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Suggested Packing List

There are several fantastic Study Abroad and Exchange packing lists available on the web. Have a look at a few of the following websites to make sure you don't leave anything necessary behind!  You can also search the web for more lists.


  • It is advisable not to overpack and only pack enough clothes for 2-3 weeks as you will have access to washing machines. There is no need to ship extra items to Australia. Contact your airline for baggage limits and stick to them to aviod extra costs. 
  • Believe it or not, it is advisable to pack a coat or heavy jacket. Canberra winter (late April - late August) is cold.
  • Bring any specific items (like particular brands) you can't live without as they may not be available or may cost more in Australia. Many luxury items like make up and chocolate carry high taxes and therefore cost more than you may be used to.
  • Bring about AUD $100-$200 in Australian Dollars to carry with you on the plane for back up cash. You will also want to bring a Visa or Mastercard credit/debit card. Check with your bank to find out any fees involved and notify them of your travel arrangements.
  • Contact your cell/mobile phone company to unlock your phone and bring it with you so you can easily replace your home sim card with an Aussie one.
  • Pack your most important documents (passport, visa letter, etc) and valuables (cameras/laptops) in your hand luggage along with one change of clothes. If your checked luggage gets lost or delayed, this will ensure you still have what you need most.
  • Leave a certified copy of your passport with your parents incase you loose yours during travel. Bring a copy with you as well and store it away from your passport!

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