There’s no doubt that Australia is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world for all kinds of people. And there’s a good reason for that because it’s also one of the very best. No matter what kind of trip you’re looking to take, you’re almost certainly going to find something to love about the land down under. Whether you’re after bright sunshine, gorgeous beaches, vibrant cultures, or exciting nightlife, Australia is one of those places that really does feel as though it has it all. Of course, as will any and all travel, there are a lot of things to think about when it comes to trying to get ready. The very last thing you want is to end up dealing with so much stress trying to get everything ready for your trip that you need an extra week just to get back to normal. Of course, you don’t have to put up with that kind of stress. All you have to do is to make sure that you’re fully packed and as prepared as possible. With that in mind, here is everything that you need for the perfect trip down under.
Clothing for every occasion
It shouldn’t really come as much of surprise at all that clothes are going to be right at the very top of your list of luggage priorities when you’re planning for your Australian trip, but a lot of people make the mistake of only packing a single type of clothing. Sure, a pair of shorts and a t-shirt is going to be a great look for hanging out during the day and heading to the beach but what happens if you want to do something a little more refined? After all, Australia has some amazing cities like Sydney and Melbourne that offer truly remarkable nightlife for you to experience. Packing some smart clothes, from suits to designer dresses, means that you’re always going to be ready for just about any occasion during your trip. The same goes for heading out into nature. You need to make sure that you’ve got clothes, and especially shoes, that can stand up to long walks in the Australian outback!
The right protection
As wonderful as it can be, Australia can be a bit of a dangerous and intimidating place to the uninitiated. You need to be careful and make sure that you’re taking all the right protection with you. The first thing to think about is, obviously, sunscreen. The weather in Australia is legendarily wonderful, but if you’re not protected from the sun, you could end up in some serious pain, not to mention putting your health at risk. Not only that but you should bring a water bottle with a built-in filter since staying hydrated is more important in Australia than just about anywhere else. Having a built-in filter means that you can drink from the tap without having to worry about whether or not it’s safe.
Most of us can’t get through the day without some form of technology, whether it’s a connection to the internet or a smartphone at your side at all times, it only makes sense that you’d want to bring your tech with you on your trip. However, you need to make sure that you’re always able to actually use it. This means that you need to keep it charged, something that isn’t always easy when you’re out in the wilderness. That’s why bringing some kind of portable charger is such a good idea. Now, some portable chargers will last you for weeks at a time but are pretty bulky, while there are some that are barely the size of a lipstick case, but that tend not to last quite as long. When it comes to your phone, you should also make sure that you have some kind of waterproof case since you’re probably going to want to take a dip from time to time and the last thing you want is for it to get broken if you forget to take it out of your pocket. Similarly, a waterproof camera is a great idea for preserving some of those precious moments at the beach with your friends and family.
What NOT to bring
Of course, when you’re trying to pack everything that you need, the last thing you want is to run out of space in your suitcase. If that’s something that you’re worried about, here are a few things that you most certainly don’t need to bring with you. That way you can save space in your suitcase without sacrificing anything important. You want to avoid bringing too much cash with you. Sure, bring some spending money but having it all in one place is going to make life pretty unpleasant if it gets lost or stolen at any point in your trip. You should also avoid bringing anything too heavy since carrying a heavy bag around in the sweltering Aussie heat is going to make things pretty uncomfortable pretty fast. Natural items like food, wood, or dirty equipment should also be avoided. You don’t want to bring in anything that could potentially upset Australia’s extremely fragile ecosystem. You’re going to get stopped at customs and it’s going to make the beginning of your trip far more difficult and frustrating than it needs to be. Save yourself the trouble and leave it all at home!
Planning ahead when it comes to taking any trip is one of the best things that you can do. Sure, it can often feel like you’ve got plenty of time before you have to worry about it, but that time can catch up with your pretty quickly. Make sure that you make clear lists of everything that you need to pack so that you don’t end up just trying everything into your suitcase at the very last minute. If you try and do that, then you’re almost certainly going to end up forgetting something important. It might seem like planning extremely far in advance is going too far, but being prepared is going to save you a huge amount of stress in the long run.
* This is a collaborative post.