Packing Guide

Living Hope 2024 Packing Guide

The below packing guide is to help you prepare for 4 days of travel, 7 Days / 8 nights in Cape Town, with limited laundry facilities on site. The cost of these items are the sole responsibility of the participant.

You can donate any of your personal items to Living Hope by leaving your belongings at the end of the trip.

  • Passport/travel documents
  • Driver’s license
  • Prescriptions/medications
  • Neck pillow (for plane ride)
  • Eye mask (for plane and if you share a room)
  • Ear plugs (for plane and if you share a room)
  • Compression socks
  • Warm socks to wear over compression socks (the plane gets cold)
  • Journal, book, coloring book, activity for entertainment on the plane
  • Ink pen/pencil
  • Device chargers
  • Wired headphones for the in-seat television (headphones are often provided but not guaranteed)
  • Book/tablet/magazines/self-entertainment items
  • Snacks (don’t over-do it. Plenty provided on the plane and meals are hearty while on the trip)
  • At least two changes of clothes (pants, shirt, undergarments, socks, etc.)
  • Simple toiletries such as: Wet wipes, Deodorant, Feminine products and Toothbrush/paste


The number of items you bring will depend on your personal habits.  Jeans and hoodies are often able to be worn several times before washing.

  • Layering items: When we talk about layering clothes, we are referring to wearing a short-sleeved shirt, under a long-sleeved shirt, under a hoodie, with a rain jacket at hand. If you are cold-natured, you will start your day with these items on.  If you are hot natured, you will pare down how many layers you wear.
  • Shoes:
    • Appropriate shoes: Sneakers/tennis shoes are a great option for heavy walking days; however, the weather and terrain are often unpredictable, so a waterproof hiking shoe is a great option. If you purchase new shoes for the trip, it is imperative that you wear them and break them in before the trip. You will be walking about 5 miles a day. Please note that the community streets are often littered with trash, dirty water, and often animal excrement. Proper sturdy shoes are not only for your comfort, but for your safety. 
  • House slippers (for indoor use, your daily tennis shoes will be dirty)
  • Shower shoes
  • Shirts (short and long sleeved)
  • Pants (no tight fighting leggings, joggers are great as they are loose and do not drag the ground)
  • Hoodies/sweatshirts
  • Backpack (keep on bus for the day with snacks, hat, gloves, etc)
  • Fanny/cross body pouch to take with you on daily mission activities (for phone, limited cash, id, hand sanitizer)
  • Compassus logo shirt-This will be sent to your home prior to the trip
  • Rain jacket
  • Coat (don’t underestimate needing this!)
  • Socks
    • Fuzzy socks (it’s cold at night)
  • Undergarments
  • Swimsuit (unlikely to be used but you may have the opportunity to jump in the chilly ocean)
  • Sleepwear (rooms will be quite cool at night)
  • Warm hat/gloves (it gets quite cold outside)
  • Hat/gloves, if desired for colder periods
  • Toiletries: Soap, Shampoo/conditioner, Shaving supplies, Hair dryer/tools, Medication and Oral care products (toothpaste/brush, floss, etc.)
    • Hair dyers are often available
  • Ancillary Items
    • Outlet and voltage converter
    • Bug spray/sunscreen
    • Umbrella
    • Water bottle
    • Day bag/backpack
    • Camera/go-pro