What to Pack for Your Trip to Knysna

Getting ready for a trip to Knysna? Wondering what you need to pack? Well, now you can relax, we have just the thing to make that job a breeze… we’ve drawn up your packing list. We’ve even added a printable list that you can download and print. Remember, this list is a guideline meant to get you started. It doesn’t mean you must pack everything from our list! Ultimately it’s up to you to decide what goes and what stays.

Happy packing!

Download and print your Knysna trip checklist.

Knysna is the perfect base from which to explore the gorgeous Garden Route. Huddled between lush indigenous forests and the shores of the lovely lagoon, Knysna and its surroundings offer a myriad of activities for couples, families, backpackers and luxury travellers.

Surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the mountain ranges of the Western and Eastern Cape, the Garden Route enjoys a very mild, oceanic climate. Summers are mild to warm, winters are mild to cool. The average low in winter is 10 °C (70 °F) and the average high in summer is 26 °C (79 °F). Rainfall occurs any time of year but generally peaks in spring.

The Milkwood Collection properties all offer direct access to the beach, so regardless of the time of year, much of your time will likely be spent there. All our properties feature a fully-equipped kitchen containing all the conveniences and charming Le Creuset cookware. Below is a list of what we provide.

In the chalets:
• Linen
• Bathroom towels
• Hotel bathroom amenities
• Toilet paper
• Fully equipped kitchen
• All kitchen utensils
• Iron
• Heater
• Hairdryer
• Alarm clock
• BBQ facilities and wood
• Black bags
• White bags

On the beach:
• Complimentary kayaks and paddle boards

From reception:
• Board games
• DVDs
• Books

Our services include:
• Daily housekeeping
• Laundry service
• Grocery Provisioning Option: Guests are welcome to pre-order groceries at Woolworths or Pick n Pay before arrival and we will happily arrange for the delivery to be placed in the chalet

For sale:
Kikois are available at reception for purchase

So you see, the nice thing is that you really don’t need to pack a lot. Here is a list of what you should bring along.


Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May)
It would be wise to layer your outfits at this time, as it may be cold in the early mornings but get quite hot by mid-day.

• Light pants or jeans
• Long-sleeved and short-sleeved t-shirts or shirts
• Light raincoat
• Light scarf

Summer (December to February)
Due to the hot and sunny weather, on the beach by the lagoon is the best place to be.

• Swimsuit
• Swimsuit cover-up
• Couple of short-sleeved t-shirts
• Shorts
• Light jacket or cardigan
• Light scarf

Winter (June to August)
Mornings and evenings are very cold but on certain days it may warm up a bit by mid-day.

• Jeans or warm pants
• Long-sleeved shirts and t-shirts
• Warm tops for the mornings and evenings
• Warm scarf, hat, and gloves
• Warm, waterproof shoes that are suitable for walking and hiking
• Windproof Jacket


• Sunglasses
• Sun hat
• Glasses or contacts
• Comfy slip-on shoes
• Comfortable sandals
• Comfortable hiking shoes
• Water shoes for clambering on the rocks
• Underwear
• Socks
• Sleepwear


• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Sunscreen
• Lip balm with sunscreen
• Moisturizer
• Body lotion
• Comb or brush
• Deodorant
• Shaving supplies
• Soap
• Shampoo
• Conditioner


• After sun lotion
• Insect repellent
• Antibiotic cream
• Plasters
• Anti-itch cream
• Pain reliever
• Prescriptions/medication if applicable
• Vitamins if applicable


• Camera, phone, laptop, iPod/MP3 player, etc.
• Chargers
• Batteries
• Binoculars (so you don’t miss unique bird viewing opportunities)


• Large all-purpose canvas beach bag
• Beach towels
• Beach ball
• Snorkel gear
• Cooler for picnics
• Beach blanket
• Water bottle


• Fishing gear (beach, deep sea, lagoon and river)
• Backpack for day hikes
• Picnic blanket
• Cooler for picnics
• Water bottle


• Healthy snacks (dried fruit, nuts)
• Groceries for self-catering (we provide BBQ facilities and firewood)
• The closest restaurant is 200 m away but their kitchen closes at 3 pm. View Knysna restaurants.


• Wallet
• ATM card, traveller’s checks, cash
• Addresses for sending postcards/e-mail
• Passport / Visa if applicable
• Auto insurance card
• Medical insurance card
• Emergency contact
• Driver’s license
• Journal/notebook and pen
• Maps and directions
• Reading material (we have a small library of books at reception)

Now that you’re all packed, we look forward to welcoming you!

PS. If you’ve stayed here before, please let us know if we should add any items to this list.