THINGS TO BRING
WHAT MUST YOU BRING?
- You MUST have a current passport!!! If you do not already have one, you need to go to the US State Department website.
It takes about 6 weeks to get a passport (you can get it faster, but
you pay a lot more). Once you have made your trip deposit, you should
go ahead and start the passport process. Check the expiration date!
Check to make sure you have a visa if you aren't a US citizen.
must bring money or some means of getting money. I strongly advise you
to bring an ATM card and a credit card. (Contact your issuing
institution before you go to tell them you will be in New Zealand for a
month). Everywhere we will visit has ATM's. Check with your bank to
make sure your ATM card will work in New Zealand. You should check to
see what the ATM fees are for your card in NZ and also if there are any
credit card fees for foreign transactions. Do NOT bring a lot of
- If you are on prescription medication be sure to bring a copy of the prescription in case you run out.
- If you wear contacts or glasses, you should bring back-up pairs.
black and white composition notebook for your daily journal. Please use
the common type that you can get from Wal-Mart (9.75 x 7.5 inches). This
is separate from any notebook that you will use for class notes.
- You must have at least one pair of closed toe footwear (required for White Island trip).
- Bring a copy
of the travel insurance card. Or, you can just save the key
information: EIIA International Travel Insurance Coverage;
+1-240-330-1551; Group ID: C2EII; Activation Code: 150424. Take a few
minutes to review the insurance information on the insurance card so
that you know what to do if Dr. Doroga, Dr. Paumi or Dr. Workman are not around.
- Check on the Air New Zealand website
to see what their baggage restrictions are. For the international
flights you are allowed two pieces of checked bags that have a maximum
combined weight of 100 lbs. It will cost you $30 extra (one way) if you
are over the 100 lb limit. If you are flying within New Zealand
(traveling to the South Island for instance) you are allowed one piece
of checked baggage with a weight of up to 55 lbs. Excess charges for
domestic flights (in New Zealand) are ~$1.50/lb (USD). You may bring
one normal piece of cabin baggage and a personal bag (a purse or laptop
- Since we are flying internationally we will not have checked baggage costs for the domestic flights.
to put any liquids, gels, etc. in your checked baggage. Every time we
go to NZ someone has to throw out their sunscreen because they put it
in their backpack.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING?
should bring another form of identification (driver's license) and a
copy of the front page of your passport. If you lose your passport,
these two things will make it easier to get a replacement. Do not store
them with your passport.
- You should bring
sufficient quantities of any medication you take regularly. If you are
prone to motion sickness be sure to bring some type of medication to
- You will need a copy of the textbooks, Teach Yourself Volcanoes and Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded
which you should purchase online (they will not be available in the
bookstore!). You can get them almost for free used at Amazon.com.
- You should have a daypack for the class activities.
- Bring a zip-lock bag to store your journal in if it rains.
- Towels will not be provided in the backpackers so bring one.
- As far as the outdoor activites go:
wide-brimmed hat (not a baseball cap) is essential because the UV
radiation is higher in New Zealand than the US. Many students do not
believe us on this point and get horribly sunburned.
- You can buy sunscreen in New Zealand.
pair of waterproof hiking boots is a good investment. You can do the
hikes in running shoes, but that might be hard on your ankles.
- A rain jacket is also important since the class is outside!
least one warm fleece (or other material) jacket is important since it
could get cold on some of the hikes. It needs to fit in your daypack!
should bring at least one pair of pants because some of the clubs/bars
require pants (not jeans). Pants are also useful on some of the hikes
if it gets cold.
WHAT OTHER THINGS COULD YOU BRING?
- Some things that will make your trip a little more convenient, but cost money include:
hydration system or water bottles for the long hikes. You can always
use plastic soda bottles for water on the hikes.
- Non-cotton clothing is generally better for hiking since it does not hold moisture and dries faster
- Hiking poles can make the longer hikes a little easier.
type of camera is useful. Most people had digital cameras on the course
in 2014 and some used their phones as cameras. Be sure to bring
sufficient memory cards. If you have a film camera you should check how
the film responds to security X-rays. Film is more expensive in NZ.
the things you need to plug in, check the electricity requirements. NZ
has 220V which is OK for most of your things. I did not have any
problems with my laptop or iPod or iPhone chargers, but one student
burned out a battery recharger. You will need a plug adapter which you
can buy in the US and share with other students. Just search for New Zealand plug adapter on Amazon.com.
few people brought laptops which were convenient for writing the paper
(you may handwrite it!) and downloading photos from digital cameras. At
our accommodations we will have internet access and wireless access,
although both will cost money.
- Some paperback books to read and share (it's a long flight!) are worthwhile.
New Zealand travel guide is important if you will be spending more time
in New Zealand (share one with other people in your group).
WHAT THINGS SHOULD YOU NOT BRING?
- Try to pack a minimum amount of clothing.
Every place we stay will have laundry facilities.You do not want to
have to haul around a huge amount of luggage. There is no need to bring
nice clothing or shoes--you will be just wasting space and adding
weight. You should bring one suitcase (or large backpack) and one
daypack. You can see the sizes of Dr. Workman's luggage below. Note the
baggage allowances above. Remember to reserve weight/space for
- Do not pack any firearms or large knives.
not try to bring food into New Zealand since the country has very
strict entry laws. You can bring food on the plane, but you will have
to throw away any food (most packaged food is OK) before they let you
through passport control. Do not bring any seeds or other plants.
- Do not bring illegal drugs.
phone calls may be very expensive from NZ to the US; check with your
provider. It may be cheaper to buy phone cards in NZ and use those to
call home. The list of backpacker phone numbers is on the Google doc.
Dr. Paumi has a cell phone if there is an emergency and your family
needs to contact you.
- Do not bother to get NZ
money before you leave the US. There will be ATM's in the Auckland
airport and right next to our accommodations in Auckland where you can
WHAT'S DR. WORKMAN BRINGING TO NZ?
ON MY PERSON
- Wallet containing Drivers License, credit card, debit card, less than $100 US dollars in cash.
- Passport (I recommend you carry your Passport and Wallet in a neck pouch or in a zippered pocket)
- Plane tickets
- Some clothes from the list below
IN MY SUITCASE
- Rain Jacket
- Wide-Brimmed Hat
- Hiking Boots
- Sandals (especially useful in the bathrooms and beaches)
- Hiking Poles (only useful for old people)
- 3 liter hydration reservoir (fits my backpack)
- 2 pr pants (non-jeans)
- 2 shorts
- 1 swimsuit
- 9 pr socks
- 7 pr underwear
- 7 T-shirts
- 1 nicer shirt
- 2 long-sleeved shirts (for hiking purposes)
- 1 medium fleece pull-over
- 1 fleece vest
- 1 soap dish + 1 bar of soap
- 1 bottle of shampoo and deodorant in ziplock bag (the bag is to limit damage if the shampoo leaks)
- 1 bottle of sunscreen in ziplock bag
- Travel size can shaving cream, toothbrush and toothpaste in ziplock
- A few extra ziplock bags (also convenient for food storage)
- Rock hammer (you don't need one) and hand magnifying glass
- 1 pr nail clippers
- charger for camera
- mini camera tripod
- charger for ipod
- charger for phone (maybe other people have the same chargers?)
- Assorted text books and maps for the class (you won't have these)
- Composition book (I won't have one, but you need it for your daily journal)
- New Zealand plug adapter
IN MY DAYPACK (remember the restrictions on liquids in carry-on bags)
- Camera (+ extra memory card)
- Cell phone
- iPod + headphones
- Textbooks (Teach Yourself Volcanoes and Krakatoa) + any notes/references for your paper/oral presentation
- Kindle for reading
- Small Bag for personal care things
- Razor + extra blades
medicines (if you bring prescription drugs be sure to bring a legible
prescription from your physician which lists the common trade names of
- Spare eyeglasses
- First aid items (hopefully I'll have enough for everyone)
- Granola bars for snacking (you will be fed two meals on the Air New Zealand flights)
- Small empty bottle to be filled with water once past security
of Drivers License and Passport front page, phone numbers for
bank/credit card companies, addresses for friends and family
- Pens and pencils
THINGS I WILL BUY (OR SHARE) IN NZ
WHAT'S DR. PAUMI BRINGING TO NZ?
- Laundry detergent
- More bath soap
- Assorted novelty T-shirts, other souvenirs
In my travel pack (small wrapping purse) – NOTE: this is personal item for carry-on
- Wallet (driver license, debit card linked to NZ ready account, less then $50 US cash, school
- health insurance card)
- Passport (with copy of all medical and contact prescriptions, picture of my kids)
- Plane Tickets
- Phone & Camera
- i-Pad mini
- Chapstick (Eos)
- Hair ties
In my Daypack (Carry-on) – NOTE: there is a 7 kg (15 lbs) weight limit for daypack
Small blankets from my kids
Little stuffed friends from my kids
Medications in a Ziploc bag
Copy of my Passport
Toothbrush, Travel toothpaste, contact solution, deodorant & contacts in a Ziploc bag
Chargers cords for computer, iPad/iPhone, & Kindle
Volcano Book(s) & Maps for class
In my Suitcase – NOTE: weight limit is 23kg (50 lbs)
1 Button up shirt (nice shirt)
1 Fleece Vest
1 Long Sleeve Fleece
2 Long Sleeve T-shirts
- Towel and washcloth
- Rain Jacket – Northface two-layer jacket
Toiletries – packed in Ziplocs
1 Pr Hiking pants (shants)
PJs – T-shirt & Pants
4 Pr Hiking socks
- 14 Pair underwear
- Shampoo & Conditioner – normal size bottle
- Soap dish and bar of soap
- Razor and travel size shaving cream
- Nail kit with clipper and scissors
- Face wash, Sea breeze & cotton pads
- Feminine products
- Travel size lotion
- Hairbrush & hair gel
- Extra Contacts – daily wear
- Hiking boots
- Chacos sandals
- Cheap flip-flops (shower shoes)
- Hiking Poles
- Small Backpack (???)
- First Aid Kit
- Neosporin, Hydrocortisone
- Extra Ziplocs – Gallon & Quart
- NZ Plug & Converter
- Rock hammer and hand magnifying glass
- Ace wrap
- Athletic tape
- Blister pads
WHAT TO DO BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE US
- Contact your bank to inform them that you will be using your credit card/ATM card in New Zealand for the month of January
- Submit the answers to the questions about the Krakatoa book and movie to both Dr. Paumi and Dr. Workman by email
you leave your house make sure you have your passport on your person.
You will need to get used to using your passport as your form of
identification so don't pack it. Make sure that you have a copy of your
passport personal information page somewhere else in your carry on
- Make a hard copy of your plane ticket.
- Leave yourself
plenty of time to get to the airport since you need to be there two
hours before the flight leaves. It might be convenient to organize some
car pools. Program Dr. Paumi's and Dr. Workman's cell phone numbers
into your phone just in case something arises and you need to contact
- Before you leave your house make sure you
are ready to go through security at the airport. Leave all metal in
your backpack. Wear shoes that are easy to take off. Pack all liquids
in your suitcase. Make sure you have identification on your suitcase.
Put your cellphone in your backpack before getting in the security line.