So, you’ve landed a working holiday in Australia… how awesome! During your time abroad, you’re sure to meet a lot of really cool people, see some amazing landscapes, and experience what a “no worries” lifestyle really means. But, first things first, what should you pack for an extended stay abroad and your travels in Australia? Here are some tips.
Planning What to Pack:
- Be sure to check the weather conditions of your working holiday destination before you depart. This will help you determine how to pack. You may also want to investigate what the weather trends were like during the past year.
- Don’t plan on taking anything that you would be upset about if lost.
- Think about what mementos you could bring along from home, for example, photos of family and friends. Having these types of items will be comforting in case of homesickness.
- Australia has many similar items you can buy when you arrive, so unless you have to use a special type of shampoo or toothpaste, you can buy these items when you get there. Plan to take enough toiletries for the first week or so while you get settled; then go to the shops to purchase a longer supply.
Packing List, The Essentials:
- Casual shoes
- Sandals/flip flops
- Dress shoes
- Running shoes
- Long sleeve shirts
- Short sleeve shirts
- Sleep wear
- Under garments
- Swimming suits
- Rain jacket/umbrella
- Alarm clock
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Travel-sized toiletries
- Pictures of your family and friends
- Cash ($400 – $500 in case of emergency)
- Medication (If you are taking a prescription medication, you will need to bring a doctor’s note or copy of your prescription)
- Electrical converter/universal plug**
*The Australian sun is much hotter than in other places of the world, so please make sure you bring a high SPF sunscreen and apply it regularly.
** The electrical current in Australia is 240/250 volts, AC 50Hz. The Australian three pin power outlet is different from that in North America so you will need an adapter socket. If your appliances are not 240/250 volts you will need a voltage converter. Universal outlets for 240V or 11 OV appliances are usually found in leading hotels.
Packing List, Optional Items (you can buy these when you get there):
- Hair dryer/hair products
- Full-sized toiletries
- Make up (for the ladies)
- Supply of favorite lotions and shampoos
- Passport and any visa paperwork
- Airline tickets / itinerary
- Photo ID
- Copies of itinerary, ID, and passport
- Host company job offer & program information
It’s suggested that you make two copies of all documents; leave one copy at home with a friend or family member and place one in your luggage. You may also want to carry a copy of your passport with you at all times rather than your physical passport, except for during international travel.
You may also want to check out this article, “Things to do Before Leaving for Your Internship Abroad”
I hope this information helps. Have fun and good luck!
Planning for your summer internship abroad can be so exciting; but, it can also create anxiety if you don’t have a clear idea of what you need to do before you depart.
Step one: take a deep breath.
If you’re traveling overseas as part of an organized internship program, you’ll most likely have access to a support network that can help guide you through your travel planning. For example, Alliance Abroad Group offers pre-departure coaching and 24/7 support in Australia through our on-the-ground partner, Work Intern Travel (WIT).
Step two: use the check list below to ensure you are prepared for your working holiday or internship abroad.
Things to do before you embark on your paid internship abroad:
- Make sure to save up sufficient pocket money (for fun and for emergencies)
- Find out (and make a record of) the location and contact information for your embassy in the host country
- Scan all of your personal documents required for travel and save them—along with important information about your program (emergency contact numbers, housing address, itineraries, etc.)—to the cloud. You can also email them to yourself. That way, you’ll be able to access information and copies of important documents via the web should you misplace the physical copies while abroad.
- Share your itinerary, travel plans, and in-country contact information with your parents (or someone you trust) so they’ll know how to reach you.
- Work with your program sponsor to understand any supplied medical coverage you’ll have while abroad.
- If you normally take regular medication, plan to have a full supply with you (and documentation of your need) for the duration of your stay abroad. Also, you may want to, not only locate pharmacies near the location of your internship, but call and confirm that you will be able to access the medication you need should you have to order more while in country.
- Become familiar with the local laws, rules, and customs of the country to which you are traveling.
- If you are a student, consider getting an International Student ID Card. The card is recognized worldwide (accepted in 120 countries) and may offer discounts on transportation, restaurants, and other items purchased while in country.
- Research ATM locations, local currency exchange rates and fees, and the types of cards that are accepted internationally. You’ll also want to notify your bank and credit card providers of your travel dates so they won’t flag overseas purchases as potential fraud.
Going abroad to explore a new culture or participate in a working holiday should be an exciting adventure, not something that causes anxiety–and it doesn’t have to be. Just take some time to work with your program sponsor to ensure you’re well prepared for the time of your life overseas.
Interested in paid hospitality internships and working holidays in Australia? Take a look at some of the paid positions available now through Alliance Abroad Group’s Work Experience Australia program.