Our guide is continued, if you missed Part One, have a read here. Of course you can drive your car to a number of great local New Zealand shops if you forget any of these, but nice to have those products from home you know and love.



Toothbrush and toothpaste: If you are particularly in love with your brand of toothbrush and toothpaste then bring enough for the length of your stay here.

Cosmetics: Remember if you are driving around New Zealand by car and hot car temperatures can lead to melted lipstick! We recommend investing in a cosmetics bag that will keep your products cool and protected over bumps as well as transporting them from plane to backpackers to car and back again.

Sunscreen: You may have read about the harsh sun experienced in New Zealand. New Zealand has some of the highest levels of ultra violet (UV) radiation in the world. Make sure your sunscreen has not expired and know your SPF and what that means in terms of reapplication.

Razor/Shaving Cream: This might be something you REALLY do not want to have in your bag if you are on a holiday. But if you are on a working holiday and expect to be attending a job interview or two, this could be a handy item to have one hand.

Keeping clean: Have you ever come across a smelly backpacker? Avoid being one by investing in soap, deodorant and regularly washing your clothes (carry washing powder) and even your backpack, hats or caps and even your shoes. Use good old google or YouTube for instructions about washing some of those items (like backpacks) that you might be avoiding doing because you are concerned of damaging them.




Swim wear: Many of our swimming pools and hot thermal pools will be harsh on swim wear fabric so keep that in mind when packing any expensive swim wear. You might like to invest in a couple of pairs (we call them togs here).

Sunhat: A must to protect you from the strong sun in New Zealand.

Ski or Snowboard Gear: Many travellers are horrified at the cost of our ‘gear for the snow’. If you plan to be hitting the slopes regularly over the winter months, we recommend packing your ski jacket, goggles and pants and even bringing your boots and board.

Footwear: Bring along your hiking boots if you are planning on hitting the tracks. Bring sneakers or walking shoes for less intense hikes. Sandals, thongs, jandals or flip flops can be handy to have when using communal showers in backpackers and campgrounds. Also put a smart pair of shoes in for a night out on the town, job interviews or just to dress up to not feel like a backpacker for a while.

Nightwear: If you think you will be in dorm style accommodation, consider what would be comfortable to sleep in, while being in a shared accommodation environment.

Work clothes: If you are coming to New Zealand on a working holiday visa, then consider the type of work you are planning on doing and pack clothes accordingly. Hospitality workers are usually required to wear black skirts or pants and a white shirt. Office work will require smart formal clothes. If you are planning on doing some fruit picking or labouring work then shorts, t-shirts and sunhats will be used along with work boots that will sometimes need to have a steel cap. If you own these already it could be worth bringing them over.


Recipe Book

A way of curbing homesickness could be to make your favourite meals from home. Ask your mum to write out a few favourite recipes and carry them with you on hard copy or on email for easy access. There might be a favourite recipe book from home you could carry which could also come in handy if you meet some New Zealanders and want to provide them with a taste of your favourite dishes from home.


Day Pack & Waterproof Bags

A good day pack should be big enough to carry a jacket, camera, documents, small medical kit, snacks and a water bottle. When choosing one to bring, consider how comfortable it will be to wear on a three hour walk, how easy it will be to wash and you might like multiple pockets to keep items separate from each other.

Waterproof bags are also likely to be put to use after a swim, for clothes that needs cleaning or for those grubby shoes or boots.


Suitcase or Backpacks

A large backpack will be especially useful for travel that will involve walking up and down steps in a backpackers or hostel. If you are planning on multi day hikes they will also be put to use.

A suitcase could be useful for anyone planning on being in one place for longer lengths of time. Or for those of you who like to know where everything is, a suitcase could be more organised than a backpack.