Prepare For Your Trip To Australia - Some Do’s And Don’ts
August 2, 2008 by Mira
Traveling always requires plenty of planning, making lists, packing and repacking, before you feel you are ready to move. This is more so if you are relocating to another country - Australia - for further education. A new city or town does not bring up the same anxiety or apprehension as a shift to a completely new country. A shift to a new country can be as exciting as you want it to be. Here’s some travel tips to make it go smoother…
A new country means new people, new traditions, new ways of doing things, and new practically everything else. For some this newness is a challenge. To be able to blend in to the crowd without stepping on toes and being able to live comfortably is an achievement. You do your country’s values and principles proud by being able to adapt smoothly. One way of ensuring that you are prepared for most eventualities is to learn about the country in question and find out all there is to know about daily living.
Heading out to Australia… remember there are many things that are not permitted in the country. If you are carrying something that you feel may not be permitted then you must declare it at the customs. Ensure you are not carrying parcels packed by others as you cannot be sure of what is there in it. It may land you in trouble.
There are severe penalties for prohibited items. In Australia, prohibited items include:
- meat products
- packaged meals
- dairy products
- fresh fruits and vegetables
Surf the net and find out all you an about the climate of the place you are going to be residing in, for example if you are headed out to the Gold coast, Brisbane, Rockhampton or the Fiji campus then pack clothes for a tropical climate. Keep formal wear handy as there are sure to be dress-code official events. Winter wear is very essential if your destination is Melbourne or Sidney.
If you are a first time overseas traveler then here is a mini checklist to guide you through the packing process for things you are likely to need while traveling. You don’t want to carry extra things given the baggage constraints.
Start with your personal effects…
- prescribed medication
- your contact lenses or reading/ vision glasses if any
- a camera
- your laptop
Next, check all your documents. These should include…
- your valid passport
- the required student visa
- your offer letter
- information pack
- money, travelers checks to cater to at least a weeks worth of expenses
- airline ticket and travel details
- an international-enabled mobile phone
- passport size photographs in case of any unforeseen requirement
- international drivers license if you intend driving in Australia.
These are just some of the things you would need. If possible check with the embassy for any details that you feel you should know.
Well informed is the key to any journey, so be fully prepared. Use the internet to get your entire information and you really can’t go wrong. All the best mate!
Brought to you by the Australian Immigration Experts at Synch1