Packing was probably one of the hardest tasks for me when it comes to studying abroad. Since this is my second time going abroad, I already had many lessons under my belt which helped me decide what to take, what to leave behind, and what to purchase upon arrival.
This time, I took one carry-on and one checked bag. Since I flew via Delta Airlines, I did not pay any extra for my bags. I packed my clothes in my carry-on and in my checked bag, I packed a few odds and ends, a fluffy blanket to construct a sense of “home”, and any product that was over 3 ounces.
(I had accidentally packed my face toner with my toiletries in my carry-on and it got tossed at the airport. Oh, how my heart was broken to see a nearly full container go into the garbage!)
When it came to makeup, I packed the very basics: 3 eyeshadow palettes, 1 highlighter/blush palette, 2 lip liners, a few lipsticks (which turned out to be redundant due to the mask mandate on pubic transit), a handful of face and eye brushes as well as two sponges, and my facial basics (primer, face powder, concealer.)
As for clothes, I packed about four interchangeable outfits, three dresses, and underclothes. In hindsight, I think I may have packed two many shoes, but since I have used each pair at least once, I don’t feel as bad about my choice. When it came to bulky items like my coat, I waited until I arrived in Denmark to purchase them.
My suggestion? Pack as light as possible. Of course, this is always easier said than done.