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What to Pack for Tasmania

We recently had an incredible road trip around Tasmania. The scenery, nature, the wildlife there will truly blow you away.  It really is a destination that allows you to connect back with the wilderness, one that allows you to feel miles and miles away from the daily grind of life!  One where you can just be at peace.

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Unfortunately for us, in order to ‘come home to yourself’, you need to travel at the right pace!  We made mistakes on this trip!  And it affected our whole experience of this wonderful part of Australia! 

What mistakes did we make on our visit to Tasmania?

1.  We didn’t pack correctly and we were left cold!  When we left QLD (a 3-hour flight away), we left some really hot weather behind!  So hot in fact that we were running our aircon at home 24/7.  We did not expect a part of Australia, not that far away from home, to have weather in such extreme contrast!  So we were unprepared!  Nothing like being cold on a holiday, it is NOT recommended!!

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.”

– Sir Ranulph Fiennes

2.  We rushed tooo much!  Not realizing how long it takes to truly travel along the bendy, windy roads in Tassie, we spent way too much time just driving from one destination to the next.  It was exhausting!  Now, I’m a planner and I did in fact plan the road trip with google maps!  Regardless, the time spent on the road wore us down!  And if you do happen to go to Tasmania on a road trip holiday, we really recommend that you do so on a 2 week holiday!!  (Not 1 week like us!).

If we could do this holiday over again, we would and we would use our list below of what to pack for Tasmania!  This list has been compiled from learning from mistakes, so please use our mistakes in order to properly prepare yourself for the ‘weather moods’ of Tassie!  We hope you guys will be better prepared, so you can have an awesome relaxing holiday where you can ‘get back to it’ and ‘come home to YOU!’!!

Guide to Tasmania  | What to pack for Tasmania

1.  Car Insurance

Okay so you can't exactly ‘pack' this one, but we figured it was important enough to include in this guide to Tasmania.   In some destinations, sometimes we are a bit a ‘naughty’ and forego the car insurance that car hire companies offer to us!  ‘Touch-wood’ we have never had any issues with cars and have actually managed to save a big chunk of money this way.  We know it is like playing ‘roulette’, taking a big chance, so we don’t recommend it!  In Tasmania however, we highly recommend that you DO take out car insurance! 

One of the beautiful things about Tasmania is the fact that you will see PLENTY of wildlife wandering around!  Unfortunately, they also love wandering on the roads and you will see more road kill of these lovely animals than you would expect!  Try avoiding driving at dawn and dusk when they are most active!  And if you have to drive at those times, SLOW DOWN!!  as they will surprise you by jumping out of the bushes! 

We had a few surprises but fortunately did not hit any of the gorgeous wildlife, best to best insured so that if it happens, you are covered!!  We love grabbing our insurance for travel and car from Cover-More!  Cover-More is one of the leading Australian Insurance companies.  They offer affordable high-quality covers with 24-hour emergency assistance.

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2.  Pack a Poncho or Raincoat

We learned the hard way that Tasmania’s weather is completely unpredictable and random.  Even the locals told us that the weather we experienced whilst there was bizarre as the previous week was beautiful and warm!  Some hotel staff in Hobart told us that there are a few weeks in January where you can expect to have good weather, but the rest of the year leaves you weather-bombarded.   

We had rain showers on and off throughout our whole trip in Tasmania, but the worst of it hit us in Cradle Mountain!  Of course, we were only going to be here once and we wanted to hike around Dove Lake without something as little as ‘bitchy’ weather stopping us! 

So we had to go on a hunt for some ponchos, and they were basically just like a plastic bag, the wind tore them up in various spots and kept blowing them around exposing our backpacks that had our camera and GoPro in it!  While they were helpful, essentially they just were not good enough to keep us completely dry, and it really would have been awesome to have our own good quality rain jackets. 

It would also be wise to invest in a pair of the best travel pants for women or some great traveling pants for men that has water-resistant fabric to help ensure that your legs stay dry too.

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Suffice to say that it will be worthwhile for you to invest in a good quality poncho to give you adequate weather protection!!  Also, don’t let crazy wind and pouring rain stop you from experiencing your holiday, just as soon as we thought about turning back, it cleared up …. only to pour again later on!  But most our walk ended up being free from the rain! Guide to Tasmania | What to pack for TasmaniaPurchase a good quality lightweight Poncho here.

  3.  A Comfortable Shoe for Hiking!

We both have the same brand of shoe that travels around the world with us!  This shoe is so comfortable with its memory pillow inside that you can easily hike around for hours on end!  This shoe proved its worth on a 4-hour slippery hike through the rice paddies in Sapa, Vietnam.  It has also taken us on some decent hikes at Cradle Mountain together with some smaller walks around Stanley The Nut and the Freycinet National park in Tasmania. 

I think it is important to find a shoe that you can trust, and this is mine!!!  Sketchers Sport Sweet Spot Fashion Sneaker, I love you!!!  Lots of funky colours available too!!  Whatever your favourite shoe for hiking, ensure it is packed in your suitcase! Skechers Sport Women's Sweet Spot Fashion Sneaker Stanley-Sweet-Spot-Shoes

Our shoes!  Chilling out on the Chairlift on the way down from the Nut in Stanley, Tasmania!

We also recommend some really comfy flat shoes for when you explore on your day trips.

4.  Warm Windproof Clothes

I’ve already told you how unprepared we were for the crazy wind and cold weather during our visit to Tasmania.  I don’t think a day went past that I was not cold at some point.  My ears were aching from the constant wind and all of this definitely affected our experience of our walks and hikes whilst exploring some pretty spectacular areas!  I think I spent every day looking like this, and yes I wore the same clothes over and over and over!! Stanley-The-Nut So in a bid to keep you warm whilst you travel around Tasmania, this is our recommendations!

  • Get yourself a warm beanie!  It will give you protection over your ears to cope with the power of the wind better!  Plus it will also aid you in your attempt for warmth!  We didn’t have any beanies and used our hoodies, but the wind kept blowing it off!   So please invest in a nice beanie or two!  You can browse through some gorgeous beanies here.

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  • Take a WARM scarf!  Forget about a scarf that is sheer and stylish, you need something to give you warmth.  I wore my scarf every day, neatly tucked away under my jumper (that I zipped all the way to the top), so you couldn’t even see it!  But it helped so much!  Hubby didn’t have a scarf and suffered the cold a bit more than me as a result!  You can browse through some lovely warm scarves here.
  • Get a quality windproof jacket that has a hoodie!  A jumper is really not going to cut it here!  You need something to keep the wind out, we met travellers who actually had windproof gear on and still complained, so make sure the jacket is a lovely size that allows for layers of clothes underneath it too!  Check out these beautiful windproof jackets.Travel Essentials - Windproof Jacket - Wanderlust Storytellers

 

  • Layer up!  Take clothes that you can easily layer up or down as need be!

5. A Good Camera that is Weather Resistant!

We recently upgraded our camera to a beautiful mirrorless, water and dust resistant camera!  Just in time for Tasmania!  Perfect timing!  Our Fujifilm X-T2 together with our 18-55mm lens served us well through Tasmania and survived all the hiking through rainy weather!! Stanley-The-Nut-Fujifilm-Xt1

Our gorgeous new camera hanging around Andrzej’s neck!  While you are at it, maybe grab a selfie stick for shots like these?

6.  A Weatherproof day-Backpack

You will use your backpack for all your walks and hikes, I don’t think a day went past when we didn’t use our backpack!  If you can get hold of a weatherproof one, even better!  But if not, consider chucking your camera and phones in a plastic ziplock bag for extra protection.  Your backpack will come in use when you might need to layer down once you warm up, it will hold your water bottle, camera equipment and snacks! 

You can browse through some weatherproof backpacks on Amazon here. Travel Essentials - Weatherproof backpack - Wanderlust Storytellers

7.  Water Bottle

This one is pretty self-explanatory but very important!  Some of the hike-locations around Tasmania doesn’t have any little stores close by to purchase water, so make sure you fill up before leaving your accommodation.  Pack it in, don’t forget!

You can browse through some water bottles on Amazon or check out a great guide to the best foldable water bottles.

8. Car Charger

Of course, whenever you are on a road trip, your car charger, if you have one, will come in handy!  We never pay the extra cost for a GPS anymore, as we just use the free Google GPS maps on our phones!  But of course, using our phones for hours on end can eat away at battery power pretty quickly.  So if you have a car charger at home, remember to chuck it in your suitcase for your trip! 

If you need to purchase one, why not have a browse through a selection here.

9.  Thermo Mug

When temperatures are low and the wind is icy cold, there is nothing as comforting as a delicious warm drink!  Whenever we go on road-trip style holiday I always pack my own thermo mug.  You can ask any coffee shop to fill up your thermo mug instead of creating rubbish with their disposable cups!  Plus your hot drink will stay hot for longer whilst you enjoy travelling towards your new destination! 

As an extra special something, did you know that we create artistic pieces in our spare time?  If you purchase one of these gorgeous thermo-mugs, you will get a mug that has one of my very own art pieces printed on it!!  So cool!!  You can browse through my selection of travel mugs in our shop here. Travel Essentials - Travel Mugs - Wanderlust Storytellers  –

10.  Travel Journal

And lastly, it is always nice to have a book that you can scribble down your memories in whilst traveling around.  Our journals, again with our art as the cover has lined paper, perfect for you to record your thoughts and favourites whilst you explore a new destination!  If you are in need of a travel journal, why not browse through our selection here. Travel Essentials - Travel Journals - Wanderlust Storytellers

Tasmania is such a beautiful part of Australia to discover!  It is a real shame that the weather and the mere fact that we weren’t prepared for it had such a big impact on our trip.  Hopefully you can use our Guide to Tasmania  | What to pack for Tasmania post and get yourself more prepared for this unique destination.  I’m sure you will fall in love with the nature and wildlife whilst there!  Be sure to look out this month for more posts on our travels around Tasmania.   For a list of recommended places of where to stay in Tasmania, hop over to our post here!

Over to you:  When will you be travelling to Tasmania? Can you add anything to our essentials of what to pack for Tasmania?

 

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Further Reading

Find out more about Tasmania on our Australia Travel Blog

Check out the best places to visit on the East Coast of Tasmania.

Find out the best places where to stay on your trip around Tasmania.

Read about the best things to do in Cradle Mountain.

To read about our list of travel essentials for your holiday in Tassie.

Check out the Port Arthur Historic Sites here.

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    P O'Keefe
    April 16, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Hi Jolene and family, I hope all is swell, ha ha. Kim and I have booked a 2 week drive around Tassie in the New Year. I was wondering if it is easy to get camping accommodation for mobile home all throughout Tassie or would you recommend booking sites?
    Regards Peter O’Keefe

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      Jolene Ejmont
      April 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      Hi Mr O’Keefe! Love that you are heading to Tasmania!! Being that you are heading there in the New Year (assuming school holidays), I would suggest you book sites 😉 There are a few mobile home options, I think we stayed at a few Big4 accommodation sites. You can see a nice list of holiday park/campsites here on HotelsCombined

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    Gordon
    June 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    We did a 2 week drive around Tassie last year in August ( plenty of snow) we used Red Spot for our car hire with insurance included they were very reasonable. I would purchase a Lonely Planet edition for Tasmania especially if you are doing a bit of driving , they provide lots of useful information. It is a great part of Australia, we found 2 weeks was reasonable but three weeks would of made it more relaxing.

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      Jolene Ejmont
      June 4, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Gordon, nice tip with Red Spot, haven’t heard of them before! We love Lonely Planet, such an incredible resource to use 🙂 Yes I think you need at least 2 weeks in Tasmania! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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    Simone
    June 21, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks for the tips! This is going to be super helpful for my trip to Tassie in September – I’m definitely worried about being cold but hopefully Canberra temperatures have prepared me for the cold!

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      Jolene Ejmont
      June 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      Every time I think about Tassie, I shiver haha! I’m sure you will be fine if pack correctly! Have a beautiful trip! Tassie is stunning 🙂

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    Tracey Angel
    June 28, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Hi guys. Love your blog. Love Tassie too. Heading over there again this week. Wanted to mention to take torch w red cellophane if hoping to see the little penguins on Bruny Island. You can buy both at the little shop on the island – but so much better to be set up before you spend the night out at the rookery. Seeing this gorgeous little birds is an absolute highlight! There is a defined boardwalk through the rookery. You can easily see so many penguins waddling in from the ocean, calling to each other, trying to wiggle into their burrows, and even mating ? Divine!! Especially in winter as no one else is around.

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      Jolene Ejmont
      June 28, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Oh great tip! Thanks for that one 🙂 I bet it will be cold in the winter time brrrrrrr!

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      Lyn
      November 13, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks for this useful tip!

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    Lisa Staub
    December 10, 2017 at 3:56 am

    My 20-yr old daughter will be studying at the University of Tas, Hobart from February through June. We’re from Chicago here in the US. Any tips or must-sees while she is there? She’s especially excited about visiting the parks and hiking.

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    Tracey Bradshaw
    July 5, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks for the great recommendations for what to pack. We are heading to Tassie for a 2 week driving holiday in September and I wanted to make sure we had all the essentials with us. I have been to Tasmania on a similar trip in April 1994 and I think I was under prepared clothing wise, though I did plan for layers and we both had shower proof anoraks. I’m going to hit the winter sales to pick up our warm woollies (beanies, scarves, thermals and hopefully a good jacket each). We live in Adelaide and as it’s a bit more temperate here, we don’t often have the need to really rug up here.

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      Jolene Ejmont
      July 17, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Oh yes, do ensure that you take loads of winter woolies and wind-proof clothing items as it will be chilly!! Have fun planning for your trip, not long to go now!

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    Charlotte
    October 1, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Hi, Jolene. Thanks for all the great tips. I’m wondering when exactly you were there? We are planning a 1 week trip as part of 2 months of traveling Australia and New Zealand. We will be in Tasmania in Mid-November. Do you think we’ll be ok with just a rain jacket and brining a couple of layers for cooler temperatures? Trying not to bring a heavy jacket along. Thoughts?

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      Jolene Ejmont
      October 16, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Hi Charlotte, we went to Tassie towards the end of November 😉 I was expecting it to be warmer, but the locals did say that the weather was a bit strange for our trip. I wouldn’t worry about a THICK jacket, but definitely, one that is more wind-proof. And yes take a rain jacket. We did have some warmer days as well, so layers is going to be a good idea.

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