YOU’RE JUST WEARING THE WRONG CLOTHES
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!
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
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
- 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.
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