which I appreciated even more in the beautiful setting and clear water, and the Maru Groove - also watertight and comfortable and with mirrored lenses which weren't too dark.
During one swim, I was irritated by some leaking (it was the Vista) which I think was caused by sun cream upsetting the seal, as they were fine next day after a rinse in fresh water.

Lastly I was very happy with the Lifeventure towel. So easy to pack and quick drying but large enough to wrap myself in while drinking tea on the boat. I'd chosen the World Words design thinking that as I was travelling alone I might have time to swot a bit for the pub quiz.But time-fillers in case I was lonely or bored were definitely something else I didn't need.

Three essential items I didn't need were my earplugsglide cap and anti-fog solution.  But they weighed nothing and took up no space. 

Photo shows Cheryl back home in her vista goggles and glide cap.

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