So, I am not generally an organised person when it comes to packing for holidays but this time it’s different. I’m going to Australia for a year so I have to be proactive. I have spent lots of time trawling through blog posts, travel guides, articles & websites advising what you should pack for a year in Australia & they all mentioned different things so I have combined them to create my own.
First I split the list into categories to ensure that I didn’t forget anything & here it is. I will probably add more/swap out things on this list but this is my first draft and I have included links to some of the products I bought so you can have a better look.
Passport, Flight Itinerary, OzIntro Arrival (we are doing their starter package), Travel Insurance, Visa Acceptance Letter, CV/Resume, Driving License, International Driving License (forms can be picked up from the post office and they only cost £5.50), 4x Passport Photocopies, Travel Documents Wallet(for airport) and your EHIC Card (free for UK citizens).
Phone & charger, Camera & charger, Headphones, Worldwide Plug Adaptor, Clip-on Torch, Flash Drive & memory card, Solar USB Charger, Kindle Paperwhite & charger. (I bought mine in the Black Friday sale on Amazon).
Underwear x10, Socks x4, Bikini x4, Denim shorts x2, Cotton shorts, T-Shirts x4, Vest tops x2, Leggings, Long sleeved black top, Long sleeved white top, Pyjamas, Hoodie/Jacket, Light rain jacket, Dresses/Playsuits x3, Flight socks, Flip flops x3, Trainers.
Admittedly this sounds like a lot when writing it down but it’s really not that much!
Glasses, Sunglasses, Sleeping mask & ear plugs, Black Baseball Cap, Watch.
Folding toothbrushes, Shampoo, Conditioner, Moroccan oil (I swear by this on hot holidays for my hair), Deodorant, Shower gel, Razor & extra blades, Suncream (including factor 50), After sun, 100ml moisturiser (so you can take it on the plane), Nail scissors.
First aid Kit Bag – (for travel), Anti-bacterial gel, Insect repellent, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Anti-histamines, ORS sachets, your prescription medication (with your name on & check customs laws for each country you are going to).
Bag Padlock (because my backpack will be my life whilst away), Sleeping bag liner, Microfibre towel (for quick drying), Make-up, Make up wipes, SPF lip balm, Tangle Teaser brush (necessary for my wild mane), Bobbles & clips, Diary & pens (obviously important), Clips (like harness ones to attach things to my bag), refillable water bottle.
You will need to adapt this depending on where you are going but:
STA prepaid card, STA youth discount card, Currency for Dubai, Singapore, Indonesia & Australia (cash). Also, once we are in Australia, we will pick up our bank card (MasterCard debit).
I know that a lot of this I will be able to buy in Australia, especially things from the toiletries, medical & other sections. Do you think I’ve missed anything and need to go shopping again?
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