The toughest part about traveling during the winter is choosing what to pack for Iceland and nothing would be worse than getting to your destination and realizing you forgot an important item.
As I’m posting this, I’m already back from my wonderful trip to Iceland and you can see photos in my Iceland Snapshots post.
Since I traveled during the winter, it was hard to choose what to pack for Iceland, but my suitcase pretty much consisted of lots of outerwear and layering pieces. Lucky for me, I spent 4 years going to school in the Midwest so I know all about dressing for cold weather and the snow.
While staying warm is a priority, you know I wasn’t going to sacrifice style so I packed pieces that would easily be mixed and matched with each other.
Whenever you have a trip that’s longer than 3 days, it’s always easy to over pack. I stayed in Iceland for 8 days, so I made sure to pack smart in order to not go over the 50 lb limit.
The first purchase I had to make was packing cubes that I got from Amazon. I’ve heard other people talk about how life changing they are and since I’m going to be on the road and living out of my suitcase for 8 days, I thought it was time to invest.
I want it to be easy for you to pack for a trip to Iceland in the winter, so I’ve put together a guideline and pulled together similar winter items I packed to get you started.
The suitcases I traveled with was the largest and smallest size from the CalPak Davis 3 piece set. I was in desperate need of a new suitcases and these are perfect because of the 360 wheels, hard shell and build in zipper compartments.
And if you’re on the hunt for the perfect backpack to travel with, I did a post on it and rounded up the best ones and give you tips on how to choose the best one for you.
Now that I’m back from my trip, I can safely say that these CalPak suitcases are must if you’re serious about being a wanderlust traveler. The hard shell took well with the treacherous journey for suitcases during international travel. The 360 wheels definitely saved my life hopping from city to city in Iceland and hustling through airports.
Be sure to take into account that I stayed in New York for 3 days prior to flying to Iceland and then one day before flying back to Houston so technically I’ll be traveling for over 11 days.
1 layering tank
3 long sleeves
2 pairs of jeans
2 pairs of leggings
1 pair of sweatpants
2 pairs of pants
1 puffer jacket
2 pairs of sneakers
micro fiber towel
first aid kit
zip lock bags
Instax wide Polaroid
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Best of luck planning your next trip to Iceland in the winter and hopefully my guideline helps you when it comes to what to pack for Iceland.
Have you traveled to Iceland before? Let me know about your experience in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create and grow!