Your Ultimate Tasmania Road Trip Packing List

Get your road trip off to the perfect start with our handy Tasmania road trip packing list. There’s also a FREE pdf version for you to download and laminate!

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Lap of Tasmania road trip packing list

Your Tasmania Road Trip Packing List

While a ‘spur of the moment’ road trip can be an unforgettable adventure, the reality is that most great road trips are a result of excellent planning.

But what if you’ve never done a road trip? Or maybe you’re wondering what to pack for Tasmania’s cool climate?

We know how confusing it can be, and to help you out we’ve created this handy Tasmanian road trip packing list.

It lists all the most important things you need to take on your road trip – including a few gift ideas from Amazon – making your road trip planning a breeze.

Of course, everyone likes to travel differently. So don’t worry if you want to bring something that isn’t on the list, or if you leave something at home because you know you’ll never use it. 

A bottle of champers? Fishing rod and reel? Or maybe a couple of dozen Krispy Kremes? 😂 

It’s YOUR road trip and this packing list is the perfect place to start.

📝 Pro tip

We’ve created a handy PDF version of the packing list. Download it, print it and hang it on the fridge. Or laminate it and reuse it for future road trips!

Road trip travel sites and apps

We recommend saving these website links in your web browser or on your mobile phone – that way you can access them easily on your road trip.

Tasmania road trip travel documents

All Travellers

  • Driver’s licence
  • National Parks Pass
  • Diary/journal and a pen
  • Money
  • Credit and/or debit cards
  • Travel and health insurance details
  • Copy of your travel itinerary
  • Photocopies of essential documents

International Travellers

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • International Driver's Permit (IDP)
  • English translation of your IDP (if non-English)

Luggage and bags

What to wear in Tasmania

Note: Even in summer Tasmania can experience short but intense storms that sweep up from the Antarctic. We’ve listed some items of clothing as being ‘winter’, but if you can fit them in your checked baggage then we recommend bringing them with you even in summer, just in case.

If you are limited by space, and you’re worried about the cold, then we suggest packing additional base layers, as they take up little room and are superb at maintaining your core temperature.

We recommend at least 7 days to experience the Lap of Tasmania – so make sure you pack enough to last that long.

Lower

  • Hiking pants
  • Jeans and/or pants
  • Skirts
  • Thermal pants
  • Tracky dacks (optional)
  • Summer - Shorts

Feet

Upper

  • Wind and waterproof jacket
  • Short/long sleeved shirts or blouses
  • Medium-weight fleece jumper or jacket
  • Thermal top
  • Winter - Puffer jacket (ie. the Tassie tuxedo)
  • Winter - Snow gloves

Other

Health, safety and toiletries

Health and Safety

Toiletries

  • Your regular toiletries
  • Lip balm
  • Nail clippers
  • Tissues
  • Hand sanitiser

Navigation and communication

  • Mobile phone (with GPS)
  • Paper map
  • SIM card - local or global
  • Dedicated GPS (if phone is insufficient)
  • Emergency EPIRB beacon (optional for bushwalkers)

Comfort on the road

Electronic gear and other tech

Power

Electronic Equipment

  • Camera
  • Memory cards
  • Headphones
  • Portable speaker

Road trip essentials

  • Plastic bags
  • Wet wipes
  • Roll of toilet paper
  • Travel-sized containers for liquids

Road trip snacks and drinks

  • Water
  • Antipasto mix
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Beef or fruit jerky
  • Apples and bananas
  • Muesli bars
  • Chocolate bars
  • Cooler bag for drinks

Tasmania campervan options

Note: Check your rental agreement, as these items may already be included with your campervan on arrival.

A Lap of Tasmania road trip down the East Coast of Tasmania
East Coast Tasmania | 📷: Lisa Kuilenburg

Keep planning your Lap of Tasmania road trip

Have you worked out how to get to Tasmania yet? 

To learn about the different options available – covering Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie and covering both flights and the Spirit of Tasmania ferry – read our article on How to Get to Tasmania.

And if you’re wondering when to travel, check out our article on the Best Time to Visit Tasmania. Not only does it show you the best months to see Tassie’s iconic attractions, but it also helps you avoid school holidays and the peak tourist season.

And how about hiring a car or campervan in Tasmania – are you wondering where to start?

We’ve got two easy-to-read articles that compare the different options, recommend the best companies in Tasmania, and stop you getting caught by the pesky terms and conditions!

Click here to read our article on Tasmanian Car Hire, and here for our guide to Tasmania Campervan Hire.

Happy road tripping!

Andrew Strikis

Andrew Strikis

Andrew is an award-winning travel writer and photographer from Tasmania. Over the last 10 years he has been an advocate for Tasmanian tourism, working with and supporting many of Tasmania's prominent organisations such as Tourism Northern Tasmania, Hobart and Beyond, and MONA. Together with his wife he enjoys exploring Tasmania by road, and he looks forward to helping others plan and enjoy their own Lap of Tasmania road trip.

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