What I Packed Before I Went Overseas




  • Australian bank card, encase I need to access money overseas.
  • Backpack. I packed everything into a reliable backpack which is secure enough for travel but fashionable enough for university (score!).
  • Camera. To document the moment I release I’m actually going overseas.
  • Deodorant and a packet of wet wipes, so I can freshen up during the gruelling flight from Brisbane to London.
  • Earphones, so I can tune out other passengers when I feel like I’m drifting off to sleep.
  • Important documents. I’ll probably never use these, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Itinerary for the flight and Topdeck tour. I packed these not only as a reminder for myself, but also encase I need to show these when I get to England.
  • Laptop. It’s not a necessary carry-on item, but I packed these so I could pass time during the wait at the airport and the flight over.
  • Local cash. For emergencies.
  • Mobile phone. Of course. Is life even possible without it?
  • Mobile phone cord. To sustain the mobile phone.
  • Neck pillow, so I can actually get some decent sleep on the plane.
  • Panadol. You never know when this babies will come in handy…
  • Passports, both Australian and British. I wouldn’t get far without these. I made sure that both passports were valid beyond the date that I intended to return home.
  • Plane tickets. To get on the plane.
  • Wallet. It’s – thankfully – large enough to store all my cash, cards and passport.



  • A brush.
  • Camera charger (with an extra SD card and battery). This prevents me from accidently falling into a situation where I can’t use my camera.
  • Dress shoes and flats.
  • European outlet adapter. A must have for all Australian-based items (such as chargers).
  • Face wash.
  • Feminine products (one month’s worth), because mother nature doesn’t halt for anybody.
  • Health insurance documents (copies). You know, just in case.
  • Hoodies, sweaters and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Jeans and tights.
  • Makeup and makeup brushes.
  • Pyjamas. I packed both a winter and summer pair of pyjamas, as I’ll be experiencing both seasons during my time in Europe.
  • Razors and other shaving supplies.
  • Shampoo and conditioner.
  • Short-sleeved shirts, for those days I’ll be basking in the sun.
  • Shorts and skirts.
  • Soap.
  • Socks. I packed a weeks worth of ankle socks (as I don’t wear socks often) plus a few pairs of woollen, knee-high socks.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Two sets of around-the-house clothes. Because there will be lazy days.
  • UK outlet adaptor. I could’ve purchased one in the UK, but I thought it might come in handy during the brief intermission between the flight and the Topdeck tour (all of nine hours).

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