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What To Pack For Your Overseas Experience

March 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 110

Going on your 'Overseas Experience' (or 'OE' as has become the standard Kiwi slang) is almost a rite of passage for most young New Zealanders. Some take a year off between high school and university, others wait until they have a degree and then there are those that decide that their overseas experience is going to last forever!

Planning for an OE can seem a little daunting; living away from Mum and Dad, leaving the country and not having any set place to stay. It is important to be as prepared as you can be without taking the excitement and spontaneity out of your trip. What should you take with you, where will you stay? Should you look into backpacking tents and which pairs of socks are the warmest?

Backpacking, from whatever way you look at it, is a challenge. Stripping all your possessions down to the very basics and making them fit in a bag on your back is a weird and interesting way to get through life for any period of time. Some people have trouble cleaning out their rooms; pulling apart everything you own down to just necessities can seem impossible. With a bit of thought and planning, picking the essential gear you need can be a lot easier.

First of all, the backpack. Investing the extra money for the most comfortable backpack you can find is worth it. Remember, you have to carry everything in here, clothing, food, shoes, towel, backpacking tents, toiletries and first aid, it isn't going to be light. Making sure you are as comfortable as you can be is important. Take a comfortable, light if possible, pair of waterproof shoes. Having a cheap or uncomfortable pair of shoes can make travel agony; a bad pair of shoes can really ruin your day. A fast drying towel, a separate compartment bag for toiletries and some wet wipes fit in well too (you never know when you are going to need to clean up a mess!). A first aid kit with bandages, aspirin, any prescription medication and some anti-septic is important too.

A good trick that experienced backpackers will share is taking all the clothing that you need to take with you and halve it. Clothing is what will weigh you down the most, only take the bare minimum. A couple of t-shirts, a pair of jeans and a warm jacket.

Backpacking tents are also a wise investment. Having safety of shelter that is always with you can come in handy. Plans falling through and being left with no place to stay without backpacking tents in a foreign country can be a horrible situation and you should do everything you can to avoid it.

Create a checklist and run through it, making sure you have everything you need. Your OE is about experience and self-discovery. With a lot of planning and preparation, it will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life!

Check out our range of tents for your OE today.

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