Packing for New Zealand; how I travel.

It’s finally happening. Me and my boyfriend are flying this Saturday to New Zealand, which is for us on the other side of the globe. I’m so excited that I actually shed a little tear of joy. We will be there at least for a month and it’s still uncertain which country we will visit after. Our plan is to be away for 2 months.

Packing
New Zealand has a diverse climate, it ranges from tropical rainforests to snow covered mountains. You’ll have to pack clothing for all the seasons.  My tip would be to only pick clothing that you really need to wear (hahaha look who’s talking). Also choose a bagpack, this makes traveling around much easier.

Traveling
Our choice of traveling in New Zealand will be with a Campervan. Even though we are just the two of us, we decided not to go with a sleepervan as there is less space. There are many firms who rent campervans and I will post a little review of the one we have rented.
Depending on the place, New Zealand has a rainy climate. We are traveling the country in March. For me this is the perfect time. The high season is over, it’s still warm, prices have reduced and overall March is considered to be a dry month.

Roadtripp’n
Traveling with my family has always been legendary. My mom plans a journey into details. This is great as it’s highly likely you will see all the worth visiting places, but it also provides a strict schedule and a feeling of obligation. (Still love you mom, don’t change this).
I found a technique which gives me freedom, all the highlights and hidden pearls and I would love to share this with you.

Before I travel I print a map of the country I’m going to visit. I mark every spot that looks beautiful or is advised to be visited. I use Google, Pinterest, National geographic/Lonely planet books, tips from friends and ofcourse Instagram. Instagram has given me some great hidden pearls over the years. Just type a village that has a nice ring to it and see which pictures people post. I do the same with Google. Ofcourse, locals can also inform you on the spot.

I’ve marked so many places in New Zealand! It’s unlikely we can visit every place so without urging to finish all the marks we’ll look day by day to see what’s in the area and choose our preferences. With a marked map, it’s easier for me than a book as it gives a better overview and indication of distance.

I’m a little nervous about driving on the left side of the road. Most likely you’ll adapt quickly but you’ll never know in the morning when your head is still a bit foggy.

Camping
If you’re going to travel with a sleeper van/campervan the only thing you can download the governmental camping app. There are so many places where you can spend the night for free or a little amount of money..
I will try to make a frequent update but due to possible lack of internet, posting times might vary. So keep checking my Instagram if you are curious about my traveling through New Zealand.

Tips
-Before you go make sure you’ll fix an international drivers license.
-Don’t forget to buy a travelbag for your backpack.
-Take a universal socket adapter with you. New Zealand has a different type of socket and it would be a shame if you can’t charge your phone/camera.
-Clean your shoes before you enter the country. If you take mud with you, you’ll have to clean your shoes at the airport and pay a fee for this. New Zealand is very strict when it comes to a possibility of taking insects with you inside the country.

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