Codegarden: What to bring (2024 edition!)

Codegarden 2024 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

Clothes

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!

Feeling sporty?

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

Electronics

It's a tech conference after all!

  • phone
  • local SIM if your roaming deal sucks - $3 off an Airalo eSIM with code JOE9791*
  • power bank (planes generally restrict to <100Wh and this must be in hand luggage)
  • charge cables
  • USB wall charger
  • laptop, for workshops, hackathons or inspired coding
  • laptop charger (I'm looking at you, Jason!)
  • EU adaptor, if your plug pins are an odd shape! (Denmark uses 230V, so you might need a voltage converter if your devices like voltages closer to 100V ๐Ÿฆ…)
  • headphones (vital for the journey!)

Hygiene

We like to hug and high-5!

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

Travel

  • passport (check the validity!) or ID card (if you're luck enough!)
  • 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)
  • (Probably no) Danish Kroner (optional, particularly with a fee-free card. Almost everywhere in Denmark accepts card - including hot dog carts! - and some places will refuse cash. I've never taken cash nor felt the need for it.)

Miscellaneous

  • 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?

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

*referral links mean we both get something nice!

See you in Odense!

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!

More tips

Seb has a fantastic pre-Codegarden 2024 megathread on Discord (also available without Discord login) for all you need to know!

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