Traveling to an unknown land can be nerve-wracking. You are in an unfamiliar place, surrounded by unfamiliar people, and eating unfamiliar food.
It becomes worse when you migrate. You need to work. You have to adjust to a culture foreign to you.
While we cannot actively make the rest of your stay in Australia smooth and easy, we can definitely make your first few days a bit less harrowing by giving you a list of things you shouldn’t forget to bring.
Be sure you have these with you before you board your plane.
We cannot stress this enough. This is the most important item on this list. Your passport is a confirmation of your identity.
This is to support your passport in case you are asked to present another proof of identity.
This should contain your past and current illnesses (if there’s any), medicines you are taking, allergies, as well as your health insurance. This comes handy in times of medical emergencies.
You should have an amount that is enough to support you in your first month or two. Please be advised that the Australian government is quite strict when it comes to bringing money to Australia. The maximum amount you are allowed to bring in is AU$10,000 if it is in the form of:
For a rough estimate of how much budget you should have for the month, click here.
Australia has a rather erratic weather pattern (check here for the climate in each city). Weather forecasting is still a bane here so it is best to be prepared. Bring long-sleeved clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sun-glasses to protect you from the sun, as well as a jacket and rain coat to survive the rain. Trust us, you may need all of them in the same day.
Skin cancer sucks. And Australia has one of the highest rates in the world, no small thanks to the sun’s blasting heat. Get a high-SPF sunscreen once you get here. The country has an outdoor lifestyle, so walking outside is one of the main methods in getting from point A to point B. Make sure you are protected.
Electricity in Australia runs at 240 volts and 50 hertz. If you’re from the United Sates (which is at 120) or any country which utilizes a lower voltage, plugging your gadgets right away might not be a good idea. Use a voltage converter to avoid any accidents with your electrical devices. The country also uses the three-pronged type I adapter plug (see image above for reference) so make sure you have a few handy with you.
If staying at home during evening terribly bores you, you would want to explore the city's lively night life. Most bars have their dress code. Be sure you’re prepared by bringing your button-fronts (for guys) and evening dresses (for girls). Your usual t-shirt and jeans might be comfy, but they won’t do.