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Before you head to the harbour city down under, here are some of the most important things you need to pack in your bagpack:
1) Electronics: Australia's electric voltage allowance is 230 V, 50 Hz. When carrying your charging devices for laptops, video cameras, cameras, hair appliances et al, check if they will work in the country. Put them in your carry-on, when travelling, just to be safe during transit. You can also check with your hotel if they have hair dryer or hair straighter available for guests to use.
2) Clothing: High summer season is from November to Februrary; Winter is from June to September. March and October are the most pleasant months of the year. Check the temperature before packing your bags, as there can be some unforeseen weather changes. In Winter - temperatures dip to 40F, but it doesn't snow in the city. In Summer, it can go as high as 120F.
3) Driver's License: In Sydney, driving is on the left side of the road, so carry your international driver's license, if you're interested in driving while your stay here.
4) Documents: Keep your flight tickets, passport and visa papers. Keep a photocopy of all these in your checked-in luggage, just in case you need them later in your trip.
For questions about a visa for Australia, call the Australian Visa Service - US number (888-990-8888).
5) Medicines: Sunscreen is vital in Australia; the sun is the strongest in this part of the world (because of the Ozone layer hole), so make sure you have an Australian-approved SPF 50+ sunscreen in your handbag. If you're travelling to Australian bushlands, you'll need a spray insect repellant and some ointment. Purchase all these first-aid kits after arriving in Australia from a pharmacy.
Sydney is a seaside city, so pack your beach essentials including a bathing suit, flip-flops and towel. Also, while you spend your days in the sun, make sure you packed proper skin protection in the form of sunscreen, hats, beach covers and sunglasses, because the sun in Australia is very strong. You don’t want to ruin your trip with a painful sunburn. Lastly, during the summer months, don’t forget mosquito repellant. These little pests quickly become a nuisance, and no one wants to be itching for an entire vacation.
In contrast to what people wear during the day when they’re on the beach or at the local café, Sydneysiders really dress up when they go out. So, besides beachwear, you will want to have something nice for wining and dining at night.
On a final note, don’t leave your camera at home. Sydney is so beautiful from its water views to lush greenery; you will want to have these images as a souvenir!