Australia is one of the most unique locations in the world. This island continent is home to unique wild native wildlife, boasts the largest coral reef in the world (the Great Barrier Reef,) and is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. In just a few hours, you can travel from a bustling city, such as Sydney, to the pristine wilderness of the Outback. And, on top of all of that, Australia has a proud cultural heritage and the people are so warm and welcoming.
Yes, a trip to Australia is sure to be one that you will never forget; however, if you have never visited the country before, you may be scratching your head when it comes time to pack. While packing is one of the toughest parts of preparing for any trip, it’s a bit more challenging if you are traveling to Australia. The continent is comprised of widely varied climates, from the tropical rainforests in the northern stretches of Queensland to the harsh landscape of the Outback.
Given the varied climates, it can be hard to figure out what you should pack, especially if you are planning on visiting both the natural and the urban settings. You’ll want to bring some versatile items along with you so that you are prepared for anything, and also so that you aren’t over-packed.
To help make your trip to Australia as successful and enjoyable as possible, here is a look at my packing tips, including the five things that I highly recommend you take along with you.
Preparing for Your Trip
If you are traveling to Australia, there are some things that you are going to want to have in order before your departure in order to make certain you start your trip off on the right foot.
- Get a Passport. Since it is a foreign country, you will need to make sure that you have a passport. If you don’t have one yet, make sure you apply for one at least 6 months prior to your trip. If you do have a passport, make sure to check that it won’t be expired.
- You might need a visa. Depending on how long you plan on traveling and your reason for traveling, you might need a visa. Check with the US Department of Treasury, as well as the Australian government to find out whether or not a visa will be necessary.
- Book Flights in Advance: You might be tempted to wait until the last minute to book your flight in hopes that you will get a great deal; however, if you wait too long, you may end up not being able to get a flight at all. Nothing would be worse than planning a trip to the beautiful country and not being able to get there.
- Consider Accommodations: While there is plenty of lodging in Australia, and lots of different options, including bed and breakfasts and hostiles that you can get a room in at the last minute, you do want to make sure that you consider your accommodations before you travel. This is particularly important if you are planning on staying at a resort. Book your room well in advance of your trip. If you want a little more freedom and don’t want to make reservations, make sure you at least familiarize yourself with the locations where you can find accommodations at the last minute.
- Get Travel Insurance. Heaven forbid something happens that will prevent you from going on your trip, or disrupt it half-way through. With travel insurance, you won’t have to worry about losing all of the money that you invested, which will give you a whole lot of peace of mind.
5 Must Have Travel Items
Now let’s take a look at the five items that I absolutely suggest you bring with you on your trip to Australia.
- Comfortable Footwear. Make sure that you bring along a pair of comfortable, sturdy, broken in shoes with soles that have good traction. There’s a lot of adventure to be had in Australia, and you want to make sure that your feet are well protected.
- Versatile Clothing. Pack versatile pieces. The climate varies greatly in this country, so you want to make sure that you bring items that you can wear in different temperatures.
- A Camera. Sure, you can use your smartphone to snap some photos, but if you really want to capture the incredible sights that you are going to see, you want to bring a reliable camera with a high megapixel count.
- Guide Books. Make sure you bring along some guidebooks, too. You will get a lot of valuable information from them, including when to visit certain sites, and even some hidden treasures that you might miss otherwise.
- Yes, you can use your debit or credit card in Australia, but it’s always a wise idea to have cash. You don’t want to end up traveling and not have access to money when you need it.