New Zealand Pack List


I have been dreaming of visiting New Zealand ever since I saw The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001. I am surely not alone in that. So, when an opportunity to spend a month wandering New Zealand with my mom materialized, I decided to extend it by another four months. Packing for five months in a country like New Zealand is no small feat though. From the glaciers and snowy peaks Southern Alps to the volcanic deserts of the North Island, you can find just about any climate and any activity within New Zealand. 
To toss another wrench into the gears, I will also need to pack incredibly efficiently, more so than usual. For the first month, my mom and I will travel using a campervan. We will have ample storage and a level of freedom that I am very used to at this point. Once she leaves, though, I will be living out of my backpack, hitchhiking around the country, and visiting as many backcountry huts as possible. My system needs to be versatile, lightweight, durable, and, above all else, efficient.
Clothing: Lower BodyFunctionWeight (oz)MSRP
Icebreaker Everyday BoxerUnderwear3.17$35
Patagonia Minimalist WavefarerHiking Shorts3.6$60
Prana Stretch Zion PantHiking Pants14$250
Mountain Hardwear Stretch OzonicRain Pants9.5$150
Rab Latok Alpine GaiterGaiters9.4$75
Clothing: Upper BodyFunctionWeight (oz)MSRP
Icebreaker Tech-T LiteHiking Shirt5.75$75
Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Zip TMid-Layer10$100
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer HoodedInsulated Jacket7.7$350
Patagonia HoudiniWind Jacket3.6$100
Mountain Hardwear Stretch OzonicRain Jacket10$200
Clothing: AccessoriesFunctionWeight (oz)MSRP
Patagonia Tech Web BeltBelt4.5$30
Patagonia Duckbill VisorVisor1.7$25
BUFF Merino BeanieWarm HatNA$30
BUFF UV HalfHeadband.6$15
BUFF Merino Infinity ScarfScarfNA$30
Outdoor Research PL 150 Sensor GloveLiner Glove1.7$31
Smith Gibson Polarized*Sunglasses.75$120

* - This pair of sunglasses has also been discontinued. My next acquisition will likely be a pair of Native Sunglasses.

FootwearFunctionWeight (oz)MSRP
Smartwool PhD Outdoor Light Mini SocksSocks1.5$18
Luna Sandals Leadville PacerHiking Sandals9$90
Salomon XA Pro 3DHiking Shoes32$130
GearFunctionWeight (oz)MSRP
HMG Porter 2400Backpack30.5$290
HMG Stuff PackSummit Pack4.4$110
HMG Stuff SacksStorage2.1$85
Katabatic Gear AlsekSleeping Bag13.4$505
Exped SynMat HyperliteInflatable Sleeping Pad12.3$170
Gossamer Gear Thinlight PadFoam Sleeping Pad1.7$18
HMG Echo II TarpShelter11$320
MLD Superlight BivyBivy Sack7$175
ElectronicsFunctionWeight (oz)MSRP
iPhone 6S Plus (w/ Lifeproof)Phone/Tablet8.5$900
Anker Powercore 13000Portable Charger11.2$32
Logitech Keys-To-GoBluetooth Keyboard6.35$70
Sony ICD PX333Voice Recorder2.6$60
Anker Soundbuds SportBluetooth Earbuds.64$30
Suunto Ambit 3 PeakWatch3.1$400
PhotographyFunctionWeight (oz)MSRP
Sony A6000Mirrorless Camera10.05$600
Sony 18-200All Around Lens18.5$850
Rokinon 12mmWide Angle Lens8.7$300
Peak Design CaptureClipCamera Mount Clip3$59
Peak Design ShellCamera Cover2$45
ToiletriesFunctionWeight (oz)MSRP
Dr. Bronner's Camp SoapSoap/Shampoo1Row 1, Column 4
Dr. Bronner's ToothpasteToothpaste1Row 2, Column 4
Dermatone Z-CoteSunscreenRow 3, Column 3Row 3, Column 4
Burt's Bees ChapstickChapstickRow 4, Column 3Row 4, Column 4
Bamboo Toothbrush (Shortened)ToothbrushRow 5, Column 3Row 5, Column 4
Silicone Ear PlugsRow 1, Column 2Row 1, Column 3Row 1, Column 4
Row 2, Column 1Row 2, Column 2Row 2, Column 3Row 2, Column 4
KitchenFunctionWeight (oz)MSRP
MSR PocketRocketCanister Stove3$40
Vargo BOTWater Bottle/Pot8.4$40
Nalgene Insulated SleeveNeoprene Sleeve2$11
Klean Kanteen (27 oz)Water Bottle8.6$33
Vargo Titanium Spork ULVEating Utensil.38$12