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10/01/2022

Iceland ultimate packing list

Nail your Iceland trip with perfect luggage

In previous post I have told you a little bit about seasons in Iceland. Now there is time to prepare for your Icelandic adventure! Appropriate packing is a key to great holiday, but also to amazing photos taken in Iceland, no matter the weather.  It’s easier than you think!

Layers, layers and.., more layers

It’s never said eonugh – planning your wedding, proposal or just trip to Iceland you should always have layers of clothes with you. It doesn’t matter what season it is, layers will guarantee your sweet dreams.

First layer, the one closest to your skin should be breathable, warm and light. Wool would pe perfect! It dries quickly and doesn’t make you sweat. Next, on top of that, it’s great to have another layer of wool (you can wear one of the famous Icelandic wool sweaters), o anything else that lets yous skin to breathe but keeps the natural warmth your body has produced. And last, but not least – shell. Shell layer if perfect to put on top of all of that – you will be safe from getting wet if it rains and from getting cold if it’s windy. There is great choice of shells in the market, I’m sure you will find the one that suits your needs best!

Oh, and remember to pack a hat – big ammount of the heat ‘escapes’ from our body through head. And we don’t want that.

Sunglasses

Yes, even in winter! Especially if you are driving a car. Even when days are short, sun can shine straight into your eyes and sometimes it’s not onlu uncomfortable, but might be dangerous sometimes. It’s possible that you will put them on and off all the time, so take the ones that are not too expensive and you won’t feel too sorry if you loose them. 🙂

groom on black sand beach in sun glasses in iceland

Swimwear

Another not so obvious choice for winter in Iceland. It doesn’t take much space in your luggage, but you will be happy you didn’t forget to pack it! Hot tubes, natural hot springs and famous Icelandic swiming pools are must-see. Or, should I say, must – experience. 🙂 And don’t forget to pack a towel as well. The best ones are the quick dry ones. They are light, easy to pak and don’t take ages to dry.

Waterproof boots

It’s good to plan packing those even if you are jjust coming to Icceland to get married or for quick weekend break. It might take a lot of space in your luggage, yes, but it is soooo comfortable to have them once you’re here! You can always change your shoes just for the picture and then stay safe and comfy again, wherever you go.

Water bottle

Bottled water is very expensive in Iceland and…. it’s exactly the same waterthat runs in every tap in Iceland. Pack your own bottle and not only save money but also be responsible, eco-friendly tourist. I have written more about how to become a tourist of the year in one of previous posts. 

Something nice

Although there is hardly dress-code in Iceland, Icelanders are super concious about the trends and they realy looooove fashion! It would be nice to put on something fancy and check out Reykjavik night life, right? Or, instead of packing another set of clothes, you can buy something nice from local designers (lots of shops in the centre of Reykjavik) and then get the tax back on the airport! No need to thank me. 🙂

girl in red dress

Small backpack

Re-packing your big backpack every other day can be a real pain. Also, remembering about first point of our packing routine, we need to have layers with us. If we have a small, day backpack to put the water bottle, extra layers and other necessary things, it will be so much more comfortable to experience this beautiful country!

GPS

Absolutely essential thing to pack for your visit in Iceland! Great for driving, great for walking. Of course you don’t have to buy the new device – phone with lots of Internet in it will be enough! Plus, you can check weather and road conditions on the useful websites for Iceland. Links to them and few other easy-life-makers in previous blog post!

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