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BACKPACKING OZ FOR 5MONTHS ANY IDEADS FOR WOT TO TAKE??

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1. Posted by kagzay (Budding Member 4 posts) 4y

I AM BACK PACKING OZ FOR 5 MONTHS STARTING OFF IN SYDNEY AND WORKING WAY UP EAST COAST, POSSIBLY MITE WORK WHILST THERE.

CAN ANYONE GIVE ME ANY TIPS AND IDEAS OF WOT TO TAKE AND SAVE SPACE.

ALSO WOULD A 65LITRE BACK PACK B ENOUGH FOR ALL THIS STUFF??

THANKS:)

2. Posted by Rory_Z (Budding Member 40 posts) 4y

Kagzay, I have a 65 litre pack (I bought a Gelert one, and it's very good and sturdy, and only cost about £45)

I'm just going to transcribe my packing list for you, obviously this is just my personal preference and going by recommendations, but you could take more or less than what I am taking, it's all down to personal discretion.

It's a bit long, hope it helps though:

Backpack ID Tags
Bank Cards
Binbags (useful)
Book?
Boxers/underwear
Camera
Chain & padlocks (for pack security?)
Condoms
Copy Passport/Drive license
Cutlery Set?
CVs
Deoderant
Embassy Contact&Emergency Numbers list
First Aid Kit (basic)
Guidebook (lonely planet?)
Hair Brush (if you have hair)
ID
Travel Insurance info (if you have it)
Ipod/mp3 player
Jeans
Job References
Long Sleeved Shirt
Money
Money Belt
Nail Clippers
Passport
Pens & Pad
Plane Tickets
Sandals
Sarong?
Shaving Oil & Razor
Shoes
Shorts
Sleeping bag
Sleeping bag liner
Small sewing kit
Small Ziplock Bags?
Soap
Socks
Sun Cream
Sunglasses
Swimming Trunks
Swiss Army Knife
Toilet Roll/Tissue?
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Trainers
Travel Towel
Travel Wash (for clothes)
Travellers Cheques
Trousers & Shirt/tie?
T-shirts
Tweezers
Water bottles?
Waterproof Jacket?

That should do it.

[ Edit: Edited on 10-Dec-2009, at 02:22 by RoryZ ]

3. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 4y

ALSO WOULD A 65LITRE BACK PACK B ENOUGH FOR ALL THIS STUFF??

There are many people here who will tell you that you should take a 45 liter pack - and if your stuff doesn't fit that you are taking too much. I agree.

The reason people take too much is that they are thinking too much in terms how long and how far away they go. It is their big trip, their big adventure, consequently they take everything but the kitchen sink.

Don't fall into that trap. Pack the same amount of things that you would pack for going away for 10 days to a city in another part of your homecountry - because honestly, that is all you need. There are washing machines in Australia, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find a place to wash your things every 5-10 days. Consequently you only need clothes for 5-10 days. That means two bottoms (pants or skirt) and two tops (t-shirt, sweatshirt, etc) aside from what you are wearing plus undies, light jacket and one pair of shoes.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Dec-2009, at 08:51 by t_maia ]

4. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 4y

'Home-made' type natural soap is good for shampoo/shaving/washing clothes, etc, and is actually better than shampoo imho. I wash clothes (socks, pants, t-shirt) every day when I can. It's easy - and also means carrying less.

A friend of a friend got turned back at Heathrow for carrying cv's, though I have no idea if that would cause a problem with Australian customs. Just a thought.

5. Posted by kymar1 (Full Member 12 posts) 4y

All the toiletries and stuff you can get out here so no need to load yourself up un-necessarily. There are banks and ATMs everywhere so I wouldn't even bother with travellers cheques.

If you have a work permit or working visa then I can't see any problems with CVs and job references when coming through customs. Another alternative would be to just take electronic copies of these (ie USB stick) and print out when you get here. (I never said that! ;) )

One thing you should definately bring (AND USE) is sun cream. None of that weak SPF4 stuff. The proper SPF 15 or 30! Our sun loves to burn that milky UK skin!

Cheers.

6. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 4y

65 litre pack is more than sufficient. Id minimize it as much as possible. Heres wot i had in my 45L which also doubled as a climbing bag for mountain day trips etc.

walking boots
thongs/flip flops
shoes
toiletries
camera/dvds for backup - though you wont need these. you can buy em there.
1 light pair of jeans for work
2-3 pairs of shorts (1 good, 1 work, 1 casual/swim)
2-3 shirts (1 good, 1 work, 1 casual)
2-3 t shirts (1 good, 1 work, 1 casual)
1 towel
1 (coat/waterproof jacket)
roll up wet trousers (prob not needed in Oz)

try and keep it to a minimum

Ed

7. Posted by MerB (Full Member 147 posts) 4y

EMAIL YOUR CV TO YOURSELF!!!

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