Packing list for your holiday home rental in Sweden

This checklist is for those of you who have rented a holiday home in Sweden and travel to Sweden by car. From our experience, it is advisable to bring along:

  • Bed sheets, duvet covers, pillowcases (in Sweden we usually have 50×60 cm)
  • Towels, bath towels, plus extra towels for sauna and beach
  • Dish towels, dishcloths
  • Swimwear and bathing shoes
  • Raincoats, possibly even rain pants and rubber boots
  • Headwear (cap, hat)
  • Slippers or woolen socks (in Swedish holiday homes you take off your street shoes, which also makes the final house cleaning easier)
  • Garden-flops or clogs are practical if you go in and out a lot
  • Mosquito repellent (both preventive as well as antipruritic)
  • Sunscreen (the Swedish sun should not be underestimated, it is usually more intense than in central Europe, for example)
  • Important medications
  • Toilet paper (it may happen that there is nothing there when you arrive at your cottage)
  • Board games, card games, holiday reading, possibly children’s books, comics, badminton, football, frisbee, volleyball or the like
  • Music/audiobooks for the car, possibly CD/MP3 player for the kids (or even DVDs, if you can show movies in your car)
  • Possibly fishing equipment
  • For the kitchen: salt, pepper grinder, paprika powder and other spices you like
  • Practical: Knorr/Maggi spice mixtures (bags) for rapidly preparing meals in a kitchen with limited space and limited equipment
  • If you drink alcohol, you should take some with you – alcohol in Sweden is fairly expensive (for example, 3 liter wine bag-in-box, ca. 190 SEK, as of 2015) – you may take along as much as fits in your trunk, you must only be able to provide credible proof that this is for you and will not be resold
  • Tea drinkers should bring their tea with tea filters and holders – coffee, however, is not a problem in Sweden, it is usually of excellent quality
  • Of course your personal clothing and wash bag
  • Do not forget ID card/passport, travel documents, debit card and credit card (with PIN and activation for Scandinavia); some Swedish crowns in cash are also recommended

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