Pre-arrival: What Should I Bring?
So you haven't left the States yet, but you know you're coming to Denmark. International moving is a pain, even if your company is paying for it, and if they're not, you're particularly interested in paring down your load. How do you prioritize? What's worth bringing?
Typically not worth bringing
Good things to bring
- VHS movies - Region-free DVD players aren't that hard to come by, but NTSC VCRs aren't exactly the most modern media anymore. It's time to upgrade your media unless of course you have something that you simply can't get on DVD.
- Things that plug in - There are exceptions, but most stuff isn't worth the hassle of getting plug adapters and voltage converters, and it may still have problems even after you go through said hassle. Chances are your hair dryer, electric toothbrush, and blender are just not that awesome. You can probably get something similar here in Denmark.
- Bed linens - Unless you're bringing your bed too, they're not going to be the right size.
- Any English/Other Language dictionaries you want - If you buy them in Europe, they usually have the pronunciations and stuff on the English side instead of the side you want, so buy them in America if you want them. It's worth noting that even in America, it's not so easy to find a Danish/English dictionary with the pronunciations on the Danish side. You may very well want the ones with the pronunciations. Take time in selecting a dictionary, and don't buy one online unless you're 100% sure of what you're getting.
- Measuring cups and spoons - If you're going to use American recipe books or sites, you'll want your American measurements. It's nice to have.
- Board games - If you're the type to ever get in the mood for Scrabble, you will definitely want an American/English version unless you want to play in Danish. The quantities and values for the letters differ for various languages, making it a wholly different game! Even if you're fluent in Danish, other games like Trivial Pursuit may rely heavily on cultural references you just don't have the background for. A lot of games are language-heavy, like Scattergories, Apples to Apples, or Balderdash, and you're just not going to find them in English here.
- Pillows and pillowcases - I know I said not to bring bed linens, but this is one exception. Pillows in Europe are square, and compared to American pillows, are only about half-filled (or sometimes less). This means your head is resting on the bottom half of the pillow, and the top half is just there to make sure you can't be any closer to the headboard, even if your feet are hanging over the foot of the bed. It's almost worse than not using a pillow. Just bring your American ones. They're light. If you're worried about the space they take up, invest in a Space Bag.