So what to pack? You sometimes get paranoid about forgetting things? No worries, let us take the hassle out of deciding what to pack, particularly if you are heading off on your first Campervan holiday.
All our Next Campervans come with a range of equipment such as bedding, towels, cooking implements and crockery but you will need to supplement this with your own gear.
We’ve put together the below check list as a general guide. But remember, there’s no need to panic if you have forgotten anything as you can always purchase supplies once you arrive. Our depot is located close to the airport, so a convenience store is never too far away. You can stock up on items for your New Zealand driving holiday such as washing powder at a local supermarket rather than it taking up valuable luggage space!
It’s a good idea to pack your gear in soft luggage bags as they are a lot easier to store in your Campervan than a hard suitcase. However, if you opt for a hard suitcase, you can unpack your belongings into the vehicle and leave the suitcase at our depot.
As New Zealand is simply too beautiful not to take pictures, don’t forget your camera! Make sure you bring enough memory space and a charger, which you can plug into USB for charging your batteries in your Campervan. Should you be into taking pictures of stars, you may want to think about investing in a star tracker. The Mackenzie Region on the South Island has the clearest skies as limited light pollution means the views of the night sky seem to stretch on as far as the eye can see. Don’t forget your tripod!
Clothing and layers
If there’s one thing you can guarantee about New Zealand, it’s the unpredictable weather! In fact, sometimes we’re known to have “four seasons in one day” so it’s best to be prepared, even if you’re travelling in summer. Layers will soon become your best friend in New Zealand! New Zealanders swear by merino wool as its both breathable and warm. You can find merino wool layers readily available in plenty of stores across New Zealand. They are lightweight and don’t take up much space in your backpack. It is also handy to wear them at night instead of bulky jogging pants.
We also recommend packing Hiking Boots (please clean them before you arrive to avoid a delay during biosecurity check at the airport), waterproof jacket, a hat and sunglasses besides your normal clothing.
Day Pack and water bottle
You will also need a smaller rucksack for taking with you on day and hiking trips. It’s best to put your valuables in this and don’t forget your water bottle, which you can refill at many shops in NZ for free with refillnz.co.nz
Depending on the season, you’re going to want to bring some sort of skin cream to protect your precious body from the elements. We’re talking about high factor sunscreen as New Zealand’s sun is very strong. You’ll burn more easily here than anywhere else you might have been. Reasons for that are less ozone to block the UV rays, earth’s orbit takes it closer to the sun during the southern summer than during the northern summer and there is less pollution in the southern-hemisphere to block the UV rays. So don’t underestimate this factor and pack some sunscreen.
As you are travelling all over the country, make sure you have a GPS app downloaded on your phone. It can be the free Google Maps or any one of the big GPS brands that only costs a couple of dollars to download. Save areas of the map that you are travelling to before you hit the road so that you can access them offline and not use up all your precious mobile data. Talking about data, you can buy SIM cards at our depot with affordable packages to stay connected while you are in New Zealand.
Very handy when you are on day trips and love taking plenty of pictures and videos with your phone. You can recharge your power bank overnight in your Campervan as it is equipped with many USB charging stations and a powerful second battery.
- Drivers license
- International Drivers license (if yours is not in English)
- Credit cards
- Flight tickets
- Travel insurance documents