What’s in My Bag?

Hello Friends!

My pre-departure anxiety is at its peak. I am anxiously awaiting my departure with a million thoughts racing through my head. Surprisingly they aren’t fears about living abroad. Instead, I’m overthinking my long trip to Denmark and what I’ve packed.

Will 2 hours be enough time to get through TSA? Are my bags too heavy? Will my flight be delayed? Do I have everything I need? Did I pack too much? What if… you get the point. 

You should know I’m terrible at packing and far from a minimalist. Although I try to minimize, it’s just not who I am. I’m so used to taking any and everything to school each fall when I head to Vanderbilt. However, it’s sort of impossible to do that when you’re limited to one suitcase and a carry-on item. Sure, I could bring another checked bag… for an additional ridiculous fee. Never. So, I’ve somehow managed to pack my life into a 50-pound bag and one carry-on. How you ask? I have no idea!

But seriously, for the past few days, I have packed, unpacked, and repacked several times. Each time I would weigh my luggage with a handy dandy luggage scale I found at Target. I shed a few tears (not really) as I slowly but surely removed a ton of the items I thought I could bring. I was forced to pick what I thought was essential for my trip.


Checked luggage — exactly 50 pounds!!


In my bags, I made sure I packed all of my toiletries: shampoo, conditioner, styling creams, gel, face wash, soap, toothpaste, etc. I brought all of my cosmetics and haircare that I knew I wouldn’t find in Denmark. I packed my MUST have clothing articles and things that would be comfortable but still fashionable. (I’ve learned that Danish style is usually simple and practical; something you can bike to work in.) I made sure to pack for some summer weather, fall and ESPECIALLY winter! Hopefully, I have enough!

See you soon Copenhagen!

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