Travelling ATW – What to pack?

Going on a big trip and really have no clue as to what to pack?  After we left we decided we had way too much stuff and ended up sending a load home which cost us a bomb so we though we’d share a few tips on what to pack and what to leave behind to save you the backache.

It’s always difficult to pack if you are going to a variety of destinations, contents with differing weather conditions.  Here are some ideas with for what you may want to take.

Colder climates

  • T-shirt x 2
  • Vests x 2
  • Jeans/ Dress x 1
  • Walking trousers/ leggings x 1
  • Shorts x 2
  • Nice outfit x 1
  • Bikini x 1
  • Sleeping bag (3 seasons if camping out in a camper/ car/ tent).  If just hostels nothing or a sleeping bag liner if you want your own sheet.

Hotter climates

  • T-shirt if you need to cover up in the day/ pool/ sea due to sun
  • Vests x 3
  • Shorts x 2
  • Sun dress/ beach outfit x 1
  • Nice outfit x 2
  • Bikini x 3
  • Sunshade/ brolly (so useful in Australia where there are no sun beds or shades on the beaches)


  • Underware x 5
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Suncream (50+ is a must for NZ and AUS
  • Flip flops
  • Walking shoes or sturdy trainers withgood soles
  • Scarf or sarong
  • 2 x camping towels
  • Padlock (small)

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