warm clothing - Pack it or buy it out there?

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1. Posted by Claire4 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hello I am off on my first RTW trip in AUg-very excited.

We are starting in the states (NYC, San Fran, Vegas & LA) then onto Fiji then NZ, OZ and Thailand.
The problem I am having is most destinations are going to be hot but NZ wil be cold (we will be there Sept) do I pack all the warm stuff (jacket/fleece etc) just for this one destination or is there a cheap place I can buy it out there?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Buy it there.

Packing warm stuff takes up so much luggage space, and ends up weighing a whole lot.

In my experience, it's a lot easier to buy the basics at your destination rather than carting your own stuff around the world.

3. Posted by jadeverell (Respected Member 255 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi claire,

I have very recently posted a similar post called - "A few NEW ZEALAND questions......."

Have a read through it and it should answer your question. I have the same problem, and think that i am going to purchase a few warm clothes when i hit New Zealand. Its going to be a big shock going from the glorious warm beaches of Fiji to the Glaciers of NZ.....Humm


4. Posted by nzkatenz (Budding Member 51 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

You can buy basic, not stylish clothes at The Warehouse in New Zealand, all towns have an outlet, its cheap and cheerful. Also Farmers. Buy better quality, better looking, but more expensive clothes, jackets, polarfleeces etc at Kathmandu, again, most towns you will visit in New Zealand will have an outlet of it. Also shops like Fairydown and MacPac have great jackets and fleeces.

You wont have a problem finding somewhere to buy things.

Also, in September itll be cold, but probably not freezing. (obviously itll be cold if you go out to the glaciers! But you should be able to get by with a light jacket and a couple of layers, or a good polarfleece.

Hope this helps

5. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Definitely wait and buy it when you get to NZ....if you're not gonna need it before then, it'll just be a pain to carry around. Its spring in September in NZ, so it'll depend on exactly where you're going as to just how cold it will be. Up north its a rather tropical climate year round, but down the bottom of the South Island it's still possible to be getting snow in September ;)