Once you make the decision to move to Australia, you will need to decide what you’re going to take with you and how. Here are some key points to keep in mind when deciding on what to take and how to get it across the water.
When travelling to Australia via plane you will only be allowed to carry 23 kilograms of checked baggage on most flights per passenger. Emirates and Qatar airlines will allow up to 30 kilograms in checked baggage as do various frequent flyer programs. Many movers to Australia recommend to pack somewhere between 15 and 20 kilograms of luggage for peace of mind.
In addition to your checked baggage you will be permitted to carry on 7 kilograms of hand luggage. There are strict size limits for “carry-on luggage”. The maximum size allowed is 55 X 35 X 25 centimeters including carry on wheels. The only other option is to use a non-rigid garment bag no more than 105 centimeters high.
All other items that you wish to bring with you to Australia must be freighted either by plane or ship. Shipping is a far less expensive option, but you may find the wait for your items to be protracted and inconvenient.
When arranging to transfer freight or luggage to Australia you need to be aware of their customs laws. Australia is very protective of its natural environment and its custom laws reflect these sentiments. Bringing fruit, vegetables, meat or dairy products into the continent is forbidden.
Australia is particularly strict in relation to bringing goods that may have come into contact with fruit or vegetables into the country. To ensure that there are no uncomfortable experiences with Australian Customs it’s a good idea to ensure that all luggage and goods are packed without using such packing material as wooden boxes, egg cartons, cardboard boxes that may have held fresh produce at some stage, straw or dried plant matter.
To be safe it is advisable to use strong suitcases or purpose built cardboard boxes to pack all baggage that you won’t be carrying on your trip. Be sure to tape down all suitcases and boxes to ensure that nothing flies open and you lose valuable items.
If you have a medical condition such as asthma requiring you to use medication regularly, you will need to have a medical certificate stating the requirement.
Australia is a long way away from most places and the flight will more than likely be more than 10 hours. Your comfort should be your primary consideration so be sure to pack personal toiletry items like toothpaste, toothbrush, moisturizer and other items that you may find essential to keep you feeling fresh. Earplugs or noise cancelling headphones as well as an eye mask may also prove invaluable in helping you to get some sleep. If in-flight food is not really your thing be sure to pack some food to eat along the way (remember that all food will have to be discarded upon entry into Australia). A change of clothes is also highly recommended.
After your comfort is taken care of, your hand luggage can be a great way to transport any small electronic items such as laptops, cameras and phones. Carry-on Luggage is also perfect for any other valuables you may be bringing to Australia and don’t forget your passport or visa.