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    19 Things That Will Solve Your Very Aussie Problems

    Things are a bit different Down Under.

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    1. These Adidas slides, because there isn't anything worse than being caught out on hot concrete when your thongs decide to cark it.

    The Iconic

    Controversial suggestion, I know — I, too, have been loyal to Havianas since I was old enough to buy my own thongs. However, should you be the type to get friction between your toes or break a pair of thongs regularly, it might be time to give these quick-drying, velcro-adjustable, ergonomically-supportive slides a go.

    Buy it from The Iconic for $50.

    2. These UGG slippers, because you're too stubborn to give up your open-toed shoes in winter, aren't you?

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    Calling myself out with this one — I will wear my thongs until my toes are blue and my husband begs me to put on some sneakers. Well, no longer need I choose between ease of wear and cosy toes, thanks to these new UGG slippers, constructed from genuine sheepskin leather and held in place with an elasticised ankle strap.

    Buy it in margarita yellow from The Iconic for $140.

    3. This phone card holder, which will prevent you from spending more time on public transport than you have to, trying to swipe on.

    Amazon

    We've all done it — get to the platform gates or front of the bus line, only to realise you're holding your credit card and not your Opal. Save yourself from the glares of impatient commuters with this self-adhesive, silicone phone case pocket, which will hold your cards and not lose shape over time.

    Buy a pack of five from Amazon Australia for $12.99.

    4. This 3-in-1 avo tool, which will make preparing your daily avo on toast a breeze.

    Amazon

    This tool from the heavens will split, pit and slice your morning avo. Soft, non-slip grip and dishwasher safe, adding this to cart is a no-brainer, really.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $13.95+.

    5. Speaking of breakfast, this tube of Vegemite — because there's nothing worse than waking at a mate's house, only to find out they don't like this pure gold concoction.

    @vegemite / Via instagram.com

    The nation's favourite spread is a morning staple in most households — however, sometimes you'll encounter that rare Aussie who doesn't fancy yeast on their toast and usually, just when you're craving it most. Pop one of these in your bag and never go without again.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $4.05.

    6. This Nescafé Dolce Gusto Flat White pods, should you not be able to make it to your local for your morning cuppa.

    Amazon

    We're a nation of coffee drinkers — is there a person reading this that hasn't dropped an exorbitant amount of cash on barista-brewed caffeine? Should the urge strike while you're home though, give these pods a go, designed to replicate the country's most popular coffee. Plus, Nescafé recycles their capsules, so you can feel good about not sending them to the tip.

    Buy a box of 16 pods from Amazon Australia for $8.49.

    7. This bottle opener and catcher set, which will save you from picking up bottle caps on your hands and knees the morning after a house party.

    Amazon

    I mean, this is just genius. An innovative bottle opener wall mount easily opens bottles with just the one hand (makers say it's good for even those with arthritis!), while a powerful magnet mounted below catches up to 40 beer caps.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $29.98.

    8. Speaking of beer, this uKeg that keeps beer fresh and carbonated for up to two weeks, because you should always have access to a frothy, cold one.

    Amazon

    Whatever it is — beer, cider, cocktail — this mini keg will keep it carbonated for up to a fortnight and cold for a day. An adjustable cap with pressure gauge maintains your desired level of carbonation. Other than lugging an esky around everywhere, I'm not sure of an alternative to beer on the go, so...

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $270 (available in two colours).

    9. This brilliant drink peg, ideal for when you want to lie in the grass but have nowhere to put your bevvie.

    Myer

    This simple, but brilliant invention holds a variety of glasses and bottles when stuck into the ground. You get four with your purchase, so if you don't live with anybody, feel free to use for a glass of red, white, pink and orange.

    Buy a pack of four from Myer for $14.95.

    10. This portable sun shade, which you can attach to existing outdoor furniture, or use when lying in the sand.

    Amazon

    We Aussies love nothing more than to lie in the sun — which unfortunately, is a good way to burn retinas. Should this be something you'd like to avoid, this portable sun shade may just be the thing for you. A built-in inflatable cushion protects your head and shoulders, while the adjustable sun shade provides UPF 50+ UV protection. Lightweight and easy to assemble, you can now do away with beach umbrellas that do nothing but blow away at the slightest hint of wind.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $46.

    11. This digital meat thermometer, because despite being around a BBQ your whole life, you still don't now how to cook a medium rare steak.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I am a woman of many talents — cooking however, is not one of them. This handy gadget gives you an accurate temperature reading within three seconds (!) and I've since been able to cook that elusive medium rare steak. The probe folds in easily for safe storage and I love the magnet backing — last thing I need is another kitchen tool taking up space in my heavily crowded drawers!"

    Mariela Summerhays

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $24.85.

    12. This SPF15 moisturiser, because you're kidding yourself if you think that cloud cover and grey skies means less UV rays.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    So, chances are you already cleanse, tone and moisturise (and about a dozen other things if you follow a Korean skincare routine), but if you live in Australia, you should definitely be working sunscreen in there somewhere. Enter: The Essano Rosehip SP15 Moisturiser.

    Honestly, I love everything about this range (I keep the toner on my desk for whenever I need a pep) — the signature rosehip oil and vitamin E keeps skin hydrated, while the mineral SPF protection protects from the harsh Aussie sun.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $16.95.

    13. And this Hawaiian Tropic Duo Defence Sunscreen Lotion, for everywhere else on your body.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    If you've reached the end of your sunscreen lotion and are looking for an alternative to that primary-school-swimming-carnival scent, do I have the thing for you. Hawaiian Tropic products feature a lightweight moisturising formula (none of that cakey feeling!) and best of all — they smell divine.

    This one is called the Duo Defence Lotion and it's my favourite. It has your essential layer of protection against UV rays, but also an anti-pollution layer, designed to prevent premature ageing effects from sun and pollution.

    Buy it from Woolworths for $8.75.

    14. These Ray-Ban aviators, which quite frankly, are the silhouette, don't try to fight me on this.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    It's like, a couple of days before winter and still the weather insists on acting like its summer. You could choose to cover your peepers with a great many different designs, but if we're honest, there's only one that will stand the test of time. These gold wire frames encase green lenses and I maintain, suit each and every face shape. Unlike cheap knock-offs, this accessory will see you through now until forever — I personally have had these for almost a decade.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $142.98.

    15. This electric mosquito swatter, which also works for the pesky flies we have to deal with the vast majority of the year.

    Amazon

    You think that the weather cooling would have an effect on these pests, but no — venture but a moment from my front door and I'm instantly harassed by mozzies. This number one best-selling item in insect and pest control on Amazon, it is an effective (and kinda fun) alternative to trying to squish these bugs between your hands.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.99.

    16. This pie maker, for when you're craving a Four'n Twenty but can't make it down to the servo.

    Amazon

    We're all venturing out less and less these days, meaning the car tank stays full for longer. While that may be great for our wallet, it also means that a bunch of us aren't getting our usual fix of impulse pie purchases. Fortunately, you can get yourself four delicious, perfectly-formed pies with the help of this press. An extra deep base means more room for filling — and non-stick plates means easy clean up after your meal.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $69.

    17. This Sensori + Macedon Trail Detoxifying Mist that smells like a nature walk in an Australian forest after rain — perfect after having been cooped up in lockdown for months.

    Mariela Summerhays / BuzzFeed

    This air-detoxifying mist will break down airborne toxins and odour, and replace it with a scent that honestly, smells like ~luxury~. Hours in a concrete building can take its toll on anyone and the scent of this mist instantly transports me to an evergreen, unmistakably-Aussie nature setting.

    A blend of geranium, vetiver and Aussie sandalwood, this one is for the nature lovers.

    Buy a 100ml bottle from Amazon Australia for $67.79.

    18. This Coleman Stadium Seat, because you'll be watching spectator sports again before you know it, but it doesn't mean your bum has to suffer for it.

    Amazon

    Look, can't relate. But I've seen the benches y'all are sitting on for hours on end and they can't be great for your back. This water-resistant seat can be used to provide back support — or unfolded, as cushioning for both you and a mate. It's easily rolled up, comes in three different colours (blue, red, black) and even has a mesh pocket to keep your cold ones close at hand.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $15.90.

    19. And finally, this memory foam pillow with cooling gel, so you're never overheated in the night and get your eight hours.

    Amazon

    This is the number one best-selling in throw pillow inserts on Amazon. Designed to retain its shape for months on end, this pillow will keep your neck aligned with their spine all night long. Most exciting? The cooling gel pads keep heads and necks cool whilst you sleep.

    Buy it from Amazon Australia for $56.90.

    Stay safe out there and remember:

    TBS

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