Participating at Codegarden doesn't require you to bring a whole lot of stuff. And it is fairly simple to get to the venue from Copenhagen Airport or any other part of Denmark.
But we thought it would be nice if you had a Codegarden checklist to go through, based on the experiences from previous years. Some of the fantastic previous Codegarden participants even contributed when we asked on Twitter what they suggest you to bring. So, here's the list:
- Sunscreen and waterproof clothing. - Thanks @marcemarc Danish weather is not to mess with indeed. We would also add an umbrella to this.
- I usually bring a power extension cable. If the wall socket is full you can share it. - Thanks @j_breuer that's true open source spirit! ❤️
- Bring an open mind... - Thanks @ravimotha very true, and remember to talk to people. There's so much to learn and new friends to be made at Codegarden. Also, Bingo!
- Bring a fresh change of clothes. Deodorant also, use it. - Thanks @arnorb even though we have faith in CG participants hygiene skills 😅
- Alka-Seltzer. - Thank you @DavidPeckU, much appreciated! Much, much appreciated.
- Bring flat shoes. The gravel path on walk from hotel to venue was a challenge in heels last year 😁. - Thanks @crgrieve, a very good point! ☝️ We encourage our attendees to walk safe. Nothing worse than a twisted ankle in a conference like Codegarden.
What else should be on that checklist? Browse through:
- An essential thing: having a place to stay. Did you book your hotel already? If not, you might want to do it right away. Many Codegardeners have already booked their rooms. This could be a great opportunity to know each other while eating breakfast.
- Check out Rejseplanen for planning your trip to Odense. There's info on both trains and buses running in Denmark and it is pretty easy to navigate. They even got an English and German menu. Bitte.
- Are you a dedicated tourist? Here is a guide of places you can visit while in Odense. A ton of them. After all, it's the birthplace of H. C. Andersen (you'll notice plenty of his statues, there's even one just in front of our HQ).
- Passport. You will probably remember this one, but you know, how it is.
- Cash. Remember to withdraw some while you're at the airport or in the city to buy snacks and drinks.
- Laptop (and laptop charger for that matter).
- A notebook and a pen (for making notes where it doesn't make sense to use a laptop or, you know, doodling during sessions).
- Phone charger and possibly a converter to EU power sockets if needed.
- Sunglasses (you might have seen some memes about the rainy Scandinavian weather, but the sun does visit us occasionally, and it can be rough, like, Viking rough).
- And while we're on the topic: here's a useful link for the Danish weather forecast.
- Toothbrush (the nr. 1 on the "things forgotten when traveling" list).
- Running shoes & sport clothing (if you want to join the Codegarden running club).
- Taler du dansk? The most important thing: practice your Danish. Just kidding. Everyone speaks in English! But in case you're interested, check this link out for basics.
AAAND if you want to find out more about the #Codegarden itself, we have prepared a first-timer's manual. Dive in!
Are we missing something? Be sure to let us know at @codegarden 😊