Australia is a popular holiday destination with travellers from all over the world. With the recent slump in the Aussie dollar against the US dollar (the Australian dollar has fallen by more than 25% over the past 2 years), this is the perfect time for Americans and people from many other countries to visit the 'lucky country.'
Whether you are visiting for business or leisure there are a few essential items you should be sure to pack when making the trip Down Under. Here we have put together our Top 8 Things to Pack as well as a comprehensive packing checklist you can use to pack your suitcase for your Australian adventure.
1. Protection from the Sun
The climate in Australia varies across the continent, ranging from hot and tropical in parts of the far north to cool and even snowy in some parts of the south. Our seasons are the opposite of those occurring in the northern hemisphere. Australian Summer starts in December and ends in February. The Australian Winter spans from June to August. Winter temperatures are generally quite mild, but it does snow in the southern mountain regions and you can experience dry, sunny days in northern states such as Queensland and the Northern Territory during this period.
Thanks to a hole in the ozone layer the Australian sun is very intense and can be harmful if you don't take the necessary precautions. Make sure you bring an adequate sun hat and SPF30+ sunscreen.
You can carry your sunscreen, and other basic toiletries such as shampoo, moisturiser, soap, cosmetics and toothpaste in our Bushland cosmetic bags. They are great travel companions and come in small and large sizes to suit both short and long trips.
2. The Versatile Scarf
When you’re travelling around Australia you never know what to expect weather-wise. If you are visiting Melbourne you will probably hear about or experience its famous 'four-seasons-in-one-day' weather. Even if you are visiting parts of Northern Australia where it is usually warm you can encounter delays or extreme air conditioning and in these situations a large scarf can be used as a blanket, and even a neck pillow (when rolled-up). Scarves are also very handy when you are exposed to the elements. If you intend to spend time outdoors and perhaps go on hikes or walking tours you will definitely appreciate the protection a scarf can give you from wind, dust, sand, flies and an unexpected drop in the temperature.
Bits of Australia has a range of stylish Australian made scarves to suit the different seasons.
3. Clothing to suit your itinerary
There are lots of exciting outdoor activities you can enjoy in Australia, from camping in the outback to snorkelling off the Great Barrier Reef. You need to make sure you pack appropriate clothing for all of the adventures you have planned. Bulky items such as skiing gear will take up a lot of space and can be purchased or hired on arrival. But make sure you have the basic essentials such as a water-proof rain jacket or coat. We have listed some other key items of clothing to bring in the checklist below. Make sure you pack plenty of layers so that you can strip down a bit when it gets too hot and rug up when it gets really chilly. Your 'cozzies' are really important so you can enjoy the fantastic beaches (that's Aussie lingo for bathers or swimming costumes).
4. Insect repellant
Mosquitoes, sand flys, and other insects can be a bit of a nuisance in certain parts of Australia, especially in rural areas and tropical zones such as Far North Queensland. Insect repellant will come in very handy and if you are planning a tour in the Australian Outback you may want to invest in a mosquito net.
If you know you will be visiting farms and other areas known for their high population of flies our Aussie Fly Swattersoffer the ultimate personal protection! They even come with a field guide of Australian flies, and swatting techniques!
5. Hand Sanitiser
There are numerous scenarios which you can encounter during your trip where you may not be able to wash your hands but will really wish you could! Whether you are out bush walking and find yourself having to use camping toilet facilities or there is just no soap left in a dispenser, hand sanitiser is great to have in your bag!
Our Lemon Myrtle Travel set from Evodia contains a body wash, lotion and hand sanitiser. This divine skincare has the invigorating fragrance of Australian Lemon Myrtle and is enriched with Nourishing Essential Oils, Plant Extracts and Vitamin C.
6. Mini Travel Bag or Money Pouch
Some people prefer to wear a money belt, others like the convenience of a small travel bag - whichever option you choose, you will need something to carry your passport, money, tickets and other I.D. around with you when you are out and about in Oz. This chic yet functional mini travel bag featured below is the ideal solution for carrying your travel documents and cash when you are seeing the sights. It has handy compartments on the front and back and is the perfect size to be worn on the front of your body. Made with Australian merino wool felt it is also an authentic souvenir to take back home with you at the end of your journey.
7. Travel Card Holder
To keep your credit cards, driver's licence, debit cards, and other ID cards, safe and easy to find whilst you are travelling across this wide, brown land use a travel card holder like this one from by me for youwhich is covered in a map of the Great Barrier Reef.
These handmade Australian travel card holders are light weight and fit in your pocket, purse or travel bag.
8. A Water Bottle
A safe, reusable water bottle is very useful for tours in the Australian desert and treks through the bush. You can also use it when travelling between cities and on long haul flights. Just remember you will have to empty out the water before you go through security at the airport. You can then fill it up again at a water fountain once you get past security and take it with you onto the plane.
These water bottle coolers featuring Australian Indigenous artwork are just the right size to keep a 600ml bottle of water cool and are great for travelling as they are extremely light and take up very little space in your suitcase.
Travel Packing Checklist
The following is not a definitive list, but rather a list of suggested items which you can refer to as your guide to pack for your Australian trip.
- Water/wind-proof rain jacket
- Shorts or skirts
- Casual shirts
- Jacket and trousers or dress (for evenings out)
- Warm jumper/sweater/sweatshirt
- Tracksuit or comfortable outfit
- Sports shoes/trainers or hiking boots
- Sandals/thongs/flip flops
- Dress/formal shoes (for evenings out)
Toiletries and Medical
- Toiletry bag and toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, shaving cream & moisturiser
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Insect repellent
- Headache tablets and any prescribed medication (always carry medicines in correctly labelled containers with prescriptions)
- Travel sickness tablets (if required)
- Lip balm
- Contact lenses or glasses (if you wear them)
- Mini first aid kit
- Razor (for shaving)
- Mini-sewing kit
- Hand Sanitiser
- Pen & small notepad
- Power adapters
- Backpack/Day bag
- Necessary visas
- Money/Currency (Credit cards, Australian cash, Bank/debit card)
- Money pouch/Mini travel bag
- Travel insurance
- Driver's Licence
- Guide book
- Address book and phone numbers
- Spare Plastic Bags
- Electrical Adapter
- Water bottle
- Mobile / smartphone
- iPod or other MP3 player
You will find lots of other great travel accessories in ourGifts for Travellers collection online.
We are sure you will have a wonderful time here in the land Down Under. Bon voyage!