Shopping for a Year Abroad

This weekend, me & my mum went to Cheshire Oaks to start shopping for my year in Australia. It seems as though for Christmas this year, all my presents will be for travelling (not that I mind as it is one less load to save for!) and I had to make a list of what I needed before we went.
Gap year shopping
But what to pack?! I needed to write a packing list. The longest I have been away from home for is 17 days when we went to Thailand this year & I have the tendency to over-pack to give me more options once I’m there.
I am by no stretch of the imagination considered fashion-conscious though so I figured clothes-wise I’ll be fine, but what size backpack should I go for? What essentials do I need? What type of thing am I likely to forget that will be useful?

I am not the most organised person in the world in my general life but I know that to not get completely overwhelmed by the concept of packing for a YEAR and resigning myself to one proper bag & a smaller one, I needed to become more savvy. Cheshire Oaks was so busy as it is the lead up to Christmas now but we started in the mountaineering shop.

Cheshire oaks Christmas tree
There, we bought a sleeping bag liner, microfibre towel, folding toothbrushes (I know, who even knew they existed!), waterproof pouch for beach days & some clips as pictured below.
Gap year essentials
I also already have a travel backpack, eye mask,ear plugs & flight socks!
Gap year essentials
It’s so much more convenient to shop online though so on Monday, that was my task. To work through the rest of the list & order it.
So, on amazon, I found a 90 Piece First Aid Kit that is small enough to be handy, a Worldwide Plug Adaptor that fits together to save space, a Solar USB Charger(which I can charge when I’m out & about instead of fighting over a plug socket in a hostel), a Clip on Torch, a camera similar to a GoPro without the price tag (ieGeek 1080p 2.0 WiFi camera) and a Black Baseball Cap that will hold it’s shape & didn’t have strange patterns or designs on.
Gap year essentials
Of course, I couldn’t go travelling without a steady stream of books available to me. On a standard 2 week holiday I tend to take around 20 books with me (and read all/most) but I knew that that would be impractical so I had to buy an Amazon Kindle! I chose the Kindle Paperwhite.
Amazon kindle paperwhite
I’m so fussy when it comes to smaller backpacks to use as hand luggage & a day bag so if you have any tips on where to find them please comment! UPDATE: I found one, it is the Lowe Alpine Adventurer 20 Backpack and it has separate compartments & i adore it! It is lightweight & sturdy.
Hand luggage Hand luggageHand luggage
So slowly but surely, I am getting there! I’ll keep you updated!
|| Related: My Travel Bucket List ||

Shopping for a Year in Australia
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Post Author: bexcapades

I am a 22 year old teacher from the UK who is currently travelling around Australia on a Working Holiday Visa year.

8 thoughts on “Shopping for a Year Abroad

    Rebecca's Reviews (@RReviews_blog)

    (November 25, 2017 - 5:08 pm)

    Such a great post, I love Mountain Warehouse. The sleeping bag liners are really good. The Kindle is so handy and you have the luxury of unlimited books to read plus a great battery life! Have a fab time when you do go! x.


      (November 25, 2017 - 5:14 pm)

      Their prices were really reasonable compared to others too! Especially as there was a sale on! The kindle is winning me round πŸ™‚ thank you! X

    Life With Fernie

    (November 26, 2017 - 12:15 pm)

    This sounds so exciting! ❀


      (November 26, 2017 - 12:33 pm)

      I’m so excited! Not long to go now, less than 8 weeks πŸ™‚


    (November 29, 2017 - 2:13 pm)

    That is amazing! I alwaysss overpack. I am trying to start to travel light! πŸ™‚ Enjoy your trip and I am looking forward to hearing your stories from there. Great post and blog πŸ’•πŸ’•


      (November 29, 2017 - 2:14 pm)

      Thank you! I’m an overpacker but hoping to get better as time goes on!☺️

    Kelly (켈리) (@halfbloodpixie)

    (November 29, 2017 - 3:23 pm)

    Your year in Australia is going to be so fun!
    I’d definitely be packing a kindle too!

    […] 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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