To Travel light in Australia is key for your trip enjoyment. These packing tips for Australia will help you minimise luggage weight and choose the right things to pack for the kind of trip you want to do.
Travelling in Australia means spending a lot of time on the road, changing places and accommodation, going through different climate zones, so that packing, unpacking and packing again will be very much part of your daily routine.
That's why I have put together these packing luggage tips that aim to help you travel light without lugging around unnecessary weight.
We all strive to pack as light as we can because we want to travel Australia without the stress of carrying heavy and bulky luggage. But packing is one of those skills that we need to learn, tweak and master till we develop that natural art of savvy packing.
And yes, it takes time because the art of packing is very much a personal skill. What works for me may not work for you.
Although some basic and simple packing tips can be taught, packing is very much influenced by our personal needs and lifestyle that change over the years. So the best way to develop the art of packing light is by testing out different packing ways on different trips. From each trip we learn new things that we can implement on future travels.
By picking new ideas and dropping old ones (that do not work any more) and experiencing them till you can transform them into your own packing ritual that ultimately works well for all trips (or almost all).
I have compiled a list of valuable packing tips that will help you achieve a hassle-free-way for travelling Australia, thus increasing the degre of freedom for moving about easily and handling unexpected situations.
Packing tips for a light luggage
Before going deeper into how to start packing for Australia you can check out the pros and cons of suitcase versus backpack to get an idea on features, advantages and disadvantages of both types of luggage. The second step is to choose the right type of luggage that most suits your travel style and needs.
Here below my best packing tips for Australia that will show you how to pack light.
1. Tips on how to choose the righty type of travel bag
If you are still debating on Backpack or Suitcase, after reading the pros and cons artilce you might have clear your doubts. How do you feel about it? Choose the type of luggage according to the degree of comfort, if you are not sure, try to find out more about it, start figuring out how your trip will look like and do this exercise:
- List the places you plan to stay in. The more you change place, the more you need to pack and unpack.
- List the areas that you will be visiting: Outback, tropical forest, beach, cities.
- List all type of transportation means that you will be using. Self-driving or public transport?
- Make a list of all activities you plan. The more time you spend outdoor the more you need to move about.
- How much weight you can carry about. On your back and walk comfortably with?
If you are planning to spend your time in the Outdoors, then packing tips for your Australian Adventure is what you need.
2. How to choose the size of luggage and how to pack
As for the size of the luggage, here a few tips to help you choose the right one:
- Choose a backpack that suits your body shape, weight and height. An an example: if you are thin, 165cm tall, weigh 45kg, get a 55 liters backpack, that would be ideal for your body structure. Fill the backpack with max 10-12kg, while travelling you will naturally add 2-3 kg to it, try not to exceed 15kg to avoid overloading your back.
- Pick a suitcase in a medium size on wheels. Any larger size will rob you energy and mobility. Pack the suitcase to max 2/3 of its capacity. I love my Samsonite Duffle Bag
- Take only one piece of hand-luggage. It can be a day-backpack or a handbag. This year I started using a multi-purpose pack, the Pacsafe Venturesafe 25l which I can highly recommend. Here you can read my review.
3. How to develop a savvy packing list mindset
The first dilemma we face is what to pack and what to leave at home? We all naturally tend to pack more than what we need and use maybe 2/3 of packed things or even less. The first skill for savvy packing is selection. Personal needs vary from person to person so that here is good to start from a packing list template that will help you develop your personal packing list mode.
- Think in main category items and build your own personal list within these categories. Main categories are: wear+underwear, shoes, cosmetics, accessories, technology.
- Make a list of clothes that can be easily combined in terms of colours and function. Example: pick t-shirt+shorts that can be extended to long trousers, likewise take a vest that can be worn on top of t-shirts. Use wind-and-rain-jacket in one item that can be turned into a warm jacket by adding a fleece vest.
- Choose clothes with similar shades of colours for better combination and washing too. Check out my selected Amazon shop items for travel wear.
- Pack multi-use clothes like bandana or a sarong or body map.
- Prefer functional clothes instead of normal clothes. They not only protect you from sun, wind and rain, they are way too practical in terms of quick wash and dry and they are lightweight too.
4. How to reduce al least 30% weight from your packing list
This is a packing skill that you will learn gradually, the more you travel the better you will become with this, because while travelling you will experience different things and new ideas on how to cut off unnecessary weight. Here a few tips for reducing at least 50% of packing weight:
- Use only sample bottles for cosmetics.
- Repackage liquids and gels in multisized containers (20-100ml), instead of packing original large tubes and bottles.
- Leave at home non-essential items that can be purchased while travelling and whenever the necessity arises.
- Possibly do not pack more than 3 pair of shoes, as an example: boots, sandals/thongs and sneakers/walking shoes.
5. How to eliminate unnecessary volume from your luggage
Some clothes and personal items are too voluminous and take too much space in our backpack or in our suitcase. There are a few things that you can do here too:
- Replace bulky stuff like fleece jumpers or cotton towels with microfibre or viscose jumpers and towels.
- Pack a travel bathrobe that can be very useful if you backpack and sleep in hostels.
- Use transparent nylon ziplock bags to store clothes and take the air out of it.
- Never pack folded clothes. Learn to pack unfolded clothes on even layers.
- Use hygienic bags for packing underwear.
I hope these packing tips give you some ideas and guidlines for making your own savvy packing list for Australia.
Packing light for travelling Australia will help you reduce stress and save you time by packing and unpacking all the times. It will give you more freedom of moving about easily and fast on buses, trains and at airports. It will save you energy and finally it will give you the comfort of feeling like at home.
Tell us about your personal experience with packing tips for Australia. If you can share a helpful packing tips, feel free to add your comment here below.
For more info check out my latest guide on packing for international travel.
And here are my best tips on what to wear on the plane and survive the long haul flight to Australia.
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Update: This post was last updated in January 2018