My Packing List for a Year Abroad

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.
Packing list
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 Β£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).

Final note

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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25 thoughts on “My Packing List for a Year Abroad


    (November 21, 2017 - 8:51 pm)

    Wow! There is literally so much to think about that hadn’t even crossed my mind! Great post!


      (November 21, 2017 - 9:07 pm)

      Obviously you can adapt it for yourself, e.g. I know some people who would take a lot more clothes, some less, and different technology etc but for me I think it covers it! πŸ™ˆ we’ll see what the final pack is when I try & fit it in the backpack! πŸ˜‚


        (November 21, 2017 - 9:08 pm)

        Do you ever leave things at home and then purchase what you need a long the way?


          (November 21, 2017 - 9:12 pm)

          Sometimes I forget things & by them in local supermarkets once I’m there but this will be my first long-term travel experience of more than a few weeks, I imagine more seasoned travellers will leave out most of the toiletries, medical & other section to buy in the country they’re visiting & probably if going to SE Asia travelling I would take less clothes & buy there as they do really cheap clothes in the markets!


            (November 21, 2017 - 9:14 pm)



            (November 21, 2017 - 9:14 pm)

            I see. Well I guess you will find out. Will be good to have an updated post of what you would change from this list after completing the year πŸ™‚


            (November 21, 2017 - 9:16 pm)

            It’ll be interesting to see what I still use next year & what can be deleted off the list! πŸ™‚


    (November 22, 2017 - 2:51 pm)

    Great list!
    It does sound like a lot, I hope you have a big enough suitcase haha!
    I didn’t bring much when I moved countries, just my clothes and my laptop :).


      (November 22, 2017 - 2:55 pm)

      I know it sounds like a lot but my backpack will essentially be my home while I’m away πŸ™ˆ is there anything you would cut from the list? πŸ™‚


    (November 22, 2017 - 3:05 pm)

    Woah. Sounds like fun through. I go on vacation every year and seems every year I take less. However, I’m only gone for 7 days, so. πŸ™‚ I find that on vacation you tend to wear the same things over. For example, if I wake up to go to breakfast in one outfit but only wear it for 20 minutes while I eat… I may put that shirt with a different bottom the next day. But again, these are strangers I’ll see once or twice in a 7 day period so who cares if you wore those jeans twice. πŸ™‚ Seems like you got it under control. Have fun and be safe.


      (November 22, 2017 - 3:07 pm)

      Thank you! I’m going to update it when I actually start packing but for now this is my list πŸ˜‚


    (November 22, 2017 - 6:11 pm)

    Wow wow wow I love reading other people’s posts about their future travels to Australia. I can relate so much. Before I went travelling I tried to do as much research as possible and made many many lists. I know it sounds crazy but you probably won’t need it all, you tend you get rid of things and then buy when you need. But it’s an adventure of a lifetime and I hope you have so much fun! Can’t wait to read all about it and have chats with you xo


      (November 22, 2017 - 6:13 pm)

      I figured as much tbh! I know I’ll end up with less but I can’t bring myself to remove anything yet because I want to be prepared πŸ™ˆ it’s such a paradox πŸ˜‚ thank you! Xx

    The Book Moo

    (November 23, 2017 - 7:02 pm)

    Little Miss Organisation over here! I think you’ve got everything but the kitchen sink! Not to worry, better to be prepared like a brownie than sorry later!


      (November 23, 2017 - 7:28 pm)

      Knowing me, I’ll forget my phone thoughπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’ll take big bags & forget a charger πŸ˜‚

        The Book Moo

        (November 23, 2017 - 7:30 pm)

        Oh deffo, that would be me that! I went to radio city live and was leaving without the tickets until me dad was like errr Mel? πŸ˜‚
        You’ll be fine, honestly!


          (November 23, 2017 - 9:11 pm)

          The most important things are passport, visa letter, money & boarding cards, anything else can be bought there πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ

            The Book Moo

            (November 23, 2017 - 9:26 pm)

            True! They’re the essentials! πŸ™‚


            (November 23, 2017 - 9:45 pm)

            (And my phone, camera, kindle, suncream factor 50, hat, bikinis, flip flops, pjs, underwear, everything) πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ gonna end up taking all sorts of random stuff! Candles? Yay! My favourite hot water bottle? Yes! Special mug? Of course! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

            The Book Moo

            (November 23, 2017 - 9:49 pm)

            Why not?! πŸ˜‚ They are the essentials after all! Oh well, don’t forget you can buy stuff over there like!

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    (November 30, 2017 - 10:40 pm)

    This trip sounds so exciting. You definitely seem prepared! I wish I could be this organized lol! πŸ˜‚
    I’d love to know how you got the opportunity to live in Australia for a year. Sounds like a dream come true! I’ve always wanted to visit the Gold Coast! Living there would be amazing! I can’t wait to read all about it!


      (December 1, 2017 - 7:10 am)

      Thank you! I’m really excited! Why don’t you? X

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