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Explore the Top 5 Holiday Hotspots and Your Ultimate Packing Checklist

Explore the Top 5 Holiday Hotspots and Your Ultimate Packing Checklist

, by Aussie Pharma Direct, 11 min reading time

As the holiday season dawns upon us in the land down under, that irresistible wanderlust itch begins to tingle once again. There's something magical about the idea of packing your bags, grabbing your loved ones, and setting off on a journey to a holiday destination that promises relaxation, adventure, and memories to cherish. 

But wait! Before you start imagining your toes in the sand or your hiking boots hitting the trails, you might be wondering, "Where do I go? What would be the best holiday destination in the world that I can travel to?" Well, fret not because we're here to guide you through the exciting process of planning your holiday adventure, from choosing the best holiday destination to crafting the perfect travel packing list.

Choosing your dream holiday destination

Australia boasts some of the world's most remarkable holiday destinations, catering to a wide range of interests. But if you’re looking to visit other countries to experience a whole new culture altogether, and you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. To help you kickstart your holiday planning, here are the top 5 favourite holiday destinations Aussies love to visit:

  • Thailand
  • Aussies flock to Thailand for its stunning beaches, tropical climate, and vibrant culture. The country's affordability, delicious street food, and rich history are big draws.

  • Indonesia
  • Indonesia's beautiful Bali is a favourite among Australians. It offers a blend of lush landscapes, cultural experiences, and a relaxed atmosphere. Aussies appreciate the warm hospitality and surfing opportunities.

  • New Zealand
  • Just a short flight away, New Zealand's diverse natural beauty, from the dramatic landscapes of the South Island to the lush greenery of the North Island, makes it a beloved destination for Aussies.

  • Fiji
  • With its friendly locals, crystal-clear waters, and numerous water-based activities, Fiji is a Pacific paradise Aussies adore, especially for its tropical climate and family-friendly resorts.

  • Japan
  • Aussies are drawn to Japan's unique blend of ancient traditions and modern innovations. The country's cherry blossoms, culinary delights, and rich history offer a captivating cultural experience.

    Simplifying your holiday planning

    Choosing a holiday destination can be an overwhelming task, but it's only the beginning of your adventure. Creating a travel checklist, especially when you're traveling with your family to a foreign country, can feel like a daunting task, especially when you don’t know what to expect from the climate, the culture and the norms. 

    But don't let the stress of packing deter you from exploring exciting destinations. We’ll provide you some valuable insights on these holiday destinations and our recommendations for your travel essential list on health and safety products by Aussie Pharma Direct to make your journey smoother and more enjoyable.

    What you’ll need when travelling to the countries: Creating your travel checklist


    Climate and activities: Thailand boasts a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Expect warm weather throughout the year. Whether you're exploring Bangkok's bustling markets, relaxing on Phuket's beautiful beaches, or trekking in the northern hills, make sure to stay hydrated and protect your skin from the sun

    What to pack:

    • Sunscreen with SPF50 - In Thailand's sun-soaked environment, sunscreen is your best friend. We recommend Cancer Council's Collection. These high SPF sunscreens offers superior protection against harmful UV rays, which are more intense in tropical climates like Thailand. Plus, they water-resistant too, so doing water activities shouldn’t be a problem!
    • Insect repellents - Thailand is not only known for its sun but also for mosquito-borne diseases that can affect your travel experience. Chikungunya fever is prevalent mainly in the southern regions of Thailand, while Dengue fever is more prevalent in urban areas and cities like Bangkok. 

    We recommend using Good Riddance Tropical Insect Repellent, especially if you're planning to explore areas where mosquito-borne diseases are a concern. It is formulated with natural ingredients known for their effectiveness in repelling mosquitoes. This makes it a safer and more eco-friendly alternative to chemical-based DEET repellents.

    • Insect bite cream - With warm weather year-round, you're likely to spend a lot of time outdoors, and there are high chances you’d get bitten by insects in an area of your body that’s not covered with the insect repellent. With warm weather year-round, you're likely to spend a lot of time outdoors, so don't forget to pack the Good Riddance Rescue Balm!


    Climate and activities: Indonesia, particularly Bali, shares a climate and weather pattern similar to Thailand. Expect tropical conditions with warm temperatures year-round, so outdoor activities like surfing and exploring lush rice terraces, among all the others, are a must. That’s why keeping yourself hydrated and protected from the sun are important. 

    What to pack:

    • Insect bite creams - In addition to repellents, pack an insect bite cream to provide relief in case of mosquito bites. It can help alleviate itching and discomfort, allowing you to enjoy your trip without being bothered by irritation

    New Zealand

    Climate and activities: New Zealand, often dubbed "Nature's Playground," offers a diverse range of landscapes and activities that cater to all seasons. The country experiences a temperate maritime climate with four distinct seasons. All through spring, summer and autumn, the seasons are perfect for hiking, wine tasting in the vineyards, wildlife watching, and the likes. Winter is the season for skiing and snowboarding, with popular ski resorts on the South Island.

    What to pack:

    • Sunscreen - New Zealand's sun can be intense, especially in summer. Protect your skin with a high-quality sunscreen, so consider The Cancer Council's sunscreens for sun protection. 
    • Insect repellents - In some regions, particularly during summer, insects like sandflies can be a nuisance. Pack Good Riddance Insect Repellent range, such as the lotions, Citronella candle, and the essential oil, especially if you’re going for hikes or camping. 
    • Lip balm - In the winter, New Zealand's climate can be chilly, and the winds can be harsh on your skin, including your lips. Don't forget the Woohoo You Crack Me Up Lip Balm to prevent chapped and sunburned lips while you're out in the cold.
    • Pain relief cream - Carrying pain relief cream from Soodox can be a lifesaver for sore muscles. The Soodox Pain Relief Cream is more for general application but if you’re engaging in physically demanding sports activity, then the Soodox Active range is for you.


    Climate and activities: Fiji is a tropical paradise renowned for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and warm hospitality. Fiji enjoys a tropical maritime climate year-round, with temperatures ranging from 25°C to 31°C (77°F to 88°F). The dry season (May-October) is considered the best time for outdoor activities and beach vacations

    What to pack:

    • Sunscreens - Sunscreen with a high SPF, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat are essential to protect yourself from the strong tropical sun.
    • Insect repellents - Fiji's warm, humid climate can attract mosquitoes. Pack Good Riddance Insect Repellent to keep them at bay.

    Additional essentials to pack for smooth travelling

    • Travel Safe Pack (Plus): Prioritising health and safety while traveling is crucial, especially when diseases are more prevalent. Think flu and COVID-19. The Travel Safe Pack(Plus) from Aussie Pharma Direct provides you with essential items to stay protected during your journey. It includes a COVID-19/Flu test kit, AMD masks, hand sanitiser, and wipes, ensuring you have the necessary tools to maintain hygiene and peace of mind throughout your trip. 
    • 123 Nourish Me Sleep Balm: Traveling with babies and young children can be challenging, especially on long flights. The 123 Nourish Me Sleep Balm is a soothing solution to help calm and relax your little ones during the journey. Its gentle and natural ingredients can promote a sense of calm and comfort, making the flight more enjoyable for both parents and children.
    • ViroCLEAR Hand Sanitiser: Hand hygiene is of utmost importance when traveling, and ViroCLEAR Hand Sanitiser is a convenient and effective way to keep your hands clean and germ-free. Whether you're on the go or during your flight, having hand sanitiser readily available is essential to maintain hygiene and reduce the risk of illness.
    • Soodox Women's Pain Relief Cream: Traveling can sometimes coincide with uncomfortable situations, including dealing with menstrual discomfort. Soodox Women's Pain Relief Cream can be a valuable addition to your travel essentials. It provides targeted relief for period-related discomfort, ensuring that any discomfort doesn't disrupt your holiday plans. Pack this cream to stay prepared and comfortable throughout your trip.
    • Soodox Pain Relief Cream: If you're traveling with an elderly family member who has known arthritis or rheumatic conditions, packing Soodox Pain Relief Cream can make the entire holiday more bearable for them. This cream provides soothing relief to sore joints and muscles, allowing your loved one to enjoy the trip without the hindrance of pain.

    These travel-sized products have been carefully selected to comply with airport regulations and are designed to be convenient for air travel. You can confidently bring them into the plane cabin with you, ensuring you have essential items readily available during your journey.

    Whether you're embarking on a remote adventure or a city break, unexpected injuries or health issues can arise. A well-stocked first aid kit such as the Fast Aid First Aid Kit enables you to promptly address minor injuries, such as cuts, scrapes, or blisters, and manage more serious emergencies until professional medical help is available. Knowing you have the essentials to handle unforeseen health issues makes your travel experience more secure and enjoyable.

    Prioritise health and safety during your travels

    The allure of these destinations is undeniable - savouring street food in Bangkok, snorkeling in Bali, hiking in New Zealand's wilderness, or basking on Fiji's serene shores. But it's essential to prioritise health and safety during your travels and Aussie Pharma Direct is here provide an array of travel-friendly products to keep you protected.

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