The Ultimate Packing Guide for Your Wild Kiwi Adventure
“Hey Siri, pack my bags!”
We know that packing isn’t always everyone’s favourite part about going on an overseas adventure, and life would be a lot easier if someone would just do it for us. But we do think that packing is made a hell of a lot easier when you know exactly what to pack and don’t need to put too much brainpower into it.
To help make your packing experience a little more stress-free, we’ve collaborated all of the things that you should consider when packing for your next overseas excursion.
So, put on a playlist of bangers and let’s get packing!
1. The Essentials
While the contents of one’s bag can differ from person to person, these are the things everyone needs to have sorted for an epic, easy-breezy travelling experience.
Passport and ID
Without that passport in your pocket, you won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Make sure that you’ve got a passport that is valid for at least 6 months with blank visa pages ready to go.
Visa requirements will vary depending on where you’re from and where you’re travelling to. Make sure that you do your research and get your required visas sorted ahead of time so that you don’t run into any issues during your travels.
This is important! Insurance is not included in the price of your Wild Kiwi tour, but we highly recommend taking out travel insurance before you travel with us. You can get travel insurance that covers you for health, for valuables or for both. You know what they say; you’re better to be safe than sorry.
Want to avoid getting lost in a country you’ve never been to? We recommend making sure you know exactly where you’re heading before you arrive in the country so that you can avoid getting lost. Make sure you download a map with the directions to where you’re starting your tour. You’ll be able to find this information in your pre-departure documents.
They say money won’t buy you happiness but it sure will buy you some unforgettable experiences on your travels. Make sure that you budget extra for activities on your Wild Kiwi tour as they will be your biggest expense.
You’ll also want to budget for lunch and evening meals. If you’re travelling to New Zealand or Australia, we recommend $10 to $20 for lunch and $20 to $40 for dinners. If you’re travelling to Europe, we recommend €35 to €45 a day for meals in Western Europe and €25 to €35 a day for meals in Eastern and Central Europe. Visa and MasterCard are accepted around New Zealand, Australia, and Europe and we’ll also be able to stop at ATMs.
Don’t forget to pack any essential medications you’ll need for your travels too!
Once you’ve got these essential items organised and ready to go the next important thing to consider is what you’re going to pack! We recommend bringing two types of luggage; one main good-quality backpack (or suitcase if you prefer) and one good-quality day pack which can be used for daily excursions and as your ‘carry-on’ luggage for the bus. We’ll help you work out what to put in each of these next.
2. Main Luggage
You’re welcome to use whichever type of bag you would like for your main luggage, just keep in mind that luggage is restricted to 20kgs per person. If you’re coming on a Wild Kiwi trip as part of an extended travel plan and have excess luggage, then you will need to arrange storage of this whilst on your tour with Wild Kiwi at your own cost. If you need help with finding somewhere to store your excess luggage, don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team who will be more than happy to help.
If you’ve never heard of packing cubes before, you’re welcome! These could quite possibly be your best travel investment yet. Packing cubes are an excellent way to organise your stuff, so when you’re like “EEEEKKK spontaneous swim spot, where are my togs?”, you’ll know exactly where to find them without having to pull out the entire contents of your bag.
The clothing you pack really depends on which country and which season you will be travelling with Wild Kiwi in, but either way you’ll want to make sure that you pack clothing for all of the weather conditions and activities you might have ahead of you. It’s a great idea to check what the weather might be like during your travels too.
Because some destinations can have all four seasons in one day, we recommend packing layers of all-weather clothing so that you can be prepared. This could include shorts, pants, some tees, a light jumper, and a raincoat. Make sure you pack a handful of socks too, it’s always nice to know you can throw on a fresh pair after a day of adventure and exploring.
If you are travelling in summer you definitely won’t want to forget your swimwear, flip-flops, sunhat and light summer clothing. If you’re travelling in Winter then you’ll want to make sure that you pack a winter jacket, winter gloves, a beanie, scarf and thermals. We’ll let you decide the rest!
These boots were made for walking, and if you love exploring, that’s just what they’ll do! We recommend packing a good pair of trainers so that you can hike, walk and explore till your heart’s content.
If you’re travelling in summer or visiting beachy destinations, we also recommend bringing a pair of flip-flops or slides for comfortable, easy-breezy wearing.
Any other day-to-day shoes or evening shoes are up to you!
You’re going to a brand-new destination full of incredible sights and people you’ll never want to forget – don’t forget your camera! An underwater camera like a GoPro is also a great idea if you’re planning on being near the water or participating in water activities. A portable speaker can also be a fun addition for days spent at the beach or evening bonfires, and headphones are great too if you want to listen to a podcast during the road trip. And we probably don’t even need to mention that you should bring your mobile phone (which might even double up as an epic camera for you too).
Along with all of these electronics, you won’t want to forget the appropriate charging cords to go with them so that you don’t run out of juice halfway through your trip. And if you’re travelling to a country that has a different power socket to your home country, make sure that you also invest in a travel adapter.
BONUS: All of our buses having USB charging ports and WiFi on board, so you might want to pack your charging cords into your day backpack for easy access.
Here at Wild Kiwi, we’re passionate lovers of the environment and want to look after this beautiful world the best we can. We encourage that you bring toiletries that are kind to you and kind to the planet. Some eco-friendly products you’ll want to consider packing could be shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothbrush, and toothpaste. If you like a little bit of makeup or moisturiser, bring those along with you too. And maybe a hairbrush and hair ties for those that have a mane to tame.
The sun is especially strong in New Zealand and Australia, but no matter where you’re travelling with Wild Kiwi don’t forget to be sun smart! If you’re planning to be out in the sun for more than 15 minutes, make sure that you slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat and some sunnies. And just in case the sun does get the better of you, we recommend bringing some after-sun cream too.
Towles are available for a small fee at most of the hostels you’ll be staying at, but it’s worth bringing along a beach towel for daily excursions and water activities too.
Sandflies and mosquitoes can be a bit of a nuisance, especially around New Zealand, so we recommend putting some insect repellent in your pack too.
If you consider yourself a light sleeper, a bit of a tosser-and-turner, packing a sleeping mask and earplugs is never a bad idea to ensure you’re well-rested for your action-packed days.
3. Day Bag
You’ll want to bring along a small, good-quality backpack that you can use for daily excursions and for your road-trip necessities while you’re on the bus. It’s up to you what you want to pack in this bag but here are a few things we think you’ll definitely want to have inside.
Reusable water bottle and coffee cup
Stay hydrated! To avoid buying tons of unnecessary plastic water bottles every time you’re thirsty, bring along a funky reusable water bottle to fill up along the way.
Likewise, we recommend bringing a reusable coffee cup for your coffees so that you don’t create unnecessary waste by needing to use a one-use coffee cup every time you need your coffee fix.
We say keep your friends close, and your snacks closer, because what’s a road trip without a good supply of SCCHHHNACKS! You’re welcome to bring as many snacks as you desire on the bus, so get creative and try some local snacks during your road trip stop-offs.
Save the turtles, say no to plastic! If you’re out buying snacks or souvenirs for the fam back home, make sure to say no to a plastic bag and carry around a funky tote bag instead! You’ll also need this if you’re joining us on the Whitsundays Overnight Cruise in Australia as you‘ll need a bag with no zips.
And that’s a wrap! Hopefully, you’re now feeling fully ready to take on your next adventure with all packing-stresses aside. If you haven’t got another overseas adventure to look forward to at the moment, you can check out all of Wild Kiwi’s epic tours across New Zealand, Australia, and Europe to find the perfect adventure to look forward to.