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Iceland can be a tricky country when comes the time to pack for your trip. Is it very cold? What’s the weather’s like in summer? Let me simplify your planning answering this question: What to pack for Iceland in Summer?
This list is made for a 14 Days road trip in Iceland in a camping car, but, if it’s not exactly what you’re planning, it’ll give you a good base anyway.
Planning your trip to Iceland? Take a look at my 14 Days Road Trip Itinerary in Camping Car
Even if it’s summer time in Iceland, it doesn’t mean it’s hot. While it’s not as cold as some may think, I can tell you that it’s absolutely not necessary to pack shorts. You’ll only wear pants. Temperature is around 10C-15C. Some places are very humid and windy, if you’re sensitive to cold, bring a winter hat, a scarf, and gloves. The scarf will be very handy if you visit Myvatn region, to protect you from the midge.
Despite the temperature, pools are part of the Icelandic culture, there’s always a pool, even in the very small village. Don’t go without your swimsuit!
There’s an expression in Iceland saying »If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes »! Be sure to bring layers and a raincoat no matter what the weather looks like. It always change during the day. I wouldn’t go back to Iceland without: A soft shell.
One last thing: Icelanders are party people! If you plan to do the Runtur, bring one party outfit, the funkiest’s the better!
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Beside your all-day shoes, bring hiking boots even if you’re not a big fan of hiking. Nature is at the center of a road trip in Iceland, you will have to walk outside the road if you really want to enjoy it. And, be sure to bring a pair of flip-flop to the pool.
I think we should use eco-friendly products no matter where we are, but, if there’s a place where I think it’s even more important, it’s Iceland. People really do their best to protect the environment there, so please be a responsible traveller.
Medication & Pharmacy
You know more than me what medication you usually need, but one special thing I add to my bag for a summer trip to Iceland was Melatonin. I’m not a scientist but, basically, melatonin is a hormone naturally produce by the body when we are in the dark. It’s a kind of signal send by the body to tell us to go to sleep. Why bring that to Iceland during the summer? Because there’s no night! It’s always sunny even at 3am (I saw it after my runtur). So, it’s just a natural product to help you sleep with the light.
Gadget & Comfort
Beside a warm sleeping bag and a travel pillow, there are so many small things that we don’t usually pack but that you should bring to Iceland:
- Thermos: Everything is expensive in Iceland. If you want to save on food, bring a Thermos to carry soup. It makes a good and cheap lunch.
- Bottle for water and re-usable bags: As I said, being environmentally responsible in Iceland is very important. Be sure to produce the less trash you can while you are there.
- Sleep Mask: Don’t forget! If you are in Iceland during summer, it’s light at night.
- Car charger: Access to electricity is very rare in camping, you will have to rely on you car charger for your phone, computer and camera.
- Fast-Dry Towel: It’s so humid in Iceland! Don’t even think of bringing a normal towel… it’ll stay wet from the first day until the end.
Nothing specific to Iceland here… Passport, ID, Flight tickets and reservations, cash and credit cards, itinerary and guide, insurance, driver’s license and, of course, a travel journal, because you’ll have a lot to say!
I always travel with a guidebook to help me plan my trip in advance, and find useful informations of the road. For this trip, I travelled with the Lonely Planet Iceland Travel Guide and it was full of useful information.
Here’s a printable packing list! How clever is that, eh?
And if you’re looking for hotels, take a look at Reykjavik Hotels. After days of camping, trust me, you’ll need a hot shower and a nice bed.
Happy packing everyone!… and yes, it’s ok to change your mind 5 times about what shirts you should take. We all do that…
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