Before You Leave

Things to Know

On this page you'll find information to help with your pre-conference preparations:

  1. 1. Packing List - Essentials
  2. 2. Climate & Weather
  3. 3. Medical Issues
  4. 4. Currency
  5. 5. Mobile Phones
  6. 6. Electricity

Packing List - Essentials
Make sure you're prepared for the climate and conditions on site:

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance
  • Fleece or sweater for cool evenings
  • Waterproofs in case of rain
  • Waterproof, tough shoes for walking
  • Alarm clock
  • Insect repellent
  • Electrical adapter
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Education That Pays For Itself 2016 has no dress code, whatever you feel comfortable in is fine – although it’s always good to pack an item or two of national dress if your country / region has one!

Climate & Weather

The climate in November in Durban averages 24°C during the day. Clothing layers are recommended for the evenings.  

Medical Issues
You should consult your doctor regarding any vaccinations you may need.

You should ensure that your travel insurance will cover medical costs in case of any emergency. If anyone falls ill during the conference, we will take them to the nearest clinic or hospital.

It is not recommendable to drink the tap water in South Africa, so purified water will be provided at the conference. If you would like to bring your own re-usable bottle, that would help to reduce our environmental impact!

The South African Rand (ZAR) is the official currency of the Republic of South Africa. At the time of writing there were approximately 21 ZAR to the pound (GBP).

Mobile phones
The hotels have internet access and there is mobile phone reception on most networks. This will be dependent on your roaming network when abroad, or you could buy a local sim card upon arrival.
These are very cheap to buy and will make contacting others with your mobile phone much cheaper.


South Africa uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type M).