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New zealand. The land of the long white cloud. A country filled with literally every kind of landscape and climate you can think of — there are beaches in the north, snow-capped mountains in the south, glaciers descending into temperate rain forests in the west, and volcanoes in the middle.

Here’s a look at my new zealand packing list, which I’ve used for a trip in november (which is late springtime there) and a trip in march (which is late summer going into autumn). American university events this list can be tweaked for any time of year in new zealand! In the colder months, you’ll definitely want to add a warm coat and hat! My bag

My go-to bag these days is my osprey sojourn rolling bag. It’s a 60-liter bag with sturdy wheels and removable backpack straps. Knowing what traveling in new zealand is like (i.E. No subways to climb in and out of, and mostly getting around by bus or car), I decided to leave the backpack straps at home, since I knew I would have no problem rolling my bag everywhere I would be going.

All of this easily fit into my bag with room to spare — I ended up coming home with a bunch of gifts for family and friends (we’re talking 5 t-shirts, 6 tea towels, some manuka honey, and a bunch of magnets) and could still zip the bag up without issue. My carry-on: STM haven bag

My go-to carry-on backpack is usually the pacsafe camsave V17 when I’m taking camera gear and my laptop with me, but another good option (for those not so concerned with photo gear) is the STM haven bag. This bag isn’t too big or too small (it will fit a 15-inch laptop), and I love the “floating” pockets inside to hold laptops and/or tablets. University rankings 2014 it has plenty of other outer and inner pockets, too, including one on the side for a water bottle.

My trusty donner bag by overland equipment got to visit yet another continent. I love this bag because it’s roomy, yet has a lot of pockets and space for a water bottle or two on the sides. It’s super practical and useful for a traveler like me, AND it’s not completely ugly. (sadly it’s not sold any longer, but this travelon bucket bag is really similar!) in my purse (on travel days):

I got a sinta jacket from prana right before my spring trip to new zealand, and I ended up wearing it nearly every day while I was there. PrAna is known for making yoga clothing, but they make a ton of other great stuff, too, including comfy pieces perfect for travel. Washington university presidential debate not only did I get lots of compliments on this jacket, but it also kept me dry exactly as promised. Me in my prana sinta jacket

My other favorite rain jacket for traveling is the columbia arcadia, which comes in a bunch of cool colors and has a nice mesh lining to keep you cool as well as dry. I wore this a lot during my autumn trip to new zealand, and highly recommend it. (my husband also has the men’s version of this coat, and also wore it while we were in NZ!) columbia makes great rain gear my infinity scarf

I almost didn’t pack a scarf for this trip, but I’m SO glad I threw one in my bag before leaving the house. It got quite chilly in many places, and I was really happy to have something with me so I could cover my neck. (if you want an infinity scarf that does double duty, check out speakeasy travel supply – they make infinity scarves with hidden pockets!) my hiking boots

I bought my merrell moab waterproof hiking boots specifically with this trip in mind, and was not disappointed at all. Not only do these boots do exactly what they promise (i.E. Provide support and keep your feet dry), but they’re comfy and required very little breaking in. (and good hiking socks are a smart investment, too!) convertible hiking pants

I’m not really a huge fan of hiking, but I WAS very happy to have a pair of zip-off pants with me on my spring trip since it got quite warm on a couple days! The pair I took were columbia hiking pants, which are very lightweight, yet water-resistant. Pants: converted for a hike at mount cook how did I do?

I took too many tops (as always), but I like having a bit of variety to choose from. Washington university law review I also only wore my dress once, because new zealand isn’t a particularly fancy place. But, I think I will always be a bit of an over-packer for as long as I live. #sorrynotsorry

On my spring trip, I only used my microfiber towel twice (since I was mostly staying in hotels and B&bs where towels were provided), but it takes up hardly any room, so I didn’t mind that I packed it anyway. On my autumn trip, I was doing a campervan trip around new zealand and used my towel every single day. I love these types of towels because they really do dry fast!