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please help novice travelling alone to oz!

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1. Posted by lynseylou (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi 28yr old female!I am travelling the East coast in May and June.I am travelling alone as my friend decided to get a flat instead! I have never travelled at all let alone by myself and am a bit worried have so many questions would be grateful for any tips. one of the things iv been thinking and it probably seems really trivial!!.. but any advice on wot and how much too pack!! complete novice would really appreciate any advice thanks guyts!!

2. Posted by isnoo (Inactive 77 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Personally I would not be packing too much from home. I am assuming that you intend to stay up in the northern parts of Australia during this time (perfect time for the tropics) therefore I would suggest just bringing a couple of good outfits which can be mixed and matched (which includes basic black pants) and the bare basics of anything else.

If you are staying up north then you can purchase cheap shorts shirts etc here - you will live in these!

A sarong is a good thing to have at all times as it can be used for many many things eg a sheet, a curtain, a sling, a dress etc etc.

If you are travelling down south then it will be winter time and therefore you will need warmer clothing as well. I suppose it depends on your finances as to whether you can afford to purchase over here.

The second hand shops are a good place to look for extra stuff and over east we have the "seconds shops" and are good places to purchase cheap but good items.

One thing I always do is to put out what I think I may need and then try and pack it into a backpack. This will cause you to rethink a few times and finally you will get it. Of course you are always gonna miss something "very important"!! LOL

Good luck and I hope you have a wonderful time on your trip.

3. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I have spent have spent several months backpacking around OZ and NZ and at the time it was my first trip as well. I have some advice for you about traveling in general and about OZ as well.

About what to pack: No matter how little you think you packed, it is still too much. As isnoo has said the best thing you can pack are clothes that can be layered and have multi uses. Depending on what part of OZ you should definately bring a reliable rain jacket. One pair of sandles and one pair of cofortable shoes to walk in. If you are doing a lot of hiking then a pair of boots, but thats it for footwear. For the rest of you clothes needs, bring about 5 days worth of clothes. You can always wash some needed clothing in your hostels bathroom.
Bring a light weight pack towel. You can buy them at any outdoor store. A small pocket knife will always come in hand as well.
Most import thing about packing is getting the correct back pack. This is important because you will be carrying it around for the duration of your trip. Best advice is to go to a store and get specifically fitted for the back pack that is most comforable from there. The wrong pack could make of break your trip.

OZ: definately 100% go to fraiser Island. Its an all sand island off the coast of Brisbane. Here rent a 4X4 and cruise around the island and take a dip in the crystal clear lakes of the island. You will not regret it at all. Spend at least 3 days here. If you can make it I would recommend heading to Perth. Melbourne is a great city and very esy to get around. Take a day and head down the Great Ocean road.
Needless to say there is a lot of information about OZ. If you have any specific questions about where to go and what to please contact me and I will be more than happy to help you.

4. Posted by carosterns (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

A big mistake I think we all made the first time we headed off travelling was to pack everything - just in case. Most of the "just in case" stuff, leave behind. If you get desperate you can buy it. You don't need a lot of clothes, wash regularly and DO NOT travel we lots of shoes. They are the bulkiest, heaviest items you will ever carry. Try to take clothes that don't crease to much. Buy an universal plug and a tiny clothes line. As boreal mentioned, you can wash your clothes in hostels but you may find you struggle looking for somewhere to hang clothes to dry. They don't take up much space and are invaluable. Take a SMALL first aid kit.

If you haven't bought a backpack yet, when you are trying them, ask them to drop some climbing ropes in it. All packs feel great empty, you want to know how it sits on your back when it is heavy.

As Isnoo says, take a sarong. The my useful item you will ever have when travelling. I keep telling everyone I'm going to write a book 1001 uses for a sarong - I travell with 2.

The most important thing to remember - don't stress if you forget something as you can always buy it when you get there.

5. Posted by lynseylou (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much guys given me a good start to get going

6. Posted by ontheedge (Full Member 90 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey, first of all dont worry!, i completed a trek america adventure in may, it was abit worrying at first, but when i met everyone i loved every minute of it, and i never looked back, i traveled 3500 miles new-york to miami and tryed so many things i would never have done with my friends, it will give you a massive self confidence boost, ok so your mate bought a flat, she will miss out and regret not going, so go for it and have a great time!-im going to oz in feb for a couple of monthes so that should be good, im going on my own, with contiki that way i can make a load of friends first, and go off with them, hopefully!!- my cousin did it and hes working here for two years then emigrating!! he liked it that much, so be brave! it will open many doors!-have fun!!!!!!!!!!!

7. Posted by Jacaranda (Budding Member 61 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Buddy,

Firstly travelling solo is an unreal experience a great confidence builder. All you have to remember is keep an eye on yourself and if your going somewhere a bit off track i mean like hiking in the bush tell someone even go to the local copshop and tell them your plans so that if you do come unstuck someone will be out looking for you.

When it comes to packing you don't need much you can pick up shirts, jumpers, all that at op shops or second hand joints. A tent if your going to camp, sleeping, bag and mat. A knife is good like a leatherman or swiss army. There plenty of gear list you can download on the net just do a search. You don't want a 100litre back bursting at the zips trust me first time i went on a trip thats what i did. Threw out pretty much everything, ended up with about a quarter upon return, used my frizbee as a plate because well you don't play to much frizbee with yourself.

It doesn't matter where you go you still have the same problems as you would in your home town only they may not be as apparent in a differnt setting. Australia is a safe place i've hitch hiked around and never had any trouble, sleeped in some pretty dodgey places because i had no where to set up a tent. just remember out of site out of mind works with so many thing, cash, belonging, your person.

Most of the things you need to know are just commonsense and within a week you'll be switched on so don't be to concerned and let time be your teacher.

Happy travels mate.