Important Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Important Documents for Backpacking Around Australia

Before you go to Australia, it's going to be helpful to understand which documents you will need for backpacking around Australia and the ways they can be stored/backed up.

You will need documents for all kinds of situations like entering the country, landing a job, letting a property, opening an Australian Bank Account, hiring a campervan, making a claim on your Travel Insurance, getting a replacement passport etc...

For some things you will need to have the original documents (i.e, passport, driving license, bank statements etc...) because copies of these documents are not accepted by the authorities. However when it comes to things like employment references, insurance policies, etc... a photocopy or printed scan will be sufficient based on the fact that you have the originals at home.

Backing up your documents

It's a good idea to back up and store copies of your documents before you travel. If you loose anything when you're in Australia, you will be able to get replacements from your appointed person without too much hassle (more in a moment).

How you store your documents will depend on the type you're dealing with. Some will need to be printed versions kept in your Personal Organiser (to take with you) like your resume (C.V) portfolio or copies of your passport, driving license etc...

Some will be saved to your USB flash drive or MSS (Media Storage Site, see section Photos and Videos) i.e, photos, whilst others can be kept on your e-mail account i.e, for dealing with insurance companies and applying for work.

It's also a good idea to backup and store all your documents in ways that are accessible to you when you're travelling. This includes scans or copies of the original documents you have with you.

When you're saving backups/copies to your flash drive it's worth having some sort of security softrware (encryption/password protection) to prevent against fraudulant activity.

It may sound silly, but it's only too easy to walk away from an internet session and leave the flash drive in the computer. There are flash drives available on the market today that you can use to safely store these documents (more in a moment).

Taking a Personal Organiser with a small set of stationery is a good way to keep things in order. It will be handy for all sorts of tasks like writing down appointments, addresses, e-mails, journals, travel information and keeping your important documents together.

Also, read the Appointed Person article. An appointed person is a friend or family member you have chosen to keep things organised at home while you're away. Relative to this section your appointed person will be responsible for keeping some of the backups you create and sending them out to you if you need them.
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