How I fit four months of life into one checked bag

When DIS recommended that we only bring one checked bag, a carry on, and backpack, I thought surely that would be impossible. However, while doing my packing for Copenhagen, I found that it was in fact possible. Keep in mind this isn’t possible for everyone but if you’re a minimalistic or on a budget its definitely doable. Wanna know how I did it and what I recommend bringing and what I recommend leaving at home? Keep reading below.

First thing first, I highly recommend using vacuum travel compression bags or packing cubes. Personally, I used vacuum travel bags that I got from amazon to store my clothes and it saved me so much space in my suitcase.

Here’s a list below of everything I packed (well, everything I remember) for my spring semester in Copenhagen (weather is likely different for fall semester students so adjust accordingly):



  • Heavy Parka Jacket
  • Light puffer jacket
  • Rain Jacket
  • Leather Blazer
  • Jean Jacket
  • light athletic jacket

Other Clothes:

  • six sweaters
  • three long sleeve tops
  • two pairs of sweatpants
  • two pairs of leggings
  • three sets of pajamas
  • three pairs of jeans
  • two pairs of nicer pants
  • three more summery tank tops
  • three short sleeve tops
  • one skirt
  • two bathing suits
  • two dresses (one nicer one, one casual)
  • athletic clothes (3 athletic shorts, 2 long workout sleeves, 2 short sleeve)
  • undergarments and socks
  • two pairs of jean shorts
  • two hoodies/sweatshirts
  • gloves
  • winter hat


  • Blundstone boots
  • Reebok sneakers
  • Running shoes
  • soccer cleats
  • Chacos sandals


  • umbrella
  • soccer bag+ equipment
  • passport, travel documents, credit/debit cards etc.
  • water bottle
  • pain relievers
  • gold hoop earrings
  • small cross body bag


  • computer +charger
  • phone+ charger
  • adapter
  • earbuds

Toiletries (bought majority in Cope but brought a couple):

  • Toothbrush
  • Travel size toiletries for first couples days before getting settled in Cope
  • Hairbrush
  • Makeup and remover
  • Razor
  • Feminine Hygiene products

Now that I’ve been in Copenhagen four months, heres what I what consider must brings and what I would have left at home:

Must Brings:

  • A good pair everyday boots! You don’t even really need rain boots specifically but boots that are at least water resistant enough to wear if it rains will suffice. I personally love my blundstones and have worn them the majority of the time while here. I’ve worn them to class, out with friends, on hikes, and in the rain.
  • Heavy Winter Jacket! I can’t say for what weather is like in the fall semester but at for the spring semester her it Cope it’s cold the majority of the time here. I’ve work my winter Parka coat the majority of the time while here and it keeps me nice and warm.
  • Umbrella/Rain Jacket! The weather in Copenhagen can change in blink of a second so its always good to be prepared. Although wouldn’t recommend bringing your umbrella in when its windy and raining because strong winds here in Cope will in fact break you umbrella. Did I learn this from personal experience? maybe…
  • Sweaters! I’ve worn sweaters for most of my semester here since its cold here during the spring semester.
  • Comfy Clothes! Yes, people do generally dress nicer in Europe but trust me you are still gonna want comfy clothes to lounge in your apartment/homestay and on days where you don’t feel like looking nice for class.

What I would’ve left home:

  • Jean Jacket- its been too cold to wear it for the most part
  • light athletic jacket- haven’t really worn much of it
  • Chacos sandals- again its just not warm enough for me to wear sandals in Cope so far but if you’re planning to travel to a warm beach destination while abroad then can be useful to bring sandals
  • a couple of my more summery clothes (tanks/shorts)- just hasn’t been warm enough to wear

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