One of the most frequently asked questions we get questions we get asked is -
"What should I pack for SBS?"
Packing Lists are helpful, but we decided we wanted to make this an experience to remember, rather than a chore to forget. So we decided to help you and created a SBS packing list for you.
The Bare Necessities
1. Passport – Valid for at least 6 months AFTER SBS (Very important if you want to travel at all!)
2. Bible, notebook, pens, pencils and a personal journal. (An ESV study bible will be provided together with basic stationary)
3. Bring your own bedding.
4. Personal toiletries and towel. (Most items can be bought from a local supermarket nearby.)
5. Water Bottle
6. Sunscreen/Sun Block
7. Sunglasses (For the beach or when you encounter God)
8. Toiletries (Most items can be brought from a local supermarket nearby)
According to the season you are coming, please plan to dress accordingly. This is not a one-size-fits-all guideline because of the unpredictability of Muizenberg’s weather, but it would be wisest to have a generic plan.
Winter (About 10 to 20 Degrees Celsius): June – August – Chilly and wet! Spring (About 13 to 23 Degrees Celsius): September – November Summer (About 17 to 30 Degrees Celsius): December – February – Warm and dry! Autumn/Fall (About 13 to 23 Degrees Celsius): March – May
Casual Wear (For classes and general activities)
Semi-formal clothing for church (Ladies, you will want to bring a long skirt if you would like to attend a traditional African church)
Swimwear (Be VERY modest.) For Men: No speedos or trunks. Only board shorts. For Women: A full one-piece bathing suit. No two-piece. Contact your church if you are unsure what an one-piece looks like.
Windbreaker (Muizenberg is known for its gusts of wind)
Winter Jacket (For duh! winter)
Shoes: • Good walking/hiking shoes (Cape Town is known for hiking mountains with picturesque sights) • A pair for special events. • A pair of soccer/football boots. (Optional extra) • Casual shoes. (Flip-flops/Sandals)
Clothes for outreach acts of service.
Bring an outfit of your national dress for celebrations and mission events. (If applicable) *We have many different cultures on our campus and clothing that is acceptable to some culture may offend others. So please bring appropriate clothing – no “spaghetti” straps, no low necklines, no midriff showing, no tight clothing or short shorts. If you wear stretch pants, you must wear a top or skirt over it that covers adequately.
1. Electronic devices (Cell phone, camera/laptop and their respective chargers.) We suggest you bring as few expensive items as possible. They are brought at your own risk!
2. Umbrella (ella, ella, eh, eh!)
3. Hairdryer, razors, personal care devices.
4. Flashlight (Essential for sunrise hikes).
5. Personal medication and dietary supplements. (Our local pharmacy is a 5-min walk from the Base)