Based on our insider knowledge, we’re here to help you prepare what to pack for Sydney.
Sydney has distinct seasons. In summer you will definitely want your sunglasses and sunhat, while in winter you should be prepared that it can be cold enough to need a jacket.
Click here to read more about the best time to visit Sydney.
Some of our favourite travel essentials for your Sydney packing list are highlighted below. We have included links to Amazon to make your pre-travel shopping super easy and have all your travel essentials delivered to your door.
You can download a full printable packing list at the bottom of the page, with checkboxes to tick items off as you put them in your suitcase.
Travel accessories for Sydney
If you are visiting Sydney there will be times when a baby carrier will come in useful. With mostly warm weather in Australia, we suggest something lightweight and with breathable fabric.
- We recommend: Ergobaby Original Cool Air Mesh Performance or the BABYBJORN Baby Carrier Miracle.
If you plan on spending time at the beach, you may also want to pack a waterproof wrap for young children, the perfect way to keep infants safe with you in the water.
- We recommend: Beachfront Baby Wrap
There is plenty of walking to be done around the city. Look for a lightweight stroller that is easy to fold, and also look for things like good storage and the ability to recline for naps.
- We recommend: the Baby Jogger City Tour or the BabyZen YOYO Plus.
Portable booster seat
You will more than likely use taxis to get around in Sydney. (You can see more on how best to get around Sydney here). A portable booster seat is a great investment to keep your little ones safe and is high on our list of things to bring to Sydney if you are travelling with younger kids.
Note Australia has quite strict car seat safety laws for children. If you are privately hiring a car, you will need to bring with you or hire from your car rental company a high back booster for all children between 4 and 7 years old. Under 4’s must be in a full forward-facing car seat; a booster is not allowed.
- We recommend: the mifold Grab-and-Go Car Booster Seat or the Evenflo High Back Booster for Big Kids.
Having a daypack is always a good idea for city trips with kids, so that you can carry all the wet wipes, snacks, tissues, sun cream etc and still keep your hands free to keep hold of the kids. Look for a lightweight backpack that can be easily packed in your suitcase when not needed.
- We recommend: the ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Packable Backpack or the Outlander Most Durable Packable Lightweight Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack.
Collapsible water bottle
Do your bit to save the environment and bring your own refillable water bottles with you instead of relying on buying plastic bottles of water every day. We love a collapsible water bottle that can easily be packed in the suitcase when not needed.
- We recommend: Baiji Bottles Collapsible Silicon Water Bottles or the Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle.
When you are traveling as a family, it is inevitable that you will end up with multiple accessories needing charged: phones, tablets, cameras, kindles etc. Don’t ruin the holiday by fighting over the charger; opt for a multiple charging station instead.
- We recommend: the Photive 60 Watt 6 USB Rapid Desktop Charging Station or the Vogek 6-port USB Charger.
The standard electrical voltage in Sydney is 230V all electrical sockets take the Australian Type I 3 Pin plug. If you are traveling from a country with different style plugs, make sure you bring a travel adapter.
- We recommend: the Urophylla Universal Adapter Dual Fuses or the Pac2Go Universal Travel Adapter with Quad USB charger.
Portable Charger Power Bank
Have you ever been caught out sightseeing with a low-battery phone and not been able to take photos? Or found your child’s iPad has run out of battery half way through a long haul flight? Don’t let it happen again! Go prepared with a portable charger power bank, a great tool to have in your travel arsenal.
- We recommend: the Anker 20100mAh Portable Charger PowerCore or the RAVPower 22000mAh Power Bank.
Of course you have to record all your happy holiday memories, and having an easy-to-use waterproof and shockproof camera means everybody in the family can share in the photo taking, without having to worry about the camera getting damaged.
- We recommend: Nikon COOLPIX L830 or the Olympus Stylus TG830.
Although not a constant nuisances, bugs in Sydney certainly like the same outdoors weather that we do, so you will find mosquitoes are prevalent, especially in the evenings and if you are near water.
- We recommend: Avon SKIN-SO-SOFT Bug Guard PLUS and MosQuitO Repellent Patch.
It’s always good to have some hand sanitizer in your bag when you are travelling, for times when you can’t wash your hands before having a snack, or have been traveling on public transport.
- We recommend: Babyganics alcohol-free foaming hand sanitizer on-the-go or PURELL Advanced hand sanitizer travel size.
You should always include suncream on your Sydney packing list. Even in the winter, you can experience sunny days when the sun can be stronger than you realize. The UV rays in Australia really can catch tourists unaware so best to lather the kids up before heading outdoors, no matter the time of year.
- We recommend: Babyganics Mineral-based baby sunscreen spray or Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen.
Books and Games
Sydney Travel Guide Book
No matter how much research you do online before you travel, it can still be handy to have a travel guidebook in your bag.
- We recommend: Lonely Planet Sydney and Top 10 Sydney DK Eyewitness Travel
Kids travel activity books
It’s always handy to have a few activity books in your bag for your kids, for airports, flights, or when they just need some downtime after a hard day of sightseeing.
- We recommend: Lonely Planet City Trails Sydney and the Really Fun Travel Activity Book.
The family that plays together stays together! Pack a few fun travel games for fun family evenings, rainy days or airport layovers.
- We recommend: UNO Card Game or Connect 4 Grab-and-Go.
Clothes for Sydney in summer
We recommend including the following for your Sydney outfit:
- Cotton t-shirts
- Shorts or skirts
- Cotton trousers
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Nicer clothes/shoes for more upmarket restaurants
Clothes for Sydney in winter
Dressing for Sydney in the winter is fairly similar to summer, though temperatures are cooler you will definitely want to rug up with at least one more layer of clothing and rain can be expected.
We recommend including the following for your Sydney winter outfit:
- Sweater or hoodie
- Lightweight jacket
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Nicer clothes/shoes for more upmarket restaurants
Travel accessories for the plane
Multiple Passport holder
A multiple passport is invaluable for keeping all the family’s passports together in one place. Look for one that makes it easy to remove the passports, and that has space to store luggage tags, frequent flier cards etc.
- We recommend: Zero Grid Travel Wallet & Family Passport Holder or the Apadi Travel Document Organizer.
Travel Pillow (neck support)
We all know how uncomfortable it is trying to sleep on the plane. While we can’t promise you a good sleep, we can recommend using a travel neck pillow to help ease your aches and pains once you get to your destination.
- We recommend: the Trtl Pillow or the BCOZZY chin supporting travel pillow.
Travel Pillow (leg support)
Travel leg rest pillows have been a bit of a game changer for long haul flights with small kids. These inflatable pillows allow you to fill the leg gap between the seats, allowing small children to stretch out or even lie down flat. Note that some airlines have banned the use of these travel leg rest pillows. Check with your airline before you go to the airport.
- We recommend: 1st Class Kid Travel Pillow or the Simptech Travel Pillow.
We highly recommend headphones for everyone in the family. Noise cancelling headphones for mums and dads are great for cutting out the ambient sound of the plane, while kid-sized headphones with volume limits will ensure kids can watch their iPads without disturbing others, and without damaging their eardrums.
- We recommend: Bose QuietComfort 25 noise cancelling headphones for adults and Kidz Gear Wired Headphones for kids.
If you’re looking for a new suitcase for your Sydney trip, we love the foldable luggage from Biaggi – these can be folded down into a small pouch for easy storage and saves you from having to step over your suitcases in your hotel room. We love the easy-glide spinner wheels on them too.
- We recommend: Biaggi Luggage Zipsack 31” Micro Fold Spinner Suitcase and the Biaggi Zipsack 27” Micro Fold Spinner Suitcase.
Packing cubes are so useful when you are traveling with kids. There is nothing worse than spending every morning rummaging through your suitcase looking for a matching outfit. Packing cubes allow you to segregate clothes into their own cubes, making it easy to find what you need. Look for cubes with a peekaboo window so you can easily see what is inside.
- We recommend: Shacke Pak – 4 Set Packing Cubes or the Travelwise Packing Cube System.
How many times have you found yourself rummaging around in your suitcase looking for a phone charger? An electronics organizer can save you plenty of time and frustration by keeping all your chargers, cables, memory cards, headphones and adapters in one handy pack.
- We recommend: Zero Grid Electronics Travel Organizer or the ProCase Accessories Bag Organizer.
Ziploc bags are a parent’s secret weapon when travelling. You can use them to store snacks, dirty clothes, nappy changing kits, puzzle pieces, small toys, crayons and leaky shampoo bottles. Be sure to add a few to your case!
- We recommend: Ziploc gallon slider storage bags and Ziploc quart slider storage bags.
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