Packing assistance

Generally you cannot carry your whole household along in your backpack, but only 20 kilograms! This is not a lot, but if you consider that you live several weeks or months with it, you have to pack accordingly.
You can take more along of course, but always keep in mind that you have to pay a surcharge at the airlines as well the Bus companies in Australia. Thus sometimes less is more.

Consider in advance, what you need and what not. Make an exact packing list for yourself and pack your backpack once completely (see below for ideas).
Sometimes you will see that you have way too much on your list.
If the backpack is finally fully stuffed and everything is packed, proof whether you can carry the backpack well. (You might need to do that as a backpacker from time to time ;-)
Even if this problem is mastered, the next one is already there: Souvenirs! Everyone surely knows that when you fly to Australia, you would like to take mementos of your travels. Therefore take this into consideration when packing your backpack but you may want to consider getting these items home by mail.

Make 2 copies of your passport, flight tickets, drivers licence, traveller's cheque, credit cards etc.
Take 1 copy with you and leave 1 copy for a trustee back home in case of total loss [theft or forgetfulness ; -) ].


In summary: Some essential items that will be required to take with you are listed as follows (this may vary from person to person):

Take along:


leave home: