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The Ultimate Packing List for Glamping in New Zealand

The Ultimate Packing List for Glamping

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What to Pack for Your Own Glamping Trip

Combine the great outdoors with the comforts of home with your own glamping adventure! Forget cramped tents and sleeping on the floor. In this ultimate packing list for glamping, we’ll give you all of the essentials (and luxurious extras) to create your own idyllic glamping experience.

What is Glamping?

The word glamping is, as you probably guessed, a mashup of “glamour” and “camping”. Glamping comes in a few forms. On the higher end of the luxury spectrum, you have five-star commercial accommodations where hotel suites are essentially installed in a more outdoor setting, while some glampers like to do it themselves by transferring their home comforts to the outdoors.

How is Glamping Different from Camping?

Camping has always had connotations with “roughing it”. With camping, you usually have to give up some home comforts, especially if needing to pack light to access remote campsites on foot. Glamping, on the other hand, takes you to more accessible sites where either a glamping accommodation is already set up for you as a commercial operation or you can pack all your home essentials to an accessible campground and create your own glamping setup. In this glamping packing list, we’re going to help you to achieve the latter.

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Glamping Campsite Packing List

What you need to prepare for your campsite, i.e. where you’re going to live and sleep, depends on where you’re staying. It could be a scenic campsite in the wilderness or it could even be your backyard. With glamping requiring more supplies than traditional camping, one thing we will say is that you’ll want your campsite to be accessible by vehicle.

The Essentials

  • A yurt, canvas tent or a rooftop car tent + the appropriate tools to erect it
  • Queen-size bed or luxury airbed + pump
  • Pillows
  • Thick duvets and extra blankets
  • Head torch
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BLUETTI Power Station

Deserving an entire section of its own, power stations are one of the most important essentials of glamping! Having reliable access to electricity really upscales camping to a glamping experience. One of the cleanest and most reliable options we’ve found is the BLUETTI power stations. Their EB150 power station combined with a PV200 solar panel (or two) is widely used not only as a backup power supply for household appliances but as an all-in-one buddy for your long adventure.


  • Throw pillows
  • Hammock
  • Fairy Lights
  • Faux candles
  • Lanterns
  • Bedside table
  • Small plant, rug or other touches of home
  • Movie projector + screen
  • Camping chairs
  • Camping table
  • Picnic blanket
  • Small electric heater
  • Brush (brush out the tent before packing it).
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Glamping Food and Kitchen Supplies

Although you could just stay in a holiday park where you’ll find well-equipped communal kitchens and barbecues, glamping experiences tend to feel more “special” if you manage to keep your experience private and exclusive. With that in mind, you’ll need to bring your own kitchen gear and gourmet ingredients.

Again, your BLUETTI power station is essential to power some kitchen appliances (depending on how luxurious you want to go). Still, we at least advise one to power a mini fridge and a small electric camping stove.

The Essentials

  • Mini fridge
  • Electric stove or gas stove + gas canister
  • Lighter/waterproof matches
  • Cast iron pan
  • Cooking pot
  • Eating utensils
  • Knife
  • Wooden spoon
  • Tongs
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener/corkscrew
  • Kettle/billy
  • Coffee plunger
  • Cutting board
  • Plates/bowls
  • Mugs
  • Water bottles
  • Food containers
  • Rubbish bag
  • Bowl/bucket for washing dishes
  • Eco-friendly washing liquid
  • Dishtowel
  • Dish sponge or brush
  • Bottle opener
  • Ice packs/freezer packs

Gourmet Food Essentials

  • Crackers
  • Salami/chorizo
  • Cheese (halloumi is a hard durable cheese for camping)
  • Dips
  • Marshmallows
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, etc.
  • Your favourite breakfast food
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Salt/pepper (and other preferred herbs and spices)
  • Olive oil

Fresh food to pick up in supermarkets and markets on your way to your destination:

  • Sliced bread
  • Vegetables
  • Meat

See The Best Camping Meals, Inc. Camping Food List for meal ideas and food shopping lists.

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Clothing for Glamping

Practical outdoor clothing is the usual go-to for a camping trip, but glamping means you can kick it up a notch with some extra snug clothing – comfort is key!


  • Sneakers/walking shoes
  • Flip-flops (jandals)
  • Rain jacket
  • T-shirts
  • Quick-dry pants/hiking pants
  • Mid-layer (fleece, hoody, sweater, etc.)
  • Underwear
  • Woollen socks
  • Sunglasses

Glamping Options

  • Slippers
  • Dressing gown/bathrobe
  • Pyjamas/onesies (whatever makes you snug)

Warm Seasons

  • Sunhat/cap
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear

Cold Seasons

  • Thermal tops
  • Thermal bottoms
  • Warm jacket
  • Beanie
  • Scarf/neckwear
  • Thick socks for sleeping

For more tips on winter camping, see How to Stay Warm When Camping.

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Toiletries and Hygiene

Keeping fresh is all part of the glamping experience. Don’t forget your toiletry and hygiene essentials (of course, only pick what applies to you):

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Eco-friendly soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Deodorant
  • After sun/moisturiser
  • Prescription medication
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Contact lenses/glasses
  • Hair tyes/bands
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Toilet paper
  • Eco-friendly laundry detergent
  • Clothesline and pegs
  • Solar camp shower
  • Laundry bag

First Aid Kit

  • Plasters/bandaids
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Gauzes with clips/tape
  • Tweezers
  • Paracetamol/ibuprofen
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Antihistamine
  • Imodium

For a more in-depth first aid kit list, take a look at Health Tips For Travelling in New Zealand.

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Finally, for all of those things that don’t fit into a category but are still worth packing for glamping:

  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Laptop
  • Music speakers
  • Appropriate chargers (use a power station to charge devices)
  • Travel games/playing cards
  • Book/e-reader
  • Outdoor games (frisbees, kids’ games, etc.)
  • Quick-dry travel towel
  • Multi-tool
  • Duct tape
  • Bungy chords
  • Campsite pass.
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Power it All with the BLUETTI Glamping Ready Sale!

As mentioned, a power supply is essential for an upscale glamping experience. The deeper you explore nature, the further you are from the utility grid. Living off the grid, however, doesn’t mean you have to camp without power at all.

Make sure you’re well prepared before heading out on your glamping adventure by making a stop at BLUETTI’s Glamping Ready Sale, available from 16 to 30 September. It will help you save big on a huge range of power stations!

More About What to Pack for a Glamping Trip

That’s it for our ultimate packing list for glamping! For more packing lists and camping tips, take a look at our other awesome guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in our complete guide to Camping in New Zealand and Vanlife: The Guide to Living in a Campervan.


The information in this guide has been compiled from our extensive research, travel and experiences across New Zealand and the South Pacific, accumulated over more than a decade of numerous visits to each destination. Additional sources for this guide include the following:

Our editorial standards: At NZ Pocket Guide, we uphold strict editorial standards to ensure accurate and quality content.

About The Author

Laura S.

This article has been reviewed and published by Laura, the editor-in-chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Laura is a first-class honours journalism graduate and a travel journalist with expertise in New Zealand and South Pacific tourism for over 10 years. She also runs travel guides for five of the top destinations in the South Pacific and is the co-host of over 250 episodes of the NZ Travel Show on YouTube.

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