Gym bags are packing my baggage, with the world’s biggest sporting organisation pledging to provide more than $1 million (£800,000) to help people pack them for the games.
The Australian Rugby Union said on Monday it was sending $1.6m worth of gym bags to athletes who had signed up for the first phase of the programme, and $600,000 to athletes and staff who had completed the second phase.
“Australian Rugby is committed to delivering a safe and positive environment for athletes and spectators,” it said in a statement.
The Rugby Union also said it was providing a $300,000 support package to help athletes cope with the extra baggage and baggage handling, which is expected to last four to six months.
“The first phase is designed to help Australians prepare for the Rugby World Cup and Rugby Sevens and the second stage will support those who have completed it,” it added.
Rugby Sevens star and former Australian player, James Segeyaro, has been one of the first to sign up.
He said the $1m could help cover the cost of a first-class flight home from the US.
And he said it would be helpful to have a place to stay during the duration of the scheme.
“It would be good to have some sort of place to sleep and I’m sure I would feel better,” he said.
But others are worried that the extra luggage will affect their travel plans.
“I don’t want to get too carried away, but if I don’t have a good space to store my gear, I don�t know if I will be able to sleep at night,” one woman, who declined to give her name, told BBC Sport.
It is expected the program will run from November 1 until March 31, when the Rugby Union’s 2019 season kicks off.
Australia is the second-biggest sporting organisation in the world after the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
It has been criticised for its response to the Zika outbreak, which has claimed more than 7,000 lives in the US and Canada.
Some athletes and officials have suggested the extra costs are an attempt to cover costs incurred by hosting the Games, which have already been criticised by the IOC.
However, the Australian Rugby Association said it had taken steps to minimise the risk to athletes.
As well as paying for travel, it said athletes and the media would also have to be insured, with a $1,000 surcharge.