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New Zealand Bird Tour
We totally recommend the tour by Gannet Beach Adventures at Cape Kidnappers on the North Island as a great day out and value for money.
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Cold Weather Packing
How best to manage packing when very cold weather is part of the travel?
Enjoying a clear view of Everest from base camp.
Having travelled in Antarctica, Alaska, Canada, Russia (worst blizzard for 10 years in Siberia for that time of year!), Iceland, Scandinavia, Nepal, and to Everest base camp(Tibet side), with only clothes described below, I can confirm that cold weather should not deter you from traveling with cabin luggage only.
What is essential? In a word - long johns ! They are seriously the best thing a traveller to cold climates needs. What a god send. Get a thin lightweight set of top and bottoms (2 if you are travelling extensively in cold countries) made of wool. Wear a warm coat or jacket or carry over your arm through airports and fill the pockets with your hat and gloves.Carrying your coat does get a bit annoying when you are repeatedly in warmer countries and we have "donated" a coat or two along the way! If you use a balaclava style hat(not very stylish I'll admit as in the top photo at Everest base camp) you don't need a scarf. Another alternative is a neck warmer that also doubles as a 2nd hat .These are lightweight and not bulky. See pictures below.
Use as a neck warmer Pull the toggle and the neckwarmer becomes a hat
Layer clothes for warmth. Put a thin T-Shirt closest to your skin, (easier to wash and dry) then the wool underwear on top of that. For our 2011 world trip that took us through some very cold countries we had a fleecy reversible zip up jacket in addition to our coats that travelled with us.This also was worn through airports so as not to add to the weight of our bags. Having a totally reversible fleecy gives you a choice of colours so you don't feel that everyday you look the same. Just make sure you buy a washable and quick drying type. Whilst we did throw away our coats and bought new ones later our fleecies came with us always. My zip broke in Iceland but I was able to get this replaced at our next stop - U.K.
Wear two pairs of sox in cold weather rather than taking or buying thicker ones. Using two thinner pairs means you will be able to get them dry easier and worse case scenario you could wear a 2nd day reversing the pair closest to your skin! Wearing two pairs traps and retains heat better. It is also surprising how much heavier thicker sox are in comparison to two pairs of thin sox and even a few grams of weight extra for sox counts in the quest to travel with cabin luggage only.
Lastly, your hiking boots or shoes MUST be waterproof. Nothing is more miserable than wet feet!
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