Travel Tips and Packing Lists


With nearly three million square miles to discover, Australia is filled with endless opportunities for adventure. Use our Australia packing list to make sure you're prepared for whatever path you take.

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  • Passport/Visa(s)/Personal Identification
  • Cash & Credit/ATM Card(s)
  • Check expiration dates on Passport, Drivers License, and Credit Cards
  • Inform bank/credit cards companies that you’re traveling abroad
  • Travel & Medical Insurance Documents
  • Health Documentation/Vaccination Card
  • Prescriptions in original packaging
  • Student ID Card/Frequent Flyer Card(s)
  • Reservations & Itineraries
  • Hotel/Tour Contact Info
  • Hotel Loyalty/Hostel Membership Card(s)
  • Transportation Tickets
  • Printed copies of Tickets/Passports/ Emergency Information
  • Email yourself a photo copy of a your passport, drivers license, medical cards & itinerary
  • Research local customs in order to be culturally aware/sensitive during your travel

Travel Gear

Everyday Basics

  • Lightweight, Moisture-Wicking, Easy Care Clothing (Consider bringing clothing with bug repellent or SPF protection properties)
  • Rain Jacket/Poncho/Umbrella
  • Outer Shell/Windbreaker/Fleece
  • Moisture-Wicking Quick Dry Underwear/Wool Socks
  • Base Layers/Clothing for Layering
  • Flip flops for showering & travel
  • Camp Shoes/Travel Shoes
  • Waterproof Hiking Boots
  • Swimsuit (modesty based on region)
  • Brimmed Sun Hat
  • Water-resistant Gloves/Wool Beanie
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Scarf/Bandana

Everyday Accessories

  • Language Book, Guide Books & Maps
  • Cell/Smart Phone & Charger
  • Travel Aps: Currency & Distance Conversion
  • Camera/Video Camera, Memory Card & Charger
  • Music Player, Headphones & Charger
  • Water-resistant Wristwatch
  • Electrical Converters & Adapters
  • Travel Alarm
  • Travel Pillow/Blanket/Eye Shade/Ear Plugs
  • Travel Journal & Pen(s)
  • Reading Material & Games (download to tablet)
  • Address Book
  • Sewing Kit/Clothing Care Kit
  • Clothesline & Detergent
  • Duct Tape


Travel Health

*Consult your health center or physician for help in planning your trip’s medication needs.

  • Travel Health Information
  • First Aid Kit (Bandages, Gauze, Adhesives, etc)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Pain & Fever Relievers/Thermometer
  • Children’s Strength Pain Relievers
  • Cold Medicines
  • Diarrhea/Laxative Medicines
  • Allergy Medicines
  • Hydrocortisone cream (for allergic rashes)
  • Antibacterial Ointment
  • Throat Lozenges
  • Multi-Vitamins
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Sunburn Relief
  • Insect Repellent/Mosquito Net
  • Sting Reliever
  • Motion Sickness Pills/Bands
  • Hand Sanitizer/Wet Wipes
  • Glasses & Case
  • Extra Contacts, Solution & Case
  • Dry Eye/Allergy Eye Drops
  • Moleskin
  • Medicines & Vaccinations specific to region/ activities (ex: Malaria, Altitude Sickness Pills)
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Energy Bars & Blocks

Home Checklist

  • Reconfirm/check-in online with airline
  • Leave house key and trip itinerary with a neighbor
  • Leave flight and hotel itineraries with a relative
  • Post Office to hold mail/stop newspaper
  • Arrange care of pets, lawn & plants
  • Pre-pay bills
  • Prearrange school absences for children
  • Clean out refrigerator
  • Unplug appliances
  • Turn off heater/air conditioner
  • Turn down water heater
  • Turn off washing machine taps
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Set up timed light system
  • Store valuables in a safe place

*If gone for more than 30 days check with homeown- er’s insurance for specific directives.

Download PDF Travel Checklist

What to Pack for Travel to Australia

A kangaroo hops into the beautiful Australian sunset.From surfing or snorkeling in the clear, warm water to trekking through any of the gorgeous national parks, there is much exploring to be done in the land down under. If you’re headed to such a large and diverse location as Australia, you're most likely going to travel to multiple locations within the country. You may fly between Melbourne and Sydney or even rent a caravan to drive from one campsite to another. Whatever you're planning, we recommend luggage that is versatile, lightweight and big enough to hold all your essentials. Eagle Creek has a great selection of wheeled backpacks along with our popular Tarmac Series of rolling bags to choose from.

Eagle Creek's convertible lightweight 2-in-1 backpack and crossbody bag in light blue.With the expansive variety of activities available to you, you’re (very) likely to be on the go for most of your trip, so a day-use bag that is lightweight and convertible will help ensure that you are comfortable and prepared. We recommend our 2-in-1 Sling/Backpack or 2-in-1 Tote/Backpack because not only are they super lightweight and packable, but they transform from one style to another - and feature reflectivity and lockability for whenever you need it. If you're looking for a bag with a little more structure and organization, check out the Catch-All Courier Pack RFID or Travel Bag Mini Backpack RFID. Some of the things you may want to keep in your day bag include:

  • Guide books, travel guides, maps, language guides, etc.
  • Cell phone charger and adapter
  • Travel organizer for important documents
  • Additional layers of clothing, or shell, in case of a weather change

Eagle Creek's compression sack being packed.If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, traveling to Australia means you’ll be headed for the opposite season, so be prepared for the proper climate. Of course, the majority of Australia is desert so the temperatures are typically fairly mild. That being said, there are still some areas that can experience snowfall during winter, so if you plan to hit the slopes in the Australian Alps, make sure you’re prepared. Our favorite packing organizers for this situation are our Pack-It Compression Sacs. They keep your main travel bag organized while also reducing the volume of your clothes by up to 80%. Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes also work well for maximum clothing compression. We recommend using our packing organizers to divide your belongings into outfit types (active wear vs. evening wear). You'll definitely want to consider including some of the following items in your main travel bag:

  • Lightweight clothing for layering
  • A swimsuit or swim trunks (if surfing in winter when a wetsuit is needed, you'll want to consider renting one instead of packing one to save on space)
  • Hats for sun protection or warmth, plus sunglasses
  • Hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes
  • Rain jacket and umbrella

If you’re carrying on, keep your toiletry bag light and TSA-compliant (aka 3-1-1). One of the most important toiletries on your Australia packing list is sunscreen. Sun protection is very important in Australia since you’ll most likely be outdoors quite alot. Since the UV levels are higher there, make sure you pick up a 3 oz (or smaller) bottle before you go, and plan on picking up a larger bottle once you're there. Other travel-sized toiletries you’ll want to have close at hand are:

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Deodorant
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Lip balm
  • Bug repellant 
  • Make a first aid kit with pain, cold, and other prescription medications, bandages and antibiotic ointment. There's nothing worse than being caught unprepared. 

What more tips? Download our comprehensive Australian Packing List.

Suggested Gear

Luggage & Packs

Considerations for a main bag can vary based on how long and where you’re going. Your method of transportation is a big factor as is your itinerary:

A Switchback™ convertible backpack that can be carried as a backpack or rolling bag allows for maximum versatility. Plus the full size zip-off daypack is perfect for daylong excursions.

A Gear or Duffel Bag – A great choice for flexibility on the road if you’re not carrying your bag over long distances. Choose one with tuck-away backpack straps to give you even more carry options.

A traditional Travel Pack gives fluidity to your travels. If you’re taking a commuter plane, hiking to a village for an overnight, visiting rural communities inaccessible by roads, sometimes a backpack duffel bag will be the best option.

Pack-It™ System

The Pack-It™ System will help keep everything you need easily accessible. You’ll wonder how you lived without it.

Pack-It™ Cubes – compress clothes and maximize packing space by rolling t-shirts, undergarments, and workout clothes; multiple cube sizes offer versatility

Pack-It™ Folders – to keep your clothes wrinkle free and looking good

Pack-It™ Shoe Sac – keep dirty shoes away from clean clothes

Pack-It™ Wallaby Toiletry Kit – just the right size for your essentials

Pack-It™ Compression Sacs – compress bulky items or store dirty laundry up to 80% of their original size.

Pack-It™ Sacs – tuck away all the little things that seem to get lost.


Stay well-rested and comfortable and keep your valuables away from greedy hands.

Travel Pillow, Eye Shade, Ear Plugs

Money Belt or Neck Wallet

Converter & Adapters

Guide Books & Maps

Travel Towel

Rain Jacket/Umbrella

Packable Duffel or Tote

Tip: Use Pack-It™ Cubes or Sacs to organize daily essentials

Day Travelers™

Your day bag should be comfortable and organized for long days and overnight excursions.

Backpack – perfect for all-day hiking or sightseeing; check to make sure zippers are lockable to deter theft and that it organization for your daily needs

Shoulder Bag – a small cross-body bag is great for the essentials; perfect for exploring new places and with the ability to tuck away inside your backpack if needed

Waistpack – Maybe it’s as easy as a waistpack – everything you need right at your fingertips