What This Florida Girl Packed for Iceland in Winter
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Thinking about traveling to Iceland in the wintertime?! Juan, some friends and I just returned from an awesome adventure Jan. 31st-Feb. 3rd. You might be surprised to hear that it wasn’t as cold as we expected!! It was colder in our other destinations–Boston and New York than it was in Iceland. Don’t get me wrong, it was cold, but we were prepared for the weather.
Airlines have made it affordable to travel to this beautiful country. We flew Wow Airlines. I had never heard of this airline.
Our flight was out of Boston. It was $179 per person round trip! You can read my Review of Wow Airlines. What is important is that the airline is very strict on their luggage policy. You pay $51 for one checked luggage—and it has to weigh 44 lbs. or less!
WHAT?! 44 POUNDS OR LESS FOR WINTER CLOTHES!!
That is why I am writing this post. I am here to tell you that you can do it too!
We did go to Ross and buy a new piece of luggage for this trip. It is by a British company called IT. We paid $69.99 for a 27x18x11 (in inches) suitcase. And it is purple! So easy to identify. I would call this a medium-size piece.
I like to lock our luggage so we don’t have any mishaps along the way. The lock is TSA approved, so if they need to open the suitcase they have a master key.
Another helpful piece of advice is to find luggage with eight wheels. This suitcase never fell over. Never had a problem rolling anywhere! It was a dream!
Okay! Now for what went inside this suitcase!
We will start with my packing list. I chose colors that I could mix and match–black, gray and purple.
1 set of pjs
1 first layer top
1 first layer bottom
1 thick turtleneck sweater
1 fleece jacket
1 fleece vest
1 pair velour leggings
1 pair fleece-lined leggings
1 pair corduroy leggings
1 fleece-lined tights
This was my just-in-case or luxury item, if you will! I did not wear the skirt in Iceland. I did wear the tights under leggings. We went to New York on the return. I did wear the skirt there.
1 pair Columbia snow boots (loved these! I could just slip them on and off. So helpful traveling through airports.) Order here.
4 pair wool socks
1 pair Women’s Magellan rain pants (I wore these to the waterfalls and on sleeting or snowy days! Just layer over pants or leggings.)
1 blanket scarf (doubled as a blanket on the plane)
1 wool neck gaiter (best piece of clothing I brought! I was able to pull this over my mouth and nose in the frigid temperatures)
1 pair snow gloves ( I did not wear these.)
1 pair finger-less gloves (I wore these all the time so I could use my camera or iPhone.)
1 pair leather gloves
1 swimsuit (Yes!…a swimsuit for Iceland! We went to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal heated spa.)
1 pair of sandals
1 women’s down puffy coat
My husband’s packing list:
1 first layer top
1 first layer bottom (Juan wore one time!)
9 pair of underwear
2 long-sleeve henleys
3 long-sleeve button down shirts (one not shown)
1 pair of jeans
1 pair of corduroys
1 pair of sleep shorts
1 pair snow boots
4 pair wool socks
1 men’s fleece top
1 men’s hat
1 men’s wool neck gaiter
1 men’s scarf
1 men’s fleece gloves
1 pair men’s rain pants
1 men’s swimsuit
1 pair of flip flops
1 men’s fleece jacket
1 fleece-lined waterproof jacket
A few extras were packed:
1 pack hand warmers (did not use)
1 pack toe warmers (did not use)
1 travel flat iron
1 extension cord (for cpap machine if needed)
1 laundry bag
1 cpap machine
1 backpack (for our excursions)
1 waterproof iPhone case
2 carry cases for The Blue Lagoon–packed with swimsuit, sandals, waterproof iPhone case, toiletries and coverups for when we stopped at The Blue Lagoon on our way to our hotel.
That is everything I packed into our suitcase. Remember our weight limit was 44 pounds. All of this weighed 38 pounds. It was nice to have a little wiggle room!
Another packing tip: Use 2 gallon ziplock bags to pack. Once filled, I sat on them to get the air out. It allowed me to pack more tightly.
That is What This Florida Girl Packed for Iceland in Winter!
I will have a series of posts relating to our Iceland trip. Stay tuned for new posts.
Have you been to Iceland? What did you pack for your trip?
I would love to hear about your trip.
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