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Whether you’re living abroad for several months, taking a gap year, or trotting the world on an exciting adventure, Under 30's Travel Insurance’s cover plan will offer you the protection you need for your trip. We cover any expenses from lost deposits to delayed flights, medical services, personal liability, and even accidental death, and allow travellers to get their travel insurance in place at a great value. If you’re young, spirited, and ready to pack your stuff and embark on your journey, then our backpacking travel insurance is the ideal choice!

Don’t know much about backpacking? Worry not — we’ve got you covered. Here are our best tips on staying safe while enjoying your trip to the fullest!

safety tips for backpacking travel

Pick a Good Destination

If you’re a first-time backpacker, the perspective of spending days and nights in the wild, far away from civilisation, can be scary. It’s important to choose a good destination that’s appropriate for a beginner. Make sure you keep the round trip distance under 10 miles so civilisation won’t be too far out of reach. It makes sense to take a one-night trip if you’re doing this for the first time — your adventure will be packed with much more fun, and you’ll never have to worry about any issues on the way.

Think Light

It’s easy to over-pack — most beginners end up with their backpack weighing a lot more than needed. Yes, bring a flashlight, toilet paper, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing, but maybe skip the paperback and that third water bottle. Instead, bring a water filter to stay hydrated as you go and keep your backpack light and manageable. Don’t forget that the total weight of the backpack should be only 25 to 30 percent of your body weight — anything more than that will make your trip exhausting!

Leave Valuables Home

Sure, your Rolex watch looks just great, but it may be more hassle than it’s worth when you’re backpacking. It would draw attention to you, and turn you into a target for pickpockets and thieves. It’s better to leave valuables home and pack only the essentials so you never stand out as a tourist. Needless to say, expensive jewellery can add up to your backpack/luggage’s weight, so you might end up struggling to carry a heavier bag that’s going to give you back and neck pain!

Bring Your Own Snacks

Be it the local supermarket, an eatery, or a chain restaurant, buying snacks while abroad can be quite expensive! Snacks during the day can add up to just as much money as full meals. So why not pack your own snacks? Energy bars, granola bars, and fruits are all great choices, and they’ll help you fight hunger and food cravings. Plus, you’ll never feel tired since they usually have plenty of carbs for energy.


Under 30's covers a range of things that could go wrong when you travel. From medical emergencies to cover for your mobile phone and more. See our Table Of Benefits to explore all the cover provided.

Table Of Benefits

It's always important to review the full policy wording in our Product Disclosure Statement for more details including full terms and conditions, limits and exclusions that may apply.


Policy Wording


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faqs about backpacking travel insurance

  • I want to make sure I have cover for my iPhone, Computer or any electrical gadget. How do I do this?
  • You can purchase extra cover for electronic items by paying an additional premium. Cover is only available if you purchase this additional option at the time when the policy is issued. You can have: $2,500 in total for personal computer and their accessories $1200 in total for camera and video camera, $1000 in total for mobile phones, GPS, electronic book readers, and portable audio and gaming equipment. Please note: Receipts and/or valuation must be provided in the event of a claim.

  • Can I remove the excess on my policy?
  • You can remove the standard excess of $100 by paying an additional premium of $25 at the point of purchase.

  • Can I extend my policy?
  • You can extend your policy by contacting us within a minimum of 48 hours before your policy lapses and pay the additional cost of extending your cover.

  • How many people can be covered under a group policy?
  • Under30s Travel Insurance’s group policy covers up to 25 people. Whether you’re travelling with your family, friends, or gap year fellows, you can get everyone covered under the same insurance policy. Group policies for up to 6 people can be purchased online. Call 1300 882 113 if your group has 7 or more people.


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