Winter Program Packing List

January-April (Summer-Fall in Sydney & Auckland)


  • Plan on 70s-90s for highs

  • Floppy sun hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Light weight long sleeve shirts to block sun. UV shirts are a good choice

  • Sunblock

  • Sun umbrella (browse


Get your documents organized

  • Make sure you get your ETA visa for Australia. Call to process that. It only takes 24 hours or less to process. Purchase this after or while you book your airline ticket.

  • Download an Auckland / NZ /Sydney / Australia guidebook to your phone

  • Let your credit card bank know that you are headed abroad to avoid having your account frozen.

  • Make a copy of your passport, credit cards, itinerary, travel insurance and any other import documentation you may have or need. Leave a copy with your family and have a digital version as well.

  • Get all your travel docs ready in one handy location that can easily fit in your carry-on.

  • Bring $300USD or more in cash so you can exchange right away and not risk having an ATM not work at the airport



Beds are on the firm side in these countries. As we are renting we take what we get so it is your responsibility to make adjustments if needed to customize the comfort level. If you are a side sleeper this is something to think about. It is fine to bring luggage with wheels on this trip. You don’t need a backpack.


For the ultimate in comfort consider bringing a 2” latex bed topper. It rolls tight will fit in a carry-on or your main suitcase. Order twin size 2” soft and use scissors to trim the length so it is only as long as your body. You can take 6” off the width as well if you want it even more compact.


Clothes to Pack

  • All of the internships have a business/casual dress code. Buttons and collars on shirts for men. Covered shoulders for everyone. Lightweight long pants.

  • You choose how much to bring as you will have a house to store your items. You can always buy clothes when you are there and if you have any doubts on what to wear at work it is

  • Swimsuit

  • Fleece jacket (essential it does get cool)

  • Rain jacket (optional—you can grab something in the pharmacy here if needed) Get a real light one if you do or just a cheap poncho. It does rain.)

  • Walking shoes/light formal shoes

  • Towel (if you have room)



  • Medical kit with aspirin (or a similar pain reliever), antihistamine for relief from allergies or insect bites, scissors and tweezers, band aids, antiseptic cream for cuts and grazes, sunscreen, lip balm, and any personal medication

  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner

  • Toothbrush, tooth paste, and dental floss

  • Deodorant

  • Hairbrush

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Baby wipes



  • Bring your laptop. It’s too essential these days to leave behind.

  • Small 3-prong Australia surge protector when you arrive at the airport. Check the power pack on your electronics and make sure it goes up to at least 240hz.

  • Unlocked phone that takes sim card. Active phone with data is required so we can contact you throughout the program. You can purchase a phone and plan at the airport or bring your own phone if it works in these countries or is unlocked and takes a sim.

  • Camera or GoPro (optional)

  • Small head-torch for beach walking at night.


Carry on packing tips

  • Ear plugs

  • Noise cancelling headphones. (optional) You don’t need Bose. Look around for a $50 dollar pair.

  • Lip balm and face towelettes

  • Pain relief and any medication you may require

  • A book, or downloaded content. Consider and download a couple titles you like.

  • Neck pillow

  • Don’t forget a pen for all those forms you’ll be filling out

  • Eye mask or scarf

  • Your carry-on liquids in a clear ziplock bag and make sure all your liquids and creams are under 100ml



A printed prescription for any over the counter drugs, as well as a digital copy (scan or photo) that you can easily access on your phone or e-mail. Just in case!

Household Goods

We will provide you all your bedding materials. If you have room, bring an extra set of twin sheets, pillow and towel so you don’t have to wash so often. Otherwise we will provide one set.



For Australia, you need the ETA visa. As these are unpaid positions they can be considered volunteer opportunities in Australia terminology. A visa is needed for paid work, paid internships, and other formal activities but is not needed to tour or volunteer on the side. Arrivals are fully automated in now so you will likely not speak to an agent. Check tourism as the main purpose of your visit. If you do speak to a customs agent keep it simple.


There is no great stress in getting everything on this list before you go. Sydney and Auckland have their version of Walmart and plenty of pharmacies nearby.



If you have any health concerns, get a physical  from your doctor and alert us if you need special attention.


Check your email once a day going forward. Please always reply to every email we send even if it is just one word “received.” Parents should reply “received as well if they are included on emails.


Contact 202 557 8182 / if you have any questions.