What to Pack for Iceland in Summer

What to Pack for Iceland in Summer

 Our big trip this year was to Iceland and I definitely learned so much about traveling just from this trip alone, so I thought I would share some tips with you guys. I’d like to start out by sharing what to pack when visiting Iceland in summer!

We went to Iceland the second week of May and had great weather the majority of our trip. However, as I’m sure you know if you’re planning a visit to Iceland, the weather changes in an instant, so it’s better to be prepared than not! Here are my tips along with my packing list:

Tip #1: Pack minimal makeup. For our trip, I packed my makeup “essentials” and quickly realized I brought way too much makeup! I ended up just wearing concealer and waterproof mascara every day. This was the perfect amount because I didn’t look like I was dead, but didn’t have to worry about what I looked like. When you’re exploring waterfalls, hiking, and road tripping, it’s best to bring a small amount of makeup so you can save some room in your luggage.

Tip #2: Pack layers. An Iceland summer is definitely different than the what we’re used to here in the States! While we were there, snow was still covering the mountain peaks, some areas were really cold and windy, while others were warmer. One day I was wearing wool socks, jeans, a t-shirt, a pullover, my two-layered jacket, mittens and a beanie. The next day I was wearing leggings and a t-shirt! The locations you’re visiting will determine what you take with you, but be sure to pack layers (t-shirts, long sleeves, a pullover, a set of thermals, jacket, etc.) because you never know what the weather will be like!

Tip #3: Pack a towel. One of the items I didn’t bring but wished I did was a towel. We got soaked walking behind waterfalls and really wished we had brought a towel along with us. Thank goodness we had a change of clothes in the car because we moved from place to place; if you’re not, make sure you take a towel with you!

Tip #4: Pack a water bottle. One item I’m so happy we took with us was a water bottle. We each packed our own and they came in handy when we were hiking! Iceland’s water is so clean that you can fill up with water almost anywhere. It’s a must-have item to pack!

Tip #5: Use packing cubes. I can’t harp on this enough – use packing cubes to make the most of your carry on. Gary and I fit so many layers in our luggage because we used packing cubes. You need some no matter where you’re traveling!

What clothes to pack:
01. Two-layer jacket
02. Fleece pullover
03. Base layers
04. T-shirts
05. Waterproof hiking boots
06. Tennis shoes
07. Jeans
08. Backpack
09. Scarf
10. Mittens
11. Swimsuit
12. Wool socks
13. Beanie
14. Waterproof pants
15. Leggings

I’ll see you back here on Friday for the first part of my Iceland travel diary!

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  • thesophiadiaries

    Oh loving this! I don’t really wanna go to Iceland because it’s so cold but I’ve seen so many beautiful pictures that I’m convinced!!!

    • Thank you! I know, during winter it’s especially freezing, but even in May it got up to 60 degrees fahrenheit! You should definitely consider going – it’s one of the most beautiful places! Thank you so much for commenting!

      • thesophiadiaries

        I would love to go! But I hear it’s only cheap to go there and then I look at my bank account and realize it’s not feasible for me atm xD

        • Hahah trust me, I get it! We saved up for a long time before going!

  • Miss ALK

    My mom is convinced we are going to Iceland someday so I will have to keep this in mind for if we do ever go!

    xoxo A

  • Whitney H

    Flights to Iceland are so cheap; I would love to visit one day! It looks absolutely gorgeous.

  • Kristine Circenis

    Iceland has been on my radar for quite some time now and I had always wondered about the weather and the clothing I’d need! Such a helpful post, thank you!

  • Paige Rankin

    I have had so many friends go to Iceland lately! It just looks so beautiful!

    xoxo, Paige

  • Thank you for sharing these packing tips! Iceland is definitely at the top of my list for places to travel to this year 🙂 The weather is always changing there (I’ve heard from other friends that have gone) and bringing layers is definitely important – no matter what time of the year there!

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

    • Of course! You’ve got to make a trip there! The weather is constantly changing so layers are key – you’re so right!

  • I’ve always wanted to go to Iceland. It’s good to know that the weather is always changing beforehand so you’re not SOL when you get there and don’t have layers haha.

  • Rachel Ritlop

    I am dying to visit! It looks SO beautiful! Thanks for this packing list!

  • I know a friend who’s traveling to Iceland soon! I’ll have to pass along this post because it had so much good information! Also, it’s definitely on my list for places to go, like seriously the views look stunning!
    xo, G

    • Aw, thank you so much! You have to go – it’s a beautiful country!

  • Such great tips! I am dying to visit here, it looks amazing!

  • Ashley Vickney

    I want to go SO bad! People fly out of Boston to there so often I just know that it would be the perfect trip! Great list!

    • Yeah! It’s a quick flight there! You’ve got to go! Thanks for commenting!

  • Macarena Ferreira

    OMG I had never heard of packing cubes and you seriously just changed my life!!! Getting these ASAP.

    xo // http://www.thematerialgirl.co

    • Haha packing cubes are life changing! They seriously make packing SO EASY! Glad I could help out. Thanks for commenting!

  • I’m dying to go to Iceland. It looks so pretty there. I’m bookmarking this post since Iceland is on my travel list and I’m sure I’ll be planning a trip there soon.

    • It’s amazing – you’ll love it. Thank you so much, Katie! I’m glad you found it useful. Thanks you for commenting!