Essential Items Australian Athletes Are Packing for the 2024 Paris Olympics

The luxury luggage brand July makes its Olympic debut, providing the team with a case inspired by the Australian uniforms worn at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics.

Article by Hollie Wornes

The July suitcasesThe campaign was shot on film against the backdrop of Melbourne University, a training ground for the ‘56 Games. Photograph courtesy of July / Robb Tenant.

With just 21 days until the Olympics kick off in Paris, the excitement is palpable. Each year, Australia’s athletes inspire a profound sense of pride, patriotism, and sense of community across the nation. Even before the opening ceremony, Cate Campbell missing her final shot at the 2024 swimming squad in the trials stirred tears both in the pool and for those watching behind the screen.

While the main focus is on the athletes’ performances during the 19 days of competition, there’s also considerable buzz about what they will be wearing. For the 10th time, the 110-year-old lifestyle and sportswear brand Sportscraft, is the official uniform supplier for the 2024 Australian Olympic team. The athletes will don teal linen blazers featuring the Australian Olympians’ oath sewn into the lining, and pocket squares and scarves adorned with artworks by Indigenous boxer-turned-artist Paul Fleming and Torres Strait Islander artist David Bosun. The look is completed with beige chino shorts, white cotton T-shirts, and Sportscraft’s signature pleated skirts with a green and gold ombre design, inspired by a Parisian sunset.

Adding to the stylish ensemble, luxury suitcase label July will debut custom carry-on suitcases. The design pays homage to the uniforms worn at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics with a textured cream finish, gold hardware, and soft leather handles. (The campaign shoot took place at Melbourne University, a training ground for the ‘56 Games).

The case shot on an athletics track.
Photograph courtesy of July / Robb Tenant.
Photograph courtesy of July / Robb Tenant.

“Inspired by our country’s rich sporting heritage, the custom Olympics team case embodies a fusion of tradition and contemporary style. We’re so excited to support our Aussie athletes and ensure they have the best luggage on their Olympic journey,” says the founder of July, Athan Didaskalou.

While the athletes are busy packing, T Australia stole a few minutes of their time to discuss what essentials they’ll be taking to Paris, gaining insights into their travel habits.

Mackenzie Arnold,
Matildas goalkeeper

What essential items are you packing for the Paris Olympics 2024?

MA: Phone, headphones, hair straightener, gloves and boots – and maybe some coffee pods for emergencies. 

Over packer or under packer?

MA: I’m an over packer, 100%. My suitcase is always bursting. 

What’s your favourite plane food?

MA: I generally eat before I get on the plane so I can go to sleep as soon as we take off.

Soccer goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold.
Soccer goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold. Photograph by Simon Eeles/ courtesy of July.

Nagmeldin “Peter” Bol,
Middle-distance runner

What essential items are you packing for the Paris Olympics 2024?

PB: My spikes and some of my favourite Aussie snacks that I won’t be able to get in France

What is your flying ritual?

PB: Headphones are a must to listen to podcasts – and a book.

What is your favourite thing about your July suitcase?

PB:They just don’t break. You can try as hard as you want but they won’t break.

Peter" Bol
Nagmeldin "Peter" Bol is an Australian middle-distance runner. Photograph by Simon Eeles/ courtesy of July.

Jeff Dunne,
Break dancer

What essential items are you packing for the Paris Olympics 2024?

JD: My phone, phone charger, and headphones.

What is your favourite plane food?

JD: An easy scrambled eggs with hash brown and bacon.

Over packer or under packer?

JD: I’m an over packer, mainly because of my mum.

Jeffrey 'Jeff' Dan Dunne.
Jeffrey 'Jeff' Dan Dunne. Photograph by Simon Eeles/ courtesy of July.

Zoe Poulis,
Artistic swimmer

What essential items are you packing for the Paris Olympics 2024?

ZP: Lip balm!

Do you have a flying ritual?

ZP: My flying ritual is always stretching before getting on the plane.

Window or aisle seat?

ZP: Short flight, window seat. Long flight, aisle.

Zoe Poulis
Zoe Poulis is a member of the artistic swimming team. Photograph by Simon Eeles/ courtesy of July.