The Ultimate Packing List For New Zealand
New Zealand is notorious for having all seasons in one day: you could have a foggy morning that turns into a rainstorm which later clears into a sunny afternoon that turns into a freezing night… that then ices over. I lived in New Zealand from February to July which is basically the end of summer, fall, and beginning winter. And I only had one check-in suitcase and one carry-on item to store my entire wardrobe for half a year! Here’s how to maximize your packing potential:
Packing Tips For New Zealand:
- Pack Basics. I brought a lot of blacks and whites so that I knew whatever combination of clothes I put together, they would still match.
- Be Minimalistic. When I only had one suitcase to live out of, I realized how many things I have in my closet that I never use. While you pack, just ask yourself if you’d use it more than once or twice. If the answer is no, it’s probably not worth bringing and you could just buy something else when you get there.
- Pack Lightweight. Bring items that are thin and are made of a light material. When you are traveling for over 24-hours and catching multiple planes, you’ll be glad that your suitcase is easy to carry. Also, when it comes to toiletries, just bring enough to last you about a week. You can buy more when you get there to save space.
- Layer. Instead of bringing a heavy winter jacket, layer a tank top with a long sleeve shirt underneath a vest with a raincoat or waterproof shell on the outside. It keeps you as warm as a heavy winter jacket, but you can wear all the layers by themselves, too.
- Accessories. Scarves, hats, and gloves will keep you warmer with less layers.
- Know Yourself. If you like decorating your room, like I do, it would be smart to bring your own thin tapestry or towel that can double as a wall piece and as a picnic or beach blanket. And if you don’t go out much, don’t bring dressy clothes that you’ll never wear. I didn’t bring any nice shoes; just a pair of flip-flops, hiking boots, and sneakers. I wore my sneakers or flip-flops when going out to town. But don’t compromise the things you love just for the sake of space. I love SCUBA diving and I knew I would use my snorkel gear a lot if I brought it, so I squeezed a pair of fins and mask and snorkel into my suitcase. Just know yourself!
Full Packing List For New Zealand (Not Gender Specified!)
- Portable Phone Charger And Camera Charger
- Universal Adapter (If you don’t have an adapter, you can buy them at an Asian store in New Zealand for NZ$3 instead of at the airport of supermarket for $20*)
- Ultra-Slim Laptop (I like this one from ASUS)
- Professional DSLR Camera (or a wide-angle GoPro)
- T-Shirts (black, coloured, striped – whatever you need to shake it up a bit!)
- Athletic Leggings
- Long-Sleeved Shirts
- Layer Items (such as denim jackets and flannel jackets)
- Jeans (I have a soft spot for skinny jeans)
- Warm Sleepwear
- Dressy items (such as heels, a simple black dress or a dress shirt)
- Thermal Boot Socks (these eco-friendly socks are to die for!)
- Passport (Visa built in electronically)
- Driver’s License
- Health Insurance Card
- Wrapable Scarf
- Baseball Cap
- Beanie (my favorite are those chunky cable knit beanies, which you can score from almost anywhere)
- Warm Gloves
- Insulated Down Vest
- Hooded Winter Jacket
- Sweatshirt (like this nice fleece sweater from Hanes)
- Raincoat (I use a snowboarding shell from Burton)
Three things I would highly recommend are a good pair of waterproof hiking boots, a REALLY waterproof raincoat, and a waterproof wide-angle GoPro. I actually didn’t have a raincoat for half the time I was there, because I forgot it at home (so stupid) so I got by using a self-standing umbrella or borrowing from other people, but I would always still get wet, or it would be too windy for an umbrella. I didn’t have a GoPro either, but I had my big camera to film. However, GoPros are convenient and help capture the memory of the experience.
But no matter what, enjoy your time there! Frankly, I’m jealous that you’re going!