What should I pack in my hand luggage?
Well, you should definitely have your passport and visa with you all the times. Take a copy of your Certification of Enrolment as well. A dictionary/phrasebook is crucial if English is not your first language. If you bring medication then make sure you carry any necessary prescription paperwork with you. Having a small amount of Australian currency on you will ease things on arival.
Hand luggage checklist:
- Confirmation of Enrolment
- Small amount of Australian currency
- Travel adaptor
- Information about your accomodation, pick up arrangement and a list of relevant phone number.
What kind of luggage should I bring?
If you don’t already have luggage then you need to figure out the best option for you. You can borrow from a family member but then they would be without it for a long period of time. Keep in mind any size and weight restriction of your flights, including any connecting flights. Determine if a backpack or a roller case is more appropriatefor you. Whatever you decide upon make sure you can carry it! Friends and family can help you get to the airport but you will be responsible upon arrival in Australia.
Checked luggage checklist:
- Copy of Passport
- Dress for the seasons you will be here for. Summer can get hot (bring shorts, t-shirts, hats). Winter can get icy cold (think winter jacket, pants, long-sleeve shirts)
- Toiletries – all aerosols, contact lenses and solution, feminine products, razor and shaving products.
- Power strip/plug board – allows you to plug in multiple device with just one adaptor.
- Any book/materials you want to bring for your studies.
What else should I bring with me?
Australia is famous for its wonderful weather but don’t think you will only require summer clothing. Make sure that you pack clothes for all seasons, including wet winter. If your mobile will work in Australia, bring it along. If you don’t bring your smartphone, or just prefer better quality images, then remember to pack a camera so you can show your friends and family your new life in Australia.
What custom restrictions do I need to know about?
To protect Australia’s borders, there are restrictions on some items. You must have documentation for any medical that you bring with you. Fruits and plant goods must also be declared to help look after Australia’s unique environment. The quantities of alcohol and cigarette that you can bring in are restricted. Large amount of cash (equivalent to AUD $10,000 or more) are not permitted and make sure you don’t have any pirated goods (movies etc.) in your possession.
Excess luggage charges on airlines can be high so many students consider shipping extra items to Australia. This can be a safe and cost effective method of avoiding large airline fees. All goods are covered by insurance and some companies can store you goods until you are settled in accomodation. They take care of all customs requirements at both ends and allow you to focus on everything else you need to get on sorted. You can track your possessions online so you always know where they are and have that additional level of security.
Before the flight
Book a good seat
If possbletry to book an exit row for the extra legroom and avoid sitting near the toilets as they will frequently be active. Consider your needs – some people prefer the aisle for legroom but the window is better for sleeping.
Keep yourself entertained
Try to book an airline with seat-back entertainment system and consider loading your own devices (tablet, phones, etc.) with content you enjoy. Load some new music to listen to, bring an entertaining book and grab a couple of magazines you enjoy. Noise cancelling headphones are much better than the free airline headset and will allow you to block out engines noise as well.
Plan for your sleep and prepare for jet lag
If you do planning on getting some sleep then bring a travel pillow and avoid using the cheap inflatable ones. Change the time on your watch before you depart and download one of the mobile apps available (Entrain is a good choice) to help reduce the effect of jet lag.
During the flight
Get up and move around the plane at regular intervals – this will prevent the aches that come from poor circulation. The back of the cabin may have space for you to be able to stand to stretch your leg and back.
Stretch in your seat
There are several stretches you can do while seated to help increase blood circulation and combat fatigue. A video may be available on your screen – if not they will likely be information in the in-flight magazine.
Drink plenty of water while you are on the flight. Feel free to ask the flight attendants but also consider buying a water bottle once you pass through security. Avoid alcohol, drink electrolyte drinks (Powerade, Gatorade etc.) and drink tea instead of coffee.