Travel Preparation

Before embarking on any exciting travel adventure, it pays to check out the requirements for travelling to your chosen destination. 

• Visas
• Passports
• Packing Tips
• Pack for a Purpose
• Travelling wtih Kids
• Medical Tips
• Weather
• Departure Checklist


It is always important to check if you need any visas for countries you will be visiting and transiting through before you travel. If you don’t, then you may be refused boarding of your flight or worse, refused entry on arrival. 

Whether or not you require a visa is normally determined by 3 things:
• Your nationality
• How long you intend to stay in the foreign country
• Purpose of entry (e.g. tourism/business/study/work etc)

To check out visa requirements specifically for your circumstances, contact Visa Direct who can assist by phone or email. For non New Zealand passport holders requiring information about visas to return to New Zealand check out the New Zealand Immigration website.

• If you are a NZ resident rather than a NZ citizen, you will most likely need a re-entry permit when returning.
• Ensure you have all necessary documentation before you arrive at the airport, or you will be denied boarding at the start of your journey
• It is a good idea to keep photocopies of your passport, entry Visas, travellers cheque sales advice, airline tickets, driver's licence etc. separate in your luggage and also copies left at home with family or friends in case of theft. 

Working Holiday Visas
A working holiday lets you travel, work, and immerse yourself in a destination and a culture. The following countries offer Working Holiday visas for young New Zealanders:

Argentina Belgium Canada
Chile Czech Republic Denmark
Finland France Germany
Hong Kong Ireland Italy
Japan Malaysia Malta
Netherlands Singapore South Korea
Sweden Taiwan United Kingdom

For information on eligibility, processing procedures and application forms, contact you Consultant, the relevant Embassy or Visa Direct.


In order to undertake overseas travel you will need to be in possession of a valid passport.

It is important that your passport is not damaged and has sufficient blank pages for any required visas and/or any entry/exit stamps gained en route. Visas can not be put on the observation page of a passport.

Certain countries require that visitor’s passport be valid for a set period beyond the intended stay. We therefore suggest your passport be valid for 6 months beyond your intended journey. (This does not apply to Australia as long as your passport is valid.).  For further assistance visit:

Note: Special passport requirements apply for travel to the USA under the USA Visa Waiver Scheme. One of those conditions is that your passport is “machine readable” A machine readable passport has <<<<<<<< page etc at bottom personal data passport. 05 photo be scanned not glued on. If passport was issued after 25 Oct 06 it must also contain “biometric identifier” in the form of a thick plastic page.


Packing Tips
The general rule of packing seems to be – place everything you wish to take on your bed – then halve it! Experienced travellers will tell you - the less you bring the better.
• When choosing your luggage, look for bags with rollers – these make it much easier for moving through the airports.  Straps are great for moving around but can get caught in conveyor belts easily so removable straps are advisable. 
• It’s best to keep your most valuable items in your carry bag so that they are with you at all times.  Examples of these are: passport, visas, money, camera, airline, cruise or train tickets, and itinerary with confirmation numbers and addresses and phone numbers of where you'll be staying. 
• If you have medical items on you, make sure that they have professionally printed labels on the containers 
• With up-graded security detectors in most airports, it is quite possible that film could be damaged whilst in transit.  Camera bags offering protection against this can be purchased in most camera stores. 
• Clearly label your luggage inside and out & use locks wherever possible. If your bag is not unique, it is advisable to tie or sew something bright onto it so that you will recognise it on the conveyor belts. 
• Make a list of what you need and stick to it! Consider what activities you will be doing both night & day and check the weather forecast to help with your wardrobe selection. 
• Check your hotel’s in-room amenities – such as a hair dryer, an iron and board, soap, shampoo etc. – so you’ll know what to leave behind. 
• Don't take your most valuable jewellery and limit the amout you take with you. 
• Pack your toiletries in mini-bottles to save space. Avoid filling bottles up to the very top as pressure inside the plane may force the contents to expand and overflow. 
• Iron your clothes before packing & roll them up to avoid creases. 
• Check the weight and size restricitions for luggage with your airline or travel consultant.  If baggae is over these limits, travellers may be charged an excess fee.

Carry-on Luggage
Any liquids, aerosols and gels that passengers want to take in their carry-on baggage have to comply with the following requirements:
• All liquids, aerosols and gels must be in containers of 100mls or less 
• Passengers must carry their 100ml containers in a re-sealable transparent plastic bag of 1 litre volume (this is a re-sealable sandwich bag like those available at your local supermarket) 
• Each passenger, including children, will be allowed to carry on one, 1 litre transparent plastic bag
• The plastic bag must be re-sealable and presented separately from all other carry-on baggage at the screening point

There are exemptions for:
• personal medications
• baby products
• dietary supplements in liquid, aerosol or gel form

A website has been established by the Ministry of Transport to provide up to date information:  


Pack for a Purpose

You can make a BIG impact on the lives of children around the world….
    Small Space. Little Effort. Big Impact
There is need everywhere in the world. Often as a traveler you wish you could make a meaningful contribution to the places you visit and to say ’thank you’.

Pack for a Purpose is :
-    is a not-for-profit organization
-    it partners with participating lodging and tour companies to supply community projects in more than 45 countries
-    there are more than 300 participating lodging locations and tour companies that accept Pack for a Purpose items from travelers and deliver them to the local projects
-    Pack for a Purpose makes it simple for travelers to make a difference on every trip.

With 5 Easy Steps:
1.    Select your destination.
2.    Find a lodging and a project it supports.
3.    Choose the supplies you wish to bring from the specific items requested.
4.    Drop off the supplies at the lodging.
5.    They will be delivered for you; it's that easy!

Find out more


Travelling with Kids
A trip abroad for most kids is a big adventure. Here are a few hints to help make the trip fun for all of you....

• Make the most of this adventure and start the build up a few weeks early. Get a special calendar- better yet get the kids to make one so they can mark off the sleeps.

• When flying with small children, the best seats to reserve are the first row of seats in the plane (in economy). You will be facing a wall, however, there is more legroom here and most airlines will provide a basinet that hooks on to the wall. If you have flight time options choose night flights. The children are more likely to fall asleep.

• Children's ears sometimes hurt on landing. To remedy this hand out some chewing gum as the plane starts its decent. (Not suitable for Singapore where gum is illegal).

• If you are staying in one place for any length of time with children, consider renting your own apartment with a kitchen and laundry. 

To help make travelling with kids as easy as possible we have put together some comprehensive tips and advise, many of them have been passed to us by our customers over the years:

Click here to download your copy of “Hot Tips for Travelling with Kids”


Medical Tips
• Make sure you take out health insurance. This is particularly important in the US where you will not be treated unless you have insurance.

• Vaccinations and other medical precautions are needed for travel to some countries, and are easily obtained through your doctor. Look into this early in case you need two injections for the same vaccine.

• If you are on a prescription or if you take a specific medicine, take enough away with you as you may not be able to get replacements overseas

• Always carry a doctors certificate for any prescribed drugs so you don't have any problems at customs.

• 'No Jet Lag' tablets are great to help keep you feeling 100% after a long-haul flight.  Drink plenty of water on your flights and take regular walks up and down the aisles to prevent blood clots. (For more information on DVT, click on to Everybody)

• Motion sickness is a common problem, ask your chemist or doctor for suitable medications to take. When flying, try to sit near the wing of the plane. Ear plugs may also be useful.

• Diarrhoea is a major health risk when travelling in new countries. If you're unsure, avoid uncooked meats, raw fruits and vegetables, unpasteurixed milk products and stick to bottled water.  If you do have symptoms of diarrhea, rest and plenty of purified water is the best medicine.

• It is important to see a doctor if bitten by a wild animal and may require a tetanus and/or rabies shot.

• Pack a first aid kit.

• If you have any questions please ask your GP or health professional.

The Travel Doctor Group provides travel medicine services to all travellers before, after and while you travel. Clinics are accessible and have up-to-date global communications. This website also shows any current health alerts around the world.


Before you start packing, it's a good idea to find out what the weather will be like in your chosen destination so that you can pack accordingly.

For up-to-date weather forecasts & travel warnings, go on to:

• Yahoo! Weather
The Weather Channel

The following list covers most things you will need to think of before leaving for your trip:

• Valid passport 
• International airline ticket(s) 
• Completed departure card 
• Airport departure tax
• Entry visas
• Cash passport / Credit cards 
• Travel insurance 
• Itinerary / hotel & tour vouchers
• Copies of passport and drivers license  
• Credit cards with friends / relatives for emergency
• Medication
• Neighbour to watch the house
• Camera 
• Pet care
• Cancel milk deliveries 
• Redirect mail
• Lawns
• Turn power off


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