We head back to Iceland in a few days. This trip is 17 days, with 10 of those being in the Westfjords in a camper van. After 10 days, we swap the camper out for a regular 4WD vehicle and will head to Thorsmark for a few days of hiking, then Westmann Island for another few days, and then finally to Selfoss for our last night.
I started packing a few weeks ago and had everything spread out on the guest bed. The problem with starting early is I keep second guessing what I want to bring;)
We do carryon only 99% of the time. I had an inkling of hope to do that this time, but that hope was quickly dashed. With sleeping bags, pads and camp pillows, there is just no way we could have done it. Well, if we gave up a few creature comforts maybe, by why???? We are used to backpacking here in the PNW so our stuff is pretty lightweight and compact, which helps.
My husband had not packed at all. I asked him to at least pull out what he wanted and I packed for him so he could continue our big dig project in the backyard today.
I feel pretty good about what we are bringing! We are using Osprey duffel bags that we have taken to Iceland before. They are technically carryon size, but not for Iceland Air. Plus the weight would be too much for their carryon. So we are checking those bags, and then each have a small day pack and I have a small LeSportsac bag with a change of clothes for each of us, and the misc that did not fit into the Osprey bags.
This is what I have packed:
2 short sleeve shirts (wear one on the plane)
2 long sleeve merino wool Bombas shirts
1 quarter zip technical long sleeve shirt
2 rain jackets, only because I love both colors and couldn't decide, lol. One is a bright orange REI, the other a Kelly green OR
1 pair rain pants
2 pair sock liners
4 pair merino wool socks
1 bucket hat for the sun
1 fleece beanie
2 pair hiking pants
1 pair fleece lined leggings (wear on the plane)
1 pair shorts
8 pair underwear
1 sports bra
2 regular bras
1 thermal top/bottom for pajamas
2 swimsuits so that we can hit more than one hot spring a day and not have to put on a wet suit
2 pair gloves
Lowa Renegade hiking boots
Saucony trail runners (wear on the plane)
Teva water sandals which will do double duty as shower shoes and for hikes with water crossings
sleep system camp pillow
sunglasses and readers
tripod and SLR camera
laundry lines and magnets for in the camper
hanging LED light for in the camper at night
microfiber camp towel (2, one for shower and another for hot springs)
hand and toe warmers
Power Banks (1 regular and 1 disposable one for emergency)
2 Mountain House meals for at the volcano huts or as backup
2 thin cooler bags
day pack, bladder and pack cover
OTC meds and rx
I have a few days in case I am forgetting something, but I think we are set!
Edited to add, first aid kit! It is packed, but forgot to list it!