Packlist for a 2020 roadtrip of NSW

We did a 2 month trip of NSW, however, this list would be as applicable for a much shorter trip. We planned to stay mainly in motels and Air BnB places, however, we did include a small amount of camping with our tent.

As for clothes, I usually pack enough for 7 days and then add a couple of items to layer with for colder weather. Everything also mixes and matches, so you have many combinations. We generally do our laundry once a week to stay on top of it. In Australia most things will dry overnight if you hang it out.

We managed to keep everything inside the car, although we did have the backseats down increasing the boot space, so no items were blocking our windows.

Most of our camping and travel gear is light so we can take it when we travel overseas or go hiking. Just one set for all occasions.

We prefer this type of travel, no RV’s, no caravans, no trailers, just our trusted Pajero, a tent and us.

General items:

  • driving licenses
  • car insurance details (email a copy to yourself, so it is in your inbox)
  • smart phone
  • phone charger
  • car phone charger
  • ATM and credit cards
  • cash (keep at least $50 in spare cash, not everywhere has eftpos)
  • powerbank
  • kindle or E-reader
  • head torch
  • sunglasses
  • glasses
  • bag for dirty laundry
  • Travel umbrella
  • hand sanitiser
  • wet wipes
  • tissues
  • face masks
  • small daypack (foldable)
  • travel handbag
  • notepad
  • pen
  • tyre pressure meter

First Aid Kit

  • plasters
  • wound dressing
  • bandage
  • panadol
  • antacid
  • antiseptic cream
  • mozzie bite treatment
  • small scissors


  • 3 x long trousers
  • 2 x shorts
  • 6 x tshirts
  • 2 x blouses
  • something for going out somewhere nice (could be a dress, skirt or a nice pair of trousers with a nice shirt)
  • 2 x icebreaker jumpers
  • 1 light hoody
  • 1 warm hoody
  • my trusty Kathmandu body warmer (easy to layer up over the hoodies if needed)
  • one 4 seasons jacket (Goretex water/windproof jacket with a zip out down lining, which could also be worn as a seperate jacket)
  • underwear and socks for 7 days
  • beanie
  • scarf
  • walking shoes
  • trainers
  • sandals
  • shoes for going out
  • hat
  • swimsuit
  • Pajamas (at least something to cover you up when you have to get up)


  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • shampoo (decanted in small squeeze bottles)
  • conditioner (decanted in small squeeze bottles)
  • hair brush
  • soap / shower gel (decanted in small squeeze bottles)
  • deodorant
  • face cream
  • face cleanser
  • lip balm
  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • nail clippers
  • razor
  • tweezers
  • sanitary products
  • some make up

Camping gear

  • tent (we have a Nemo Dagger, lightweight but spacious enough)
  • base sheet for under the tent
  • sleeping bag
  • sleeping bag liner
  • sleeping mat (i love my Exped Synmat 7, integrated pump it feels like an air mattress but is more compact)
  • camping pillow (blowup one from Kathmandu)
  • picnic rug
  • folding stools
  • jet boil or camping stove
  • gas cylinders
  • cooking pot & pan set (eg Kathmandu)
  • plates
  • mugs
  • bowls
  • sporks or cutlery
  • matches
  • travel towels
  • small foldable shovel (if there are no toilets, ours is an Ipoo)
  • Leatherman or swiss army knife
  • thongs (the ones for on your feet! to get in and out of the tent and bathroom easily)
  • salt and pepper
  • some easy cook camping rations (freeze dried meals)
  • insulated water bottles

Other Things that we found useful

  • power board (to charge all your electronics)
  • night light
  • mozzie repellent plug in
  • sink plug
  • washing line
  • small plastic drying carousel
  • microfibre cloth (for cleaning windows)
  • bag for rubbish in car
  • spare roll of toilet paper
  • microwave bowls (one for each person)
  • large container of water (eg 10-12 litres)
  • tea towel
  • laundry detergent
  • washing up liquid
  • reusable grocery shopping bags
  • ziplock bags
  • a couple of plastic food containers (for oats, nuts, tea, coffee and some spices)
  • travel games
  • french press (cafetière)
  • small cool box with gel ice pack

3 thoughts on “Packlist for a 2020 roadtrip of NSW

  1. Janny, I would add a good pair of work/gardening type gloves to your list. You never know when you will have to pick something up, move something out of the way, be it prickly, rough or with claws or teeth (if you have to rescue any type of animal).

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