Do I need a suitcase or backpack for travelling Australia?

Australia is one of the most diverse countries on earth. Its ranging terrain and different climates are one of its biggest calling cards, but also cause a logistical headache when it comes to the question, suitcase or backpack?

Let's weigh up the pros and cons...

Suitcase

The pro’s

  • With a suitcase, you’ll have the space to pack everything, from your SLR camera to a pair of undies for every day of your 3 week trip. Mainly, you’ll have space to bring back a hefty collection of souvenirs including, of course, enough Vegemite to last you a century.
  • If you’re heading to a city, a suitcase causes much less physical strain. You’ll glide through your destination with your folded clothes neatly intact.

The con’s

  • Australia has ALOT of different landscapes. Sure, a suitcase might have been the best choice in Sydney – but have you ever tried pulling wheels through sand? Not fun…
  • We’re all guilty of over-packing, especially for a big trip to Oz. With a suitcase, it’s easier to get tricked by the amount of space you have and fill it right to the brim, leaving you less room for those all-essential extras when you land.
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Backpack

The pro’s

  • You’ll be light on your feet in the rainforests and more rugged terrains, and will even have two hands free at all times in case you need to need to capture an adorable kangaroo in its natural habitat.
  • If you’re staying in a more remote location, a backpack will be your best friend. It’s also more accessible for you to whip out your mosquito repellant, rather than searching in the deep crevasses of your massive suitcase in the middle of a walkabout…

The con’s

  • Australia can get hot. Boiling, even. The sweaty back you’ll get from your backpack may not be the ‘grammable summertime vay-cay look you were going for, particularly not when paired with the inevitable back strain…
  • Folding clothes will soon become a thing of the past, and you’ll follow a daily protocol of stuffing and cramming clothes in your backpack with no real system. Fine for short trips, not so hard for longer stays.

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Our verdict?

In case you didn’t know, Australia is pretty darn big so It completely depends where you go. For Australia’s northern territory, stick to a backpack. It’s more versatile and you won’t worry so much about keeping things neatly folded. For beachside antics and city sojourns, probably best to stick to a suitcase as the terrain won’t be as rugged, the wheels will slide smoothly and you’ll have enough space for your heels when you want to explore the nightlife.

Doing a cross-country extravaganza? It’s probably more likely you’ll need a suitcase, but bring a comfortable day-bag that you can take with you to beach excursions when you want to hit the waves or venture more in-land.

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