How do I prepare my Appointed Person before Backpacking around Australia?

Appointed Person & Help from Home (for Backpackers in Australia) - Part 3
Backpacking Australia - Appointed Person - Help from home

You can begin by compiling a folder (with some label spacers and plastic wallets) for your appointed person which they will keep with them when you go to Australia. The folder will contain everything they will need to help you as your journey unfolds (more in a moment).

Then get all the paperwork that goes with each of the commitments you will be handing over to your appointed person (i.e, phone bills, bank statements, travel insurance details, pasport copies etc...).

Go through them one by one putting with them any relevant contact details like company names, addresses, phone numbers, reference codes, user login information and any notes that may be helpful to your appointed person (i.e, regular tasks to be done or 'how to' guides).

You will obviously need to exchange your contact details before you go. Make sure you have each others e-mail address, phone numbers and postal address. This is important incase of an emergency or if you need to access your Contingency Funds (try to memorise these perticular details).

If you have standing orders or regular payments setup for any services (i.e, credit card payments, phone bills etc...) put them in a section (in your folder) including notes about any requirements to be carried out and at what time.

Create another section for any qualifications/certificates (original documents) you may have and a copy of your resume (C.V). This is going to be useful if you loose your copy and need some more sent out.

If you've planned your trip and have a travel itinerary containing all the details, times, dates, references, etc... of your trip (read our brilliant The Backpacker's Budget for Australia - Cost Of living In Australia - PART 1 article) make sure you leave a copy with your appointed person. This serves 2 main purposes...

  • Replacement - If you loose that itinerary you can get it sent out to you by e-mail.

  • Emergency - If there is an emergency at home you can always be found according to your travel plans.

If you have taken out travel insurance (and we hope you have), include the company contact details and print a copy of your policy to go into your folder (take a look at the Backpacker's Travel Insurance Guide for backpacking Australia - PART 1 article).

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