STEP 3: PACK WITH YOUR LODGING IN MIND
New Zealand offers about every adventure you could imagine, and the style of accommodation varies by budget and the level of adventure planned. Many travelers rent a campervan for their weeks of driving the islands, while others plan a road trip and then pack camping gear. If neither of those appeals, there are great accommodation options—ones ideal for everyone from budget backpackers to luxury travelers.
Why does this matter? Well, this affects what you’ll need to pack for your New Zealand vacation! For campers, pack a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. Backpackers may just need a sleep sheet, sleeping bag, and ear plugs. If you’re staying in hotels throughout your trip, you can skip the sleeping gear.