What to Prepare before Studying in Australia?

Tickets purchased, guaranteed accommodation and passport in hand. Everything is organized for you to embark to the land of kangaroos and have a unique experience while studying in the country, gain fluency in English and live with natives and people of different nationalities.

However, when the long-awaited moment to pack your bags arrived, did you have that doubt about what to bring for an exchange program in Australia? If your answer was positive, know that you are not the only one going through this, see?!

In fact, this is one of the biggest questions for those who plan to study on the other side of the world, especially among those who will stay months or even years in Australian territory. After all, many international students wonder if they will miss something from their hometowns, if they will find the products they are used to, and so on.

As a result, they end up exaggerating the amount of luggage and often taking unnecessary items. With that in mind, we have prepared a post to help you prepare for your trip with tips on what is, in fact, essential to take with you and what is expendable, as it is possible to find it at your study destination. Follow up!

Documents and money

For starters, there’s the money and documentation. Regarding the first, the recommended thing is not to have it only in cash, even more in large amounts. After all, there’s always the risk that you’ll unintentionally lose it – which will certainly generate a hell of a headache! Therefore, diversify the way you carry it with prepaid cards (so-called cash passports) and debit/credit cards.

As for the documentation, in turn, it varies according to the type of exchange you will be doing. Therefore, it is worth checking the information on the Australian Department of Immigration portal and relying on the guidance and support of an agency throughout the process.


Clothes are, without a doubt, one of the simplest things when it comes to what to bring for studying in Australia. That’s because you pack the items you find most convenient, stylish and comfortable for yourself in your suitcase. Therefore, our tips on this topic are based on two important aspects.

The first is the duration of your stay in Australia. If she is older than twelve months, it’s a good idea not to carry too many clothes. The reason for this is that eventually you will buy more parts in the country. That is, on your return you will end up dealing with excess baggage.

The second concerns the seasons, as in Australia they are better defined than in Brazil, especially in the southern region of the nation – where cities like Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra are located – where the climate is more temperate. Therefore, it is advisable to ensure that your pieces are appropriate for the local temperatures, especially in summer and winter.


Regarding medicines, know that you can assemble a small case and take those you are already familiar with, such as those indicated for colic, headaches, colds, allergies, viruses, etc. However, you have to be careful, because that doesn’t mean that every type of drug is released, see?

Black stripe drugs, such as sedatives and anxiolytics, are only accepted when the exchange student undergoes some type of treatment that requires the need for controlled medication, such as those for anxiety and depression disorders.

Otherwise, they are barred. Therefore, if this is your case, you need to provide a sworn translation of their prescriptions, in which your doctor must explain why you use them, the period of treatment and what daily dose is ingested. The same is advisable for those who use medication (especially injectables) due to chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and asthma.

Hygiene and beauty products

Continuing our post on what to bring for an exchange in Australia, there are hygiene and beauty products, such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, makeup, etc. In this section, there is not much mystery and you can carry as many items as you want in your checked baggage.

The restriction that exists is in relation to hand luggage, since only a single plastic bag with bottles of up to 100 ml is allowed, regardless of whether they contain liquids, gels, creams, etc. Remembering, of course, that the sum of all packages cannot exceed one liter.

However, these items are not essential and, precisely because of this, it is not necessary to take a large amount, ok? After all, you can buy the same products or similar versions in the city where you live, in supermarkets, pharmacies and cosmetics stores.

Food and drinks

Finally, we come to the items that generate the most doubts: food and drinks. After all, there are those who don’t want to give up keeping the same eating habits they have in their hometown — which is understandable and it’s a decision that is up to you alone.

So, know that the vast majority of the products you find in Brazilian supermarkets will also be found in Australian supermarkets, especially in the country’s large chains, such as Coles, Aldi and Woolworths. What can happen is that the brands undergo changes in their names, something quite common. For example, in Australia, Kibon is known as Streets, while Lay’s is called Smith’s.

In addition, even products of national circulation can be found in the land of kangaroos, as there are stores specializing in the sale of Brazilian brands. A testament to this is the Petersham neighborhood in Sydney, which is well known for their sake.

“So I don’t need to carry any kind of food or drink in my suitcase?”, you might be wondering. The answer, however, is “it depends”. That’s because regional products (such as sweets, jams, cookies, snacks, juices, etc.) that are sold only in your state or only in your city will hardly be found in other parts of the world.

So, in these situations, it’s a good idea to buy a few units and take it with you. Just make sure that the packaging, especially the ones for drinks, are properly sealed so they don’t get your shoes, accessories and clothes dirty. As for what cannot be taken, perishable foods (such as meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables and cold cuts) are included in the list, as they can spoil during the trip.

Now that you know what to bring for studying in Australia, it will be much easier to plan your luggage, and not commit excesses with things that, literally, will only take up space in your bags, right? So be sure to review this post as many times as you need, so you don’t forget any of our tips!


Nishi Singh is a professional journalist and editor in New Delhi. She has studied Mass Communication from National Institute of Mass Communication.