Shoes are apparently optional even in Auckland. The water is too cold for swimming in many parts (bring a shortie wetsuit?). Bring a camera. I do not want to bring a laptop so will compromise on bringing a tablet.
Rick Steves has general male and female lists. Herpackinglist.com has an NZ and female-specific list with amusing annotations such as “trainers (normal shoes in America).” There are probably dozens of other lists.
- Camera (DSLR, 2 lenses, charger, memory cards)
- Clothing (t-shirts, swimsuit, shorts, jeans, fleece, bra and undies, hat, sunglasses, waterproofs, socks, sundress)
- Shoes (trainers, hiking sandals) as my feet are tender
- Pen and diary
- Tablet and mobile phone (thankfully unlocked)
- Toiletries, high SPF sunscreen and contact lens paraphernalia
- First aid stuff (paracetamol, plasters, Compeed, scissors, immodium, antacid, lady things etc)
- Guidebook(s) – this is the beauty of the tablet – it houses many books and is thinner than the thinnest Itchy guide. I have the Rough guide, the Lonely planet and plan to add guides for Melbourne and Sydney.
- Passport, insurance information, itinerary, contact information scans of these things
- Hydration pack, compass, Nuun tablets, flashlight, travel towel
- earplugs, eye mask, long-acting antiperspirant – that’s how I roll when I sleep
- Duct tape, sewing kit
Things I am considering
- Hiking boots – would be nice though my trainers are actually hiking shoes and I may not have room to bring these
- A shortie wetsuit – I must swim! Goggles and rash vest as well.
- mouth guard – a new addition to my sleep ritual preventing bruxism and possibly morsicatio buccarum, the question is, can I be bothered?
- hostel sheet (do I need?)
- Sarong (or can number 4 above double as a sarong?)
- Apps to aid (a) photo downloading from Canon DSLR to tablet (b) travel apps © spending tracker apps (d) photo backup (looking up flickr as I type this..) or
- Any other thoughts?