DTS Pro Tips for Packing
DTS is an exhilarating adventure. A lot can happen in the five months you’ll be here, including traveling internationally for the field assignment! Packing for such an adventure can be overwhelming; what do you need to bring? What should you leave at home? Is there something you’re forgetting?? Let me help you out:
Some tips before you start packing:
A friendly reminder - everything you bring with you during your lecture phase must also go with you on your field assignment. Unfortunately, YWAM Ships Corpus Christi does not have enough storage available for trainees to leave things behind while on their 8-week field assignment. In some cases, like in the event of holding DTS graduation in the field, you may not even return to Corpus Christi after DTS to collect your belongings.
The luggage you choose matters! As we mentioned before, everything you bring on the lecture phase goes with you on your field assignment, including luggage! You won’t want to carry a giant suitcase up and down mountains, onto tiny sailboats, or through remote villages that don’t have roads. A 50-70L hiking backpack is the best way to go!
The size of your backpack matters as well. The bigger the backpack, the more stuff you can fit in. However, the more stuff you put in your backpack, the heavier it gets! Keep this in mind when you consider lugging that backpack on a 2 hour hike uphill into a village you may stay in while you conduct ministry.
If you have trouble packing what you need for the lecture phase (for example, a pillow and sheets) you can always purchase them when you arrive and donate them before you head to your field assignment.
That said, let’s get started!
Here’s what you’ll need for lecture phase:
Items specifically for your Field Assignment:
We’ll let you know during the lecture phase if you need to purchase additional items for your field assignment. These may include:
What Not to Bring:
We are so excited to have you and are looking forward to seeing you soon for your Discipleship Training School at YWAM Ships Corpus Christi!
Did we forget anything, or do you have any good pro-tips? Share with us in the comments below!
These are great tips! I found it's important to practice walking with my luggage. If I could not walk up a big hill or for a sustained amount of time with what I packed, I packed too much! It's surprising how little you actually use.
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