Help! Packing List Panic


I started packing for my upcoming trip to Iceland and Greenland and I’m worried I am forgetting something or won’t be adequately prepared! Only 2 days to go!! *eeek – excited nervous laughter*

Have you been to either of these destinations? Do you have expertise in northern travel or are an expert-ninja-packing-guru? If so, I need you!

I am including my current packing list below and looking for advice and insight from my fellow travellers. Once I go, I’ll update the list based on what I used (and didn’t use), to build an “ULTIMATE PACKING LIST”. I’m well on my way but could bet that there are things I haven’t thought of…

Packing List for Iceland & Greenland

Being a lover of lists and organization, my packing list is (of course) organized into categories. For some reason, this makes me feel like I’m less likely to forget something…but I have yet to test this theory.

Gear & Outdoor Essentials

Backpack (I’m using the Gregory Jade 63) which includes a removable daypack and rain cover. I’ll do a review of this pack soon!

Hiking boots (La Sportiva – these are honestly amazing boots, great quality and so comfy).

  • Running shoes
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Scarf
  • Wooly hat (the slouchy kind, yessss)
  • Mitts
  • Warm socks (spare pairs! Just in case…)


  • Leggings / Joggers
  • Loose hiking pants (love these)
  • Zip up fleece
  • My favourite comfy sweaters
  • Tanks and T’s (for layering)
  • Long sleeve shirts (one merino wool)
  • PJ’s


You may not need many electronics, especially if you like to “unplug” on your trips, but since I’m a travel blogger I bring a few essentials:

  • Laptop and charger
  • Backup drive
  • Camera, lens, extra batteries and charger
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Headphones
  • Kobo e-reader


  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hairbrush and elastics
  • Shampoo and conditioner (travel size)
  • Soap and moisturizer
  • Makeup (minimal)
  • Lip balm (essential for colder weather)
  • Medications (as necessary)
  • Mini First-Aid kit (I never travel without this)
  • Travel towel


  • Passport (make sure it’s not expired!)
  • Travel documents and confirmations
  • Personal identification (license/health card)
  • Debit and Credit cards
  • Travel insurance information
  • Money (both ISK for Iceland and DKK for Greenland)
  • Food (I am bringing snacks for the road since Iceland is known to be VERY expensive!)
  • Packing cubes (these are a lifesaver for organizing your backpack)
  • Guidebook

So far, this is what I have to bring with me. Let’s hope I don’t end up forgetting anything too important. Oh, and I need to leave some room for souvenirs! I was recently asked to bring home “something green” from Greenland and some “ice” from Iceland…. 🙂

Fun fact about me: I one day hope to have a huge bookshelf displaying all of the treasures I have collected in my travels around the world! Working on it….

My next blog post will be coming to you from Iceland!


~ Earthly Traveller

Note: I have no affiliation with the companies listed in this post, just great products that I have used!

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