Packing List for a Semester in Copenhagen

How much luggage should I bring?

We strongly recommend you bring only one large piece of luggage (within the weight restrictions of the airline) and one small carry on. The main item you need to pack is clothing; nearly everything else is provided by DIS or can be bought in Copenhagen. You will have a better travel experience if you are not transporting multiple pieces of luggage. You will also likely acquire things during your semester and will need some
extra packing space on the trip home, so try to pack as light as possible on the way to Denmark.

What to Put in Your Carry-On Bag

Most commercial airlines have regulations regarding what you can pack in a carry-on bag. Be mindful of these restrictions. Below are important items that you should pack in your carry-on bag:

  • Passport (carry a copy of the main page of your passport)
  • Medication (do not pack your medication in your checked luggage on the off-chance your luggage is lost)
  • Personal health insurance card (if applicable)
  • Student ID card from home university
  • Printed flight itinerary
  • Printed copy of your Copenhagen housing address
  • Laptop
  • Phone charger
  • DIS address (in case of luggage delay)

You may also want to have a few personal items in your carry-on in order to make your trip more comfortable. Consider including a water bottle, book, headphones, toothbrush and toothpaste, and change of clothes in case of flight delay/cancellation.

Items to Pack in Checked Luggage

Weather in Denmark can be unpredictable; temperatures can be as low as mid-20s Fahrenheit, and climb all the way up to mid-70s Fahrenheit over the course of a semester. Our advice: bring layers and versatile pieces to minimize excess packing!

Beyond clothes and toiletries, here are some additional pieces we recommend you bring:

  • Umbrella or raincoat
  • Comfortable shoes (Copenhagen has cobblestoned streets)
  • Electrical adapters (required for all U.S. electronics. Read more here about which electrical adaptors to use)
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Backpack for class and day trips
  • Weekend bag (e.g. a duffle bag) for short excursions
  • Cosmetics (if there are specific brands you use which might not be sold in Denmark)
  • Small gift for Homestay or Visiting Hosts (if you choose)

Leave These at Home

  • Copies of your passport, credit cards, Copenhagen housing address, and flight itinerary for your parents
  • Anything of great personal or financial value that is irreplaceable
  • Books/materials (provided by DIS)
  • Bedding & Towels (provided by DIS)
  • Kitchenware (provided by DIS)
  • Toiletries (can be bought in Copenhagen)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Curling irons, hair dryers, straighteners and other related appliances (due to the different electric currents in Denmark, these items typically result in fuses shorting, which can cause power outages even if you use an electrical converter. Plan to purchase these appliances in Copenhagen.)