NZ Road Trips: What To Pack

The word has been out for decades on New Zealand being a terrific destination for camper van enthusiasts. The open roads of NZ offer majestic views, incredible wildlife, and uncrowded travelling conditions. The remote terrain of this island offers seemingly unlimited possibilities for adventure. It is important to note, however, that this is truly remote and oftentimes rugged travelling, so after you head to your nearest campervan hire location you are going to want to pack up the following items for your trip.

Torches and Spare Batteries

Many of the camper van sites across New Zealand feature bathrooms which do not have electric lights. The last thing you want to be doing is feeling your way through the dark in an unfamiliar bathroom, so make sure to bring plenty of torches and extra batteries in case they run out. Torches will also come in handy should you break down in the dark or if the battery on your camper van is running low and you wish to conserve energy.

Insect repellent

Although many camper vans come equipped with fly screens, never underestimate the ability of New Zealand insects to make your life uncomfortable. You are most definitely going to want to use repellent when you are sleeping, especially in summer, and it will come in handy when hiking in certain areas or otherwise hanging out outside. Always keep some in your pocket. You will thank yourself later.

Hots-pot Or Other Form Of Internet Access

No matter how well you have mapped out your journey, there is going to come a time when you will need internet access, at least to Google maps or your favorite online navigator. Whether it’s an unexpected detour or you have simply gotten lost, an internet connection will be the difference between easy solution and long term problem. For this purpose, make sure that you have some form of connection, be it a hots-pot, extended data plan, or other method. Also make sure you have plenty of device chargers in case you lose one. You can charge your devices at many camper van sites and also right there in your camper van if it is properly equipped.

Motion Sickness Prevention

Even if you aren’t the type to get carsick, keep in mind that the long drives over winding New Zealand roadways can test even the strongest stomachs. For this purpose, make sure to pack some motion sickness prevention medicine somewhere in the camper van so that you have access to it if you need it.


Of course you will want to take your credit cards, but on your journey you will be passing through some truly remote towns and villages where the establishments may not accept cards. This is why you should keep a cash stash handy at all times.


Even if you’re travelling in the dead of summer, certain areas may be susceptible to rapid climate changes that will leave you shivering in your short sleeves. Remember to take jackets and pants and even a sweater, since the last thing you want is to uncomfortable and chilly on the open road.

Travelling New Zealand is an exciting adventure full of amazing promise. As long as you make sure to pack well, your camper van journey will be a smooth and highly enjoyable expedition.