Packing List for a Summer in Scandinavia

Packing list

How much luggage should I bring?

We strongly recommend that at most, 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 Stockholm and/or 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 time abroad and need some extra packing space on the trip home, so try to pack as light as possible on the way to Scandinavia.

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 housing address in Stockholm and/or Copenhagen
  • 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

Summer is quite pleasant in Stockholm and Copenhagen, with temperatures typically ranging between 52 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months. However, weather in Scandinavia can be unpredictable; warm sunny mornings can be quickly followed by rainy and chilly afternoons. 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 (Stockholm and Copenhagen have 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 Scandinavia)

Leave These at Home

  • Copies of your passport, credit cards, housing address in Stockholm and/or Copenhagen, 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 Stockholm and/or Copenhagen)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Curling irons, hair dryers, straighteners and other related appliances (due to the different electric currents in Denmark and Sweden, 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 Scandinavia, if needed)