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How To Pack For The Blue Mountains

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The Blue Mountains is a beautiful place to experience the sheer beauty of the Australian bush. There is lots to see and do, too, so make sure you see as much as possible.

However, before you set off on your journey, there are a few things you should know, especially when it comes to packing.

Make Sure You Pack Appropriate Footwear And Clothing

Compared to what you’ll experience in the heart of Sydney, the weather can vary dramatically at the Blue Mountains. In fact, it can be as much as 10 degrees colder than the city, and often colder during the night. That’s why it’s important that no matter where you decide to begin your scenic tours around the Blue Mountains, you should always pack adequately warm clothing. It might well be warm where you’re staying in or near the city, but as you start your journey to the mountains, you’ll definitely feel the drop in temperature.

The right shoes are also very important for a successful journey. There’s nothing as bad as finding yourself half way through a bush walk and your feet are in agony with blisters. When it comes to packing footwear, put comfort first.

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Things You Must Put In Your Backpack

There are a few important things you should remember to take with you to the mountains. Essential items for your backpack include:

  • A hat
  • A high SPF sunscreen – it may be cooler but that doesn’t mean you’re not going to get burnt
  • Plenty of water – you don’t want to spoil your trip by getting dehydrated
  • A few snacks for the day

Pack According To Where You Are Going

You should also consider where exactly you will be going. If you’re planning on heading into bigger towns such as Leura or Katoomba, you don’t need to pack things like food or soap or even shampoo. There are mass retailers around so these things are easily accessible.

However, if you plan on staying in the quieter and more remote areas, such as Blackheath, you may want to pack enough food to make the stay seamless since shops are around 15-minutes away by car.

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Consider The Storms

Storms hit hard in this area. If the weather forecast predicts rain or thunderstorms, it’s going to hit harder than you can imagine. The storms that hit Sydney just can’t be compared to what the Blue Mountains area gets. Lightning is closer, the thunder is lower since you’re at a higher altitude and the rain is just torrential. Besides keeping an eye on the weather forecasts and staying indoors when storms hit, pack appropriate wet weather clothing and footwear, too.

The Blue Mountains region is gorgeous, but you do need to pack a good variety of hot and cold weather clothing and rain protective wear along with sensible shoes if you want to enjoy your trip without worry or discomfort. Don’t forget snacks and sunscreen along with your camera for your scenic helicopter tours around the Blue Mountains area.

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