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A few things to prepare:

  • Take copies of your passports, visa and insurance and leave a copy at home with a family member or friend.
  • Know the exchange rate of where you are travelling to and what to expect. If you know what the local currency is, it can save a lot of maths and processing once you arrive. You can also take a conversion list. For example, write on a piece of paper what $10, $20, $50 and $100 converts to in the local currency - you can then refer to this when out shopping or paying for things.

What to leave at home:

There are lots of things to take, but there are some things you can leave at home.

  • Leave your valuables at home. Don’t take anything (unless you have to) that is irreplaceable or has sentimental value.
  • Take only the basics and what you need from your wallet – the rest can stay home.
  • Think about how many gadgets and electronic devices you want to take - they can be heavy.

The essentials:

  • Passport and visa.
  • Airline tickets and any travel documents.
  • Printed copy of travel documents and itinerary.
  • Travel insurance details.
  • Mobile phone and charger.
  • Laptop/iPad and charger.
  • Cash, credit card or bank card.
  • Driver’s licence.
  • Prescription medicine.
  • Money belt, pouch or travel wallet for your passport and cash when en route.
  • Camera (don’t forget the charger and extra memory sticks or memory card).
  • Selfie stick - hours of entertainment!
  • Power board – you can charge all your devices in one go.
  • Power adaptor to convert your power board, chargers etc. A useful resource to find out what plug or adaptor you might need for any country can be found by clicking here: https://whatplug.info/to/ and then selecting the country or countries you are visiting.
  • Travel alarm clock.
  • Hand sanitiser or hand wipes – these are great for on the airplane and for days when you are out and about a lot.
  • Sense of humour 😊

The basics:

  • Walking shoes – take a pair of shoes that you can wear all day and that are comfortable for walking in.
  • Sunblock and hat – you may be outside more than usual during your holiday.
  • Day pack – this will come in handy for longer day trips when you want to take a few extra things.
  • Toiletries – take what you need and keep it simple. You can use small bottles and pots to save space and weight.
  • Plastic bags – it’s always handy to have a few plastic bags whether it’s for dirty laundry, wet clothes, muddy shoes or to protect something in your suitcase.
  • Zip lock bags - these come in handy in multiple ways when travelling.
  • Sunglasses and case.
  • Travel knife – for cutting fruit and having snacks (make sure you put this in your checked in luggage).
  • Travel tissues.
  • Rain jacket – save it for a rainy day 😊
  • Pens and notepad – you’ll have extra time up your sleeve and may want to keep a note of what you have been doing, the sights you have seen, or what has inspired you.
  • Extra tea bags – take some extras for those morning and afternoon cuppas.
  • Swimmers – even in cold places sometimes the option of a spa presents itself.
  • Mini torch – you might not need this, but if you do - you’ll be glad you have one.
  • Small umbrella.

For the plane:

  • Books / magazines.
  • Laptop and charger.
  • Adaptor - this can be handy for layovers when you have a few hours stopover and you want to charge your devices.
  • Phone, charger and if you plan to get a local SIM card, have a safe and secure place to store your original SIM card.
  • Notepad and pen.
  • Earplugs in case you have a noisy neighbour.
  • Eye mask and inflatable pillow.
  • Zip lock bag for your liquids.
  • A warm top and socks – aeroplanes can be cold.
  • Toothbrush and deodorant.
  • Face and hand moisturiser – the air can be very dry in planes and having some moisturiser can be heavenly 😊
  • Hand sanitiser and face wipes.
  • Change of underwear – on the rare occasion your luggage gets lost, you'll be thankful!
  • Makeup wipes and makeup.

For the kids:

  • Activity books.
  • Reading book.
  • Travel games and cards.
  • A scrapbook to document your holiday (don’t forget glue and scissors – make sure you pack the scissors in your checked-in luggage).
  • Colouring pencils (and sharpener) / textas and a colouring in book.
  • Notepad for drawing.
  • Spare paper.

First aid:

  • Plasters and alcohol wipes.
  • Anti-itch cream.
  • Mozzie repellent.
  • Antiseptic cream.
  • Pain killers.
  • Rehydration salts.

And a few suggestions depending on your destination…

Wildlife holidays:

  • Camera with zoom.
  • Binoculars.

Beaches and tropical locations:

  • Loose cotton clothing.
  • Tropical strength mozzie repellent.
  • Sarong.
  • Remember: not all countries show as much skin as Western countries. Having at least one pair of pants or a below the knee skirt is recommended, as is a top that covers the shoulders or a shawl to cover up with.

Cold climates:

  • Take clothes that are good for layering.
  • Have some thermal layers.
  • Fleece jacket / coat.
  • Gloves, hat / beanie, scarf.
  • Warm socks.

City holidays:

  • Versatile footwear.
  • Evening wear.

And some packing tips…

  • Pack your toiletries in a plastic bag in case there are any leakages. Zip lock bags within a toiletry bag are also a good idea.
  • Packing cubes are a great way to organise your suitcase.
  • Rolling your clothes often works well.
  • Leave some space for some holiday shopping.
  • Choose your shoes wisely – they are a big space taker so think through which shoes you will need.
  • Take your valuables in your hand luggage.
  • Take clothing that can be versatile.
  • When packing your suitcase, if you will be in and out of your suitcase a lot it makes sense to arrange it wisely from the go.