Codegarden: What to bring

Codegarden 2023 is just around the corner and it's time to pack our bags! But what to bring? If you've not been before, or if you're forgetful like I am, I've written you a packing list...

, by Joe Glombek


Codegarden is a pretty casual affair - think jeans, tee and a hoodie. The weather is generally pretty mild, though it can get a little chilly and rainy - but we often see the sun too!

  • Hawaiian shirt, for the pre-party
  • warm jacket, just in case!
  • waterproof jacket
  • sun hat
  • hoodie/jacket/sweater, in case the venue is a little chilly or you're out late
  • shorts
  • tops and t-shirts (Umbraco swag, if you have them!)
  • jeans/casual trousers
  • dresses/skirts, but keep it casual
  • comfortable shoes/trainers
  • flip-flops (if you ask Discord, that is!)
  • pyjamas
  • underwear

Feeling sporty?

Codegarden offers a few sporting opportunities, if you're so inclined. ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŠ

  • sportswear for paddel, if you want to join the tournament on Tuesday morning
  • cycling kit and bike, if you want to join the ride on Tuesday morning
  • running kit, if you want to join the CG Runners each morning - #cgRunners
  • clothes you're comfortable in for yoga (mats are provided, and you'll be fine wearing your conference clothes)
  • swimming kit and towel (some years there's been a cohort of people swimming each morning - keep an eye on Twitter #cgSwimmers)


It's a tech conference after all!

  • phone
  • power bank (planes generally restrict to <100Wh)
  • charge cables
  • USB wall charger
  • laptop, for workshops
  • laptop charger (I'm looking at you, Jason!)
  • EU adaptor, if your plug pins are an odd shape!
  • headphones (vital for the journey!)


It's not virtual this year and we like to hug!

  • toothbrush
  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • other toiletries and grooming kit
  • medication
  • check what else you need if you're staying in an Airbnb! (Towel, shampoo, etc)


  • passport (check the validity!)
  • visa (if required)
  • health insurance card, if your country has one (e.g. EHIC, GHIC) - this still includes UK residents post-brexit
  • travel insurance documentation, if not travelling with work or you don't have a health insurance card
  • flight/train tickets (remember to check in!)
  • hotel reservation details
  • train reservation details (it can be cheaper and easier to prebook!)
  • fee-free payment card (Revolut*, Monzo* and Starling* are popular options in the UK, register now to save money next time)
  • Danish Kroner (optional, almost everywhere in Denmark accepts card and some places will refuse cash)


  • backpack/bag - handy for lugging your stuff around the venues
  • water bottle - remember to empty before airport security, but you can usually fill it up again before the flight!
  • reusable coffee cup (free coffee, but make it eco!)
  • sun cream (you never know!)
  • sun glasses
  • wallet
  • notebook & pen
  • snacks for the journey
  • entertainment for the journey - offline games, podcasts, movies, audiobooks and/or ebooks (or an analogue book if you're so inclined)

Presenting? Or pitching for a lightning talk?

  • slides (offline) and a backup
  • display dongle (if your laptop doesn't have HDMI)
  • clicker
  • laser pointer

So grab your laptops, charge up your brain cells, and get ready to embark on a wild journey where coding meets camaraderie, where networking knows no bounds, and where the exchange of knowledge is only rivaled by the exchange of witty tech puns. ๐Ÿค“

I'll see you there!

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