New Zealand Packing Essentials for a Campervan Road Trip
This is more than a packing article - there is loads of information out there reminding you to bring layers of clothing and wool socks. DEFINITELY bring those things. This article, however, outlines the 6 most packing essentials from our 6 week roap trip traveling through both islands in a Wicked Campervan.
1. CamperMate AppAbsolutely essential to download before you spin your first kilometer on the campervan tires. This is more useful than any LonelyPlanet guide and possibly as useful as our travel blog. This app (which works offline...make sure you download the map before you arrive) can show you the nearest free campsites, things to do, hiking trails, LOTR filming locations, petrol, fresh water, dump stations, and the all important free wifi. These are just SOME of the points of interest you can bring up among many others. As described, the app works offline, runs fast and snappy, constantly updated by users, and will make your trip cheaper, more action packed, and headache free.Check out other awesome travel apps in this article.
2. Power InverterWorks way better when its plugged into the van.Inevitably, you are getting off the beaten path in New Zealand. Not suprisingly, there aren't a lot of options for electric when you get off that path either. You could try to steal a little power here and there like a sad little electric hobo, or you could just buy a quality inverter to have in your vanI lugged this heavy inverter with every step of the way since I left home 9 months ago-all so that I could be sure to have it for 6 weeks in New Zealand. I don't regret it at all.Sure, I could have bought a converter once I arrived in New Zealand. This specific one is the best though. We can charge two USB items and two standard electric plug items at the same time.That means in our van we'd be charging:
- A laptop
- A drone battery
- An iphone
- A Gopro
3. SIM Card"My precioussssss! My preciousssss!" Wifi access in New Zealand is as precious (and scarce) as the One Ring itself.New Zealand campervan trips are all about losing yourself in the wilderness and natural beauty of the country. It may happen that you get a little too lost. Or you're van is dead and you need help. Or you just really, really need to post to Instagram and Kiwis aren't just handing out free wifi. Get ready to pay, and pay big for even just a few MB of data (yes, MB, not GB).It's wisest to pick up a SIM card for your cellphone before you take off. Certain companies offer tourist focused SIM cards but only at the airport. We found the best choice for us based on cost, data included, and coverage was the Vodafone Travel SIM (and purchased at Christchurch Airport)For $49 NZD, we got:
- 3GB 4G data
- 200 minutes(Great to tell mom you love her or to call roadside assistance when you get stuck in the mud)
- 200 Txts
*Vodafone worked best for us but may not be the best option for you. We aren't sponsored by Vodafone, have received no compensation from Vodafone, and have no personal stake in whether you purchase a SIM card or not. If you work for Vodafone and want to send us money, we would be glad to help arrange that. Please reach out.