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Packing List

Provided here is a suggested packing list which can be used as a starting point.

Packing and Climate
Generally, participants should pack as lightly as possible while remembering to bring essential items.  This is not an easy task, so we recommend not waiting until the night before to begin packing. We suggest not over-packing, as rooms may be smaller by American standards. 

Here are some items to consider about Melbourne's culture and weather while packing:

Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather. A tip for any visitor is to be prepared for anything – take an umbrella and wear layers that can be added or removed as needed.  Keep in mind that the Australia program begins during Australia’s winter season and it will get progressively warmer throughout the semester. We recommend packing layers for the winter and spring. Typical American summer clothing, for warmer days, is also acceptable in Australian culture.

REMEMBER: Students will be in Australia during WINTER AND EARLY SPRING. The weather in Melbourne can be variable, especially during these seasons. Expect warm and cool, rainy and dry, windy and calm all in one day during these times.

Month Avg. Low Avg. High Avg. Precipitation
August 43°F 59°F 1.89 in
September 46°F 63°F 2.28 in
October 48°F 66°F 2.60 in
November 52°F 72°F 2.28 in

Other items to consider while abroad in Australia:

An adapter is a device that will allows American appliances to be plugged into Australian outlets. They can be purchased at any electronics store for about $5. Participants may want to consider buying a universal adapter for use outside of Australia if they are planning to travel during breaks, however, the Australian adapter can also be used in New Zealand.

Voltage Converter
The electricity supply in Australia is 240 volts alternating at a frequency of 50 Hertz. Check whether the electrical goods brought from the US can work at this voltage. Some electrical appliances will require a converter. We strongly recommend that participants purchase items like hair straighteners and blow dryers in Australia to ensure compatibility. It is possible that the US versions of these appliances will either not work in Australia or will be ruined when used repeatedly with a converter.

Please read through all of the information provided by Advantage Travel and the airline, as participants are responsible for any excess baggage fees. Also, think carefully about saving space in your suitcase to bring items back!

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