Thinking about my views on holidays and trips about a year ago, I know Iceland wouldn’t have been in my top 10, maybe not even my top 20. Cold, windy, icy didn’t really tick the boxes for me. 

Having done my research, I now know it is full to the brim with endless activities, experiences, once in a lifetime opportunities and beautiful sights.

Whether you’re exploring the Golden Circle, driving Iceland’s ring road or basking in the Blue Lagoon, Iceland is a place not to be missed.


Use our packing guide below to help you decide what you need for Iceland! Remember, this was our luggage for a weekend in November, so alter as you wish!


Clothing


Heavy coat:

A good quality heavy coat is imperative when travelling to Iceland in November. Topshop do some great ski and puffer jackets, if you’re looking to stay stylish whilst on your trip!

Jumper:

Personally, I believe you can’t beat a good turtle neck jumper. Scarf and jumper in one! For my trip I purchased 2, one from PrettyLittleThing and one from H&M.

Thermals:

Creating layers is a must in weather like this. In my opinion the best way to do so is using thermals. Thermal vests, long sleeves and leggings can all be bought online or in stores. I find the best place to go, is either sports shops or ski/outdoor apparel stores. 

Bottoms:

I believe the best things to wear on your bottom half would either be thick leggings or jeans. I suggest fleece-lined leggings as I find them far more comfortable than jeans, however both would be appropriate. 

Tracksuit bottoms for me, are another essential for my trip. As we are planning to spend some nights almost entirely in the car, a comfy pair of warm trackies are a must. 

Swimsuit:

When visiting Iceland, it’s hot springs are most probably on everyones to-do lists. Therefore, bringing a swimsuit is obviously a necessity. One that could quite easily slip your minds. 

I would suggest bringing more than one as you’ll want to go for a swim several times. If you’re like us and not sure where you’ll be sleeping, then a place to allow your swimsuit to dry isn’t really a guarantee.


Accessories


Wooly hat:

100% insist you invest in a nice wooly hat if you don’t already have one. I bought one a year back from H&M, they shouldn’t be too hard to find. 

Gloves:

I honestly don’t wear gloves enough and I always underestimate how much I need them. I definitely don’t advise forgetting your gloves on this trip!

It might be a good idea to get a pair that are compatible with your smart phone touch screen, like these from Adidas.

Scarf:

A scarf is another necessity, some people may say that it doesn’t really matter what it looks like as long as it keeps you warm… My advice, go for a bold coloured one, it will look great in photos!

Wooly socks:

When going to Iceland, you will inevitably be wearing boots at some point. Therefore wooly socks are a must, not only for the comfort but also for the warmth. 

Last but not least…

Bags:

For bags, I opted for a cute little bum bag from PrettyLittleThing. I figured this would be a hands free easy way to carry around my valuables. We will also be taking a backpack for all of our camera equipment.

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