What I packed for a Week in Iceland.

This trip to Iceland has been a true test of my packing skills. Sure, I can pack for a beach vacation or a few days in the city, but rugged, snowy, windy Iceland in March? It was a bit of a different challenge.

I relied on blogs and general imagination for my packing needs, so I figured I would give back and share what I packed — it’s a lot — since it might be helpful if you’re planning a trip.

Clothing

I packed a fresh outfit every day of my trip because I was worried about things getting wet and not drying in time. I bought lots of my clothing from Goodwill or ThredUp so I could save some money! For each day, I packed an outfit that consisted of:

  • Bodysuit
  • Base layer longsleeve tee
  • Sweatshirt or fleece zip-up
  • Thick ribbed cotton leggings (with a thin base layer leggings underneath)
  • Wool socks
  • Waterproof wind pants*

*I didn’t realize how important these were but read so much in blogs about them for fighting the wind and rain or snow. I bought a pair of these in the men’s section of Goodwill for $7. They’re thin, but I can pack them easily for the day and wear them over my leggings.

I always am sure to pack my most comfy pair of pajamas when traveling because I’m usually so exhausted at the end of the day. For me, it’s my Skims waffle joggers and Skims Boyfriend long sleeve tee. I also always bring slippers!

Toiletries

Of course, I brought all the usual things I would need, but some of the things that were more out of the ordinary for me, include:

  • Multipurpose balms for face, hair, scraps, etc. I like Lanolips and Kopari (brought both).
  • CBD relief lotions and balms for any sore muscles, feet, etc.
  • Bandaids + moleskin for sore feet
  • Moisturizers, including those for face, hands, body, etc.
  • First aid supplies and general meds (pain killers, Tums, flu meds, cold meds, throat drops)

Winter gear

It should come as no shock that Iceland is COLD! Sure, the temperatures are wintery, but there’s also very strong winds, and precipitation.

  • Loop scarf
  • Light up beanie
  • Gloves
  • Ski band
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Uggs
  • Winter coat (mine is wool and reaches mid-thigh)
  • Rain jacket

Snacks

I have every intention of trying the local food, but for breakfast and snacks, I wanted to bring some staples to ensure I wasn’t without what I needed. You can bring a little more than 6lbs of food in your suitcase, according to current customs. Here’s what I brought:

  • Peanut butter packets
  • Oatmeal
  • Fig bars
  • Liquid IV
  • Applesauce
  • Protein bars
  • Nuts
  • Cheese crackers
  • Chocolate

Misc. items

Other random things I packed just in case…

  • Dry bag
  • Hot hands
  • Waterproof phone case

I’ll report back and make note if anything was not-needed or if I completely forgot something vital (ughh).

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