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Photos, Video and Storage - Backpackers Guide

Photos, Video and Storage - Backpackers Guide

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Travel Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

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Important Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Important Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Before you go to Australia, it's going to be helpful to understand the types of documents you will need for backpacking. Learn which documents you will need for backpacking and how to keep them safely when you travel.

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Bank Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Bank Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

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Driving Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Driving Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

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Keeping A Personal Organiser While Backpacking Around Australia

Keeping A Personal Organiser While Backpacking Around Australia

Organisation and personal management are of key importance when you're backpacking around Australia. A personal ograniser and a small set of stationery will be useful from the start.

You can use it for storing your resume/qualifications and travel itinerary, writing down notes for appointments (addresses, times, dates, phone numbers), keeping contacts (e-mails, blog pages, mobile numbers), carrying maps, writing travel journals etc..

The idea is to have a small portable folder which you can use to organise all your paperwork when you need it. Most of the paperwork you have will be picked up in Australia but there are some documents you may wish to take with you in preparation.

  • Your C.V (resume) with a cover letter - A set of employment documents which can be photocopied by prospective employers or recruitment agencies. Learn about which types of documents you may need and how to store them (see Employment Documents for Backpacking Around Australia).

  • Qualifications/certificates - Copies of the originals to accompany your C.V. Scanning these documents (if applicable) to your USB Flash Drive is also a good backup measure.

  • All Contact Details - The contact details for everyone at home (e-mails, phone numbers, postal addresses, etc...) this includes any companies you may need to contact. Even though your Appointed Person may be dealing with companies at home for you, it's best to have your own copy of these details for personal reference.

  • Travel Itinerary - A record of times and dates for pre booked travel, accommodation and activity schedules (including all contact details and references).

  • A local map - Often if you're staying at a hostel they will provide a small printed street map of the local area. You can mark on the map where all the different facilities are, the hostel or place you're staying in, the bank, the medicare shop front, the pub, etc...). Printing little maps yourself can be handy i.e, for the route from the web cafe to the job interview, ect... You can do this using the Google Map application.

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia When it comes to more sensitive documents or details (bank statements, credit cards, passport, etc...) it's probably best to keep them separate from your personal organiser. This kind of information needs to be protected and kept hidden to minimise the possibility of theft.

Creating your personal organiser for backpacking in Australia

Your personal organiser will be like a miniature office for you to keep everything in order. The organiser itself should be a thin A4/A5 sized lightweight folder which can fasten shut and has room to put everything inside it.

Typically it will usually contain some documents, a small notepad and pen, a calculator and a diary. Of course what you put in is up to you (keeping space and pack weight in mind) so try to down scale as much as possible (i.e, not taking a giant hardback A4 log book with a big bag of stationery when a small notepad and pen will do).

Hot Tips for Backpacking Around Australia Most airlines have a weight allowance per person on flights (usually 20kgs for stowed luggage and a small bag or rucksack on board). So if this will be a problem for you don't forget that you can buy most things when you're out there. Just be sure to take all the important stuff! (see section Backpackers Packing Guide/Checklist for backpacking around Australia - PART 1).

Personal Organiser Summary

Here is a list of items to include with your personal organiser, the final article is your choice but a thin A4/A5 sized lightweight folder which fastens shut is ideal including...

  • A day-to-day diary - For writing down appointment times and locations, e-mails, phone numbers, postal addresses, blogs, etc...

  • A small notepad and pen - For making notes and taking details, even if you're writing a journal, you should still take a smaller notepad and pen which can also be carried in your day pack.

  • A calculator - Just a small calculator will do, it can be useful for Currency Conversion Calculation, working out wages, etc... a small solar powered calculator with a protective case would be ideal.A lot of phones have calculators on them these days.

  • 5 x A4 Plastic Wallets - To contain all loose (but relative) paperwork, i.e, 'employment documents' your C.V, certificates, job application forms, work agreements, etc... with your other documents.

  • Other stationery - Any other bits you think you might need, pencil, sharpener, eraser, ruler, plain paper, etc... Try to keep it to a minimum.

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