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Road Trip
Packing List
for Iceland

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Camper packing list

When you travel in a camper, you can use some tricks to optimize the somewhat limited storage space. Here are some tips and a list of items to check off.

Whether you are visiting in the summertime or the winter, you want to bring somewhat similar items to be prepared for anything.

Icelandic Weather

The weather in Iceland can change rapidly, and it is common to experience four seasons within a single day. Iceland experiences major windstorms that have been known to be hurricane-force, with wind gusts rivaling some of the world’s worst. Icelanders are used to this kind of weather event, and the houses and buildings are built to withstand these winds, not to mention the earthquakes, which are a daily occurrence. Yes, daily.

Iceland generally has two seasons: Winter and Summer, with windy seasons in between. The winter temperature is around 0 °C (32 °F) in the South, but in the North of Iceland, the winter temperature average is closer to −10 °C (14 °F). These temperatures aren’t that harsh, but mix them with the arctic wind, and you’ll feel it quickly.

Temperatures

Summer temperatures are usually mild – around 12°C (54°F) but the relative humidity levels mean that it feels much warmer. The sun is shining 24 hours a day, which can be disorientating, but it makes it entirely possible to stay in your home countries time zone during your stay (Adios, jet lag!).

For the winter, CampEasy recommends bringing insulated water- and windproof jacket, warm fleece, and a thermal long-sleeved shirt to wear underneath. Waterproof pants with thermal tights underneath, warm woolen socks and a good pair of waterproof boots, and of course, a cozy scarf, gloves, and a warm hat. In the summer you can wear jeans without the need for thermals, but it’s a good idea to bring some anyway. You should also consider using crampons for icy winter days and bring a swimsuit to enjoy the hot springs. Sunglasses are required for the midnight sun and the glary winter days.

If you intend on visiting Reykjavik for a night in the town, it’s a good idea to bring some regular clothes and shoes, so you don’t stand out as a tourist. Hiking boots do not belong on the dance floor!

Also recommended are – a quick-dry towel, charging cables for your phone and camera, sunblock, lip balm, and moisturizers after soaking in geothermal springs. In summer, you will need a sleeping mask to block the 24-hour sunlight.

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Summertime Adventure Must-Haves

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Wintertime Adventure Must-Haves

  • Thick winter jacket
  • Warm polar fleeces, two-layer
  • Thermal underwear
  • Insulated hiking or ski pants
  • Thick warm wool socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Crampons (available at CampEasy)
  • Warm scarf + insulated hat
  • Insulated mittens or gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Moisturizer + lip balm
  • Camera gear

Electronic Gear

  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Adapter for Iceland’s Europlug socket ( typical European socket)
  • Batteries and spare batteries
  • USB car charger
  • Offline map ( which works on your phone without internet)
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Things for Kids

  • Stroller
  • Toddler carrier
  • Few favorite snacks
  • Portable heating equipment
  • Baby food
  • Waterproof blanket (suitable for playing on the grass)
  • Some entertainment like toys, books, reading apps, and board games

First Aid Kit

  • Prescribed medication ( you usually take)
  • Plasters and blistering plasters
  • Antihistamines, anti-allergy cream
  • After bite remedy
  • Pain killers and anti-fever remedies
  • Insect repellent
  • Thermometer
  • Anti-diarrhea medication like Imodium ( travel can upset the stomach)
  • Anti-motion sickness medication ( bracelets, tablets that works for you or your kids)
  • Antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based hand sanitizer ( 60% of alcohol)

Clothes

  • Layers
  • Wind and waterproof clothes
  • Pajamas
  • Flip-flops
  • Warm sweater
  • Swimsuit
  • Comfy sneakers
People on the top of the mountain during the winter.

Other useful things

  • Travel insurance
  • Backpack
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Fly mask, head net
  • Walking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight
  • Neck wallet ( will prevent the loss of documents and payments cards)