My Medicine Bag and Practical Things every Backpacker Needs

Before you start travelling longterm you think about what you could need. What situations are likely to happen. And what is actually necessary to carry around.

But you are never fully prepared, you never think about ALL the things that are actually handy to have and obviously, everyone’s needs and focus is different as well.

So with this blog post I want to show you a few things I am really glad to have with me and are actually approved by 6 months of travelling (so far). And I’ll also show you the insides of my medicine bag that is very minimalistic but still holds everything I need on hand (because everything special can be bought when you actually need it).

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My Medicine Bag

I don’t get sick very often and I don’t think it’s necessary to travel with a lot of medicine on hand. You can always buy something when you actually need it and that’s far better than carrying everything for every situation with you around. You won’t need it all. There is no need to be prepared for everything.

Obviously, it depends on where you are travelling and what you are doing and you need to adjust your medicine bag from country to country (and person to person).

This is just an idea of what I took with me for one year of backpacking through Australia.

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  • Bandages. I’ve got way to many with me! I don’t even remember when the last time was that I needed one…
  • Nurofen Painkillers for Teens. They still work for me when I have a headache, so I still use them. I try to always use the minimum amount possible (while still taking what is necessary).
  • Strong Painkillers. Never needed one, but it’s good to have some on hand in an emergency and then I can buy more if necessary.
  • Eyedrops. For minor infections, itchy eyes or too much salt water in eyes.
  • Anti-Diarrhoea tablets. In a new country with new food… you never know.
  • Nose spray. A little cold can always surprise you, especially after flying or strong changes in the weather.
  • Throathies. Having an itchy throat is so annoying and happens so quickly when you are in cold Aircon air a lot. (Not in the picture bc already used up…)
  • Homeopathic Globuli. I know, not everyone is a fan of stuff like that, but my family is into that stuff and it doesn’t hurt to take these to help your body and feel better.

My mom helped me decide what to take and she also made a sheet with when to take which Globuli. We always buy all our medicine at an online pharmacy at home. Online pharmacies like Shop-Apotheke deliver all the medicine you need to your doorstep wich is super practical.

Until now I only had to buy Nose spray (bc I didn’t take any with me – I don’t know why) and some caught medicine because I had a cold from the cold shopping centres.

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Practical Things for Backpackers

Along my travels, there were a few things that ended up being super handy and some other things that I felt like missing and bought. So here are the things that I find really handy as a Backpacker and some of them, you might not think about yourself when packing.

Besides that, I obviously also have a lot of other handy things with me. Here you can see What’s in my Backpack for longterm travelling through Australia.

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  • Reusable Water Bottle. To always have something to drink with you. Never pay any money for water and save the earth from plastic.
  • Cotton Shopping Bag. As a beach bag, handbag, for plastic-free shopping…
  • Tupperware Containers. To store leftover food or for cheap & healthy meals on the go.

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  • Spices. To make your food taste like something and because most hostels only have salt. Cinnamon for sweets. Turmeric because it’s healthy. And the All Purpose Seasoning contains mostly salt, paprika, garlic and some other herbs and makes every savoury dish really yummy (and it’s so easy!).

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  • Mueslie Bar. I always carry a safety bar with me when I go out for a whole day. You never know when you need some extra energy and it’s not always worth spending money on takeaway food.

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  • Pen.
  • Headphones.
  • Baby wipes. Or hand sanitiser for disgusting phones, hands or…
  • Cream. For dry skin and lips especially.
  • Vitamin B12. For veggies.
  • Multivitamin. I don’t take them daily, but here and there if I feel like I am not getting all the nutrients I need through my diet.
  • Ohropax. For hostel rooms or loud aeroplane rides.
  • Playing cards. It’s always fun to play some cards with friends and it’s a great way to make new friends in hostels.

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I hope you found this blog post helpful and you got some ideas for things to not forget on your own travels!

Am I missing anything in your opinion? What do you take with you?

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* This post is sponsored by shop-apotheke.com. Everything I say and recommend is still 100% honest and true to what I have with me / use.

Q&A – Solo Travel

Here we go with number three of my Q&A series. This time, I am answering all the frequently asked questions about travelling alone (for the first time).

I always get so many questions from friends, strangers, other travellers or follower on Instagram, so I wanted to answer them all and help new travellers to feel more confident, safe, get inspired to travel themselves and help them plan their own journey.

  1. Q&A – Backpacking Australia
  2. Q&A – Work & Travel Australia
  3. Q&A – Solo Travelling
  4. Planning your own Work & Travel Year
  5. About being an AuPair

If you have further questions or topics you want me to talk about, please feel free to message me on Instagram or comment down below!

I really want to create more content that is helping, informing and inspiring my readers/followers, so if you have any ideas or interests that you are interested in – tell me!

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How is it like to travel alone?

I love it! It is so much fun to feel free to do exactly what I want without making compromises. It is so easy to meet people in hostels or on tours and here and there you are lucky to make some real friends for a lifetime. You never have to be alone if you don’t want to but you still always have the chance to spend time by yourself and do what you desire.

In Perth I had some days where I felt lonely and just not myself…  but that’s alright.

Do you feel lonely sometimes?

Since I started I only had one week where I felt a little bit down, lonely and homesick and that was in Perth after my cousin left me and my parents were about to come and I didn’t find many nice people that I really connected to in my hostel. I also wrote a blog post about my feelings at that time called the downside of travelling alone.

And usually after I have to say goodbye to travel mates and friends that I had an awesome time with, I get a slight feeling of loneliness and it is a little bit weird to be alone again, but that usually disappears after a while.

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When you ask strangers to take a picture of you and it actually turns out great! :D

Is it easy to meet people (even when you are shy)?

I would say yes! For me, it depends on the situation and the people if I am shy or not, but I would say it is super easy to meet people when you live in hostels.

In your hostel room, in the kitchen, TV room, sitting area there are fellow travellers everywhere that also want to meet other people and even if you are shy but just smile and look friendly there will be people talking to you and starting the conversation. Or you can start it yourself by just saying “Hi, how are you?” or asking a question. You will get more and more used to it and it gets easier every time.

I also found it super nice and very easy to meet people when you do a bus tour with a small group for a few days. Because you have to stay together for several days it is a lot easier to make friends because you actually have time to get to know them and you also are kinda forced to talk to each other as you are travelling together. With my three tours I did so far, I was always very lucky with my travel mates and met some nice people.

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Are you scared of travelling alone sometimes?

I am not a person that gets scared easily and until now I’ve been not in a situation that really scared me. Obviously, there were some moments that I didn’t felt completely safe walking home alone or being in a surrounding that doesn’t feel completely safe, but you also have those moments at home. Overall I would say Australia is a very safe country and you don’t need to worry a lot. It is definitely a great place for females travelling alone or travelling alone for the first time. Usually, you are in bigger cities/towns anyways and the hostels are in animated and busy areas.

I also experience so many great situations where people asked me to help me, told me what to do and how to stay safe and in general Australians are so nice and helpful.

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Easy questions for first conversations:

  • Where are you from?
  • What are you doing in Australia?
  • How long have you been here?
  • What are your plans?
  • What have you seen so far? Where have you been so far?
  • Are you travelling on your own?
  • What are your plans for today/tonight?
  • How was your day?
  • What do you do at home/what have you done at home before you left?

Those are the easy questions you basically ask and get asked as a traveller EVERY TIME you meet people :D Can get annoying, but it’s fun at the same time, especially when you get over these basic questions with someone and have real conversations. Another funny thing is that you usually ask very late what his/her name is because it doesn’t matter that much and you meet so many people and can’t remember all their names anyways :P

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Two weeks into Solo travelling and already met two wonderful people that I’ll stay friends with forever <3

How do you get to meet/talk to people?

  • In your hostel room. Just say hello to everyone in your need room, smile and if you get a friendly response and a real smile back just ask one of the questions above t start a conversation
  • In the kitchen. When you ask to get a kitchen tool after they are done using it or tell them that their food looks/smells yummy you can easily start a conversation and sit together while eating after cooking.
  • In the common area. When you sit down with your food next to someone/at the same table, smile, say hey and if you get a friendly response/smile back you can start a conversation
  • On Tours. Because you are travelling for a few days together, it is a lot easier to find friends here because you are kinda forced to talk to each other and get to know one another. When you meet at the bus ask where they are from or see what the situations bring you. Oftentimes the tour guide also makes everybody to introduce him-/herself.

And you will see that oftentimes the other person is just as willing to start a conversation and starts him-/herself. Especially when you are travelling alone and other people are together or in a group they will start a conversation because it is a lot easier for them than for you as a solo traveller. And when you are shy to do the first step, better choose another person alone than a group/couple because that makes it less scary.

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Why Australia and why on your own?

It’s hard to exactly say what made me do all this. There were several reasons behind it, but the biggest was that it just felt right. I felt the urge to go travel on my own after school and Australia called me.

Other than that, Australia is a warm and sunny country which I love, it is big so it makes sense to explore it in one year and really see many places (for example New Zealand can also be done in 2-3 months, at least that’s what I think), the nature and animals are completely different than in Europe or wherever I’ve been so far and it’s supposed to be a very good country for travelling solo as a female for the first time when you are still very young. It is also pretty popular for travellers, so you can easily meet others, find jobs as a Backpacker and travel around.

When I was thinking about my gap year I was always seeing myself doing whatever I want, not being with someone and when I started to get more into it and read amazing experiences and advantages solo travel has I knew, I want to do this on my own.

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Why do you love and recommend travelling alone?

Because you learn and grow so much as a person

  • You learn to be confident,
  • to make your own decisions,
  • stop being shy and practice talking to strangers
  • getting life experiences that will help you your whole future life
  • meeting many different people from all around the world
  • you will get to know yourself and your own character trades more
  • making friends with new people and some will be part of your life forever
  • you get to see the world and culture more intense and maybe even differently
  • you can do whatever the hell you want to without having to make compromises or justify it

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I love travelling with my friends or going on vacation with my family. But solo travel just has such a special feeling to it and it changes and lets you grow even more than travelling already does.

I can only recommend everyone to try it themselves! It’s special, it’s an adventure and it will only have a positive impact on your life at the end (even with a bad experience you will learn something).

I urge you to travel. On your own.

Q&A – Work & Travel Australia

Blog post number two in which I want to answer all the questions I daily get about doing Work & Travel in Australia.

I already posted one that included all the questions about Travelling and Backpacking through Australia and because there are a few more topics that I want to talk about, there are more informative blog posts coming soon:

  1. Q&A – Backpacking Australia
  2. Q&A – Work & Travel Australia
  3. Q&A – Solo Travelling
  4. Q&A – AuPair in Australia
  5. Planning your own Work & Travel Year

So I hope I will answer as many questions in all these posts as possible and give you guys the information you may want and need for your own adventures.

If you have more questions or ideas what I should include into the following posts, please comment them down below or message me on Instagram @mind.wanderer

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Are you in Australia with a Work & Travel Agency?

No. I planned everything myself and would say that it is not necessary to get help from an agency to apply for a Visa, Tax Number, get a bank account setup or a SIM card.

I decided to do everything myself because the daughters of my mom’s friend tried both and said that it’s way cheaper than with an organisation and you don’t need the help they offer you.

On the other hand, I met a German girl here that came to Australia with ‚Praktikawelten‘ and paid 2000€ which included her flight, the first week in Sydney in a hostel with everyone that travelled with the organisation and they did a lot of things together. As well as getting a Visa, Tax File Number, Bank account and SIM card and more – which I think is an amazing price.

I still liked that I did everything on my own because I learned a lot and it’s not too hard to do it yourself.


I am currently writing on a blog post on planning and organising your Work & Travel year in Australia with many tips, websites & books that helped me, as well as a checklist!

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How is it going with the English language, Australian accents and have you improved?

I was never nervous about speaking English or not being able to understand/talk with people when I arrived because I already felt comfortable with it.

I would say that my English was already a bit better than average school English because I started watching English YouTube videos when I was 14 years old and improved my English at home ever since by listening and reading in English (not specifically to improve my language but because I loved American/British/Australian YouTubers more than Germans).

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The Australian accent is for sure very hard to understand. But the good thing is that most Australians don’t have a very strong accent, only older people, people from the country land or so-called Bogans (not very educated people) have a very strong and hard to understand accent.

But Australians do have the tendency to shorten words: Brissie = Brisbane, Avo = Avocado, Cambra = Cambarra, Breakie = Breakfast, AC = airconditioner and phrases like “Hey, how are you doing?” (verschmilzen) to “Hai-ho-a-u-duin?” …but you get used to it.

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The worst thing you can do is to be scared of talking to others in English because you think you won’t understand them or they won’t understand you. Especially when you are travelling with a friend/friends some people tend to hide behind others and let them handle things so they don’t need to talk in English or they only talk/make friends with other Germans… but that doesn’t help. Talking, practicing, trying is what makes you improve in the end and Australians/other travellers are usually so nice, take their time to listen to you and help you out if you need a word. So don’t worries mate!

My English for sure improved in the last four months. I got more confident and more fluent. Especially my Aussie and Canadian friend that I hung out with for around 2 weeks each helped me by correcting me, teaching me new words, sayings or pronunciation. For others, it might sound rude how often they corrected me, but I want to get better and learn so I was glad they took their time to help me improve.

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What phone contract / SIM card can you recommend?

I have a pre-paid SIM card from Lebara that I like and recommend. Every month I get to choose how much data/minutes I want to purchase (depending on where I am and what I think I will need) which is practical. But I’ve heard that Telstra is even better because you have a better connection, I still have to say that mine is totally fine and in the middle of the Outback, there is no connection for anyone anyways.

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What bank card do you have? How do you pay?

I came to Australia with 200$ of Australian cash that I already changed at home and would recommend to get some and not change at the airport. I also took two German cards with me for safety and to have a credit card to pay online. In Melbourne, I also went to the Commonwealth Bank to open an Australian Bank account which is necessary if you work here and very practical because you can do tap-paying without a code or anything up to 100$ here.

I transferred some money from my German bank account to the Australian with ‚Currency Fair‘ which is a cheaper and better way to do international transfers.

I always have a little bit of cash with me for markets or places that have cash only, but usually, I try to pay for everything with my Australian card.

I also write down every spend to have an overview for myself on what I spend the most money and also to show you what a year of Backpacking can cost and what is the most expensive part of my travels.

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What do you want to do after your gap year?

My plan is to return home in August and then search for an apartment in Wernigerode and start studying International Tourism Management in October.

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What do you work? How can you afford to travel?

I haven’t worked so far and been only travelling for the past four months. I saved up some money back at home with my job as a barkeeper back at home as well as my Birthday & Christmas money since I’ve been 14 years old as it has always been my dream to come to Australia.

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But now it is time to settle down and work for a while. I started as an AuPair for a family on the Sunshine Coast in February and will work for them for 1,5 months. Afterwards, I am planning to find another job somewhere along the coast. My dream would be to work in a health food café selling Acai Bowls, Smoothies, Juices and (vegan) healthy snacks and meals.

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I love to hear how many people are planning to travel through Australia soon and I hope my tips and suggestions can help you a bit, take your insecurities and make you even more excited for your journey! If you are ever in the same area as I am (stay up to date through my Insta stories @mind.wanderer) please message me and maybe we can meet and hang out together!

If you have more questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below!