Here we are, just one day out from embarking on our next adventure. We are heading to the mystical country of Iceland for 17 days. This will be our first adventure to a location that doesn’t involve the warmest of weather and we couldn’t be more excited. Growing up in Canada it has never been much of an interest to escape our own cold winters with more cold weather, but Iceland’s natural wonders are calling and we can’t resist. From what we have read, the weather will be rainy and cool, but what makes the weather more intimidating is the fact that in the worst of times, Iceland can resemble a barren arctic base like the planet Hoth from the The Empire Strikes Back. Lucky for us, we are going in the fall, so we aren’t expecting anything that extreme. However, coming prepared for the worst is our only option. Here’s the packing lists we’ve compiled in order to comfortably spend the next two weeks in Iceland.
Here is Tim’s list:
- Warm socks
- Base layers. Layering is super important to stay comfortable.
- Casual t-shirts
- A couple button down shirts
- 1 casual pant
- A couple of hiking pants
- Rain pants. For rainy days!
- Mid layer jacket
- Waterproof shell jacket. Very important, Iceland weather can change in a dime!
- Hiking Shoes
- Casual shoes
- warm gloves
- Swim suits
- Go Pro (Charger & Accessories)
- Head lamp
- Thermos & water bottle (for warm tea and fresh glacier water!)
- Towel for the thermal pools
- Sleeping bag and travel pillow (You can save money in hostels by bringing your own linen)
- Travel docs
- First aid kit (just in case)
- The essentials
Here is Marcella’s list:
- Warm Socks
- Baselayers (Top & Bottom)
- Sports Bra
- Real Bra
- Rain Pants. We heard it’s very rainy in October 🙂
- Rain Jacket
- Arcteryx Shell. It’s going to be windy! And sometimes cold! This is a must!
- Down mid-layer
- Casual jacket for going out in the city (Marcella loves fashion and apparently people in Reykjavik can be quite stylish at night)
- Hoodie (2)
- Scarf (2)
- Toque (2)
- Long sleeve tees (2)
- 3 sweaters
- Jeans for going out
- 2 nice tops for going out in the city (we will be in Reykjavik for 6 nights total)
- Sleeping bag and travel pillow
- Towel for thermal pools
- Warm pjs because she’s always cold!
- Flip Flops (for the thermal pools)
- Hiking Shoes
- Chucks (can’t go anywhere without these!)
- Camera (Lens, charger and baby tripod)
- Phone & charger
- The essentials
Here’s a quick video showing the absolute essentials you will need for Iceland. Enjoy!
We are feeling pretty good about our list. To be honest, we normally forget to make lists and end up throwing everything but the kitchen sinks into our bags the night before, so the fact that we made lists is a miracle in itself. We are that excited! Send us your best wishes that we haven’t forgotten anything important!
If you have any recommendations that would be much appreciated, for us and for the fellow travellers who will go after us 🙂
We can’t wait to share Iceland with you!
Tim & Marcella
*OCTOBER 13/2016 UPDATE: IT WAS AN INCREDIBLY RAINY MONTH IN OCTOBER IN ICELAND AND AFTER TALKING TO THE LOCALS, THIS IS A NORMAL OCCURRENCE. IF WE WERE TO DO IT AGAIN, HERE ARE THE AMENDMENTS TO OUR EARLIER LISTS.
- GORE-TEX PANTS. Unfortunately, our regular rain pants soaked right through.
- GORE-TEX HIKING BOOTS. Marcella’s regular hiking shoes got soaked, not to mention all of the light runners worn by tourists would not have sufficed.
- FEWER SHIRTS. We basically wore the same outfit for our entire road trip (base layers, mid-layer soft shell and outer waterproof shell).
- MICROFIBRE TOWEL. You can get these at outdoor stores; they will dry quicker than a regular towel.
- SUITCASE. Unless you are planning on doing some multiple day hikes, make sure the bag you choose to bring with you is a comfortable, accessible bag. Most of the time we were travelling with a car to easily transport our bag and were staying either in an Air B&B house or hostel, which does not necessarily warrant the need for a backpack. If you do choose to bring a backpack, make sure it has an easy access pocket on the front, like the one I have in the video. Otherwise you will have trouble finding your things.
- PROPER ELECTRONIC CHARGERS. Iceland uses a different charger than I the one displayed in the video. The pictures below show the correct one. Get it before you go to Iceland because when try looking for it in Iceland, not many people know what you are asking for.