How To Pack For A YWAM DTS

By YWAM Newcastle on November 26, 2014 in Discipleship Training Schools, Resources, Videos

One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked is “How do I pack for DTS?”
Packing lists are helpful, but we decided we wanted to make this an experience to remember, rather than a chore to forget.

Two of our YWAM Newcastle staff members, Michael Cooke and Meg Kemp, show us some valuable tips to keep in mind when packing for a Discipleship Training School! This will walk you through step by step, giving you guidance to pack just right for DTS!

*Check out the more in depth list and information below the videos.

Luggage:  What you take here you will take with you on outreach.  We recommend bring a backpacker/hiker’s backpack, and a day backpack.  Regardless on your choice of luggage, it needs to be something that is easy for you to handle.  Because of this, we recommend you take a maximum of 15kg (33lbs) in a hiker’s pack, plus your day backpack/carry on or be prepared to give anything more away before leaving on outreach.  It is also important to note most flights from Australia (such as to outreach) have a one bag check-in limit of 23 kgs.


  • Keep it simple – bring enough clothes for an average of only 8 or so days and wash regularly.
  • To maximize your clothes, choose ones that are easy to mix and match to switch up your look.
  • Bring/buy smaller bottled/bottles for toiletries for outreach and while in Newcastle go halves with someone if you buy a larger item.
  • Where it is an item you don’t need that much for your entire time, share it!  E.g. your laundry detergent, sunscreen, and insect repellant.
  • You can buy things here – we are in walking distance to the shops and your school staff will probably organise to take those that want to go in the first couple of days.
  • If you are too stressed by it, build friendships here with those in the community and ask one of them if they might be able to store something for you while you are away on outreach.

Climate Averages

Annual Rainfall – 1,134 mm

Temperature average minimum average maximum

January 19.3 °C (66.7 F) 29 °C  (84.2 F)
July 7.3 °C  (45.1 F) 17.7 °C (63.9 F)

Winter schools – please note in Australia we do not use central heating.  While the weather rarely goes below 0°C, those from the northern hemisphere normally really feel the cold here.  We are too far south to be hot all year round!

Things to Bring

-Passport (valid for at least 6 months after YWAM school)

-English Bible, pen & journal

-Sleeping bag, pillow & pillowcase


-Quality water bottle

-Sunscreen/sun block 


-Personal toiletries (note for women: Australian sanitary products are different than most countries, so you may want to bring your own from home)


Clothes to Bring

-Neat casual wear – Modest shorts, pants/jeans, T-shirts, dresses, skirts, etc.

-Modest church clothes for overseas outreach.

Men: collared shirt and a tie.

Women: modest skirts/dresses, pants, shirts that cover the shoulders

-Something dressy (smart casual to semi formal) for nights out, commissioning, functions

-Modest bathing suit:

Men: board shorts

Women: one piece or tankini with board shorts (no midriff or cleavage showing please)


-Jacket (for cooler winter months)

-Shower shoes (flip flops/thongs), walking shoes, casual shoes and dress shoes

-Socks, underwear

Optional Items

-Phone/laptop/camera + necessary chargers


-Hairdryer, hair straightener, razor, etc (please note the power voltage compatibility)

-Flashlight/torch/head lamp (for those that will be camping: July students, October students, January Summer Classic students)

-Personal medications or dietary supplements

-Travel size first-aid kit

-Travel size sewing kit

-Musical instrument(s)


-Bug spray


– Please ensure you include clothes suitable for both Australia (modest neat casual) and outreach (very modest neat casual).

– It is illegal to carry a knife in Australia without “good reason” (camping, fishing, etc, is acceptable, defense is NOT).  Pepper/capsicum spray is also prohibited.