Articles by Shreevatsan Ravindran

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When you step off the plane in Australia, there’s nowhere else you could be. Even if you blindfolded me and stuck me on a flight without telling me my destination, as soon as I drank in my first breaths of Australian air I’d know exactly where I was (although I’d probably have an inkling once I’d been on the plane for the best part of 24 hours). The allure is in the combination of a scent in the air that you can’t quite put your finger on, like when you first detect a whiff of spring, and the sounds that greet you, as Australian birds make sounds that, to the ear of any non-Aussie, are indescribably exotic.

Packing for New Zealand and packing for Australia are not as alike as you’d think. Being an island the size of a continent and the 6th largest country in the world (Europe would fit inside it, if that helps you to fathom its magnitude), it should come as no surprise that the climates and landscapes will vary hugely. From ski slopes and Uluru (Ayers Rock), to paradise beaches, tropical rainforests and humming metropolises, Australia has it all.

This means that you’re going to need to pack according to the climate zones you’ll be encountering on your trip, with a nod to the time of year you’ll be traveling. What you pack it all in matters too. Not all backpacks are created equal. You need to find the right one for your adventures.

Basic Australian Packing List

Let’s start with the basics. No matter where you’re going Down Under, these should be in your bag: Click to continue…