This checklist will help guide your travel preparations, and covers all three phases of your travel: before you go, while you're away and coming home. The better prepared you are, the more enjoyable your travel will be.
Before you go
Register your travel plans and contact details online or at the local Australian embassy, high commission or consulate once you arrive so we can contact you in case of an emergency.
Take out comprehensive travel insurance and ensure it covers you for the places you plan to visit and the things you plan to do.
Check that your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia. For more information on passports, visit the Australian Passport Office website.
Are you considered a national of any the countries you intend to visit? Dual nationality may have implications for your travel. Find out from the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country you plan to visit.
Find out early what the visa requirements are for your destinations by contacting the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of the countries you plan to visit.
Personal and travel documents
Leave a copy of your passport, itinerary and tickets, visas and insurance policy with your family or a friend and take a copy with you.
See a doctor at least 6-8 weeks before you leave to discuss travel health issues and to allow time for any recommended vaccinations.
Check that your medications are legal at your destinations by contacting the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of the countries you plan to visit. Consider carrying a letter from your doctor detailing what your medicine is, and that it is for personal use.
Organise a variety of ways of accessing money overseas, such as debit and credit cards, travellers' cheques and cash in easily convertible currencies.