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Don't leave home without these documents. They’re THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU'LL CARRY! Nearly everything else can be bought en route if necessary.

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Spare Passport photos
  • Health Documentation
  • Transportation tickets
  • Accommodation vouchers & other prepaid vouchers
  • Emergency Information
  • Travellers Cheques (with register)
  • Currency
  • Credit / Debit Cards
  • Personal ID (Driving Licence, Student ID)
  • International Drivers Licence
  • Address / Phone list
  • Photocopies of important documents
  • Reservation receipts (tours, hotels, theatre tickets, sporting events)
  • Business Cards - good even for pleasure trips



This depends on what you will be doing. The key to travelling light is to set out what you want to take and then halve it!

  • Trousers, Dresses, Skirts, Shorts
  • Underwear
  • Socks / Hosiery
  • Belts
  • Cold weather gear (jumper, coat, warm hat, gloves, scarf)
  • Warm weather gear (swimsuit, shorts, sandals)
  • Sleepwear
  • Rain gear (jacket or umbrella)
  • Comfortable walking shoes (must be worn in)
  • Sun Hat
  • Dress-up clothes



A lot of items can be purchased wherever you go so don't take industrial-sized bottles unless you know it is not available or you can't live without it.

  • Comb and/or brush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss etc
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Shampoo & conditioner
  • Skin-care lotion
  • Razor & shaving cream
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Vitamins
  • Toilet PaperBath / beach towel
  • Inspect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Nail clippers


Medicine Kit

These items often won't be available or at least not easily found, so its best to take what you think you will need.

  • Asprin
  • Bandaids
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Insect bite cream
  • Sterile bandages and safety pins / clips
  • Waterproof tape
  • Upset stomach medication
  • Diaorrhea medicine
  • Sunburn relief / lip balm
  • Cold & Flu medicine
  • Thermometer
  • Prescriptions - (malaria pills, altitude sickness pills, antibiotics, pain killers)
  • Regular medication, plus a letter from your doctor for anything unusual



  • Luggage - suitcase, backpack, convertible bag
  • Day pack
  • Wallet
  • Money belt
  • Organiser bags (mesh or different colours)
  • Ipod
  • Camera & film
  • Guide book & maps
  • Phrase books
  • Reading books
  • Travel journal & pens
  • Games / playing cards
  • Small padlocks
  • Luggage ID tags
  • Watch - (preferably with alarm)
  • Alarm Clock
  • Sunglasses and case
  • Torch
  • Mini sewing / repair kit
  • Travel clothesline & pegs
  • Sink plug - (multi size)
  • Laundry bag
  • Ziplock plastic bags
  • Large plastic garbage bag - to use as rain protection for your main bag
  • Swiss Army style pocket knife with scissors, corkscrew, screwdriver etc
  • Electrical converter / adapter if you have AC appliances
  • Electrical plug adapters
  • Rubber door wedge (security for hotel rooms)
  • Nylon cord
  • Duct tape (multiple uses)
  • Earplugs / eyeshades
  • Lighter & candle
  • Mosquito net
  • Sleep sheet if you will be hostelling
  • Sleeping bag if you will be in cold climates
  • Camping gear - (tent, sleeping pad, stove, fuel, water filter etc)


Before you go

  • Stop deliveries and have Australia Post hold mail
  • Arrange for care of pets, lawn, house plants, garden, swimming pool
  • Arrange for home security if you're worried
  • Empty refrigerator and garbage
  • Turn off hot water cylinder/gas
  • Pre-pay bills (or ask close friend to collect mail and pay bills for you)
  • Lock all doors and windows
  • Secure grounds if in cyclone area & season
  • Triple check that you have Passport / Tickets / Money / Luggage

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