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1. Posted by Jo D (Full Member 64 posts) 12y

Any ideas what my parents could get me. I'm off to OZ at the beginning of the year. Anything essential I might need to take with me?? ;)

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y


Then again, maybe you wouldn't want to ask your mother to buy those for you.

I hate other people buying me gear. I'm always much happier with cash and/or gift certificates.

Maybe you could take them shopping with you. Give you a chance to check out whatever they are thinking of buying you, plus it will allow you to share the excitement of the trip with you.


3. Posted by Jo D (Full Member 64 posts) 12y

LOL - I think I 'm ok for condoms!

No seriously, what do you reakon I need to get?? Suitcase or a Rucksack? I'm going for a year.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

From what I understand of Australia, you don't need a rucksack, unless you plan on doing some hiking and overnight camping out in the bush. If you are going to be mainly doing day trips and moving around via plane/bus, then you probably are fine with a rollerbag suitcase (much easier to move around with in airports and such).


5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Not sure what to suggest, BUT if you do ask for a rucksack etc, under no circumstances get them to buy you one without you trying it first - It has to be the ebst for YOU, not anybody else. Have them pay for it, yes, or arrange to get one which can be exchanged (multiple times is even better), but not bought just like that. A wrong/uncomfortable rucksack is the worst possible thing you can travel with and it can ruin your holiday.

In all honesty, you are better travelling with a cardboard box or binliners/carrier bags (and i have) than an uncomfortable/poorly designed rucksack.

6. Posted by BasiaAlm (Full Member 61 posts) 12y

Howe about asking them for fun money? (In travellers checks or any other form). When I got to 75% of international travel at my former job, my employer (used to people bitching about having to spend too much time in strange places, without family and friends) decide to sweeten out lifes with fun money to spend weekends while on business trips abroad. It was a very good idea, also for birthday presents (I got fun money on my last birthday and went to Machu Picchu with them) from parents, children, family friends. Don't yopu think?

7. Posted by Jo D (Full Member 64 posts) 12y

Fun money is a really good idea. Much safer!! ;) I think I will probably opt for a suitcase with wheels, at least with one of those I won't get that much of a backache copared to carrying a rucksack.
Thanks for your answers.

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

If you are moving around a lot in Australia, I would still opt for a backpack, but it isn't really necessary as mentioned by Greg.

How about something like an oz experience bus pass? You can buy them from overseas and you already know what you're getting but it doesn't tie you down in terms of time.

Or insurance, costs a fortune and your parents would love for you to have a good insurance :)

9. Posted by Jo D (Full Member 64 posts) 12y

Oh yeah I forgot about insurance!!! Anyone know of a good insurance?? I would like one with cover for water sports etc! Also, how much??

10. Posted by BasiaAlm (Full Member 61 posts) 12y

Concerning rucksack versus suitcase on wheels dillemma why not opt for a modern hybrid: small suitcase on wheels which is a rucksack, too, if that works better. VERY useful in places with lots of steps (like Venice), or where roads/streets are too rough for wheels (like old small European towns and rain forest areas in Costa Rica or similar. You just have to pack light: they are a carry on size, and that's a good thing. :)