Packing for a year of teaching in Australia

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So, you want to move to Australia on a working holiday visa? Cool.

You’ve obviously sorted out your documents by this point… right? Wonderful!

Let’s get packing.

Like you, I researched, researched and researched some more. But everyone’s packing needs are different. Some people use their working holiday visa to waitress, bartend, farm and other jobs where they either receive a uniform or have some sort of standard dress code. However it’s not the same for teaching. If you wear the same outfit twice in one week, the kids will know and they WILL judge you.

Therefore, if like me, you are going to teach then you will need at least 2 weeks’ worth of outfit suitable for work (as that’s where you will be spending most of your time)

But let me start with the;


Plane ticket
Travel insurance (you can sort out Medicare when you get there)
Debit/Credit card (with the aim to pick up your Australian bank card when you get there)
Cash (You should take both £’s and $’s. £’s for the airport and at least $300 for when you arrive in Australia)


Visa document, Travel insurance
Photocopies of your passport
Copies of your qualifications
ACRO police check certificate
Letter from your bank so that you can pick up your bank card
Birth Certificate
UK drivers licence and International Drivers Permit
Your teaching regions registration card
Hostel booking confirmation

Technical equipment:

Camera (cables, memory card)
Mobile phone
External HD
USB stick
Plug adapter
Portable battery charger

Medical Kit:

Prescription medication
Plasters and spray on plaster
Safety pins
Antiseptic wipes
Antidiarrheal tablets
Pain killers
Baby wipes (These are a total godsend for any occasion)


Travel towel,Tooth brush
Tooth paste, Lip balm
2in1 shampoo (travel size is fine, it’s just to get you through the first couple of days)
Deodorant, Soap/shower gel (travel size)
Razor, Sun block
Moisturiser, Make up
Feminine hygiene products (If you’re female)
Cotton buds, Nail cutter/nail file
Tweezers, Hair brush
Hair bands, Insect repellent (with DEET)


4 dresses (both long sleeved and short)
1 trousers
1 suit jacket
5 tops/blouses

2 jumpers
1 cardigans
2 strap tops
3 t-shirts
2 vests
1 hoodie

1 joggers
1 running shorts
2 trousers
1 denim shorts

1 dresses
2 playsuits

2 bikinis
1 sarong

Nightwear and underwear-
2 pyjamas
14 pants
14 socks
5 bras
5 tights

Evening out-
3 dresses
1 pair of shorts
(my work tops are smart enough to dress up or down)

1 hiking boots
1 trainers
1 birkenstocks
1 boots
1 heels
1 ballet pumps
1 flipflops (for grotty showers)

1 rain jacket
1 black coat for work

Other Items:

Eye mask
Travel pillow
Travel book
Playing cards
Small sewing kit
A few accessories (for the fashion conscious)
Blooms taxonomy fan (haha for that love of questioning)

K x


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