This may seem a strange question...
Hi i am planning on going to Australia on a whv in june and i have just bought a Jalan 55 + 15 womens back pack! I am unsure on how much i should be looking to take with me and what to actaully take!?
Any advice would be helpful.
Australia isn't as off the beaten track as some countries so you're generally ok living with fairly normal things. Some key things from my trip experience I recommend you take are;
- Rain Mac - you can buy a 'pac in a mac' from Millets outdoors stoor I think which are compact, v handy in rainforests and on boat trips etc!
- Sleeping bag - not all hostels let you use them but if you can buy a compact cheap one it will b v handy as there are also many hostels who give you no sheets and charge you to buy some for your stay, so it's nice to just have your own!
- Insect Reppellent is a must
- Torch - on some trips you may be in odd locations going to outdoor toilets etc, you'll find it v handy!
- I had a travellers swiss army knife and it's so handy, with things like scissors and bottle openers, tweezers, silly things all in one compact little 'thing'. Just don't keep it in your hand luggage on flights!!
- travel wash - handy as obviously they charge you everywhere so if you can buy a little travel wash before u go its helpful
- lastly clothes wise - walking shoes are recommended to buy if will be doing central oz trips to ayres rock etc, but you won't need massive serious big walking boots, just stable walking trainers. Clothes are cheap there so don't over pack, backpackers are easy going and don't tend to be fashion conscious. stringy tops and comfy clothes that preferably dont need ironing are ideal! A few going out tops, you can buy flip flops (thongs as they say) really cheap there. That's about it really, any questions send me a message. I backpacked for 10 months. does your backpack open from only the top, or the side too? xx
I agree with most of what Emily_Oz says, but a lot of the items would only be of much use if you plan on camping. One of the main items on the list I would forget about taking unless you want to camp in a tent somewhere is a sleeping bag. A lot of hostels wont let you use sleeping bags and all the hostels I have ever stayed at anywhere in the world have provided at least a blanket but most provide sheets as well without a fee (some places charge a fee for the sheets, but am yet to find anywhere that charges extra for a blanket).
Instead of a sleeping bag what I take is a bed sheet that has been sewn up in the shape of a sleeping bag. With that even in places that charge for sheets that is acceptable unlike sleeping bags, which is some places will get you fined and booted out of the hostel if you are caught with one (sometimes even if you aren't using it). I also packed a spare thin blanket which was also sewn up like a sleeping bag, but no where I went I used it. Unless you are going to be camping in a tent any time on your trip, a sleeping bag is pointless in bringing and will just add to the weight.
You don't want to pack too many clothes and with your clothes where possible you should try and make them have more than one use (ie be able to be used for various situations). Like Emily says clothing that doesn't need ironing is great, but even stuff that usually does like Jeans and a lot of shirts can just be put in the dryer for long enough to get them warm and then fold them properly to get them as crease free as possible without an iron.
If you are like most women, you'll think I need a pair of shoes for this, that, that and that. I had one backpacker stay with me and she had 5 pairs of shoes plus flipflops for general wearing and another for using in the shower which was just plain moronic on her behalf. I travelled extensively throughout most the world and did alot of activities and had 1 pair of comfy runners and one pair of thongs (flip flops). That sufficed for hiking, walking, running, climbing up mountain faces, general climbing, walking on the beach and more. If you plan on eating out in restaurants where you need to dress up a bit more, well then maybe a pair of dress shoes would be good. Apart from that one set of runners and flip flops should do and will save you space in your pack for things that you buy when away.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 16, 2007, at 5:03 AM by aharrold45 ]
Instead of a sleeping bag what I take is a bed sheet that has been sewn up in the shape of a sleeping bag. With that even in places that charge for sheets that is acceptable unlike sleeping bags, which is some places will get you fined and booted out of the hostel if you are caught with one (sometimes even if you aren't using it).
I have one of these SLEEPING BAG LINER and I use it in Europe when Im travelling inplace of bed sheets... So I cant use that in most places in Oz.