One of the most popular ways of visiting Australia on a budget is by backpacking. It is really quite perfect, especially for long trips, as you’ll be able to be flexible and travel between Australia’s different cities while exploring each one at your leisure.
When planning any backpacking trip it is important that you are careful about what you pack. Needless to say space is at a premium and you’ll only want to carry the essentials. With that in mind, here are 5 helpful items that should definitely make your list:
- Flip flops
Also known as thongs in Australia, flip flops are every backpacker’s best friend and are perfect for traveling regardless of the weather. If you don’t already own a pair you can undoubtedly find one on the cheap in Australia itself, and use it throughout your trip.
- Waterproof bag
Make no mistake it really can rain quite heavily in Australia which is why it makes sense to bring a small waterproof bag that you can use as your day pack. It should be big enough to house your camera, smartphone, wallet and any other items you feel you’ll want with you as you walk around and explore.
- Inflatable pillow
Backpacking on a budget often means spending long hours on busses, trains and other cheap forms of transportation. Having an inflatable pillow with you can make long journeys a lot more comfortable.
- Sun screen
When it isn’t rainy, Australia can get quite hot – particularly during certain seasons. To be safe it is always a good idea to have some high factor sun screen with you and you may even want to consider sunglasses or a cap if you want to shield your eyes.
- Ear plugs
Whether you’re staying in shared accommodation at a hostel or trying to get some shut eye on a bus – having ear plugs will be a huge advantage. Just make sure you find a pair that fits and are comfortable before you leave.
Of course in addition to all these items you’ll also want the essentials such as your passport with a valid visa Australia, any other important documentation, and travel cards or emergency funds. That being said the 5 items listed above will prove useful and should also be prioritized, as they’ll make your experience backpacking in Australia a bit more convenient and comfortable.