What to Pack for Travel to Australia
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.
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
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
- 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.