It’s not Bad Weather

YOU’RE JUST WEARING THE WRONG CLOTHES

Canada’s most eastern point, Cape Spear, Newfoundland

This is a classic Danish line. Much opposite to the Brits, Danes dislike ever giving the weather bad credit, as it is what it is and you simply need to adjust accordingly. I once spoke to a woman after a terribly rainy weekend and brought up the weather, naturally, as that is the main focus of my small talk. She retaliated with informing me of the importance of fresh air and told me she took her children to the beach. She simply wrapped them up and then they went and threw stones in the ocean. While that sounds lovely in theory, all I could picture was two children wrapped up in marshmallow snowsuits, having to throw the rocks in with straight arms as their arms would not bend with the amount of layers they had on. I will have to remember to take a walk to the beach next rainy day just to see if my predictions are correct, as I am certain she is not the only Danish mother doing this with her children.

Now, more to the point of this post – PACKING. The struggle to pack can sometimes have people leaving it to the very last minute then stressing as they throw insane amounts of clothes they will not wear in a bag that’s much too big for the amount of time they are spending away from home.

I have a permanent packing list on my phone, and most of my toiletries bags are simply travel bags ready to go – whose surprised? I find the list to be quite universal however, with only small changes needed each time, and I’ve sent the list to others to help them back as it covers the essentials that should not be forgotten. Depending on the occasion and the destination some items will have to be altered, but this should help start you out!

RULES

Read your baggage allowance prior to packing

No liquids over 100ml in your carry on – and have all liquids in a transparent baggy

No sharps or firearms (come on guys)

No explosives (Don’t joke around at the airport about it)

Check the weather before you go and pack accordingly, winter gear will take up much more space in your bag but remember you can wear a good amount of it on the plane to save space in your luggage – big things being winter coat and boots.

If you’re going somewhere hot then a light sweater and one pair of averagely warm pants should all you have for warm stuff – don’t waste your space.

If you’re going for more than a week, only pack for a week, if you’re going for more than a month, pack for two weeks. Any amount under a week you can pack for every day but only have one outfit per day – simply bring extra underwear and socks

Recap:

Traveling under a week = pack one outfit per day only

Traveling for 1 week – 3 weeks = only pack a week worth of clothing

Traveling for 4 weeks + = only pack for two weeks’ worth of clothing

Packing list:

  • Passport (and Copy of Passport/drivers license)
  • Paperwork – visa – vaccination form (have everything printed – sorry trees, but phones die and get lost)
  • Phone chargers/cords (Don’t bring broken cords, buy a new one if needed)
  • Back up battery pack (and the charger associated with them)
  • Socks / underwear (don’t want to forget these – EXTRA socks if you’re hiking or if it’s cold)
  • Jewelry & Make Up (don’t bring anything you’re not willing to lose, and only the bare minimum)
  • Bathing suit (depends where you’re going but seems to be high on the forgot list for people)
  • Pillow (optional- If you want a plane pillow, buy before the airport)
  • Plane snacks (All airlines allow you to bring food and snacks on the plane – WAY CHEAPER)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, etc)
  • Mouthwash (depending where you’re going there is not always safe water)
  • Hand sanitizer & baby wipes (essential – everything is dirty)
  • Razor (depending how long you’re going for – disposable razors are allowed in your carry on)
  • Hair brush and ties, oil & dry shampoo (bring what you would use on a daily basis at home)
  • Shampoo/conditioner (little – remember nothing over 100ml in your carry-on)
  • Cream (Hand, face cream, after sun cream – in different climates you may find your skin is dry)
  • Small first aid kit (band aids, medical cream, after bite, ibuprofen, Imodium)
  • Pills (vitamins, prescriptions etc. don’t forget puffers or any medication you could need)
  • Shoes (remember these take up tons of space – other than flip flops, so choose wisely)
  • Rain jacket (I have this amazing one that rolls up into nothing – couldn’t recommend it enough)
  • Water bottle (Fill once you’re PAST security)
  • Headphones (for the plane and general life)
  • Purse (handbag or small backpack for everyday use)
  • Laptop/case/cord (If needed, have it accessible as you’ll need to take it out at security)
  • Adapters (Know which adapters are needed for the country you’re travelling to – essential to have at least one prior to arriving, universal ones are great)

Start packing about a week before you go to give yourself time to remember things and to see what you use on a daily basis and what you don’t. Check the weather but use the wise words of the Danes and don’t get bummed out if the weather isn’t calling for all sunshine, just wear the right clothing and take whatever comes your way.

While I know most of the Danes speak of this quote quite literally I like the think it also has a beautiful metaphorical sense that is worth remembering for those stressful days of travelling – or simply life!

It’s not bad weather you’re just wearing the wrong clothing

Remember my beautiful friends, you must find peace with what’s happening around you and adjust. For the things we cannot change – death or new life, rain or snow, natural disasters or financial downfalls – sometimes in life we have to recognize that we can change ourselves – our current form or clothing, in order to adjust to what’s around us and make peace with it. We must prioritize our mental health but recognize things will happen beyond our control and once they have happened, sometimes there is nothing, but ourselves and our clothing that we can change. Sometimes life will hit us with a hail storm when we’re only 5 minutes into a 30 minute bike to work, but giving up and sitting on the street will only leave us more wet.

“Wear Sunscreen”


My father showed me this song and I remember having it on my Ipod when I was 12 but writing this post made me think of it, and hearing the song again I feel like there is lots of advice in it that perhaps helped to make me who I am, and still helps me to become a better person today. I am great full for things like this that he left for me to think of all the life lessons he had for me and happy I can share it with any of you reading this.

NOW START PACKING

How to Plan your next Trip

How to Plan your next Trip

Beautiful Friends! For all you wonderful people that are following along you may have noticed I’ve been a little missing in action the past two weeks. Don’t you worry though; it was all research for you guys! How am I supposed to tell you about every place in the world to travel, if I haven’t ticked them all off myself?!

Since my last post I have had the most amazing time having my friend Kelsey visit Copenhagen, then visiting Manchester where she is now living and working! We had the most amazing weather and got to explore the beauty of Manchester’s  mash up of old and new architecture, and experience another one of the world’s finest accents – next to Danish of course.

THEN, two days upon my return my wonderful friend Madison made her arrival from Canada for her tourist days in Copenhagen. We then flew out to Faroe Islands, to visit the islands that have more sheep than people and not a single tree! Don’t let that paint a bad picture though because it is one of the most incredible places I have been to. Faroe Islands have the untouched feeling where people have not overtaken and the beauty of nature and its forces prevails. Made up of 18 islands, either connected by subsea roads or only accessible by boat or helicopter, makes this place appeal to nature lovers alike. A perfect blend of mountains and ocean make up these islands and they will make you never want to leave.

NOW, while I’m happy taking up anyone’s request to join them on a getaway, for lots of you out there, there’s a little more to it. Here’s my breakdown on PLANNING YOUR NEXT TRIP. These are the first steps to take to making your photo album more interesting than your Pinterest!

HOW TO START PLANNING YOUR NEXT TRIP

Let’s start with the BASICS! When, Where, Who, What, WHY?

WHEN

If you never take the time, you’ll never go anywhere. Now it seems unless you’re a nurse then large weeks of open holidays won’t fall into your lap so if you are a full time worker WHEN is your first question and the first thing you need to address to get your next trip into planning. OPEN YOUR CALENDAR, do it now. Seriously. Do you have holidays booked and are just dreaming of the next adventure? Is there a slow period at work where it will be easier to take more time off? Do you have hundreds of hours of vacation pay but just feel like you just can’t leave the team? USE THEM. PLEASE. I have recently talked to a bunch of people that have insane amounts of vacation days available to them that they are simply not using or getting bought out for. TAKE YOUR VACATION DAYS; they’re there to keep you sane. You need to take a break, your mental health will thank you. Your work is literally funding your vacation. Use them.

                Once you’ve found a timeline for yourself, send in the vacation request and label in your phone VACATION, so you don’t make doctors appointments or routine things that will stop you from going away. Figuring out when is important as well to know HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU HAVE and WHAT TIME OF THE YEAR IS IT. If you only have 5 days off, you’re not taking a 24 hour flight each way and wasting your time on flights when there are vacation destinations much closer, and if its middle of January I don’t advise going somewhere where the weather isn’t what you want and the sightseeing spots are closed.

WHERE

PULL OUT THE BUCKET LIST. Now if you’re anything like me the bucket list is every growing and I’ll take just about any excuse to add something new. FIRST you need to decide – do you want hot or cold? Are you running away from the winter blues, or are you dying to see the northern lights which are easiest to see in the winter months? If you plan to do a lot of hiking you may not want the hottest days of the year, meanwhile if you’re scuba diving you may want that water as warm as it can possibly be. NOW, sometimes I think we live in this fantasy world where we think only our country has seasons and that no matter what Florida will always be beach weather and Banff will always have unreal skiing. Unfortunately, other than the countries on the equator and the poles, most countries still have varying seasons. My current experience being in Copenhagen I have found that January is certainly not the best time to visit here. Being such an outdoorsy country the lack of flourishing plant life and the constant struggle between rain and snow doesn’t make for a magical holiday.  SO CHECK THE WEATHER. Another thing to look into is festivals around the world during your holiday period that could be unreal to visit, or things that will not be available much longer. One of my last trips was planned almost entirely due to the fact that 2018 was the last year you could go inside the Taj Mahal. While India was always on my bucket list, upon learning the time sensitive matter it flew up to the top and we made it October 2018 within the final months of it being open.

WHO

Who do you want to travel with? Girl’s trip? Relationship tester? Family get away? Who is important in your life and shares the same desire to get away – and can get the same vacation days as you. Find people that want to get the same out of the trip as you. Is this a destress holiday in a sunny paradise, or a hike across North America? Don’t drag a boyfriend that doesn’t want to be in the sun when you have a best friend that’s dying to get away for a beach vacation. Travel with people that will love the trip as much as you do and let it be there choice to come. NOW, if no one can come with you, consider going alone. While this may not seem like your style, I have outgoing wonderful friends that chose to travel alone and have met so many new friends along the way. When you are the only brain in the planning you get the chance to everything you want to do and don’t have to worry about people with different desires or budgets.

WHAT

What are you going to do? Is this the trip to finally cross swimming with sharks off the bucket list? Do you want to hike, bike, swim, ski or sleep? Do you want to learn how to slow down and embrace meditation and the beautiful Hindu culture of India, or are you dying to catch the perfect wave in Australia? Fast paced, slow paced, expensive or cheap, figure out what the big thing you want to do on the trip is. We travel for ourselves, but isn’t it great coming back with some wicked stories? What will yours be?

WHY

Why have you read all the way down to here? You must be considering travelling so ask yourself why. You can also ask yourself WHY NOT. What is stopping you from travelling, while we can all say our bank accounts, I don’t buy that those people only have money that’s stopping them – because money can be made and saved and you don’t need as much as you think you do to travel. If you’re making excuses to yourself or others, look deep and see if they’re all that’s stopping you. For every minute you’re not booking, the flights are going up, so stop contemplating. If you know this is something you need and want, then book now and never look back!  

Don’t call it a Dream, call is a Plan!