Moving to Australia? Here's what not to take

A relocation is a big life change and we always want to make sure that we don’t forget anything important. This is especially relevant for a long-distance move, such as moving from Vienna to Sydney, as it is hard to go back home to pick up what we didn’t remember to pack. 

This is why, at the time of preparing for our relocation, we tend to make long lists with the things that we need to take. But what about those things that we should NOT take? 

As the packing space is precious – especially in long-distance relocations-, let’s have a look at the things you can avoid taking with you when moving to Australia!


Winter clothes

No winter clothes? Even though, it is always good to have some warm clothes with you, don’t take too many. Australia is not a particularly cold country, especially if you are moving north, close to the equator. During the summer, the average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius in the major cities while during the winter the minimums are likely to not fall below five or seven.

Table games

Sometimes we think we should take some games to play during those quiet Sunday afternoons. But do you really need them in Australia?

Probably not. Australians are open-minded and friendly people and love to “live” in the open air thanks to the country's mild climate. Barbecues, festivals or outdoor sports (from cycling to playing cricket or throwing a boomerang) are common activities to do in the free time. So before packing any board game, consider if you will really use it!  

Lip balm

There are some small products, such as lip balm, that you can omit from your packing list. Actually, there are some popular Australian brands, such as Lucas’ Papaw Ointment. Created in Brisbane in 1910, this product is used by a large number of Australians for minor burns, insect bites or as a lip balm. So there is no need to bring your own - just buy the local stuff when you arrive.