My Vacation Lady traveled to Iceland in May 2023 and we made a list of what to pack for our vacation so we thought we would share some with you.  Packing for a vacation or honeymoon in Iceland is the polar opposite of packing for a tropical vacation.


General Packing list for Iceland:  

  • Rain pants (even it isn’t raining, it’s nice to have when you’re visiting some of the waterfalls.  The mist will get you pretty wet).  Trust me- this was one thing that I didn’t think we really needed but we did.  Sitting in wet pants is not fun!
  • A wind proof and waterproof jacket is a MUST.  A packable down is a great options since it is super warm and takes up little space in your suitcase
  • Gloves and a hat (preferably wind proof) and a scarf.
  • Extra fast drying socks
  • Study Hiking shoes or sneakers with a good tread (and break them in before you go) and a spare.
  • Back pack and a waterproof backpack cover
  • Refillable water bottles
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes.
  • Lip balm
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Hair conditioner
  • Sunglasses (even if to help protect your eyes from the wind)
  • Sunscreen
  • If you are going to any of the lagoons (ie:  Blue Lagoon)  -Bring an old bathing suit for the Blue Lagoon.  It used to be that the sulfur smell wouldn’t come out of the bathing suit but now it was just that the bathing suit (even after washing) was still stiff.
  • Layers, layers, layers!
  • Extra phone chargers
  • Travel Plug Adapter Travel Strip with USB ports and extension cord

Packing Tips for summer vacations to Iceland:

  • If you are going in the summer and you are a light sleeper, get an eye mask.  It’s light almost 24 hours a day.
  • The blankets are wool, down, and warm- so you don’t need heavy PJs.   MOST hotels will not have air conditioning so light sleepwear is recommended.

Packing Tips for winter vacations (in addition to the above)

  • Wool socks
  • Thermal layers or fleece lined leggings and shirts
  • Water proof snow boots

What you can leave home:

  • You probably won’t need dressy clothes unless you are staying in the city for a few days and want to get dressed up for dinner
  • Umbrellas- the wind was way too strong for umbrellas when we went.

Iceland is a 4 season destination so just dress for the activities and adventure and you should have a great time.  Don’t stress over forgetting something.  You’ll always be able to pick up necessities in local shops.

Iceland was one of My Vacation Lady’s bucket list vacations and it was fabulous!!

Whether you are looking for a guided tour, self drive or even a combination, let the experienced vacation and honeymoon specialists on our team, help you plan your bucket list vacation!