For anyone going to the land down under for the first time, the experience can be both exciting and overwhelming. Going to a new country like Australia which has conditions that are different than most countries can leave travellers confused. For example, did you know that summer in Australia is actually in December, which means if you plan on going there for your summer vacation, it will actually be winter in Australia. Which means travellers need to be more aware and prepare accordingly for their trip.
Don’t worry though, we have you covered. Our tips will ensure you can focus more on the excitement rather than the feeling of being overwhelmed on your trip.
1. Travel insurance
You can’t go to Australia without having some sort of adventurous activity on your itinerary. Whether it is catching some waves on the coast or scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, you want to ensure you are covered for any type of accident. There is also the uncertainty of cancellations and baggage loss, which can dampen your whole trip. The last thing you want is to lose out on any money you’ve spent on the trip due to such occurrences. Travel insurance will have you covered. The best travel insurance companies make sure that all uncertainties that can occur on a trip are covered so you can travel to Australia with a lot less stress.
Well, isn’t that obvious. You are going to need some clothes on your trip. Australia is popular for its beaches. You don’t want to go to Bondi or the beaches of Fraser Island without a proper swimsuit and thongs. By thongs, we mean flip flops, not the underwear. On that note, you should also be well acquainted with some common Aussie terminology so certain things don’t get lost or misconstrued in translation.
Going to the country in the summertime means you need to pack a lot of t-shirts and shorts as it can get pretty hot. While if you happen to go in the winter, it can get cold depending on which region you travel to. So forget the thongs and instead pack sneakers, scarves, thermals, jeans, and a jacket. Especially if you are thinking of going to Australia’s “winter wonderland,” Tasmania.
When you get to Australia, you don’t want to look around for the basic things you will need. Things like sunscreen, toothbrush, lotions, and allergy pills should be packed in your toiletries bag. You may even want to consider packing insect repellent if you go in spring and summer because mosquitoes can be a nuisance and many insects are much larger than in places like the United States or Canada.
4. Travel money card
Why pay the extra international credit card fee when you can avoid it with a travel money card! These cards are made specifically for travelling purposes and have fewer fees attached. You can preload the cards for your trip and not have to worry about money… well at least carrying it around. You still need to make sure you don’t go overboard with your spending though.
5. Universal adapter
Bringing a phone? Probably. Most people can’t live without their phone. You need it completely charged from the moment you reach Australia and throughout your trip. The plugs used on appliances are different in Australia than in other countries. With the help of a universal adapter, you can rest assured that you don’t have to worry about not having the right plug for charging your phone, laptop, or any other device.
I recommend not staying glued to your phone on any trip, especially to Australia! There are so many things to see and visit that you’ll be doing yourself a favour by putting your phone down or even turning it off. Trust me, you’ll feel much better knowing that you were actually in the moment rather than on your IG account looking at other people’s travels.
Natasha is a world traveler who never says “no” to adventuring to a new location. As a globetrotter from Canada, she’s engaged in being a writer with Best Quote Travel Insurance where she shares her experiences and travel tips with fellow travelers. Her favorite saying is, “Home isn’t where you were born, it’s where you feel the happiest.”