Programs that this guide applies to:
Awesome Aussie Service Adventure; Seven Wonders; Golden Sand and Helping Hands
Weather: During the day, temperatures are between 65-75F/18-24C and it is usually nice and sunny. That being said, in Queensland we can get a lot of rain so a rain jacket is a must. At night, temperatures drop to the 50s and 60s F/10 to 15C–make sure to bring warm layers so you can stay warm. Students need a full brim hat for service at the schools. Sun protection is essential!
Luggage Restrictions: One checked luggage up to 20kg or 44 pounds. Excess luggage fees are expensive! Make sure you pack light.
Laundry: Students can pay to do their own washing at a laundromat in town if required. Approx $10/load to wash and dry. This can be done at any time during the trip.
A school backpack or something of similar size is ideal for a carry on. You can pack everything you need for your travels in it, and then use it as a day pack on the program. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle!
Pro Tip: Put money and other valuables in a secure place that is not easily accessible.
A traveler’s backpack, a duffle, or a rolling bag work will do the job, whatever is more comfortable for you. Try to keep it light! You will be responsible of packing and unpacking the luggage trailers quite often.
Socks and underwear, enough for the duration of the program. We didn’t include a picture becuase you know what your socks and underwear look like.
Sneakers for service, flip flops or “thongs” as we call them in Australia, for walking around town and the beach, and hiking boots for…well, hiking. If you don’t have hiking boots or don’t want to bring them, no problem; make sure the sneakers you bring are sturdy and won’t fall apart after a few trips up a mountain. Also, everything will get dirty, leave brand new things at home.
You’re coming to Australia during our winter! A packable rain jacket and a warm puffy jacket like this ones are key. Look for the ones that pack into a built-in pocket. A beanie for warmth, a hat for sun protection, and sunnies are also needed on this program. The sun is very powerful in the Land Down Under and sun protection is essential.
It will be sunny most of the time while you are in Australia but the wind can be very cold. Make sure you bring a warm sweater (jumper) or a hoodie just in case it gets chilly. The Seven Wonders program involves quite a bit of hiking. T-shirts with breathable fabrics will help you staying fresh, plus they dry quicker!
Athletic or traveling pants are great for service, full length or ¾ pants are ideal. Convertible hiking that turn into shorts are great for the walks. Jeans are good for walking around town and going out to eat. Bring some shorts and bathing suits as well, there will be plenty of opportunities to jump in the water.
These are most of the essentials, but check the packing list for items not included. Bring travel-sized products; you just need enough to get you through two weeks, not two months.
Pro tip: Pack toiletries in resealable bags or a lined toiletry bags to prevent drama in case something leaks. Also, all experienced travelers come with a pair of ear plugs. DON’T FORGET YOUR MEDICATION!
This gear is essential for your program, don’t forget it! For your sleeping bag (not required on Seven Wonders), pack it into a stuff sack which will make traveling with it infinitely easier, and then stuff it into your bag or attach it to your carry-on. Quick dry or microfiber towels are the best and they don’t need take that much space either!
A FEW MORE PACKING TIPS:
- Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
- Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing longer shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
- Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
- Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
- Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.