What To Bring On Your Trip
Imagine if you had to pack everything in a large hiking bag for a whole year! As I am leaving to travel around Australia a week, (starting off in Bundaberg), I have put together a list of essentials that you, as a fellow backpacker, casual traveler or interested reader may find useful. I will just put a following disclaimer that all these items that I am including in this list are what I have personally put together as my list of essentials for my trip and future trips. This list may increase or decrease in size, depending on where you are going and what you will be doing. Please keep in mind, that these items may not necessarily be essential to you, and you may have other things you may like to include that can replace the items I have on my list. Here we go!
Top Five Essentials
This is extremely important with no exceptions! Especially for those travelers who are walking constantly in the heat of the day. Australia has highest skin cancer rate in the world, so it is important that you get yourself a wide brimmed hat, a high SPF sunscreen and protective clothing to avoid the painful attempting to lie down to sleep at night and the risk of getting skin cancer.
If you are wanting to avoid the frustration or even embarrassment of getting lost down under. There are so many beautiful places to see that navigational equipment is a necessity to help you get around to see all the places you wish to see.
It can get to extremely hot temperatures in certain places around Australia, but on a general scale, drinking water is an essential part of your life. To keep yourself healthy and happy, make sure you get at least 1-2 litres of water a day at a minimum!
If you are planning on doing a long trek from place to place, make sure you pack a couple of days worth of food in advance. It is important that while you are on the road that you are getting all the food groups in fair quantities. Nuts, seeds, legumes, fruit and vegetables (that you can preferably keep in a good condition), would be ideal for travel as it will give you the energy you need.
- First Aid Supplies
This is one of the most important on this list as you never know what can go wrong or what you’ll run into on your travels. First of all, make sure you are packing the basic first aid supplies such as – band-aids, sterile bandages of small, medium and large sizes, scissors, tweezers, thermal blanket and disposable gloves.
Clothing Essentials – Learning To Pack Sensibly
This is something that a lot of beginner travelers may struggle with as you may not know how much you will need, if you are unable to anticipate on how much traveling you will be doing. My clothing list is simple, but it has everything I need for any occasion.
Hiking Bag Clothing
- 2 x Casual Shorts
- 1 x Casual Long Pants
- 1 x Jeans
- 4 x Casual Shirts (2 short & 2 long)
- 1 Dress (for nice occasions)
- 1 x Hiking Pants
- 3 x Hiking Socks
- 3 x Casual Socks
- 1 x Thermal Underwear
- 1 x Rainproof/Windproof Jacket
- 1 x Weather Proof Sweater
- 1 x Bra
- 3 x Sport Bras
- 8 x Underwear
- 1 x Bikini
Make sure you pack for all seasons! It can start being a really hot day and by midday you could be really cold and wishing you packed your jacket. I have made this mistake multiple times, so this is some helpful advice I can pass on to you from experience.
As you are on your feet most of the time when travelling, it is crucial to make sure that you pack the footwear that will serve you for the longest amount of time and won’t fall apart in a week. This is my footwear list that I will share with all of you.
- Hiking Boots – The boots that I have, have served me many months of hiking & climbing and will serve me for many more. The brand Wild Country have some really good hiking boots ranging in women’s, men’s and kid’s. Feel free to have a look at the link I have added to have a browse through the extensive range of hiking boots.
- Thongs – These are a great throw on pair of shoes to keep in your bag while you travelling just around the town or to wear around the hostel if you like wearing shoes all the time. They are easy to take on and off and don’t take up a lot of room in your bag. I have two pairs in my bag – one to wear in the shower for those of you who don’t like to go bare foot in public showers, and a pair to wear around the place when I am out and about running errands.
- Sandshoes – These are good for when you are working on your travels and need to give your feet a rest from the bulky hiking shoes. I personally like to travel around with a pair of Converse sneakers (plain black), as they suit my needs well, and they are comfortable for me to wear everywhere. As a disclaimer, I would not recommend anyone to wear these for hiking long distances as they are not made to support your feet for that purpose. You can get any other sand shoes from Kmart, Big W, Target & Amart Sports just as a few examples. Search around online to see what else you can find!
When packing your toiletries it is important that you only pack what you need and don’t pack too much, because you can always pick items up when you arrive and during your travels. I have put together a small list of what I have personally packed in my bag for my travels.
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste
- Roll-On Deodorant
- 3 in 1 Soap Bar
- Menstrual Cup – Ladies, this is the best invention ever made to help us out during those tough times. It is not for everyone, but, it is definitely worth trying, and I recommend it to any woman who is still getting the monthlies! It comes in two sizes & many colours in most pharmacies and online stores.
When you are travelling especially internationally it is very important that you make sure you have all the right paper work on you! For example, these are some of the documents you may need when you come to Australia.
- Passport – These are one of the most important travel documents needed for your travels!
- Visa – For more information on what type of visa you may need for an extended stay in Australia, click the link to find out more!
- Resume – For those of you who may be on a holiday/working visa, it is important you carry hard-copies of your resume as well as an electronic copy in case your hard-copy gets misplaced on your travels.
Depending on where you are going, electronics can be essential to you if you are wanting to contact family and friends on a regular basis, or if you do travel blogging like me! If not, your MP3 player & earphones will do you just fine. As a example list, this is what I will have with me in my bag.
- Mobile Phone
- Power Bank
- Charging Cords
The Common Sense Essentials
- Keep your eyes wide open and make sure you are being aware of everything going on around you. Most importantly, when it comes to theft, people will target the ones that aren’t concentrating or don’t have their belongings secured.
- I don’t like to assume that all people can’t be trusted, because as some of us may know, there are some beautiful people out there who are willing to lend a hand or make sure we get somewhere safely. BUT, in the worst case scenario, assume that you can’t trust anybody, and make sure you don’t give out too much personal information to strangers. They may seem nice, but you never know what their motives might be.
- If you can avoid it, don’t travel by yourself. I am aware that there are many people who do travel by themselves, and if they believe they can do that and keep themselves safe, that is great, but for any first time travelers/backpackers out there, I would recommend travelling with a friend or a group of friends. It is better to be safe than sorry.
- This is something I am strongly against; it’s hitchhiking. Do not waste your time hitch-hiking, especially in down under, because there have been many reported cases of people going missing due to travelers attempting to hitch-hike. I won’t elaborate too much on some of the people who have been imprisoned for their crimes, but there are some dodgy, horrible people out there who have nothing better to do with their time than pick up innocent travelers off the edge of the road, and those poor people, who traveled over the seas to enjoy a holiday, never see the light of the day again. So please, don’t put yourself in that situation, keep yourself safe!
- Different people have their preferences as to how much money they like to carry on their person. Some people save for months on end, some people travel with only $500-$1000 in their pocket. Things can sometimes be expensive, especially in Australia. To be on the safe side, do yourself up a budget for however long you are planning on staying in your destination. Calculate into the equation, transport, accommodation, food, recreational activities and always make sure you have an emergency fund, just in-case. (Also don’t carry a lot cash with you; you are just setting yourself up for trouble).
I hope you all enjoyed reading and I also hope for all of you that it was very informative. If you have any travel essentials you personal pack into your bag or would like to let me know where your next travel destination is, send me through an email or let me know on Twitter, @lunavegucates, I would love to hear from you all!