So you've decided to come and do a DTS in Kona and now you're wondering what to pack. You've got the basics down: toothbrush, pillow, sunscreen, etc. But now you're wondering, "Am I missing anything?" So we're here to give you a few suggestions to fill in the gaps.
1. Insulated Waterbottle
Unless you want to quench your thirst with boiling water under the blazing Hawaiian sun, I would highly suggest investing in a Hydroflask. They don't leak, they don't break easily, and most importantly, they stay cold no matter how hot it is outside. It wasn't until after my DTS when I joined YWAM as staff that I switched over to the Hydroflask life, and there's not a day I regret that decision.
If you want to smell good and have clean clothes bring quarters for the washer ($1.25 per load) and dryer ($1). Simple as that.
We read this book a lot. I give it positive reviews. You might also want to bring a journal, pens and a highlighter. Maybe you're not the journaling type. But considering the wild six months you're going to have in DTS, I recommend you do your best to document that experience. You also might want to take notes when the speakers drop some heavy revelation and highlight some verses that change your life.
4. Island-Appropriate Clothes
Yes, this is a mission base. But no, you don't need to buy a collection of Amish skirts. It's safe to say that anything you would wear to Coachella is off limits, but it's hot in Hawaii and we get that. Everyone here dresses like normal people. Wear what you feel comfortable in and be reasonably modest.
5. Closed-Toed Shoes
During your DTS, you will be given a work duty (which is like a job that helps maintain the base). You will almost always need closed toed shoes for any task you are given. Also, we have a Crossfit box and a gym on base, so for physical fitness reasons, closed-toed are encouraged.
6. Personal Mini Fan
Of course, this isn't mandatory, and you can always hold off to buy one until you get here. But rooms don't come with air conditioning, and there's nothing like flopping down on your bed and putting your face in a fan after you've walked up 100 steps to get back on campus.
I've used my backpack more while being in Kona than I ever did during High School. Going back and forth from the classroom to the cafeteria to the prayer room to the beach, there's just so many things to carry around.
8. One Dressy Outfit
Two words. Love feast. At the end of Lecture Phase, there is a celebratory dinner where everyone looks nice and takes lots of pictures together to post on Instagram. It's kinda like DTS prom...except without most of the elements of prom.
You don't need a hammock, but you'll probably end up wanting one. There's a lot of trees on base that are basically begging you to hang a hammock on them. They're great for naps, reading, and relaxing. So if you have one, bring one.
10. A Willingness to Grow and Learn
DTS is filled with amazing speakers, powerful times of worship and ministry, and endless opportunities to grow in your faith and step out of your comfort zone. You can choose to view DTS as just a six month adventure with cool experiences, or you can use this time to grow in intimacy with Jesus and let Him transform your life. Jesus is so ready and willing to move in your life, and once you start walking with Him, the adventure doesn't end after six months. It continues for a lifetime. So come to DTS filled with expectancy and you won't be disappointed.