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1. Posted by sammyjayne (Full Member 39 posts) 11y

GOING ON WHV IN JUNE FOR 12 MONTHS GOING TO SYDNEY FIRST SO I REALISE ITS GOING TO BE COLD BUT THEN IM HOPING TO TRAVEL NORTH TO WARMER WEATHER! WHAT DO I PACK?
IM A GIRLEY GIRL, IF I HAD MY WAY ID TAKE STRAIGTNERS LOADS OF CLOTHES ETC BUT I REALISE THIS CANT HAPPEN DUE TO ME ONLY TAKING A 65 LITRE BACKPACK!
PLEASE ADVISE ME ON WHAT TO TAKE!
AT THE MOMENT I HAVE A BEIGE PADDED HOODED JACKET, AS YOU CAN IMAGINE ITS QUITE BIG AND NOT THE LIGHTEST, IS IT WISE TO TAKE THAT OR MAYBE BUY A OUTDOORS WEAR BODYWARMER OR JUST A WATER PROOF? HELP??

SHOES WISE WILL I BE OK IN JUST TAKING, I PAIR FLIP FLOPS, TRAINERS AND SMART PAIR OF BLACK SHOES FOR WORKING AND GOING OUT?
THANKYOU FOR YOUR HELP.....

2. Posted by buttmunch (Inactive 77 posts) 11y

I am with you on the GHD's! It is a tough one but I have forced myself to leave them behind. My sister is pretty made up about it though! I figure the best thing is save my money (i.e not purchase a whole new wardrobe) knowing I can always go shopping and burn the plastic when I get there! x

3. Posted by sammyjayne (Full Member 39 posts) 11y

im going to try and be good, but when it comes to packing my backpack in two months time i will want to take things for the 'just in case' scenario!! its a nightmere...
ive been considering buying a bodywarmer to take with me coz its going to be cold in sydney but warmer in other places - so i was thinking that a bodywarmer was a better bet than a big winter coat more suited to the british climates...

i think also combats are the way forward, there light and comfortable. The alternative to taking my straightners is caps/bandanas. fingers crossed xx

4. Posted by vicki80 (Full Member 42 posts) 11y

I'm lucky to be living with a couple of girls who brought straighteners with them so I just nab those! Failing that, if all your hair needs is a quick straighten rather than the hours it takes to tame my fuzzy locks, you can get a cheap set of straighteners when you get here - that why not needing a adapter for them - and then chuck them before you go home - sorted!
As to getting cold in Sydney it is starting to get a bit chilly now but I have not yet needed a big winter jacket that I would be cowering under back home in the UK. I'd say a couple of warm jumpers and bodywarmer is your best bet - take up less room and then when it starts getting warm again you don't have to worry about lugging it around with you.
And definately only bring on pair of flip flops - cos they are sooooooo cheap you'll be buying plenty of nicer ones out here (can anyone say havaianas!!) Word of warning though, lots of pubs/clubs in Sydney will not let you in wearing flip flops after a certain hour and also some of them are very picky about heel size etc as well - one friend was not allowed in a club cos she was wearing open toed sandals and the heel was less than one inch. It's just them covering their asses so you don't sue if you get glass in your feet but something to remember!

Hope this is some help!
Vic

5. Posted by chalkers (Full Member 51 posts) 11y

Hey,

There is definately no need for any great big jackets in the Land Down Under, unless of course you are planning to go to the snowfields. Generally, a nice, warm jumper, with a few underlayers is fine! Make sure you bring a water/shower proof jacket though as it can get quite wet in that area.

Hope this helps,
Chalkers

6. Posted by sammyjayne (Full Member 39 posts) 11y

thanks for all the advice, i think im just being a typical girl and worrying about what im going to take way too much in advance, im not leaving for a couple of months yet!! thanks guys xx

7. Posted by Quercus (Full Member 76 posts) 11y

Cold is relative. It all depends what you're used to and how prepared you are.
Sydney is pretty mild compared with Melbourne.

Winter weather - Sydney
Expect generally cool conditions. The average temperature should range from around 8 °C (46 °F) at night to 16 °C (61 °F) in the daytime in mid-winter.

Expect from 80mm to 131mm of rain in a month, with the most rain in June tapering into August.

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

My eyes!!

Please turn the "Caps-lock" to the off position

9. Posted by sammyjayne (Full Member 39 posts) 11y

cap locks have been turned off...!!!!!

10. Posted by buiojon (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y

i'm stressing too sammy, coz i don't want to get there and have to shell out on loads of new stuff. i want to take what i can so my money can be spent on other stuff, going further.