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Coming to the end of our five week adventure in OZ/NZ. Appreciate the help from Fodorites, as always. This was our first trip post retirement and therefore the first longer than two weeks. Just a few hints:

I did the age-old trick of the unique ribbon on the luggage....after 15 flights, I can tell you that trick still works.

We did get a cell phone on arrival in OZ and it wasn't expensive and it worked EXCEPT it didn't work in Tasmania. And not in NZ. So, not sure it was worth it for the time we spent just on the mainland. Maybe it was??

Always check the clock in your hotel room; if it isn't accurate, reset it or unplug it. It can be very disconcerting to wake in the middle of the night and think it's one time in whatever time zone you're in when it's really a different time!

Attach address labels to EVERYTHING!!! books, journals, glass cases, etc. Or a luggage tag. If you're traveling over a long period of time to many different places, chances are you will lose something. Having it identified helps increase the chance you will get it back.

Make sure you have time for laundry. I don't mind a bit washing the unmentionables in the hotel sink, but after a while, you may want to really have a good clean for your clothes if you've done your best to pack efficiently (which means you'll be really sick of whatever you brought along by the time you get home). And the "fancy" city hotels do NOT have laundry facilities and they charge an arm and a leg to get anything cleaned.

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