Updated: Feb 7
We've put together the ultimate packing list for travelling around Denmark to make sure you don't leave anything behind! Here are the necessities and best things to bring with you for an awesome trip to Denmark.
Since we're originally from Denmark as well as based here, we made this packing list assuming we were travellers from somewhere else. Many of these things are also very dependant on which season you'll be visiting in, so make sure to keep that in mind when packing.
Ultimate Travel Packing List for Denmark:
Tops, t-shirts & shirts
Dependant on season/weather & activities
Winter jacket/rain jacket
Sunscreen (reef friendly)
Travel first-aid kit
Camera gear & electronics
Camera + lenses
Extra batteries + camera charger and chords
Extra SD cards
External hard drive (to back up your content)
DJI Ronin-S (cinematic filming)
Gorillapod + microphone (vlogging)
Drone(s) (we have a DJI Mavic Air + DJI FPV)
Extra batteries + lens filters (drone)
Telesin Dome (50/50 underwater GoPro photos)
Laptop + charger
Blue light glasses
Powerbank (solar powered options)
Accessories & necessities
Reusable water bottle + cutlery
Travel Packing List Breakdown:
We travel everywhere with our 70L Kathmandu Terrane Adapt Backpacks with wheels. We find it super handy to have the option to use it as a regular backpack but also the option to use it as a trolley. This is the ultimate bag for long-term comfort travel!
We have two day bags which we also bring on our travels. One of them is the McKinnon Camera Pack 35L - Nomatic which we use to carry almost all our camera equipment. This bag also expands so that we can carry extra clothes which is really handy for hiking. There's an extra bag in the bag which folds out and actually makes for a third day bag.
The second day bag we bring is The Backpack Pro from Douchebag which we carry all our travel essentials for the airport (passports, insurance, travel papers etc) and then once we arrive we use it for carrying extra camera gear and extra clothing.
We find that it's really smart to bring a fanny pack to carry credit cards, driver's license, passports and other important things that we either don't like leaving behind at our accommodation or always need to carry with us. In some countries it's smart to carry important things like that close to your eyes to make sure it doesn't get stolen or left behind.
There are the obvious things to bring such as underwear, socks, pyjamas, tops, t-shirts and shirts but apart from that we've put together some other essentials which are handy to bring and some clothing items that makes for great photos.
First of all it depends a lot on which season you're going to visit in and if you're visiting outside the summer season we would make sure to bring a winter/fall jacket and possibly a rain jacket. The weather in Denmark is quite unpredictable and you don't want to end up having to purchase proper warm clothing when you could spend your money on activities, souvenirs, nice dining etc. So if you're visiting during winter season make sure to pack a proper winter jacket, a scarf, a beanie and gloves to keep you nice and warm! There's nothing worse than freezing! During summer season you probably don't need more than a thin spring jacket or a warm jumper.
This brings us to activewear and hiking shoes/boots which you're probably not going to need as there are no mountains in Denmark, just hills and cliffs. The hikes that are located here can easily be done with just a pair of sneaks or even in sandals. There will be lots of city adventures and beach adventures while you're in Denmark so make sure to bring comfortable sandals and sneaks.
If visiting during spring/summer make sure to bring swimwear as you never know when you'll get the chance to take a dip in the Copenhagen canals, the ocean, lakes or a hotel pool. If you're visiting during autumn and winter it might not be necessary though. One thing that we want to mention is that the water temperatures here in the north aren't very warm so don't count on a vacation mostly spend swimming in the ocean. We find the water temperatures are quite cold even in the summer but a lot of locals go swimming in the canals in Copenhagen, lakes and in the ocean anyway and then there are some locals who even go for a dip when the water surfaces are covered in ice so it really depends on what you want out of your trip.
Make sure to bring jumpers, knits, sweatshirts and/or hoodies because the temperatures usually drop in the evening during spring/summer and during autumn and winter it's a necessity. We would also bring jeans or pants because, again, you can never count on the weather.
As for the girls, assuming you'll visit during spring/summer, it's always a good idea to pack dresses for different occasions, skirts, shorts and jumpsuits/playsuits. This way there's something to wear on different locations and on different occasions. It's a good idea to bring a mix of long, beautiful dresses and short, casual dresses. Skirts and shorts are great for a more casual look with either tops or t-shirts to match and then jumpsuits or playsuits tend to look quite casual yet really beautiful on photos.
For the guys, also assuming you'll visit during spring/summer, it's usually a food idea to bring very casual clothing items like shorts and t-shirts but we find that it's also a good idea to bring some nicer shirts as well and make sure to bring different coloured t-shirts and shorts so it's easy to match with locations and occasions. We are also on the lookout for a pair of linen pants for Jonas as it makes for great photos while being super comfy to wear even on really warm days.
Lastly we always make sure to bring a hat both for sun protection as well as for the sake of a nice photograph. My hat from Lack of Colours goes with me everywhere and Jonas usually bring a cap.
Sunglasses are a necessity to protect our eyes from the sun, even during winter as the sun can be quite sharp. We would bring reef-friendly sunscreen to protect our skin during summer although the sun aren't too strong it's still best to avoid any sunburns. This is a no brainer in our opinion but during any other season than summer, it's not necessary at all.
It is super important to carry a small travel first-aid kit in your bag as you never know what can happen. Making sure to take your precaution and stay safe will also make your trip better in case an accident were to happen.
Make sure to always carry a hand sanitiser in your bag as well in case there's no running water nearby to wash your hands, in case Mother Nature is calling at the most inconvenient times and to make sure you don't catch any illnesses while you're away!
Bug repellent can literally safe your day if you're in an area, out hiking or camping somewhere with a lot of mosquitoes etc. There's nothing worse than being super itchy and having nasty bug bites all over your body so make sure to bring it! It's mostly during humid, summer nights we use bug repellent here in Denmark so we would most definitely bring it if visiting during spring/summer.
Camera gear & electronics:
We travel everywhere with all our camera equipment as well as necessary electronics. We know that it varies what kind of camera gear and electronics people have and have space to carry but we want to be able to create cinematic videos, vlogs and photos which is why we bring so many different things to create content with.
We first and foremost bring our camera Panasonic Lumix GH5 with extra batteries, SD cards, chargers and all our different lenses and lens filters. We use the lens filters a lot during the day because the sun can be too bright and they work as sunglasses for our lenses and therefore makes for better photos when it's bright out. We also bring an external hard drive to back up all the content we're creating as it would be such a shame if we lost any of it.
We also bring our DJI Ronin-S which we use to shoot cinematic videos. This is a stabiliser which makes the videos way smoother than if you were to film everything handheld. We want to get more into videography and vlogging and that's why we always pack it. It does take up a lot of space but it's worth it in the end.
Then we bring our gorilla pod and microphone for vlogging with our camera and sometimes the gorilla pod is handy to use as a tripod for certain locations. If you want to vlog your trip these are great tools to do so. We also bring our beloved tripod so we can capture images of the both of us as well as long-exposure images.
We recently got our hands on the DJI FPV drone which we're excited to get to use. We do have a DJI Mavic Air as well which we have brought on previous trips. It's really important to check where you're allowed to use drones as there are many areas where it's not allowed and you can get fined if you don't follow the rules. In the Copenhagen area it's quite limited, near airports and military grounds it's a no-go and there are some nature parks where birds are nesting during specific times a year and then it's not allowed to disturb them with drones. The reason why we're bringing both in the future is because we'll have double the flight time with two drones and that's really handy if we aren't able to charge the batteries wherever we might be staying for the night. We'll also be bringing extra batteries, lens filters and chargers.
Next up is our GoPro Hero 9 Black which we actually haven't had the chance to use before but we might be using it for vlogging in the future and then of course for hikes and underwater photography. You're able to purchase an extra lens and a microphone for the GoPro which is really handy for vlogging however not super necessary as it still captures sound and images reasonably well. We always bring our Telesin Dome which we use to capture 50/50 underwater and above water images and we can also use it as an underwater case if we want to do dive deeper. We don't dive much here in Denmark, but if you're staying somewhere with a pool or swimming somewhere in nature it might be a nice tool to have.
We always bring our MacBook Pro so we can work and edit our videos and images whilst traveling. We make sure to bring a charger and our blue light glasses which are to protect our eyes from the light coming from electronics.
We usually bring a power bank to be able to charge our phones and other electronics while being on-the-go and we recommend getting one which is solar powered so you aren't dependant on charging the power bank somewhere with electricity.
Lastly we bring our iPhone headphones so we can listen to music whilst being on the airplane or if we need to edit videos on our laptop without the music and sound playing out load.
Accessories & necessities
Now we're getting down to the absolute necessities and the nitty gritty personal preferences regarding accessories.
You must always make sure to double check that you have passports, wallets, travel insurance and other important travel papers with you! This is probably what's most important as you first of all can't leave without and secondly having a travel insurance is so so important in case you should have to cancel your flights, car/camper van rentals or in case an accident were to happen you would have the opportunity to get the expenses covered! We can't stress this enough! We recommend checking out WorldNomads.com as you can buy and claim it online plus it's available to people from 140 countries.
Another thing that's really important is to bring a universal adapter if you don't use the same power outlets as in Denmark. Arriving in a new country without a way to charge your electronics is such a pain so it's a must to invest in a universal adapter with multiple country sockets and USB charger. This is a game changer!
You would be surprised how great it is to bring a laundry bag to be able to separate your dirty clothes from the clean. If this is not something you usually do, start doing it! It'll keep your backpack/suitcase much more organised and easier to navigate through.
Lastly we make sure to bring a reusable water bottle and possibly reusable cutlery. The water bottle is essential as you need to make sure to hydrate whilst traveling. The cutlery isn't necessarily a necessity however if you're planning on going camping or eating out from food stands or similar, it's really handy to carry around to first of all avoid plastic waste and secondly to avoid germs.