Saying that Australia hosts a diverse climate is an understatement. A fairly dry continent, yes. But it can rain–a lot.
And for those from the Northern Hemisphere, it’s important to note that during our winter it’s their summer and doing our autumn it’s their spring. Are you dizzy yet?
So, if you are spending a week, a semester or a year, figure out what you need.
Depending on where you come from will depend on the climate you are used to. In D.C. we experience all the seasons. Going to Australia, generally it doesn’t get quite as cold in their winters as it does ours. similarly, as hot as it can get here in the summers (and humid) it’s our experience it can get ridiculously hot in Australia–everywhere.
For Australian winter, bring a jacket, but you more than likely won’t need a bubble, ski-esque, fur-lined coat. Remember too, the more north in Australia, the warmer it is, so consider your location.
Bring a swimsuit! Even if you are afraid of the creatures that dwell in the waters of Australia, you don’t want to be left out of the fun. Hang out at the beach with some flip-flops, a floppy hat and sunscreen.
Jeans are always a good item to tote along, as they are versatile and practical. T-shirts and tank tops are important items to bring as well as a few sweaters (or jumpers as they are called) to cover all your basics. In general, Aussie items can run a bit higher in cost, so make sure you have the bare minimum. So with that said, don’t forget your socks and underwear!
Bring some fun going-out clothes and maybe 2 or 3 nicer outfits in case of an event or if you visit extra classy institution.
Australia is laid-back. Melbourne is considered the fashion capital of Australia, and Sydney people dress fairly upscale too. Mostly, everyone dresses to their liking and for comfort. Because in an Aussie summer, you will sweat.
Bring some flip-flops, sneakers, nice shoes and only your favourite extras. Remember you have a suitcase that can only weigh so much! You need space for all your souvenirs too! Your family would be most devastated if you came home without a stuffed koala or kangaroo in tow.