Preparing to Pack?

CONGRATULATION! It’s official!!! You are coming to NEW ZEALAND!

Flights are booked! Now… What do you pack???

TIP 1: KNOW YOU LIMITS

Air New Zealand buggageAir New Zealand allows you to bring:

  • One checked bag that weighs a maximum of 50 lbs (23kg) with dimensions (length + width + height) totalling no more than 62” (158cm).
  • One carry on item weighing a maximum of 15 lbs (7kg) with (length + width + height) totalling no more than 46.5” (118cm).
  • One small personal item such as a handbag, slimline laptop or duty free goods (where permitted).

For more information please visit the Air New Zealand website

So now you know your limits how on earth will you fit everything??

TIP 2: BRING ONLY WHAT YOU NEED

Don’t worry New Zealanders survive just fine. If you forget something you can probably buy it in NZ

CARRY ON:

  • Passport + at least 1 photocopy
  • Visa (affixed inside passport)
  • Plane tickets + confirmations
  • Cash, ATM card, credit cards
  • Printed insurance details
  • List of contact names, phone and email for parents and relatives, Study Abroad advisor and home college
  • Camera
  • Medication and prescriptions
  • Spare glasses/contacts
  • Essential toiletries for flight (tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, etc.) *adhere to airline restrictions
  • Change of clothes in case luggage is lost
    • Include something warm
    • Rain coat
    • Swimwear

CHECKED LUGGAGE:

This is a personal choice as different people value different things. You will have access to washing machines!! Don’t feel as though you need to pack every item of clothing you own.

Some helpful tips from past students:

  • Tips from AdamTips from AnneTips from ChrisTips from NateTips from LiaHIGHLY RECOMMENDED ITEMS: Sunscreen ($$ in NZ), sleeping bag, camera, backpack for traveling, rain coat, extra passport photos, and good walking shoes

Check out the IFSA-Butler website for more advice

TIP 3: LEARN TO PLAY SUITCASE TETRIS

So… you have eliminated as much as possible and now have a pile of items and an empty suitcase.

Here is a great video from Heathrow giving tips on how to squeeze everything in: