Best Road Trip Essentials in New Zealand According to Bloggers

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If you are planning a holiday to New Zealand, it can be easy to forget about the practicalities. With exciting destinations such as Fiordland and the beautiful Bay of Islands, there is a lot to get distracted by. However, when it comes to packing your bags for your trip to New Zealand, there are a few things you shouldn't forget. VroomVroomVroom asked some of our travel blogger friends to share their must-have road trip items.

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A good pair of hiking shoes

hiking boots are a must in new zealand

Contributed by: Bailey and Dan of Destinationless Travel​

New Zealand is all about the great outdoors, therefore, when planning a road trip you need to be ready for camping and hiking and beaches! Therefore, our top travel must-have for New Zealand would be a good pair of hiking shoes! There are literally thousands of trails to explore in New Zealand and on a road trip you will easily be able to stop at many of them. Another must-have is my little battery pack for charging my phone! If you have a self-contained vehicle then you will probably be camping in many random spots, and most without power! My little battery pack comes in really handy when camping and when on multi-day hikes. And last but not the least, a hammock! A hammock is perfect for setting up pretty much anywhere. We have one that is adjustable and straps to trees. On warm summer nights you could even sleep in it!

Sunscreen​

Contributed by: Katie Bell of The World on My Necklace

As a native New Zealander who loves a good road trip, unsurprisingly I have done a lot of roadtripping around my beautiful home country. There are a few items that I consider must haves for a New Zealand road trip that go above and beyond what you would need for a regular road trip. First on the list is sunscreen - the sun in New Zealand is particularly harsh and you will need at least a 50+ sunscreen. Seriously, don't muck around when it comes to the Kiwi sun, you will regret it. Secondly, I would recommend getting a local phone plan with data if you want to have regular access to the internet, as not every camping ground or motel has it, and sometimes even if they do, it is pathetically weak - I recommend Skinny Mobile as their plans are cheap and they have good coverage. Lastly, I am going to recommend making yourself a Kiwi music playlist to listen to as you cruise around the country. There is so much incredible Kiwi music and some of my favorite Kiwi bands are The Phoenix Foundation, The Mutton Birds, Salmonella Dub, Fat Freddy's Drop and Crowded House. Now you are ready to get out there and enjoy your Kiwi Road Trip!

Bug Repellent​

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Contributed by: Marta Kulesza ​of In A Faraway Land​

There is a little dark secret about New Zealand that hardly anyone talks about, literally and figuratively speaking. It's called a sandfly. This little black creatures can turn your visit to certain areas in New Zealand into a nightmare. One of them is Milford Sound - a must see when on a road trip around New Zealand. Their entire life depends on your blood, so as you can imagine they try quite hard to get it out of you. Its bite, though painless, can cause terrible itching. There are a few of natural ways to make yourself less attractive to sandflies. One involves dancing like nobody is watching. The sandflies are way too slow to catch up on your moves. Second is to avoid dark clothing, because apparently they are attracted to it. Third is to rub orange or lemon skin onto your body. Rumours has it, they find the small appalling. The first will make you look like a maniac, the last may cause some people to stay away from you because you smell funny. Do yourself a favour and pack a good bug repellent, especially if your holiday falls in the spring, summer and early autumn months from November to April. ​

Hoodies

pack an extra large hoodie when you travel in new zealand

Contributed by: Cory Varga of You Could Travel

Our travel essential for any road trip around New Zealand is an extra large hoodie. Being comfortable during road trips is so important for us because it can get tiring to just sit and drive for hours. We usually wear an extra large organic cotton hoodie which regulates our temperature as it never gets too hot or too cold when we wear it. It's also really great for times when we need to explore our surroundings and leave the car. A jacket is usually too hot so a hoodie is perfect for comfort and warmth. Hoodies are also perfect for all activities: hiking, walking or just chilling in nature. A hoodie is multi-functional as well, and nowadays you can purchase lots of stylish hoodies which look great on photos.

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