It’s not my fault I’m an over-packer, I swear. It’s a hereditary habit, for which I hold my mother accountable (and she knows it). And we’re not alone, my father’s an over-packer and so is my sister. Just to paint a quick picture for you, we are that family that looks like they are leaving for a year when in reality we are only going on a weeks vacation.
When I look back at my own packing history, I think the hardest thing I ever did was trying to pack for college, and mind you when I left for school home was only a thirty-minute trek back up the highway. Mom and dad were only a phone call away to bring me anything I had forgotten. Still, I think I brought at least half of my belongings with me, under the age old reasoning of “just in case”.
Naturally, you can imagine my surprise when I contacted my schools study abroad advisers and was told it was best to pack for two, two and a half freaking weeks worth of clothes! Then I coward the internet and DIS Website alike, and found, much to my dismay, a very similar answers. In turn, when I told my mother this her natural first reaction was truly encouraging— she laughed. Having long ago accepted her packing habits, she found amusement in my ever unending struggle to only pack what I truly need.
In any case, however, I was determined to better this time. To pack what I would truly wear and skip my usual step of cramming a million extra things “I might just need” into my suitcases at the very last minute. Yet, as the weeks passed and the days left till my departure dissipated with a startling quickness; I found that my strong founded determination was being combated by an even stronger adversary. You see, Denmark has an unpredictable variety of weather at any time of the year (well at least this is what the internet tells me). So, attempted as I may to not overpack for the unpredictable, the task was becoming increasingly impossible.
In the end, I admitted defeat to my overpacking habits, and just packed what made me happy, including many of those “just in case” items. I would rather be safe than sorry, and well dressed, always.
So, for all of you fellow over packers out there, I get it, it’s tough, and I’m here for you supporting you– you can do it. I wish you success and hope you fare better than I when it comes to your own new travels. For those of you traveling to Denmark, below is an included list of the basics that I packed for my months abroad, hope it helps.