Packing for Iceland in September, what we all packed!

Packing for Iceland in September isn’t easy! September is the beginning of their rainy season before they are hit with Winter!

We did a TON of research before we started buying things that we didn’t have. I will be noting the things that are a MUST HAVE and things that you can leave at home! Also, things I wish I would have taken!

We were in Iceland to photograph a rad elopement, so we needed work stuff along with adventure stuff. We were also flying on a plane that including NO CHECKED BAGS and only one carry-on. So we had to think smartly when packing!

What we packed for 8 days in Iceland Packing for Iceland in September,

Before we began, we were in Iceland for 8 days and had to take all our photography gear and food for 6 days in just 2 packs!

We packed everything in just two Osprey Packs!

Justin has the larger pack, the Osprey Stratos 50, while I have a smaller day pack, Skarab 32. (they don’t make mine anymore, but this is close)

We were able to pack it all in because of packing cubes! If you don’t have them, you need to get them ASAP!

Our camera gear was in this amazing Wandrd Cube!

We wanted to find a way to pack all our camera gear but not have to have another bag as we didn’t want to check a bag or have the possible plane check it with our gear in it. Wandrd is an amazing company that has camera cubs and bags for photographers. The other amazing thing about this cube is we can take all our gear with us, and if it rains, they will stay dry in the bag!

When we were shooting close to the ocean, we covered our cameras in plastic bags to keep them dryer. While we were walking, we just shoved them in our raincoats! It was like I had a camera, baby!

What to pack for Iceland

For clothes we brought layers!

LAYERS are so important when going somewhere rainy and the weather changes at the drop of a hat!


  • Merino Wood long-sleeved shirt
  • 2 cotton t-shirts
  • two pairs of leggings, one fleece-lined!
  • Black jeggings for around town
  • Sweater for the rehearsal dinner
  • 3 pairs of wool socks
  • Danner Boots for hiking
  • Teva Sandals
  • Toms for around town & the airport
  • This light jacket from Mountain Hardware
  • This North Face “sweatshirt” was a lifesaver for layering!
  • Packable Raincoat
  • 6 pairs of underwear (we could do laundry once so I didn’t bring enough for every day)
  • 3 sports bras
  • 2 hats – one light cotton one, one fleece lined
  • Swimming suit
  • earplugs & eye mask
  • just a few makeup items & travel-sized toiletries packed in this cube!

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  • Merino Wool long-sleeved shirt
  • 3 moisture wicking t-shirts
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of Prana Hiking Pants
  • Rain Jacket
  • Wool Jacket for layering
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • Swimming trunks
  • Sweatshirt
  • Teva Sandals
  • 2 hats – 1 light cotton, one fleece lined
  • Snow boots – that he never wore
  • Few travel toiletries

What I wish I would have brought!

Rain pants or my gators! The day we got soaked, the rain-soaked from my leggings into my socks then the whole inside of my boots! I took them off and drove back to Reykjavik barefoot! Also, walking to our apartment barefoot!

What I am so glad I threw in at the last minute!

Fast-drying pack towels! These came in handy when we scouted with our couple! We all got SOAKED!

We also took enough food for 6 meals! Some pour-over coffee and our creamer!


I read somewhere that I didn’t need to take an international plug, but I KNEW I needed one, so I got this one. It worked GREAT everywhere we went!

Headphones and portable charger!

Febreeze is a MUST if you can’t wash your clothes! You will get wet, and sometimes the rain can make your clothes musty! This is perfect for helping you smell fresh no matter what!

Anything I am missing that you found useful!?

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