What to take to New Zealand

  • The most important stuff

    We cannot express this often enough. The three most important things that make you truly independent are:

    • Your passport
    • A MasterCard or VISA credit card
    • Flight ticket
  • How much should I take with me?

    Most airlines issue your ticket with a baggage allowance of 20 kg to 23 kg, but when it comes to the weight of your backpack there is a simple rule. Don’t carry more than 20 % of your own body weight. If your weight is 70 kg then you backpack should not weigh more than 14 kg.

    It is delusional to think you can take clothing for 1 year with you. Instead pack clothing for 2 weeks and start to wash it.

Pack list

  • Clothing (layers are key)

    Jeans (one pair)
    Shorts (one pair)
    Wool socks
    Cotton socks
    Zip-off quick-dry hiking pants
    Quick-dry shirts for outdoor activities
    Fleece jacket
    Lightweight down pullover
    Rain jacket

  • Footwear

    Everyday shoes (sneakers)
    Hiking boots

  • Accessories

    Lightweight 2-person backpacking tent
    Ultra-light inflatable sleeping pad
    Lighter and matches

  • Paperwork

    Passport & Visa
    Second form of ID (e. g. Drivers license)
    Flight ticket
    Credit card
    (Emergency) Cash
    Journal & Pen
    Books/Guide book

  • Electronics

    Power adapter/Multiple power outlet
    Laptop & Charger
    Cellphone & Charger
    Camera & Charger
    iPod/Music Player

  • Toiletries

    Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
    Shower gel/Soap
    Cotton tips
    Shaving gel
    Sunscreen & Insect Repellent

  • First aid items

    Alcohol wipes

  • Others

    Contraception pill

Clothing for every occasion

  • Outfits based on occasion

    Essentially, you need to cover outfits for the following occasions:

    • for a plane, bus or car journey in New Zealand
    • for a job interview
    • for a hiking trip
    • far a city tour
  • For the plane, bus or car

    Wearing some loose fitting clothes, while squished on a bus or an economy seat, might be more comfortable than in skinny jeans and a corset… Try sweatpants, shorts or leggings with a cosy t-shirt and hoody. Remember that most planes are air conditioned and get a little cold.

  • For a job interview

    First impressions go a long way in job interviews. Even when handing out a CV or first presenting yourself to a potential employer, you want to make an impression.

    Think about what the employees wear in that specific company. Take hospitality, for example, workers usually wear smart black and white clothes. Or if you are working as a receptionist or high-end retail assistant, try the classic pencil skirt/black trousers and shirt combo.

    If in doubt, your outfit should be somewhere between smart casual and smart.

  • For hiking

    Wear thermals. You don’t feel the weather change more than when you are on a hiking trip all day or several days. One minute it can be sunshine, when the next it can be pouring down with rain and you’re freezing your ass off. Thermals as base layers are designed to keep you toasty when cold yet allow you to cool off when warm. Remember a waterproof coat and an extra warm layer and light layer. Avoid cotton – it does nothing for you.

    On your bottom half, try light-weight pants that are fast drying. Or shorts with exercise leggings so you can whip off the leggings if it gets too hot. Wear some sturdy walking sneakers or boots.

  • For everyday situations

    The weather can change just as often in a city than on the mountains. The wind in Wellington blows all kinds of elements through the city, and Auckland has a lot of spontaneous rainfall. If you are out all day in the city, take an extra layer with you, such as a raincoat or a hoody.