The ultimate packing guide for Tasmania, Australia
Packing for Tasmania? Trust me, you want to make sure you’re prepared! The weather changes dramatically, beanie and gloves one day and shorts and t-shirt the other.
Packing Guide for Tasmania
We have put together a packing guide for your trip to Tasmania. For detailed information, our preferred brands as well as some amazing pictures, keep reading!
- Waterproof & Windproof Jacket
- Hiking Boots & Socks
- Mosquito Repellent
- Car Hire
- Beanie & Gloves
- Walking Clothes
- Water Bottle
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Detailed information & packing guide & our preferred brands for your trip to Tasmania
Waterproof and Windproof Jacket: If there is one thing you pack, make sure it is a waterproof and windproof jacket. This is an absolute must for your trip to Tasmania, no matter the season. We travelled at the end of November into December and used our jackets on multiple occasions.
I have a Helly Hanson waterproof and windproof jacket which is super lightweight and rolls down to nothing.
Jenna has a Kathmandu waterproof and windproof jacket which has an optional zip in vest for those super cold days and nights.
She also has a waterproof lightweight jacket as well which works well for days that aren’t as windy or chilly.
Jenna (because she has a shopping addiction) has a Lulu Lemon running vest which is a great light weight vest to keep your chest covered up on those mild days.
We both also have North Face vests and these are fantastic. They really keep the wind off your chest and keep you warm without overheating you when the sun comes out!
It is important to make sure you get a waterproof AND windproof jacket.
Appropriate Hiking Boots: If you’re planning on doing some hiking while you’re in Tasmania, then be sure to wear appropriate footwear. A lot of the paths are rocky and uneven so ensuring you have the correct footwear and socks are imperative.
I have Salomon Evasion Gore-Tex Waterproof hiking boots. These are great because they a) super comfy, and b) actually blend into most outfits, and you don’t compromise on quality either.
Jenna has Teva hiking boots purchased from North Face. These are waterproof, leather boots and worked really well for her.
Our socks are Merino Wool Kathmandu socks, perfect for hiking. Merino wool is breathable and they also don’t smell which means you can wear them a couple of times on your trip without needing to wash them.
Mosquito repellant: An interesting packing item, I know. But, you will thank me for it! When you’re in Freycinet National Park in particular, you will notice the mozzies and will be wishing you had packed some.
Backpack: If you’re planning on hiking, you will need a good backpack. You might need to carry layers on you as well as plenty of water to keep hydrated. For this trip, we used Jenna’s as it is a good size for day hiking and has plenty of handy compartments for bits and pieces.
Jenna’s backpack is Lowe Alpine and has a built in rain cover for those unexpected rainy days. It has a water bottle pocket plus a few extra external pockets which come in super handy.
Car Hire: I’m not sure if you can pack this.. or if it is a reminder to book your car hire, but Tassie is a massive place and the best way to get around is with a hire car. Click here for information on hiring a car in Tasmania.
Then, of course, comes some other bits and pieces which you should pack for your trip to Tassie:
- Beanie & Gloves
- Walking Clothes
- Water Bottle
If there is one thing I noticed from being in Tasmania, is that the weather is so unpredictable. One day we’re hot and getting sunburnt and the next we’re wearing our jackets, inner vest lining and a beanie and gloves! You need to be prepared for 4 seasons in one day, that’s for sure.
Do you have travel insurance?
Before travelling, make sure you get a travel insurance policy – you never know when you might need it! Click here for information on travel insurance, what company we recommend and a link to get an instant quote.
If you’re looking for alternative accommodation to either save some money or share with friends or family, click here for information on Air B&B ($50 discount on your first booking), hotel price comparison websites etc.
For more Tasmania posts, check out the below posts and keep an eye on our Tasmania page for future posts!
- Wineglass Bay Lookout
- Hotel Review: Freycinet Lodge
- Friendly Beaches
- Cape Tourville Lookout and Lighthouse
- Honeymoon Bay
- Sleepy Bay & Little Gravelly Beach
- Renting a car in Tasmania
- Scenic Flight over Freycinet National Park
“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” – Wendell Berry
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