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Hand luggage packing list for Iceland: Traveling with carry-on luggage only!

Especially if you are going to fly domestic in Iceland it can pay off to travel light. Here is the perfect hand luggage packing list for Iceland. Eventhough you need warm clothes for an entire week it can be done to squeeze it all into you carry over luggage as long as you know exactly what you need to bring and what you don’t need to bring.

This hand luggage packing list for Iceland is made for a week during mid/end September with an itinerary mostly focussed on activities in nature. Thus, you will see no “going out”-outfits or makeup on this list.

First advice is to always wear the thickest layers, so that these don’t take up space in your carry on luggage.

Second (and as always when going to Iceland): Pack waterproof and fast drying clothes and items that will keep your warm even if they do get wet (this means wool, not cotton).

Wear these items while traveling:

  • Hiking boots
  • Thermo trousers
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof skiing jacket or shell jacket

Hand luggage packing list for Iceland:

  • Merino wool base layer shirts
  • Woolen base layer leggings
  • Sports tights/leggings
  • Hiking trousers
  • Mid-layer thermo jacket
  • Woolen socks
  • Hoody
  • Jeans
  • T-shirts
  • Mid-layer thermo or down vest
  • Underwear
  • Buff or other scarf – Recommendation: Bring two Buffs – one for covering your ear and one to wear as a scarf
  • Beanie
  • Mittens and gloves – Recommendation: Always bring an extra pair of gloves as they tend to get wet
  • Light gym clothes – optional of course
  • Packable gym bag – as backpack for day trips
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel – Recommendation: Invest in a fast drying, low weight hiking towel
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Glasses/contacts
  • Sunglasses
  • Waterproof phone cover
  • Powerbank, cables and chargers
  • In-flight entertainment: Ipad, book, noise cancelling headphones
  • Personal items: Smartphone, headphones, wallet, passport
  • Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitizer
  • Medicins and vitamins

… And you are good to go!

Looking for more elaborate advice?

Looking for a more elaborate guide on what to bring for your trip to Iceland? Check out the Autumn packing list for Iceland or the Summer packing list for Iceland with more in-depth advise on what to bring on your adventure.

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