Australia is a really fun country to travel in; there is so much to see in terms of natural beauty, so much to learn about Australian culture and history, and many adventures to be had. It is also a country that is like no other given it’s vast size, strange animals and intense climate, and so you really want to be prepared before you travel here. Whether you are coming for a short vacation or are spending a year travelling, here are a few things that you need to make sure you bring with you when you come.
Knowing where you want to go and what you want to see ahead of time will be very helpful when you arrive in a country as large and spacious as Australia. Since most Australians live right along the edges of the continent, efficiency is key when planning a direction to go as backtracking could cost you days of travel time. Knowing your style of travel will determine what you need to bring and how much money you will spend. Backpacking and travelling in a van are the cheapest ways to go, but if your stay is shorter, you may want to stay in hotels, B&B’s or serviced apartments. Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are all very tourist-friendly cities, but will start eating into your budget if you aren’t careful.
Australia has a reputation in many foreign countries as being a dangerous place to travel, mainly because of the sun, the hot summers and all the poisonous things that live here. If you are prepared and protect yourself well, then you won’t need to worry about these things when you get here. Having appropriate clothing for the heat, bringing sunscreen with a high SFP rating and arming yourself with travel insurance, are all things that will make sure you have a fun and safe holiday.
Being organised with the administrative stuff when you travel can be pretty tedious but is no less important. Like when travelling anywhere, make sure you have a photocopy of your passport, ID and credit cards just in case you misplace your wallet. It is also wise to have contact information for your people back home just in case there is an emergency or you want to send postcards. Also bring copies of any prescriptions you have including those for medications or eyeglasses.
There is no way you can budget for every little thing when preparing to travel, especially in a country like Australia that is actually quite expensive to travel in. Emergency health costs often need to be paid for up front, and unexpected weather might have you making new spur-of-the-moment plans that will cost you extra.
Having Australian knowledge is more than just knowing about the culture and understanding the slang, it is also about understanding the extreme weather and how different it can be depending on what part of the country you are in or what season it is. Learning tips about how to avoid a run-in with poisonous snakes or spiders is also important, such as checking your shoes before you put them on, avoiding walking through tall grass, and learning to identify something that is dangerous. Water safety is also very important in Australian culture; you will want to know how to spot a rip, how to help someone who is in trouble and when to know that it is safe to swim.