Resources

  • Visit Sweden (www.visitsweden.com) Official tourism website.
  • The Local (www.thelocal.se) News from Sweden in English.
  • SJ (www.sj.se) User-friendly website for Sweden's national rail company.
  • Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/sweden) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Top Tips

  • Drink the water. Tap water in Sweden is clean and refreshing, as you'll learn from signs posted just about everywhere. No need to buy bottled water.
  • Ask questions. Swedes may have a reputation for being shy, but most people want to help visitors find their way, and are also happy to have a chance to speak English.
  • Most hostels and hotels serve an enormous, varied buffet for breakfast; take advantage of it, as food in Sweden can be expensive.
  • Always carry a credit or debit card; a growing number of businesses, including some coffee shops, are now cash free.

What to Take

  • Credit card and ATM card
  • Driving licence
  • Map to first night’s accommodation
  • Hat, scarf, sunglasses, sunblock
  • Rain jacket
  • Travel plug adaptor
  • Student ID if you have one (for discounts)
  • Plastic utensils for impromptu picnics
  • Refillable water bottle

What to Wear

Stockholm is a ludicrously fashionable city, as are Malmö and Gothenburg. Casual dress is OK for daytime, but you’ll be conspicuous at nightclubs or top-end restaurants if you don’t snazz it up. From September to May, bring a hat, gloves and scarf for nights out. Many clubs enforce a coat-check in winter; be prepared to hand over your top layer.

Outside major cities, dress for the weather. If hiking, wear waterproof shoes – the ground stays marshy well after the snow melts. Warm clothing and rain gear are crucial for outdoor activities year-round. In summer, bring a bathing suit and towel; there are ample opportunities to take a plunge. Don’t forget sunglasses and sunscreen, even in winter.

Pre-departure Checklist

  • Check that your passport is valid, and secure any required visas
  • Check airline baggage restrictions
  • Plan your route to your first night's accommodation
  • Decide if you need travel or car-hire insurance
  • Watch or read inspiring films/books about destination
  • Make any necessary bookings
  • Inform your credit/debit card companies