Preparing for a Backpacking Trip

To give a bit of context to the story, I had been planning a backpacking trip to New Zealand for a long time and had booked flights earlier in the year. The leave date was fast approaching and I needed to buy some outdoor gear to keep me alive on some of the Great Walks.

I figured I would just wear my old hiking boots and take a small tent and warm sleeping bag but as I started to do some research on the climate over there, I realized I might be in trouble.

With the weather ranging from -20 to subtropical, it was hard to decide what I needed and what I didn’t. I decided to take 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of hiking pants and some lightweight trousers, t-shirts and base layers. As well as a down jacket, waterproof top and bottoms, hat, gloves, wool socks and more base layers.

The idea was to rotate the t-shirts and keep my shorts clean by swimming i them at every opportunity. The warm clothing is what I struggled with the most as it is so bulky and often heavy. There is nothing worse than lugging winter gear over sub tropical mountain ranges.

This all went pretty well but I did learn the hard way that hiking boots in New Zealand cost way more than they do in Europe. Way more! I did also need to purchase a long sleeve shirt to keep the sand fly's at bay. Apart from this I feel like I planned pretty well and was never in desperate need of something I had not thought about.

The best thing I learnt about packing is to always spend more money on a lightweight product. And always read Outdoor Gear Reviews before you buy. Listening to experts like the guys at Gear Assistant can really help you make the most of your travels and get the most out of your money.

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