What to pack for Iceland?
First time as a vanlifer? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you with what you need!
Think of the van as a luxury tent. It has a small kitchen, heating and a bed but it’s far from a cabin. On the other hand it comes with you anywhere you go which is super convenient. The size however means you need to plan what to bring and how to pack it, here’s how we do it:
Most important is to pack in a soft bag. This means you can store it away during the trip and don’t need to keep it in your bed. Second step is what’s inside the bag. Vanlifing around Iceland means you will be almost only outdoors, so focus on what clothes to wear. Weather can also be unpredictable so make sure to pack for all possible occasions. If you’re prepared for sun, rain and wind you’ll do great. Below is a list of what we think is important not to forget:
- Warm winter jacket – it’s important to stay warm and dry, so bring a good jacket. Day time it’s usually warm but we will be outside all evenings and that’s when it can get cold. A warm winter jacket is a good idea to pack.
- Warm mid-layer (or dress like the locals in an Icelandic wool sweater, you can buy them in many shops along the way)
- Thermals – hopefully you wont need them but they take little space in your bag and if there’s a cold evening you will be very happy to have them.
- Hiking shoes – if you plan to explore waterfalls and canyons make sure you’re equipped to get there
- Swim wear – important for the hot springs and you don’t want to miss those!
- Regular clothes – We wont list them all but bring what you need both for sunny days in shorts, a few meals at restaurants at night and something warm in case of a rainy day.
- Thin gloves – If you’re going on a glacier hike a pair of thin gloves are great to not cut your fingers on the ice.
For the van
- Bed linen (160cm fitted sheet for the medium Van, 2x non fitted regular sheets are best for the Big Van). This can also be rented for €30/person for the week.
- A blanket – to lay on the grass for breakfast picnic or when having BBQs outside of the van.
- Personal water bottle – Always stay hydrated and avoid single use plastic. You can fill up in all taps and most rivers in Iceland.
- Usb chargers – Your van has USB outlets to charge but no power sockets.
So there you have it, a short and simple packing list which will serve you well in the van. Now keep dreaming about open roads, waterfalls and natural hot-springs. Hopefully we see you here in Iceland soon!