Packing List for a Month in Australia April/ May
Specific things to note when packing for a trip to tour Australia:
The packing list is designed to fit in one carry-on and one checked-in bag and for me is relatively light!! For our trip, although we would have assistance taking luggage on/off vehicles, we were requested to only bring 1 x soft-sided bag with/ without wheels and ideally 1 x small backpack for use on-board planes and coaches. I chose Samsonite pieces similar to these: 1x Wheeled Duffle Trolley & 1x small Backpack
I’ve been a Samsonite fan ever since I first invested in a weekend wheelie bag that served me for many years on my weekend trips home from Dublin. They’re a little pricey but last long and won’t leave you with a burst bag and your belongings strewn around when you least need it!
So below is my ultimate packing list for a trip of a lifetime for a tour of Australia in April/May!
NOTE: Some items are listed twice under different headings so I’ve marked them with an asterisk * to identify that they have a dual purpose.
TRAVEL OUTFIT (either worn or in carry-on backpack)
1x Navy Hooded Light Rain Jacket – Does it rain Down Under?! It definitely can! And if you are flying back to Ireland almost any time of the year you should be prepared for a “soft day”.
1x Pink Hoodie (Light Fleece)* – was also essential for evenings, especially down in Melbourne and Sydney!
1x Navy Linen Trousers* - helpful colour if your neighbour on the plane spills their rum & coke into your lap ……….as happened to me once before …when wearing white trousers. Can also be worn as holiday eveningwear.
1x Navy T-Shirt* – same reason as for navy linen trousers. Can also double up as holiday day-wear or evening wear.
2x Pairs of Compression Flight Socks – to prevent DVTs on long-haul flights.
1x Pair Trainers – already “broken in”.
CARRY-ON BACK PACK
1x Camera & Charger, Spare Battery & Memory Cards
1x Hardcopy Book, 1x E-Reader and Charger – at that time I had a Sony E-Reader; now I prefer a smartphone with Kindle App, Audible App for audiobooks and Spotify Premium App for music.
1x Sunglasses* & Case
1x Mobile Phone & Charger - All the hotels I stayed at on this trip - in London, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong had free Wi-Fi, so taking your smartphone to stay in touch with those at home and to upload some pics is a great idea.
1x Purse – Euro, Sterling, US & AUD Dollars & Credit/ Debit Cards
1x Travel Pouch - with travel tickets, itineraries, travel insurance & Passport
1x Post-its & Pen
1x Combination Padlock - very useful for locking up bags and valuables when staying in hotels.
1x Disprin Chewables – for any aches and pains en-route with no water available.
1x Pair Earplugs & 1x Eye mask – to sleep on the long flights.
1x Inflatable Neck Pillow – again to sleep on the long flights.
1x Water Bottle – picked up at airport after security check.
1x Packet Handwipes & 1x Pack of Tissues
1x Pack of Motion Sickness Tablets – precautionary!
1x Small Packing Cube with Adapters, Travel Alarm Clock (& all chargers) - I recommend a worldwide adapter – better value if you’re travelling elsewhere after Australia or anytime in the future!
Ziplock & Plastic Bags – various sizes for laundry etc.
1x Change of Clothes - in case checked bag goes missing – I packed denim shorts, flip flops, purple t-shirt, turquoise nightie and underwear/ socks – all from the list to come below.
1x Comb – so I don’t look too wild for immigration authorities 😂.
Holiday Eveningwear for a month
3x Pairs Long Trousers (White, Navy* & Cream) – one in white linen, one in navy linen* and one in cream cotton. Great for going out in the evening or wandering around cities when shorts won’t do. Linen can be more comfortable in humid conditions than heavy jeans.
5x Tops to wear with above Trousers. I brought:
1x Multi-Coloured Midi Length Summer Dress – I brought my stretchy sleeveless tropical print orange, cream, black and gold dress that never creases and I can team with…
1x Black Cotton Tie-Front Cardigan and
1x Cream Cotton Wrap
1x Pair Black Wedge Mid-Height Heeled Sandals- something that wouldn’t sink in the sand or the grass when we attended outdoor BBQs.
1x Black Evening Bag- I have a small silky sequinned one I bought years ago that’s handy for carrying tissues, room key, mobile phone, lippy etc. on a night out.
Holiday Daywear for a month
Swimwear/ Poolside/ Beachwear:
1x Black & Turquoise Sarong - useful as scarf, a bathrobe, a sheet etc.
2x Bikinis (1x Black/1x Turquoise) – both strapless for a shoulder tan!
2x Swimsuits (1x White/ 1x Black)
1x Turquoise Strappy Top* & 1x Black Vest Top*- to cover up with sarong if you leave the beach or pool area for bathroom or bar.
1x Pair Turquoise Flip Flops – called thongs in Australia! Useful also as slippers or in pool showers.
1x Sunhat – I ended up also buying an Aussie Leather Barmah Hat in Uluru.
1x Beach Tote Bag – cotton bag for bringing items to/from pool.
(Note: As we were staying in hotels we didn’t need to bring beach towels…but if we weren’t I’d recommend to buy one there.)
Regular Holiday Daywear:
7x T-Shirts - Choose a range of colours that match the trousers / shorts you’ve selected. I brought bottle green, purple*, navy*, coral, cream, white and brown. Things get hot in Australia and tops get sweaty (lovely!) which is why I recommend so many! T-shirts also protect your shoulders from burning in the hot Aussie sun.
2x Strappies (White & Turquoise*) & 3x Vest Tops (Black*,White & Orange) & 1x Blue Halter
1x Pair Denim Shorts – hardwearing and won’t show the dust!
1x Pair Beige Cotton Shorts (Casual)
1x Pair Coffee Linen Shorts (Smart)
2x Pairs of Cut-offs (knee length) White & Khaki.
14x Pairs Underwear (incl 1x Spanx under dresses) - Small and compact, a few extra pairs will save you a lot of washing! We travelled every 3 days but we still did washing in Uluru and Cairns.
3x Bras (1x Black, 1x White, 1x Beige Strapless) – you might get away with just one if you make extra use of your bikini!
4x Pairs Trainer Liners & 4x Pairs ankle socks
4x Pairs Knee Highs
Nightwear for a Month
1x Blue PJs (shorts & vest combo)
1x Turquoise Nightie
1x Lilac Slip Nightie
1x Pair Slipper Socks
1x Pair Turquoise Flip-Flops*
1x Pair Gold Flat Sandals
1x Pair Trainers*
1x Pair mid-heeled Black Wedge Sandals
1x Toiletries Bag – I have one I bought in Debenhams many moons ago with 3 zipped pockets that can be hung in a bathroom keeping everything at hand.
1x Suncream & Lipblock – I brought Ambre Solaire Factor 50 & 15
1x After Sun Lotion – to double-up as body lotion
1x Shampoo/ Conditioner/ Bodywash (combined)
1x Shower Buff/ Sponge
1x Hairbrush & Comb
1x Cleanser, 1x Toner, 1x Moisturiser – I use 75ml (travel size) Decleor samples that I refill (and I know the bottles won’t leak!)
1x Deodorant Stick
1x Toothbrush, 1x Toothpaste, 1x Floss, 1x Pack Interdental Brushes
1x Mouthwash – travel size
1x Soap, 1x Travel Nail Brush - Keep your soap in a ziplock bag or soap travel dish to prevent it sticking to everything you own!
1x Pack of Panty Liners/ Sanitary Protection – if relevant to you girls.
1x Razor & Spare Blades
1x Nail Scissors & 1x Emery Board
1x Tweezers, 1x Pocket Mirror
Cotton make-up removal pads
Cotton Buds & hair bands, scrunchies, clips
1x Foundation/ Tinted Moisturiser
2x Lipsticks & Lip Pencil
1x Eye-shadow powder quartet, 1x Eye Pencil & 1x Waterproof Mascara
1x Bronzer/ Blusher & Brush
1x Pressed Powder Compact
1x Insect Repellent
1x Imodium – or similar for diarrhea & upset stomachs.
1x Gaviscon – or similar for indigestion.
1x Lemsip – or similar for colds/ flu.
1x Strepsils – or similar for coughs/ sore throats.
1x Box Paracetamol, 1x Antiseptic Cream & 1x Box Band Aids
1x Bite Spray
1x Pack Blister Plasters (& 1x Pack Cold Sore Patches – if you’re susceptible to cold sores after sun exposure as I am)
1x 30 Pack Multibionta – or your supplements of choice.
1x Small Tin of Vaseline – useful as lip balm etc.
Safety Pins - always handy.
1x Travel Laundry Wash Kit – I keep a small tube of travel detergent in a zip lock bag. Great for doing emergency washing, such as underwear in a sink!
1x Set of Travel Wash Pegs – I have a set that clip over a rail (an indoor towel rail/ outdoor balcony rail); handy especially in Australia, where things dry quickly!
1x Travel Sewing Kit
1x Bum Bag
So that’s it, my complete backpacking Australia packing list.
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