Travel Preparation

Some helpful tips & resources

Traveling is an exciting and transformative time. We recommend a bit of preparation before you jump on the plane. We have put together a number of areas you should consider beforehand with helpful tips and resources to get you organized.

Online Check-in

Check in online and save time and long queues at the airport. Click on the links below for domestic and international airlines.
please ensure you use the AIRLINE booking reference on your itinerary. PLEASE NOTE SOME GROUP RESERVATIONS DO NOT PERMIT ONLINE CHECK IN.


















What to pack?

Knowing what to pack and ensuring you fit within your luggage allowance can be a struggle!


  • Long Skirts/Dress
  • Head  scarf
  • Jeans/Comfy pants
  • Jumper/cardigan
  • Jacket (Poncho for wet weather)
  • Underwear
  • T-Shirts/Tops
  • Shoes – Comfortable, Dress pair for Church or if going out for dinner.
  • Thongs – For shower
  • Track Suit pants for quiet night/Pajamas
  • Bathers (Depending on where you are travelling)
  • Sheet/Sleeping Bag


  • Jacket (Poncho for wet weather)
  • Jumper
  • Jeans/Comfy  cargo pants/shorts
  • Underwear
  • Shoes – Comfortable, Dress pair for Church or if going out for dinner.
  • Thongs for Shower
  • Track Suit pants  for quiet night/Pajamas
  • Bathers (Depending on where you are travelling)
  • Sheet/Sleeping Bag


  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Sanitary items
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste/brush, razor
  • Towel/face washer
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant – RID Tropical (Contains DEET)
  • Laundry Powder/liquid hand wash for washing clothes
  • Waterless hand cleanser
  • Toilet Paper (1 roll)


  • Valid Passport (more than six months validity)
  • Airline Ticket
  • Travel Insurance Documentation
  • Credit/debit card (check availability where you are travelling)
  • Cash card for ATMs if needed
  • Vaccination record  (Depending where you are travelling)
  • Have a copy of all your cards, passport and travel documents with you – leave one with a family member or trusted friend at home


  • IPod/Walkman
  • Camera/batteries/charger
  • Mobile Phone/Charger.  Check if you have international roaming, this can work out still to be expensive.  A good idea is to purchase a local SIM Card so you can make local calls.
  • Money Belt
  • Leave valuables at home, buy a cheap watch at the $2 shop
  • Make sure luggage is labeled on the inside and outside.  Same goes for camera/daypack.


  • Journal/Bible (if a missions trip)
  • Backpack (with padlock/key)
  • Hat
  • Reading material
  • Universal power adaptor
  • Torch
  • Money belt
  • Gifts – eg. Balloons, pencils, stickers (if a mission trip) Check out the $2 shops for great ideas.

Make sure medicine is in original packaging.

  • Bring with you any of your own medicine with appropriate documentation.
  • Gastro tablets (eg. Imodium)
  • Anti vomit tablets (eg. Stemitel)
  • Malaria tablets.
  • Headache tablets (eg. Panadol)
  • Dettol spray or antibacterial hand cleansers are great.  Aquium is a good hand wash, a packet of ‘Wet Ones’ often come in handy.
  • You may want to take some ‘surgical gloves’ – now in supermarkets.
Health tips

To stay healthy, do …

  • Wash hands often with soap and water.
  • Use waterless soap.
  • Drink only bottled water, boiled water or carbonated soft drinks in cans/bottles.
  • Avoid tape water, fountain drinks and ice cubes.
  • If you visit an area where there is a risk for malaria, take your malaria prevention medication before, during and after travel as directed.
  • Avoid dairy products unless you know they have been pasteurized.
  • Don’t swim in fresh water.  Salt water is usually safer.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites:

  • Pay attention to mosquito protection between dusk and dawn.  This is when the type of mosquito whose bites transmits malaria is active.
  • Wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and hats.
  • Use insect repellants that contain DEET(diethylmethyltoluamide)
  • Read and follow instructions and precautions on the product label.
  • Apply insect repellent to exposed skin. DO NOT USE ON WOUNDS OR BROKEN SKIN
  • Do not breath in, swallow or get into the eyes (DEET IS TOXIC IF SWALLOWED).  If using a spray product, apply DEET to your face by spraying your hands and rubbing the product carefully over the face, avoiding eyes and mouth.
  • Unless you are staying in air-conditioned or well-screened housing, purchase a bed net impregnated with the insecticide permethrinor deltamethrin.  Or, spray the bed net with one of these insecticides if you are unable to find a pretreated bed net.
  • To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry and do not go bare foot .  (Thongs are a must).

Reasonable precautions should be taken whilst travelling.  The following guidelines should help towards a safe and enjoyable trip.

  • Do not walk alone in deserted areas and around the streets after dark
  • Always be accompanied by one other person especially at ATM’s
  • Always keep valuables such as jewellery  out  of sight (best to leave everything at home and buy a cheap watch from the $2 shop)
  • Do not carry large camera around your neck
  • Do not leave  your luggage unattended
  • DO not accept lifts from strangers and never ‘hitchhike’
  • When in a car, keep doors locked and windows only partially open
  • Do not offer lifts to strangers


What's the weather going to be?

As we all know (especially Melbournians) the weather can change dramatically in a short space of time.  Here are a couple of websites you can have a look at and see what the weather conditions will be when you are travelling.

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