Part 3 of our 4 part series on planning the ultimate road trip in Iceland. We will cover every aspect – accommodation, packing, driving, shopping – of planning an unforgettable Icelandic road trip
Read Part 1 – The Ultimate Road Trip in Iceland : An Itinerary (opens in a new tab)
Read Part 2 – Accommodation : Where To Stay on your Icelandic Road Trip (opens in new tab)
Read Part 4- How much will that Road Trip in Iceland cost (opens in new tab)
“What to pack for a Road Trip in Iceland” or “What to wear in Iceland” seems like a trick question. Iceland has notoriously unpredictable weather – it’s sunny one minute and raining the next. If you plan on driving around the island like we did, you will probably fight a snow storm, get drenched in the rain, acquire a tan, and witness a sandstorm within a space of two weeks 🙂 So where does one begin packing for a road trip to Iceland?
The answer is simple – Good Outerwear. You NEED to invest in a quality jacket which is waterproof, snow proof, wind proof (err EVERYTHING proof) before you let yourselves loose in the Icelandic countryside 😉 Once that is in order, you can pack clothes – jeans, jumpsuits, knitwear – to layer under your hero product, the jacket.
Of course, no one knows how to counter Icelandic weather better than Icelandic people themselves. So the two of us chose outwer wear from Iceland’s premium brand, Icewear, to fight our battles for us. Vid chose a bright orange parka and I went for a snug black down jacket. Over the next two weeks, we came to think of these jackets as our safety blankets. They have taped seams to keep wet weather at bay, huge waterproof pockets for mobile phones and cameras, and tight cuffs to block out the wind. We went for Glacier treks, braved a hail storm and several windstorms, even went caving inside a volcano and emerged unscathed. Score 🙂
On one of the warmest days of our trip around Iceland, I had the bright idea of wearing just a playsuit. Of course, I regretted that decision exactly an hour into the day 😉 So I stole Vid’s parka off him and wore it with my playsuit – that thing might be the warmest thing I’ve ever worn in my life – so lush!
Vid wears :-
Camo shirt – H&M
Orange Parka – c/o Icewear
Jeans – Topshop
Boots – c/o Zalando
Savi wears :-
Playsuit and woollen scarf – River Island
Black down jacket – c/o Icewear
‘Take The Scenic Route’ clutch bag – c/o Alphabet Bags (Love it 🙂 )
Nike sneakers – c/o Zalando
Beanie – H&M
PACKING CHECKLIST FOR A ROAD TRIP TO ICELAND
- 1 pair of sturdy, good quality hiking boots
- 1 pair of Sneakers (the more colourful, the better 🙂 )
- Torchlight – you never know when you might need it
- Swimwear – make sure you pack your bikinis and swim shorts because there are natural hot springs everywhere in Iceland. Additionally, a number of B&Bs have hot tubs. It’s a national obsession
- Thermal t-shirts and long johns for glacier hikes, caving etc
- Good-quality outerwear that is weather-proof. Icelandic weather is VERY unpredictable, so you need to be prepared for hail storms, rain, snow, and sunshine at all times
- Chunky knits and jumpers for layering
- Scarves, waterproof gloves, and a couple of warm hats
- Waterproof pants for glacier hikes, caving, and other adventure sports
- 1-2 smart outfits for your days in Reykjavik. Country bumpkin clothes won’t do in the capital city. Here people take pains to dress well. Take a look at our section on City Fashion for inspiration on packing for Reykjavik
And if you need more convincing to finally pack your bags and head to Iceland, then this video diary of our trip should help 😉
You, yes you 🙂 Don’t leave just yet. Make sure you read our post on Packing for Winter Holidays before leaving for your Road Trip to Iceland.