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New Zealand Packing List: Everything I Packed for 1 Year in New Zealand

Since I’m on a year-long working holiday in New Zealand, I decided to make a quick New Zealand packing list. I thought it might be helpful to others who make the same trip.

I read every New Zealand packing list I could find before I left, so I wanted to show you guys everything I brought with me. I also thought it would be helpful to me for the sake of organization and to see what I actually use compared to what I brought.

Choosing the right backpack (or other luggage type) is where all packing starts. I don’t have a lot of experience with this part of the equation, but I decided to go with the Osprey Porter 46 for this trip. A lot of people were recommending 60-70 liter backpacks, but I went with 46 liters for a few reasons:

  1. I wanted to dissuade myself from over packing (the more room in your pack, the more you’re going to bring)
  2. I wanted to have as little weight as possible to carry on my back (I’m pretty weak to be honest)
  3. and I wanted something that was carry-on size

I also brought a 23-liter daypack to carry my valuables and important items. It adds up to quite a lot of space, and I almost regretted bringing anything at all by the time I made it to Auckland.

To keep this post as simple as possible, I’m just going to list out everything I brought with me to New Zealand, along with a few pictures for illustrations. I included affiliate links to some items to help you find them. Any linked items are either the exact item I packed, or very close.

This is my 1 year in New Zealand packing list


New Zealand Packing List

New Zealand Packing List

All of the clothing I brought with me

New Zealand Packing List


New Zealand Packing List

Luggage:

Clothing:

  • 1 pair of black skinny jeans
  • 1 pair of dark-wash skinny jeans
  • 1 pair black compression leggings
  • 1 pair cropped black compression leggings
  • 1 pair black yoga pants
  • 1 pair printed pants (stretchy, loose-fitting, can be dressed up)
  • 1 nice dress
  • 1 plain black sun dress
  • 2 nicer tank tops (can be dressy or casual)
  • 2 basic tank tops
  • 1 short sleeve black top
  • 2 long sleeve button up shirts
  • 1 black cardigan sweater
  • 1 short sleeve t-shirt
  • 1 black zip-front fleece jacket
  • 1 olive green utility-style jacket (lightweight but pretty warm with layers)
  • 1 North Face rain shell (folds up really small)
  • 1 bikini bottom / 2 tops
  • 8 pairs of underwear
  • 1 regular bra
  • 1 sports bras
  • 2 lace-y bandeau bras
  • 5 pairs ankle socks
  • 2 pairs long socks
  • 2 pairs wool hiking socks
  • Black lightweight tennis shoes
  • Black flats
  • Hiking boots
  • Flip flops
  • Small black crossbody bag
  • Black cotton scarf

New Zealand Packing List

Toiletries:

  • Small, travel-size hairbrush
  • Travel-size body wash/shampoo/conditioner/lotion
  • Full-size face wash
  • Full-size face moisturizer
  • Deodorant
  • Travel toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Small pack of face wipes
  • 3 lip balms
  • Travel-size Kleenex packs
  • Tampons
  • Bandages
  • Extra hair ties
  • Ibuprofen

Cosmetics:

  • Small bottle of foundation
  • Concealer
  • Loose powder & brush
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara

New Zealand Packing List

New Zealand Packing List

Electronics:

Misc


New Zealand Packing List

Everything inside my Osprey pack (except shoes)

New Zealand Packing List

All packed up!



 

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*Disclaimer: this post includes some affiliate links. If you click on the link and make a purchase, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you.

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