What to Pack for Your Australia South Adventure
The following packing list contains general recommendations for an Australia South adventure. If you are currently booked on Australia South, please consult your pre-departure materials for the most up-to-date packing list for your trip. You will receive these pre-departure materials 60–90 days before your departure.
Simplify your packing—shop at Nat Hab’s online Gear Store for some of the key items recommended for your adventure. Look for this icon in the list below, then go to the Nat Hab Gear Store to start shopping.
Adventure Specific Guidelines
- Temperatures can vary during this adventure. Please reference the Weather & Climate section for weather information specific to your departure date.
- The sun in Australia is particularly damaging due to the reduced ozone; thus, good sunscreen, lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and a hat are essential for your protection.
—High-quality masks such as N95, KN95, or 3-ply surgical masks offer the best protection.
- Lightweight neck gaiter (included in your pre-departure package)
—Provides sun, wind and/or dust protection.
- Lightweight, breathable waterproof rain jacket and rain pants
—Waterproof, not just water resistant. Your rain jacket should have a hood. These may be your most useful pieces of clothing as you will be walking in areas where it could drizzle all day or, at times, rain down in buckets!
- Sturdy lightweight hiking shoes
- 4–5 short-sleeved T-shirts
—Avoid bright colors that may attract insects. Moisture-wicking fabric if preferred.
- 2–3 long-sleeved shirts
- 2 fleece pullovers or sweaters
- 1–2 pairs of shorts
- 2–4 pairs of pants
- 1 pair of nylon zip-off pants.
—These are great for hiking as they are great for cool mornings and warmer afternoons.
- Bathing suit (optional)
- Sport sandals (i.e. Tevas, Chacos, Keens, etc.)
- Several pairs of lightweight hiking socks
—Moisture-resistant/moisture-wicking socks are preferred. Cotton socks are not recommended for hikes.
- Comfortable sneakers or walking shoes
- Lightweight sleepwear
- Sun hat, with brim
—For discretionary gratuities (you may want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation)
—For personal spending (souvenirs, Internet use, or food and beverages not included in your trip fee)
—Binoculars are essential for this adventure! A good quality pair with a magnification of 8x30 or 10x40 will definitely enhance your wildlife-viewing experience, and you will get the most out of them if you practice using them at home and make a habit of having them with you regularly on the adventure. We strongly suggest that each client bring his or her own pair of binoculars as you will be using them continuously.
- Water-resistant daypack (to carry camera gear and other equipment during outings)
- Water bottle
—In our continuing effort to operate adventures with as little impact on the environment as possible, we will provide you with a reusable water bottle upon arrival.
- Outlet adapter and/or power converter
- Headlamp with spare batteries (optional)
—Although not required, consider a headlamp with a red filter for possible evening wildlife walks.
- Sunglasses (with UV filter and secure strap)
- Hairdryer (optional)
—Hairdryers are available at all accommodations either in the room or at reception.
- Toiletries in reusable bottles to minimize waste
—Shampoo, soap and conditioner will be provided at all our accommodations.
- Sunscreen and lip balm (at least SPF30)
- Prescription medications and favorite remedies
—For headaches, colds, upset stomach, etc.
- Motion sickness medication
—If you are sensitive to motion sickness, we strongly recommend you come prepared. Ask your doctor about motion sickness patches.
- Insect repellent and anti-itch ointment
—We recommend DEET-free, non-toxic repellent.
- Prescription glasses/contact lenses
—Disposable contacts for snorkeling can be handy.
- Hand sanitizer (included in your pre-trip package)
- Small medical kit
- Reusable waterproof bags
—Several sizes for wet or dirty clothing and to protect camera equipment.
- Hiking poles (optional)
—If you are bringing hiking poles, they must be able to fit in your check-in luggage, as you generally will not be allowed to carry them on the plane.