Australia and New Zealand are prime travel destinations for sights and experiences you can’t have anywhere else in the world. The unique climate and conditions in these countries mean there are a few extra items you need to bring. These are the Australia & New Zealand summer packing essentials.

Sunscreen (Reef Safe)

Australia and New Zealand are often bright and sunny in the summertime, but the sunlight will likely be even stronger than you’re used to. Extra UV rays due to Australia’s proximity to the Antarctic hole in Earth’s ozone layer means that you should come prepared to protect yourself.

An exceptional destination to see is the Great Barrier Reef. So while you’re protecting yourself it’s important to wear sunscreen without chemicals that could be harmful to the beautiful reefs you explore. Reef safe sunscreen should be worn whenever you’re swimming in the ocean so you don’t cause any harm to the fragile ecosystems.

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Reusable Water Bottle

Both Australia and New Zealand are home to a variety of climates, from deserts to tundra, and it can get very hot. It’s important to keep an adequate supply of water for wherever your adventures take you. An easy way to do that is to bring a reusable water bottle with you, ensuring that you can stay hydrated. Australia itself is the same size as the continental United States with less than 1/10th the population density, so fresh water might not be as readily available in your travels.

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An Australian Power Adapter

Australia and New Zealand may be mostly English speaking countries, but the power plugs they use will be different. You may be surprised to see this if you’re traveling from North America or Europe. To be able to keep all your electronics charged, you’ll need to bring a power adapter compatible with type I power outlets. This adapter will keep you charged for your entire vacation.

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A Stylish Pair of Sunglasses

Did we mention sun protection? Yes, it’s important for your eyes as much as your skin. Make sure to bring sunglasses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection.

So why should they be stylish? There’s more to see in Australia and New Zealand than exceptional natural beauty. Experiencing the cities and connecting with people who live there is its own adventure and you’ll want to look your best for it.

Just make sure they’re comfortable. While taking tours, hiking trails, or just lounging at the beach, those shades should be with you.

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A Durable Waterproof Phone Case

Having a waterproof case protects your phone from tumbles, dirt, dust, and water. This is important to have while you’re adventuring around Australia and New Zealand due to the variety of conditions you’re likely to encounter. Whether you want to take an underwater selfie at the Great Barrier Reef or you drop your phone while on a hike, your phone will be protected.

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Enjoy Your Vacation

At the end of the day, no matter what you pack, don’t forget the most important thing – a sense of adventure! Go out there and live your life to the fullest during your trip. Go see the sights and immerse yourself in the scene and culture of these fantastic countries.

Author: Jen Reed is a freelance writer and stylist based in Tempe, Arizona specializing in American fashion. She loves writing about fashion and accessories. In her free time, she spends her days roaming boutiques to find the newest trends to bring to her clients.

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