What to Pack for your Wilderness Trip

 

Less is definitely more when it comes to packing for a holiday, especially if you’re travelling to New Zealand from overseas and trying to stay within your baggage allowance.

Our Wilderness motorhomes have everything you need to travel comfortably. All you need to pack is your personal items like clothes and toiletries plus any toys and gadgets. Once you arrive, you can stock up the motorhome pantry at any supermarket.

 

What you’ll find in your Wilderness motorhome

  • Modern appliances including fridge with freezer compartment and gas cooktop and a full gas bottle
  • Central heating (designed for European conditions so its more than adequate for New Zealand. The heater vents in the bathroom help dry damp clothing overnight.)
  • Warm bedding with sheets, duvets, blankets and pillows
  • Bath towels and hand towels
  • Kitchen equipment (a full complement of quality utensils, crockery, glasses, pots and pans, a kettle, coffee plunger and wine/bottle opener plus washing up gear and dish towels)
  • Entertainment including DVD player, CD/MP3 player and Bluetooth stereo (in most models)
  • Plus extras including clothes hangers, dustpan and brush and a first aid kit 

Extras for hire:

What you’ll need to bring

Clothing

Your travel wardrobe will depend on the time of year you’re travelling. New Zealand has a temperate climate but it can be changeable and will change quickly. Check our blog on travelling by motorhome during the different seasons for helpful tips on what to expect and what to pack.

  • Pack clothes that can be layered, as well as a rain jacket and a warm jacket for cool evenings or colder conditions.
  • Bring a swimsuit, even if you’re travelling in winter, as there are thermal pools around the country, as well as fantastic beaches and lakes. (Tip: in New Zealand, a swimsuit is known as “togs”).
  • If you’re planning to do bushwalks, bring sturdy closed-toe shoes, a warm jacket and hat, especially over colder months. A day pack for snacks and water is also essential.
  • The dress code in New Zealand is generally informal. Most restaurants accept smart/casual dress.
  • Choose a soft bag for your belongings if you can, as rigid suitcases are harder to store in campervans.

Toiletries and medicines

  • Any personal medications
  • Insect repellent (available here from supermarkets/chemists)
  • Sunscreen – minimum SPF30 (available from supermarkets/chemists). New Zealand has less ozone to block the UV rays that cause sunburn so you can get sunburnt faster here, particularly from September to April when sunshine hours are longest. Make sure you use a quality sunscreen that is minimum SPF30 and wear a hat when outside. This is especially important for children.  

Entertainment and extras

Your Wilderness motorhome has power supplied to its living compartment by a rechargeable 12V house battery and 240V mains power when you're connected at a campsite. You’ll need to be plugged into mains power to use the power sockets in the motorhome. The power inverter will allow you to plug in your gadgets and chargers when freedom camping. The inverter converts power from the house battery to 240V/600W power. 

Check that the electrical equipment you plan to bring runs on 240V. If not, you will need a voltage converter. If your hair dryer or straightener requires more than 600W, they won’t work unless you are plugged into mains power. We recommend you bring:

  • Power plug adaptors (if you’re not from NZ or Australia)
  • Flashlight
  • DVDs  
  • Charging cords for cameras, phones, laptops etc

Handy to have

  • Small foldable umbrella
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Small day packs for walking

First supermarket stop

  • Reusable shopping bags. New Zealand’s biggest supermarket chains no longer offer single use plastic bags so you need to take your own reusable bags, or buy some at the supermarket (usually $1-$2 each) 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking oil
  • Paper towels
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Kitchen cleaning spray
  • Rubbish bags
  • Extra toilet rolls

Arriving from overseas?

Make sure you declare any food you have with you on arrival. There are strict penalties for bringing undeclared food and other prohibited items into New Zealand. It’s safest not to bring any food with you and simply buy what you need here.

If you’re bringing any outdoor equipment like hiking boots, ensure they are clean before you pack them. New Zealand’s Border Protection Service will check this for unwanted organisms and any cleaning required could delay you at the airport.

 

Useful links:
Motorhome Basics – How Your Wilderness Motorhome Works
Frequently Asked Questions
How to be Sustainable on Your NZ Campervan Holiday
How to Choose Your Ideal Wilderness Motorhome
Top Tips for Cooking on the Road