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1. Posted by bananas76 (Budding Member 7 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

I am planning on coming to Australia - Mid August.... As I am normally a high maintenence kinda gal this is the first time I will be doing the whole back packing thing. I have no idea where to start ....

I am sure this has probably been covered before - but I have the following questions - any hints and tips gratefully received..

Where do I get a decent back pack ? - anywhere online ? what type?

Footwear ? - high heels will be left at home! ;)but what kinda foot wear do I need???

Clothing - what kind ?

I know all these questions are pretty silly - but if any of you can give me some helpful tips I would v. grateful - especially any female travellers with some advice on all the girlie things I should take ;)

thanks in advance


2. Posted by LlL (Budding Member 11 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

You really don't need a backpack. I've travelled around Australia and New Zealand for about 3 months with a huge backpack (a big hassle) and every backpacker I've met wishes they'd just taken a normal suitcase. If you really feel that you want a backpack, get one with a side opening: much easier to access you stuff. And I think 65 litres is as big as you should go.
Don't bother taking high heels or anything either. Most clubs etc for backpackers don't have a footwear code, and most people will wear flip flops or trainers anyway. But make sure you get good hiking boots if you're gonna be doing that kind of thing.
Hope this helps!

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Not being a girlie, I can't help too much, but if you do buy a backpack, don't buy it online. Or at least try it for fit in a shop first - if you're going to be carrying it a lot, it needs to fit properly.
If you're not going to be carrying it far, I would agree with LIL. A holdall would be perfectly OK, although I think it would be a sad day if all the world's 'backpackers' turned into 'suitcasers' !
It depends on how far you intend to carry your luggage. If you can afford transfers and buses etc, then a holdall or suitcase is fine. But if you might find yourself walking across town, you will be better with a well fitted pack.

Clothes wise, don't overdo it. Take stuff which doesn't crease too easily and washes/dries quickly.

4. Posted by saz (Full Member 20 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


as a girlie backpacking oz at the minute i would recommed that you buy a suitcase with wheels (a pain in the bum to get up stairs) but worth it my backpack is 65litres and so heavy and ive already sent so much stuff home, im in danger of seriously hurting my back so please be careful. dont bring any of your fave clothes as they will get ruined, you will be wearing the same clothes pretty much for the whole time your travelling so make sure they are comfy, you need a pair of trainers, walking boots and flip-flops no high heels you wont wear them i promise you. depending on where your starting (north or south) depends on what clothes you need i was in darwin and cairns where it was hot then came to sydney and its freezing i had to buy jumpers and a scarf (a scarf in july!!) its winter here so be prepared but summer is on its way hurrah. anything you need you can buy here and if you look about you can get stuff cheap not point spending a fortune on clothes that your basically going to throw away (either cos you dont need to carry them anymore or your sick of the sight of them)

hope some of this helps
happy travelling
sarah x

5. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

but what if your going around thailand aswell? wouldent a rucksack be better there considering that in some places there might be rough terrain that a suitcase with wheels just couldent handle?

6. Posted by saz (Full Member 20 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

if you just travelling australia a\or new zealand i would reccomend suitcase with wheels but if your planning on doing asia you need a backpck, she doesnt mention thats shes going to anywhere in asia so i was giving the best advice i could according to her travelling needs!