Hey everybody! As most of you probably already know from my Instagram, I’ve just spent an amazing few days in Iceland – a land where possibly some of the most incredible wonders of nature can be seen and observed.
Iceland is a place I have wanted to visit for quite some time so I am so happy I finally got to tick it off my list. What made it even better is that I got to spend it with my awesome other half and one of our friends too who are both photographers, which just so happened to make for some amazing pics!
The trip was actually a surprise for my boyfriend last November, in what was admittedly an adventurous impulse on my part and urge to be spontaneous (hey, we’re still young). However, I couldn’t have shared this experience with a better person and whilst we were there we met up with a local model for a shoot, who was kind enough to take us to some fantastic locations and a pleasure to work with.
Packing for Iceland – 2017
Though my packing process for this was hurried and as always, last minute, I felt actually pretty organised for this trip. Just a sign that practice always does make perfect…travel more, folks, you’ll get better at packing lighter!
I can’t say that we actually packed ‘light’ for this four day trip – our case was stuffed with camera gear and I was terrified of not having enough layers. But I will say that we had everything we needed and should we go again, I’ll be in an even better position to take only what I need.
That’s why I thought I’d put together this little blog post for you guys, to show what I took to stay warm; what I did and didn’t need, and anything I’d do differently next time.
As predicted, Iceland in January is cold cold cold! It was also covered in snow the majority of the time we were there, so this made having the right clothing all the more important.
However, the cold climate in Iceland is different to what we experience in the UK. It’s more dry, fresh and crisp rather than damp and bitter. It’s a good idea to take a waterproof and waterproof boots or shoes, but you won’t need an umbrella or anything like that because there is just no point.
Though I was a little sad that I wasn’t able to buy any snow boots before the trip, it turned out I didn’t need them. My usual walking boots worked just fine for trudging through snow and ice and yours will too, providing they have a waterproof sealing like Gore-tex or another alternative.
Here is a list of the clothing I took for the four days.
- 2 jumpers (1 stripy, 1 plain)
- 1 hoodie (I took my Airium hoodie)
- 1 thick cardigan (from New Look)
- 3 tshirts (1 long sleeved, 2 short)
- 3 overshirts (1 plaid, 1 denim and my boyfriend’s khaki, which I stole)
- 1 pair of dungarees (New Look)
- 2 pairs thick tights (New Look)
- 2 pairs walking socks (these are handy to have as they’re thicker and have reinforced heels and toes)
- 1 pair ski socks (these were taken for dire emergencies only and I only wore them when we went to see the Northern Lights. There was a lot of time spent waiting around in the cold.)
- 1 pair jeans
- Walking boots (mine are Solomons)
- Doc Martens (for travelling there and back, I wore walking boots the rest of the time)
- Swimsuit (for the Blue Lagoon)
- 2 hats (I like variety ha!)
- 1 pair mittens (hand-knitted by my mum)
- Parka coat (warm and waterproof)
I usually like to only pack the essentials when it comes to toiletries, but my idea of ‘essentials’ is probably quite different to some others’! So long as there’s room, I take everything I need to ensure good skin throughout the trip, using smaller size variants where possible (though I’m not always great at this).
- Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish cleanser
- Liz Earle toner
- Rosehip oil
- A bit of coconut oil in glass jar (this is a great all-rounder – I used it for moisturising and it can also be used topically; for freshening breath and removing make-up)
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Liz Earle small fragrance spritzers (these are easier than taking a larger perfume bottle)
- Small bag make-up
- 4 muslin cloths
- Bamboo hair brush
- Hair straighteners
When travelling on a plant-based diet, it really helps to take a bit of food with you on the trip, just so you’ll always be prepared. I’ve long read about other bloggers who take their own food onto the plane and always thought it was a great idea, so that’s what I did this time.
Just remember you can’t take liquids through security, so as long as you’re only packing solid food, you should be fine.
Here’s what I took.
- Lunch for the plane (homemade falafel, brown rice in tamari, mixed greens, tomato and sweet tahini dressing)
- Batch of homemade cookies, wrapped in tin foil (these were my cinnamon oatmeal choc-chip cookies, which I will be posting the recipe for very soon!)
- Smoothie (drank in the car on the way to the airport)
- J.F Rabbit’s cucumber water (drank in the car, ditched before security)
- Dried snacks (dates mostly, plus a bit of fruit)
- Box of muesli and carton of oat milk, for breakfast (these were packed in our suitcase)
- A few herbal teas
- A good thermos flask (for staying warm on excursions!)
On any trip where photographing or filming will be taking place, there’s always a lot of gear to think about. Luckily I let Christian take care of most of this, but I thought it’d be interesting to give a rundown of everything we needed to ensure a smooth and trouble-free trip!
It’s also useful to make sure all batteries are charged the night before and chargers put into the case just before you go. That way you’ll have everything charged and ready to go as soon as you arrive.
- 1 Fuji XTI (our beloved, we use it for everything)
- Spare Fuji battery
- 1 DJI Osmo (+ 2 spare batteries)
- 2 flashguns
- 1 flash trigger
- 2 spare sets flashgun batteries
- 1 multiway reflector
- 1 travel tripod (we got this one from Manfrotto)
- Macbook Air (for editing, backing up files and watching movies)
- iPad (for movies on the plane).
I’ll be doing a post really soon all about eating plant-based in Iceland, for anyone who’s interested! So be sure to check back soon.
Also, if you’ve got any handy packing tips your own for short trips like this one, be sure to drop them into a comment below!