Travel Hacks: What to pack for Iceland

All Season Packing List for Iceland

No matter what time of year you travel to Iceland, be prepared for cold. We were there in mid-September and had nice days where just a jacket kept us warm and cold days where we needed more layers. That’s the key – bring layers.

Also, pack what you need in a backpack or carry-on, including your rain jacket and puffy. That way, if the airline loses your luggage (they lost mine for a day), you will stay warm.

Most of the links below are paid links, as I am an Amazon Affiliate. That means I receive a commission if you click on the link and buy the item. I highly recommend all the items below, as I’ve used them myself. I am not a sponsor of any of the companies. I simply put this list together to help you, as other bloggers with lists have helped me. Happy Travels!!

Bruarfoss Iceland

The Necessities

Couldn’t live without

  • Thermos – This was my favorite thing I brought on the trip. Thank you to the blogger who suggested to bring a thermos! I made tea in the morning and drank it all day.
  • Brita filtered water bottle – As you have probably already heard, the tap water is pristine in Iceland. So bring a water bottle and fill up anywhere you’d like. A blogger recommended a filtered water bottle and because my stomach is sensitive, I got one. It is not expensive, the size is perfect and the water does have a hint of sulfur in it. Hot water smells like rotten eggs because the get their hot water from a geothermal system.

Luggage & packing

  • Packing cubes by Tripped – I’m so happy I ran across these! Had never used a 2-zipper system and it’s so smart. Zip open the first & second zipper and fit as much stuff as you can into the packing cube. Close the first zipper. And then the second. Like magic you can put more clothes in the packing cube than what you would expect.
  • Premium packing cubes by Tripped for winter gear. This one is made from mesh and breathable. It is a bit bigger than the others and I was happy to have it on my trip.
  • Rain resistant luggage – I bought Eagle Creek ORV 2-Wheel Trunk 30 luggage right before the trip. It fit everything I needed including my sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
  • Water resistant shoe bag – The one in the link is one of the best ones I’ve found. Turns out my BF has the same brand and bags in different colors.
  • TSA accepted luggage locks – These fit well on the Eagle Creek. They come in a pack of 4, which is handy as the Eagle Creek requires three locks.


  • 2 pairs of water resistant hiking pants.
    • Make sure long underwear can be worn under them.
    • I brought Columbia hiking pants and REI pants, both had DWR finish, which means they are water resistant.
    • I saw a woman wearing Norrona Falketind and not only are they durable but they are super sexy too!
  • Lululemon Swiftly Tech Long Sleeved Shirt – I used an anti-stink Lululemon shirt as my base layer. They dry quickly.
  • Compression socks for the plane ride – I love these! My legs didn’t cramp. Plus they are comfortable and cute.
  • Smartwool socks w/full cushion – a total necessity. I also wore cotton socks under them. One day I didn’t wear my Smartwool socks and my toes froze.
  • Neck gator – The ROXY DryFlight is great because it wicks moisture and it is soft inside. It is the only gator I brought (some bloggers recommended bringing a few – not sure I agree) and was happy with it.
  • Long underwear – Generally my legs don’t get cold but I was glad to have taken a pair of Patagonia long underwear (would have bought Smartwool if I weren’t allergic to wool). I also packed Thermasilk long underwear as they are light weight and comfortable.
    • No matter what time of year you go to Iceland, bring at least one set of long underwear – both bottoms and tops.
    • I used one set for sleeping and one set for hiking.

Outer Wear

  • Sunglasses – When researching camping gear for another trip, I ran across Knockaround sunglasses. They are super cute, lightweight and you can design your own.
  • Waterproof Hiking Boots – These are my most favorite hiking boots – ever. The best thing is that they are waterproof when tied correctly. A buddy of an REI employee walked across a stream without getting his feet wet.
  • Waterproof backpack – I bought a backpack from Amazon that claimed to be waterproof but it got my stuff all wet. I ended up getting this Exped backpack, which is 100% waterproof. I attached an Eagle Creek pouch, similar to this one. Speaking about Eagle Creek, I bought their luggage and really like it! You can find it here on Amazon.
  • Backpack for the plane – I had to bring my computer and knowing that it rains a lot in Iceland, I searched for a rainproof backpack. I bought and returned a couple. Then I ran across the Terra 26L Laptop Backpack Duffel by Calpak and was Wowed!!! It was perfect for the trip!!! It fit both jackets (pack a Gore-tex jacket and puffy on the plane as well as toiletries. The airlines lost my luggage for a day and I was happy I packed everything I needed to survive).
  • Rain pants – I bought a pair at REI. They look like a garbage bag but kept me dry. It was nice to put them over the hiking pants because one day we went for a nice dinner and I took them off easily.
  • Gore-tex jacket – I bought a Burton gore-tex jacket and although it was big and bulky, I was glad I had it. It kept me dry and warm. The jacket goes down below the bum, which is nice when you have to sit on a wet surface. * Take this with you on the plane in case they lose your luggage.*
  • Beanies – I packed 3 different beanies: one that covers my ears, a light-weight cotton one and a heavy one. I was happy to have them all because when one was wet, I’d wear another one. I might get yet another heavy one for windy rainy days.
  • Gloves – I bought a pair in Iceland at the Thingsviller National Park. I was able to use my phone with them on, which kept my hands warm.
  • Swimsuit – for the geothermal hot springs.
  • Havaianas flip flops – for public showers.
  • Slippers – My BF didn’t pack slippers and regretted it, as the floor of the van was cold at night and in the mornings.


  • Multi-charging cable for phone, ebook and other devices. This little cable is amazing because you don’t have to bring fifty million cables to charge different devices.
  • Kobo e-reader – My friend turned me on to Kobo and it’s much better than Kindle, as you aren’t locked into buying books only on Amazon.
  • European Power Strip with USB C and 4 USB Ports, 3 AC Outlets. If you are staying at an Airbnb, this is handy to have.
  • Phone mount for car – This was really handy to have.


  • Vitamin C – I like the kids chewables by Natural factors. My BF wished he packed vitamins.
  • Bandaids – You are probably going to want to get waterproof ones like these.


  • Quick dry towel – We found a natural hot springs and I was glad to have packed a towel that dried quickly.
  • A foldable bag – You’ll need a bag to put your clothes and toiletries in when you shower. Campsite showers have hooks in them.
  • Light-weight Laundry bag – This laundry bag is perfect to bring on every trip.
  • Laundry detergent – Having a couple packs of laundry detergent is going come into good use if you stay for more than 5 days.
  • Waterproof headlamp – Petzl makes waterproof headlamps with blue, red and green modes. We used the headlamp a lot during van life in Iceland.
  • Sleeping mask – This is recommended if you are traveling in the summer when the sun doesn’t go down. In September, the sun went down around 9 pm so we didn’t need a sleeping mask.
  • Credit card with a pin number. Most stores accept ApplePay and the like. But some don’t and if you have to use a credit card, they require a pin number.
  • $100-$200 cash. We had to pay for showers in cash. And one campsite was cash-only.

Did use but still nice to have

What not to pack

  • Jeans – You will most likely encounter rain no matter what time of year you travel to Iceland. So having a pair of pants that doesn’t dry quickly is not a good idea. Plus, they aren’t the most comfortable to walk in. And aren’t generally compact and light.
  • Umbrella – If you bring waterproof clothing you won’t need an umbrella. Plus the wind is strong and it won’t be effective.
  • Rain poncho – I got this poncho and ended up not packing it because I read somewhere that it’s too windy in Iceland to be effective.
  • Sleeping mat (unless you are camping) – I listened to a YouTuber who said he used a camping mat in the van because the cushions were soft enough. I didn’t find this to be the case and wish I would have left my sleeping mat at home.
  • Dressy clothes – Get black hiking pants and wear them out to a nice restaurant.

Waterfall Iceland

Travel Hacks: Osprey Farpoint 40L to Bali & Australia: What to bring and how to pack your Farpoint40

I just got back from spending one and a half months in Bali and Australia.  I lived out of my Osprey Farpoint 40 liter backpack and loved loved loved it (after I managed to figure out a system for packing it)!!!

Below is what I brought and how I packed it.  There are a couple things I had no idea about, which I’ll give you tips on below.  And, there are a few things I purchased which were a really good idea.

Most of the links below are paid links, as I am an Amazon Affiliate. That means I receive a commission if you click on the link and buy the item. I highly recommend all the items below, as I’ve used them myself. I am not a sponsor of any of the companies. I simply put this list together to help you, as other bloggers with lists have helped me. Happy Travels!!



If you have any questions, lmk.

I hope you have as great of a time traveling as I did!!!



(Shelley Beach overlooking Manly Beach.)


Before you pack, consider this…

So, here’s the first thing you need to consider before piling a bunch of things into your Farpoint… If you plan on having it as a carry-on, the weight limit is 7kg/15lbs.  Mine weighed 20 pounds so I zipped up the straps and sent it on its own as luggage.  It ended up getting along well with the big suitcases and boxes.  They didn’t smush it. Whew.

If you end up meeting the weight requirement, the containers for your shampoo, conditioner and lotion can’t be over 3.4 ounces/100ml.

Packing the Farpoint is wayyyy easier if you use packing cubes.  The ones that fit perfectly are the eBags Slim Packing Cubes.  They come in a pack of 3.  I have other packing cubes but these eBags Slim ones are really meant for the Farpoint.


Aside from my Farpoint, I couldn’t live without my Exped 100% Waterproof Backpack.  The size is perfect and it feels really great on.  It is extremely lightweight yet really durable.  It fits perfectly under the seat of a scooter (in Bali you will want to rent a scooter to get around.  They are only $4 a day.) and are truly waterproof (it rained a day in Bali and nothing in my backpack got wet).  At the airport, I wore my Farpoint on my back and my Exped on my front. It was perfect.

Necessary purchases…

Initially I bought one Master Padlock for my Farpoint.  Later, I decided to get another one.  The reason is that there are two important compartments in the Farpoint backpack: one for your computer and one for your clothes.  I kept my backpack locked at the airport and in hotels.

My friend let me borrow his travel adapter and I ended up getting one of my own.  Find a travel adapter that has 4 USB ports AND is a power adapter for UK, EU, AU, US and 150 other countries!  If you go to Bali and Australia, you will need something like this because they have different power outlets.

When you are not near a power outlet, this small small Anker Portable Battery Power Bank is a necessity.  I charged my phone a lot with it because Google Maps eats up a lot of battery life.

During my travels, I kept my passport and wallet in an RFID blocking neck wallet.  My digital nomad friend recommended that I get one.  I was resisting a little because I didn’t want to look like a tourist but honestly it is a crafty thing to have.  I’m glad I got it.

I got a travel-sized laundry bag, which really came into use.  I thought it would be too small and it was perfect.

Optional purchases…

I bought two pricey items and am sooo glad I did.  One was a Kobo e-reader.  The reason I chose Kobo as oppose to the Kindle is that I didn’t want to be locked into Amazon’s system.  I downloaded a whole bunch of electronic books (.epub) before leaving and they were so very easy to put on my Kobo.

The other item I was really super happy to have was my Sony compact digital camera. It took amazing photos!  Totally beats the photos I took with my iPhone.  The zoom capability is phenomenal and as prints the photos look beautiful.

Practical things to pack…

Havaianas flip flops are always a good idea to pack.

I would never ever leave home without my North Face Thermoball puffy jacket.  It is light weight and doesn’t take up much space in my backpack, yet it kept me so warm at night.  I also packed my Marmot lightweight rain jacket, which was a good idea because I was stuck on a scooter in Bali during a rain storm.

Packing Thermasilk long underwear is always a good idea.  Especially on cold nights.

My guy friend said pack Imodium softgels so I did.  Luckily I didn’t need them.  Grapefruit Seed Extract kills everything so I always carry this wherever I go.

Soap.  (They didn’t have any at the place where I stayed in Bali.)  Rope & pins for drying laundry.  Small bungee cord. Duct tape.  (I didn’t pack any but needed it twice.) Small keepsake bags from Diaso to put things like a travel toothbrush, toothpaste & dental floss in.  A drain stopper.

Items for girls…

In Australia, the summer sun is really intense.  I bought a wide-brimmed foldable sun hat and love it!!!  It’s actually really cute.  And I like the strap because when the wind blew hard, the hat stayed on my head.

If you are a female and prone to UTIs, try D-Mannose by Now.  I didn’t need it on this trip but one of my friends did.  It took care of her UTI in two days.  She took 3 capsules 3x a day.

The list…

Farpoint 40 liter backpack

eBags Slim Packing Cubes

Exped 100% Waterproof Backpack

Master Padlock (buy two for the Farpoint)

Anker Portable Battery Power Bank

Bendedetta The “Best” (Organic) Deodorant

RFID Blocking Neck Wallet

Travel-sized Laundry Bag

Kobo e-reader

Sony compact digital camera

Havaianas Flip Flops

North Face Thermoball Puffy Jacket

Marmot Minimalist Rain Jacket

Thermasilk Long Underwear

Microfiber Travel Towel

Dental Floss

Drain stopper (My sister says “it’s handy for hand washing in a sink or tub when a washing machine isn’t accessible or you just need to wash one or two things.“)

Imodium softgels

Grapefruit Seed Extract


Daiso is the best place to go for cheap bags to put loose things in.  Always travel with GSE.