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Traveling with infants - what to bring

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Traveling with infants - what to bring

In january we will be travelling both North and South islands with two children aged 22 months and 12 months. On the the South Island the route is Picton-Abel Tasman-Westcoast- Queenstown-(Invacargill)-Dunedin-Lake Tekapo-Christchurch. What kind of clothes will be nescessary for the kids? On the North Island I dont think anything but summerclothes is needed but on the South Island I am not sure summerclothes will be enough. It looks like it can be quite cold in the South also in january.

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1. Re: Traveling with infants - what to bring

Pack warm clothing as well. A hooded jacket and long sleeve tops

for the Westcoast and Invercargill.

You may not need them, but its best to be on the safe side.

You may also need rain jackets.

The weather in the north should be excellent with lots of sunny day's.

Purchase sun screen here in NZ. You will need it for the little ones,

and give them sun hats to wear. Our ray's are strong. Even with out sun.

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I new Zealand Car seats are compulsory for under 5 years old, so ensure that the rental company gives you suitable car seats

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Ensure that the clothing you bring is layered and that is for the adults as well. NZ weather in January can be very changeable from very hot 40 degrees cent in central Otago is not uncommon at that time of year nor is 7 or 8 degrees. By layered clothing I mean when everything is on you are dressed for cold weather and you are able to remove garments layer by layer as the weather warms up and vice versa. A good weather jacket is a must and a medium weight sweater or jersey that can be worn under the jacket. Also bring or get a warm hat.

For the heat Factor 30plus sunscreen and put plenty on. REpeat it if necessary every couple of hours and a wide brimmed sunhat for you all is a necessity.

Our ozone levels are not as strong as some European countries and the UV rays are very strong. 10 minutes exposure to the sun can be too much for an unscreened body especialy an infant.

Despite this doom and gloom you are arriving at a fun time and Im sure you will have a ball.

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As already mentioned bring clothes that you can layer for kids and adults. January can still be a bit unsettled (even in the North Island).

Buy your sunblock here in NZ, as your one won't be strong enough for our UV rays. A survey that was done last summer, reccommend anything that was made in either NZ or Australia as the best.

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5. Re: Traveling with infants - what to bring

We have just arrived back and had taken clothes for every season and used them! To get around having to take heavy coats for us all we took zip up fleeces with hoods that we could layer t-shirts and long sleeved tops underneath this worked really well and saved on the baggage allowance with two children in tow.

Be sure to follow the advise about using the suncream, even on cloudy days you can get burnt (found this out the hard way!) would recommend not taking any with you, buy it over there much easier and again saves on the baggage allowance.

Have a wonderful time, it is a beautiful country.

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