Tuesday, June 25, 2013

James Cook University Shares Packing Tips

So, you’re packing for your trip to Australia- afraid you’ll forget something? Freaking out? Need some instruction? Well, The James Cook University Support Team recently compiled a list of must-pack items for your time studying in Australia.

Here’s a list with some helpful hints and advice. Calm down. And start getting ready for the trip of a lifetime.

James Cook University Packing Tips

Firstly- the things that seem obvious but are often forgotten, you don’t want to be spending extra money on items like:
  • Undies
  • Toothbrush
  • First aid kit
  • Towel
  • Contact lenses
  • Sunglasses

Secondly, what NOT to bring:
  • Inhibitions
  • Pets – Australian Border Security won’t let Rover come in with you
  • Aunt Mavis’s special home-made jam – again Border Security won’t let you in with raw food items. Call Australian Customs for more information: call +61 2 9313 3010 or visit Australian Customs.

Bring a little of your home country with you:
  • Family photos
  • Cultural artifact for culture cafe (these are displayed on the university campus)
  • Traditional dress
  • Recipes from home to cook for yourself/new friends

Here are some items that will make life a little easier:
  • Adaptor for technical goods (to charge phones, laptops)
  • Copies of your important travel documents i.e. travel insurance/passport
  • Some Australian money- NO currency exchange at Townsville airport.
  • Driver’s license

Before and for the big trip:
  • Snacks (check with customs)
  • CHECK BAGGAGE limits for internal Australia flights- excess baggage can be expensive
  • Bring a copy of the university phone number and address of where you’re going to stay in your carry-on luggage.

Some serious things:
  • Medications- don’t assume you can get the same medications in Australia. Don’t bring prescriptions- they can’t be filled here. Check with Customs (+61 2 9313 3010) to see how much medication you can bring with you.
  • Letters from doctor if you have an existing medical condition

And, finally, the fun things:
  • Camera- obvious really, but this important recorder-of-memories is sometimes left behind.
  • Phone (check that it works in Australia first)
  • Sense of fun and adventure- very important!
  • And of course you’re here to learn and have fun so – a SMILE.

Find out how you can apply to James Cook University!

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