Melbourne packing – just like a local

Written by Entertainment, Tips & Tricks

Layers, layers and layers. Melbourne is recognized by its changing seasons…all in one day.

From October to March, it is late Spring and Summer in Australia, so be prepared with various types of gear to protect yourself from high temperatures, humidity and precipitation. During Summer, the temperature may reach as high as 40 or 45 degree Celsius. Keeping cool and protecting your skin from the sunlight is your top priority. If anywhere gets sunburnt, it will definitely not be your skin. What you will need:

  • A high-quality sunscreen and lip balm with high SPF (this can be found in every chemist or supermarket)
  • A hat that you love will be your good friend during the trip
  • Glamorous sunglasses that will protect your eyes and match all your outfits
  • Clothes made from soft and breathable fabrics such as polycotton
  • Comfortable and light shoes or flip flops will prevent sore feet on your great walking explorations

A corner of Richmond (Vietnam Town?) in Melbourne (Photo by HChi Tran)

For Autumn, Winter and early Spring, recommendations for essentials will be different:

  • A good coat or jacket that can go with everything to keep you warm and beautiful in every photo. Popular recommendations are neutral colors such as black and white
  • A beautiful scarf to highlight your outfit and save you from cold winds
  • Jeans should be chosen according to comfort so that you do not have to worry about what to wear and still stay fashionable
  • A comfortable and stylish pair of shoes that will keep your feet warm are as important as choosing a partner to travel with
  • Your favorite umbrella to keep you dry from wet weather
  • Lip balm and hand cream to keep you pretty and confident in modern buildings and lovely cafés

You can try to travel on an interstate train to Melbourne and depart to Southern Cross Station (Photo by HChi Tran)


When you are fully and nicely dressed and ready for any unpredictable weather, it is time to get ready for public transport travel in Melbourne. Melbourne’s public transport system includes trains and trams, all of which can be easily understood by downloading PTV (Public Transportation Victoria). Purchase a public transport card called ‘Myki’ at any 7 Eleven or convenience store and top up at kiosks at any train station. And remember to tap on and off. Happy travels!

Last modified: November 20, 2015

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