Your long weekend road trip checklist

Going away for the long weekend? Don’t forget these commonly forgotten items – plus here’s a few of our clever packing hacks.

We definitely weren’t done with summer just yet so hooray for long weekends! Planning on breaking a sweat? Or, perhaps turning the pages of a book is about as ‘active’ as you’re getting (no judgment!). Either way – there are a few essentials you can’t forget. We’ve rounded up a checklist with the most commonly overlooked items to pack for a long weekend away, plus a few of our handy packing hacks.

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Call us biased but is there a country more beautiful and diverse to be for a long weekend than our own backyard? You can literally drive past rolling vineyards, glistening lakes and world-class beaches all in one day. But, such diversity requires smart packing – you need to prepare for anything and everything, including four seasons in one day.

Don’t forget to pack…

Vitamins (duh)

This is where Vitally shines. No need to pack multiple bottles – just chuck a few vitamin packs into your toiletry bag and away you go.

Toothbrush and toothpaste

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During summer in New Zealand, no matter where you are, it’s hay fever season. Hay fever can wreak havoc on your holiday so don’t be caught short. Antihistamines are also great to have on hand for any kind of allergic reaction.

Mosquito repellent

On the above, mozzies are also a killer in summer.


It’s no secret, the sun’s rays are very harsh in New Zealand. Make sure you carry good sun protection (SPF 30-50) and reapply it frequently. Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days.

Collapsible beach bag

It may sound unnecessary but it makes lugging beach towels, books, sunscreen and water bottles to the beach a whole lot easier.



Mask and hand sanitiser

Don’t forget to pop these in an easy-to-access part of your bag.

Phone charger

Beach towel

Portable speaker




Shampoo and conditioner


Playing cards

Hair ties

beach holiday packing

Clever packing tips

Packing is pivotal. Forget an essential item and you’re left disappointed and scrambling to find the nearest store in your destination. Pack too much and you end up disorganised and burdened with heavy bags. So, we thought it best to revisit the most basic—and most useful—packing rules.

If you haven’t worn it this summer yet, don’t bring it

For some reason, when it comes to going away, we throw in garments we haven’t worn in months. But, without fail, end up wearing the same thing every day…usually a beach cover-up, are we right? 😉

Pack by outfit

On the above, there’s nothing more annoying than struggling to stuff everything back into your suitcase at the end of a trip only to realise you didn’t even wear half the clothes you brought. Think practically about what you’ll wear each day, including underwear and socks.

Pack something warm

In New Zealand, temperatures can skyrocket during the day and plummet at night, so don’t forget a jumper.

Be prepared for wet togs

Chances are you’ll be swimming this long weekend. Pack another bag inside your main bag for wet swimwear.

Plan a menu

If you’re going away to a bach, plan a menu for your grocery shop in order to save money and avoid wastage. Try to buy as much as possible at your local supermarket as regional grocers/convenience stores are notoriously expensive.

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