Iceland pt 1: How to Pack
I took a solo trip to Iceland the first week of October and it was amazing. I highly recommend going. I wanted to share my trip along with my packing list, some places to definitely check out and things to keep in mind if you go there.
First, I would’ve rather gone in the summer. I was trying to avoid the major tourist season, but I realized had I gone in summer I could’ve avoided the crowds by checking out sights late-night because of the midnight sun. Also the greenery and flowers would have made for much better photos.
Before I left I stocked up on some gear since I didn’t quite have everything, like hiking shoes or a packable coat. Plus because I was traveling alone, I wanted to make sure I had some extras like aa first aid kit and a couple emergency things.
Light + warm packable down coat (Burton)
Light jacket (Everlane)
30ml dry bag (Amazon)
Instant Coffee (Voila)
Enamel Mug (P&Co)
Traveller mug (keeps drinks hot for longer)
Fujifilm xT20 camera
Fujinon 35mm f2.8 lens
Fujinon 16–55mm f2.8 lens (rented by LensRentals.com. They’re THE BEST. So easy to ship stuff back and it arrived perfectly on time. I won’t rent from anywhere else here on out. They also carried tons of Fuji gear which tends to be harder to rent.)
ND filters (Amazon)
Dicapac waterproof case (Amazon)
Microfiber Towels (Amazon)
What I didn’t need to bring:
Skateboard: It was actually way more busy on the streets than I expected although surprisingly dry! I’d bring it back in the summer and skate at “night”.
Little Tripod: My large one was the best!
All of 5 pants: I brought a pair of jeans and another pair of pants I never wore. Just the leggings, fleece and moisture-wicking pants were my favorite. The cozier the better.
Growl waterbottle. You can apparently straight up drink Iceland’s water straight from the stream. I didn’t try but I also didn’t need the Growl waterbottle for this trip. A normal one would’ve been fine.
What I was REALLY happy I brought:
The sweaters made layering so easy and warm. My Burton jacket and the raincoat kept me so toasty too even when I was soaked from the waterfalls.
The Prana moisture-wicking pants. Damn. Dried super fast. I wasn’t even cold when it was 40ºF out and I was soaked by Seljalandsfoss.
Microfiber Towels. All the hot springs charge for a towel, it was great to have my own. Also I wrapped the small one around my camera when I got close to the falls. I know they’re weatherproof, but because I was renting some gear I wanted to be extra careful.
Dicapac waterproof case. Got some cool Blue Lagoon shots!
30ml dry bag. Instead of buying an expensive waterproof backpack I just stuffed my Poler backpack into the dry bag. It fit perfectly and kept my stuff perfectly dry. Only was $15. Not a bad deal!
Voila Instant Coffee. I’m a tiny bit of a coffee snob, I used to barista at a coffee shop in NYC and got really used to good coffee. So since I didn’t want to cringe at hotel coffee I brought these along. They come in a cute cigarette pack of 5 and taste amazing. I made some coffee up on a mountain one day and it was probably one of my favorite moments.
Traveller mug. It was nice to take some hot water with me. I don’t own a thermos so it doesn’t work as well but definitely helped!