What to pack

You'll need to get organised for your big Australian adventure. Here's a list of what you need to consider when you're packing.

Australia has strict biosecurity controls to help minimise the risk of pests and diseases entering the country. Read the Australian Boarder Force website for what you can and can't bring into Australia.


Prepare a folder of official documents (and official English translations of these documents) to bring with you. Keep it in your carry-on luggage.

The folder should contain the following:

  • Your valid passport and student visa documents.
  • Offer letter from Charles Sturt University.
  • Receipts of payments (e.g. tuition fees, OSHC, bank statements etc.)
  • Original or certified copies of your a IELTS test results, academic transcripts and qualifications.
  • Other personal identification documents, e.g. birth certificate, ID card, driver’s licence, proof of citizenship, marriage or change of name certificate (if relevant).
  • Documents relating to credit cards and banking.
  • Receipts for goods (e.g. computers, cameras) you may bring with you to Australia to assist with customs duty/sales tax assessment.
  • Medical and immunisation records, prescriptions and letter from your Doctor (English translation of prescription medication is also helpful) and optical prescriptions.
  • If you are travelling with your family, you will need to include their documents as well.

Make copies of important documents

Scan or make copies of your important documents and email them to yourself and/or give them to loved ones.

This will give you access to key information from anywhere worldwide and may make it easier to arrange replacement documents if your printed copies are lost or damaged.

Other items

To save you buying these items if you need them, you may want to bring them with you.

You can find out more from the Australian Government TravelSECURE website.

General items

  • Any books/materials you want to bring for your studies
  • Dictionary (bilingual)
  • Swimming costume
  • Umbrella
  • Sporting equipment
  • Spare glasses or contact lenses
  • Photos and contacts of friends and family
  • Small gifts from home
  • Alarm clock
  • Bath towels, bed sheets, pillow cases
  • Small sewing kit
  • Toiletries

Electronic items

For electronic items, the standard voltage in Australia is 240V. You should only bring only electrical appliances that are 240 volts.

  • Laptop or tablet
  • Smart phone
  • Camera
  • Music (iPod, CDs)
  • International travel adapter

What to pack in carry-on luggage

There are a few items you may want to pack in your carry-on luggage.

General items

  • Tickets
  • Arrival information about pick up arrangements, accommodation and emergency contacts list
  • Document folder
  • Australian currency
  • Phone
  • Laptop
  • Camera
  • Change of clothing


You may want to pack things like your toothbrush and deodorant. For liquids, please be aware that they must be:

  • less than 100ml
  • stored in a clear plastic bag.