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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…

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Let’s talk about underwear.

Specifically, a piece of underwear that supports we women through thick and thin.

Over the highest mountains, through the sweatiest yoga sessions, in rainstorms, on beach days, at the office, and on adventures these protect and support our assets faithfully.

I’m talking about your bras, ladies.

Whether you’re cultivating form or function, indulging your flirty side with crafty lace, your athletic side with rib-hugging elastic, or your gotta-sleep-now side, we’ve all got a bra for every activity.

And when you travel, you want a bra that makes your trip easier, more comfortable, and less nipply (if that’s not your thing).

The 3 Bras to Travel With

If you’re like most women traveling, you’ll pack a minimum of two bras, wearing one bra and packing a spare. With that minimalist approach, you can wash one bra and, as it dries, you can wear the other.

Depending your girls’ size, need for support, and your activities, you may need to travel with three bras: Sports, convertible, and t-shirt bra.

If you’re engaging in less active adventures (or are smaller than a B-cup), you can probably get away without the sports bra.

Sports Bra

Can’t make it through a day without a good sweaty run or a hot yoga session? Pack a sports bra.

Need some extra support for your boobs on roads filled with potholes? Pack a sports bra.

This is the only time you’ll ever hear me say this, so listen closely. Pack two sports bras if you answered yes to both of the questions above. You can wear one for your next day’s activities while the other bra is drying. Click to continue…

You can’t always jetset across the world on your every whim for an epic adventure, but that doesn’t mean your adventurous spirit has to lay dormant like your passport in its safe-spot. With the right eye, you’ll find plenty of adventures just under your nose. While not always grandiose, these activities — dubbed micro-adventures — can still leave you with a slick sense of satisfaction and a good story too.

Take me, for instance. Last week, I scooted around the east coast between New York City and Boston. Since I can’t afford a daily matinee and evening show on Broadway (though trust me, I would if I could!), I had to find other pockets of fun between all of those skyscrapers and bridges; and find them I did.

The best part? This can be done in any city — your hometown, a neighboring one, or one you’re popping by for a few days. Here’s my list of go-to urban micro-adventure ideas, regardless of where you find yourself on the map.

Take Train to the End of the Line

Instead of accidentally ending up at an unfamiliar train stop because you dozed on the ride, go there on purpose. Wandering around a personally-undiscovered part of your city is basically modern exploration, with you (and only you!) at the helm. You might even find a delicious hole-in-the-wall taco shop or an eclectic bookstore on this mini adventure.

Climb to the Highest Point

the view of city hills microadventures

Scour topographical maps to find the apex of your city limits (give or take 10 miles) and then hoof it to the top. Your heavy-breathing will be greeted with some new vistas, hopefully beautiful ones. Click to continue…

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