The land of ice and fire…talk about a packing nightmare. Since we were hopping from six hotels this week my husband told me packing light was a must. How in the world can I pack light when Iceland can have all four seasons in one hour? As a chronic over-packer, this was going to be a challenge. In addition to all the usual travel items, these were some extras I needed to bring:
Waterproof pants: Waterfalls are a must when going to Iceland and there are a few that you can get up-close to. There’s one on our list that you can actually walk behind! Since I don’t want to be walking around soaked all day, I’ve got to bring some good waterproof pants.
Hiking boots: If you’ve hiked with me in the summer, you know I usually do it in flip flops! Don’t think that will fly in this climate so I needed to invest in some safe, sturdy, waterproof boots. It took me a long time to find ones that were actually cute since they would be my main footwear in the trip.
Wool socks: To me, wool = itchy. I ended up finding these really comfortable ones that are not too thick but offer lots of padding.
Yoga pants: Since I plan on layering on this trip I figure yoga pants are the perfect start. I can dress them up at night or wear them as a base during the day.
Thermal shirts: Since the weather was going to be between 40-50 each day, I figured layers would be a safe bet since we would be driving around a lot exploring the different towns. The ones I found were light but warm.
Sweaters: I assumed Iceland would be pretty casual, but wanted something nice to wear to dinners. I figured sweaters could be dressed up at night and a good layer for during the day.
Jacket: I hate jackets! I blame it on the fact that I was a summer baby, but I hate to be bundled up. I got a thin down jacket that I can layer and am keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t have to put it on much!
Rain coat: Again, rain can pop up unexpectedly in Iceland, and the forecast isn’t looking so great, so I figured it was good to be prepared. Also, waterfalls are definitely on my to-do list.
Fleece: I hate jackets but I love a good fleece. This trip gave me a good excuse to buy a new one and I’m hoping it will be the main coat I wear throughout the trip.
Hat & gloves: I love a good hat and luckily, I had lots at home to choose from so I didn’t need to buy a new one. Hats are also a great accessory for sitting in a hot tub at night!
Bathing suit & flip flops: Sounds like a weird thing to pack for Iceland, but there are several hot springs we are hoping to go to as well as the Blue Lagoon.
These are my own opinions and I was not affiliated to any of the products above.