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Foogs  (Level: 264.8 - Posts: 848)
Sat, 2nd Jan '10 9:49 PM


Specifically Sweden.

My son is doing a semester in Stockholm. I am not a world
traveler, so I am looking for advice on what he should pack,
what he should leave at home, what he should be aware of,
places he should go, and any other helpful advice.

Thanks in advance.

Adriano  (Level: 156.6 - Posts: 128)
Sat, 2nd Jan '10 10:22 PM

How fun for him! If you could tell us if he is living with a family or on campus and his age it would help in giving better suggestions.

Foogs  (Level: 264.8 - Posts: 848)
Sat, 2nd Jan '10 11:19 PM

He'll be living on campus, Sodertorns Hogskola, but judging
by his class schedule he'll have time to travel.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Sat, 2nd Jan '10 11:29 PM

1, He will need a universal outlet for his razor, computer, ipod, etc. RadioShack

2. An under- the shirt little pocket that goes around his neck for passport. Keep it hidden when traveling!

3. Go to bank and get a bit of money exchanged for a taxi, coke, etc, when he first gets there.

4. Phone with minutes???? Or international calling card w/ minutes??

5. Gad help us, but what about stationary, envelopes and stamps?? Oh, I forgot, no one actually writes letters anymore.

Good on him mate!

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 1:31 AM

My daughter lives in Sweden with her Swedish boyfriend! She loves the country, so I'm hoping your son will, too. I'll check with her on a must-have list and get back to you.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.3 - Posts: 3300)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 6:11 AM

We've gotten a lot more relaxed as we travel. Just remember, anything that is forgotten can always be purchased there. It's not like he's going to Mars. He might want to wait with some of the stuff to see if it is actually something that he needs.

How about a cell phone that can handle international calls? Or calling cards?

Achad  (Level: 201.8 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 6:14 AM

How old is he?? as many places for night life one has to be twenty-one. Have family in and around Stockholm so will post some ideas later. What type of thing is he into seeing?


Foogs  (Level: 264.8 - Posts: 848)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 6:30 AM

Thanks to all.

I would say music mostly, Andy, but as a landscape architecture student
he should also be looking at buildings, city parks, etc. He's 21 though he
doesn't look or act like it.

He got some advice on "not looking like an American" during an
orientation, so we're working on that. I have Apple computer adapters
coming in the mail. I think computer, camera and iPod are the only electric
gadgets he's taking.

Also working on a phone. We've both downloaded Skype but haven't
experimented with it yet.

My concern of the moment is airports obviously. He's never flown before.
There is supposed to be someone meeting him at the airport to get
him to the school. He'll be fine I think once he gets grounded, but the
first couple of days are going to be stressful for everyone.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 7:25 AM

"not looking american" that will be some feat

Achad  (Level: 201.8 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 7:43 AM

He really shouldn't worry about 'looking American': Stockholm is very cosmopolitan and almost everyone speaks English. I see he will be at the Uni. in Huddinge, yes? My partner's nephews live there so will ask what there is to do locally: they are 16 &14 and so may have different tastes. He will be about 8-10 k from Stockholm but public transport is normally good. In Stockholm the buses and underground are good, although it is advisable to buy travel passes as it will work out much cheaper. It is also easy to travel around on foot. There is much to see, the Royal Palace, Skansen (a zoo and history park with many relocated buildings from around Sweden), museums, especially the Vasa, a salvaged naval vessel which sank on it's maiden voyage in 1628. Musically there is also lots going on although I suspect my tastes differ somewhat from your lads! Gamla Stan is the old town, with good bars and clubs. If he has the time or the money, it is easy to get very cheap flights to other European cities with Ryanair and a good site for accommodation is 'Hostelbookers'.

Hope he has a fantastic time!


Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 8:34 AM

We have relatives in Denmark, and Skype (especially video Skype) has been great. Facebook would be another good way to communicate daily.

Hope he has a great time. When my niece was in high school, she was a foreign exchange student to Sweden. She brought boxes of Jello with her (why, I have absolutely no idea) and they were a big hit with her host family.

Achad  (Level: 201.8 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 9:10 AM

Also, it is expensive to drink in bars/clubs, between £4.5-5.5 a pint. Supermarkets only sell very weak beer and no wines or spirits. The state has special licensed shops for stronger beer (up to 10/11%) and for wine and spirits. These have restricted opening times.

Collioure  (Level: 102.6 - Posts: 9952)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 10:25 AM

I am working on a trip to Scandinavia next summer.

Everyone tells me to go to Talinn, Estonia. Also within range St Petersburg, Helsinki, Lapland, the coast/fjords of Norway, Copenhagen and Visby.

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 4:05 PM

Achad has given advice that Foog's son will actually heed!

F5laur  (Level: 31.1 - Posts: 823)
Sun, 3rd Jan '10 8:37 PM

Once he is there and settled in his dorm, most likely he will want a microwave
for the midnight snacks. Good Luck in all aspects of his life changes.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Mon, 4th Jan '10 12:37 AM

Apparently most things are more expensive there, particularly Levis jeans! Carrie has not had too much trouble getting most things she really needed, though, except she wanted to make ham & beans, and couldn't find dried beans anywhere.

Swedes seem to be generally pro-American. Not necessarily our politics or beliefs, but they tend to like Americans as people. Most all Swedes of about age 50 or so and younger speak English as a second language. They also tend to not want to offend anyone.

Carrie Skypes us often. She can call our land line for very little - much less than having an international plan. However, she also made sure to buy a cell phone that she can call us on so we can text when needed. With a 7-hour time difference, it's good sometimes to text to make sure we're home before calling.

When she went for a summer visit, she took electric converters, but when she moved there, she decided to just buy products made in Sweden and avoid the whole conversion issue. There's lots of public transportation where she is, and it's easy to get on a ferry to Denmark or make weekend trips to other nations.

Foogs  (Level: 264.8 - Posts: 848)
Mon, 4th Jan '10 11:36 AM

Thanks again, all, for the help.

My son was informed of the prevalence of English as a second
language. He tells me that every time I tell him it wouldn't
hurt to learn a little Swedish. One of the classes he'll be taking is
beginning Swedish.

I'm going to push the ferry to Denmark. Somewhere along the
line some of my relatives made the trip to America.

Is it safe/allowed to send Jell-O overseas if it's in a checked bag?

Surreyman  (Level: 257.2 - Posts: 2766)
Tue, 5th Jan '10 4:45 AM

Depending on his budget, so much is in very easy weekend air range - London, Paris etc. as well as much else. His chance for a bit of travel?

Achad  (Level: 201.8 - Posts: 661)
Tue, 5th Jan '10 4:11 PM

It's currently -25 degrees and they've just had 2 feet of snow!

Adriano  (Level: 156.6 - Posts: 128)
Wed, 6th Jan '10 8:34 PM

Toiletries (i.e. deodorant, hair products) in Europe are very expensive and the selection is not the same. He may wish to take a small stash.

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