Iceland is a bucket list destination for many. With a chance to glimpse the stunning Northern Lights, it’s a popular holiday spot with those searching for a winter getaway. However, with incredible natural scenery, a choice of amazing festivals and midnight sunshine, Iceland makes for an amazing summer holiday, too.
If you’ve decided to head to Iceland this summer, then here are the 8 essentials you need to pack.
1. A Camera :
With so many Instagrammable sights, you’ll want to take hundreds of photos to capture your memories. While you could use your phone, opt for a digital camera with Wi-Fi so you can transfer high-quality photos. Or for prints you’ll treasure for years to come, a Polaroid-style instant camera is perfect.
Tip: Don’t forget extra memory cards, a charger, and an adapter!
2. Sleep Mask :
During the summer months, Iceland is bright 24 hours a day. Yes, you read that right. This is because, during this season, the sun doesn’t set. While this can provide unforgettable midnight adventures, it can wreak havoc on your sleeping patterns. To make sure you wake up feeling refreshed, pack a sleep mask.
3. Swimwear :
From the famous Blue Lagoon to a huge choice of more remote (and free) hot springs, a trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without taking a dip in one of these thermal pools. To enjoy these, no matter what else you forget, double check that you’ve packed your swimwear.
4. Hiking Boots :
With rolling landscapes, breath-taking mountains, snow-tipped peaks, colorful cities and cool blue waters, you’re going to want to do a lot of walking and exploring. For hiking through rough terrain, you will need some tough, water-resistant hiking boots.
Tip: Invest in thick socks to protect your feet and prevent painful blisters.
5. Warm Jacket :
Even during the summer, Iceland can be pretty cold. During these months, the average temperature hovers around 12 degrees Celsius, but it can drop below a chilly 10. This means you need to stay warm and dry. The solution? Invest in a quality jacket to stay nice and toasty.
6. Toiletries :
Going from warmer temperatures to Iceland’s cool summer climate can take its toll on your skin. To prevent this, make sure you pack some lotions and moisturizers. This will help to keep your skin looking amazing and feeling hydrated, even in the colder weather.
7. Day Bag :
It goes without saying that when you go to Iceland, you’ll probably be going on a lot of day trips. This means you need to be able to carry all your essentials with you. Whether this is your money and additional memory cards, or extra water for a long hike, make sure to pack a small yet sturdydaytime backpack.
8. Travel Journal :
Iceland is often viewed as a once in a lifetime experience, meaning you don’t want to miss or forget anything. So, to make this a holiday you’ll be reliving for years, take a travel journal. You can use this to jot down your experiences, stick in photos, receipts, and postcards. It’ll make a great keepsake and help you collect all your amazing memories.
Iceland is a magical place to visit, no matter what time of year you to choose to go. However, to make the most of your summer trip, remember these packing tips. Oh, and don’t forget to hashtag all of your posts!
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