Australia is on most people’s dream “must-visit” list. And every person has their own packing list for this trip of a lifetime, but there are a few essentials you should be aware of before making the trip Down Under.
While the exchange rate between the Australian and American dollars is almost equal (at the time of writing*), it costs a lot more of those American dollars to buy the same products. For example, a pint of beer can cost around $7 in most major cities and domestic flights are as expensive as you will find to get from one coast in the US to the other. If on a working holiday in Australia, make sure you save up to get you through at least two months of travel until you can find a job or in case you have an emergency.
Bug and sun protection
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The “mozzies” or mosquitoes and sand gnats are another nuisance that can be prevented by bug spray with DEET and a handy mosquito net. If you visit the Outback, the latter is a must-have, even if you feel silly wearing it!
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Aussie Lingo Dictionary
Mozzies, sunnies, arvo, cuppa, ambo, schooner. If you have no idea what these words mean, it might not be a bad idea to invest in an Australian language dictionary. You don’t want to embarrass yourself by not knowing how to order a beer. Lonely Planet makes one.
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Australia is trying to kill you. But really. There are more species of lethal creatures in Oz than anywhere else in the world, namely the box jellyfish, the blue ring octopus, the funnel web spider, and who could forget the crocs? And then there’s all the extreme sports, like bungy jumping, sky diving, scuba diving and rafting.
A travel insurance policy is a must-have for all travelers, but especially those visiting Australia. It’s also important to make sure all your gear is covered, like that fancy digital camera you document your trip with!
For those looking at an extended stay in Australia, make sure you have a look at travel health insurance to make sure you’re covered.
A sense of adventure
Every day is an adventure in Australia. One day you could be exploring the Daintree Rainforest and the next you could be sleeping underground in an Outback town. You really have to be prepared for anything.
>>Check out the ultimate female packing list for Australia in summer.
What would you recommend packing for a trip to Australia?!