Keeping A Personal Organiser While Backpacking Around Australia

Keeping A Personal Organiser While Backpacking Around Australia

Organisation and personal management are of key importance when you're backpacking around Australia. A personal ograniser and a small set of stationery will be useful from the start.

You can use it for storing your resume/qualifications and travel itinerary, writing down notes for appointments (addresses, times, dates, phone numbers), keeping contacts (e-mails, blog pages, mobile numbers), carrying maps, writing travel journals etc..

The idea is to have a small portable folder which you can use to organise all your paperwork when you need it. Most of the paperwork you have will be picked up in Australia but there are some documents you may wish to take with you in preparation.

  • Your C.V (resume) with a cover letter - A set of employment documents which can be photocopied by prospective employers or recruitment agencies. Learn about which types of documents you may need and how to store them (see Employment Documents for Backpacking Around Australia).

  • Qualifications/certificates - Copies of the originals to accompany your C.V. Scanning these documents (if applicable) to your USB Flash Drive is also a good backup measure.

  • All Contact Details - The contact details for everyone at home (e-mails, phone numbers, postal addresses, etc...) this includes any companies you may need to contact. Even though your Appointed Person may be dealing with companies at home for you, it's best to have your own copy of these details for personal reference.

  • Travel Itinerary - A record of times and dates for pre booked travel, accommodation and activity schedules (including all contact details and references).

  • A local map - Often if you're staying at a hostel they will provide a small printed street map of the local area. You can mark on the map where all the different facilities are, the hostel or place you're staying in, the bank, the medicare shop front, the pub, etc...). Printing little maps yourself can be handy i.e, for the route from the web cafe to the job interview, ect... You can do this using the Google Map application.

When it comes to more sensitive documents or details (bank statements, credit cards, passport, etc...) it's probably best to keep them separate from your personal organiser. This kind of information needs to be protected and kept hidden to minimise the possibility of theft.
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