Our International Travel Favorites

We officially leave for Iceland this week and we can both hardly contain our excitement! Iceland has been on our bucket list for quite some time and we are so eager to explore this beautiful country. But what’s even better is that we’ll be doing it together (with our husbands too!).passport-mexico-travel

This past weekend was spent gearing up for our big trip and it included lots of packing. We’ve gotten domestic travel down pat, but international travel is a different story! Neither of us have traveled outside of the country too much, so we want to make sure we’re extra prepared when it comes to packing.

International_Packing_ItemsAfter lots of research, and a bit of shopping, we think we’re ready for our big trip to Iceland. Here are some of the items we’re planning to pack with us.

International Travel Favorites

Portable Charger

We’re bringing our DSLR cameras, but we’ll also be using our phones for photos and social media. So a portable charger is a must! We’re planning to keep our portable chargers with us at all times so our phones are always juiced up and ready for action.

Eye Mask

An eye mask is always a good idea when traveling if you want to get some shut eye on the plane. We’ll be flying overnight and landing in Iceland in the morning, so we’re all hoping to sleep as much as possible so we can take advantage of our limited time there. Hopefully these eye masks help a bit. Also, during this time of year it’s light out in Iceland for almost 23 hours of the day! That means we’ll definitely be needing some eye masks to get it nice and dark when it’s time for bed. (Plus I’m a sucker for Amazon reviews and this particular mask has almost 2,000 5-star reviews!)

Comfy Leggings

Leggings are on repeat for both of us regardless if we’re traveling or not. But when on the plane, you’ll most likely find both of us donning leggings. Not only are they comfortable for a long flight, but leggings can also act as a compression on your legs so you don’t retain fluid and swell when sitting for such a long time. Plus, leggings are a packing essential for an active trip like Iceland. Casey is planning to bring her favorite Zella pants, while Bridget will pack these new suck-it-all-in leggings from Athleta!

Compact Umbrella

When you’re on vacation, you can’t let a little rain hold up your plans! We recommend always carrying a compact umbrella for all of your international travels. Iceland’s temps right now are in the 50’s & 60’s and there are a few rain days in the forecast. We’re each packing umbrellas for the trip. This one from Amazon has over 600 5-star reviews (#AmazonReviewNerd), and we’re hoping it can combat high winds!

Soft Neutral Sweater

Here’s another one for the plane ride! I (Casey) just got this cardigan from Athleta and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s oversized, comfy, and goes with anything! It’s quite possibly the softest thing I own, and get this…it has magnets on the collar so you can wrap it around your neck to really get cozy! I plan to don this on the plane and curl up in it like a blanket both for our Iceland trip, and again in the fall when we head to Italy!

Leather Passport Case

You know those people you see at the airport who look totally put-together and chic even when traveling? Well those people probably have a leather passport case! In order to channel our inner travel expert, the 4 of us all got leather passport holders. Finn has this one, Matt has this one, and we have these. Now we can pretend to be cool travel gurus at the airport even if we’re actually travelers-in-training.

Water Bottle

Buying water abroad can be pricey! And in many countries, the drinking water is actually safe to drink. Apparently the water in Iceland is actually really tasty and very safe. Save money (& the environment) and pack your own water bottle when traveling abroad. Plus you can fill up the bottle at the airport before your long flight so you stay hydrated for the long trip in the air. We love S’well water bottles because they keep liquids cold for 24 hours! This one with palm leaves is adorable.

Outlet AdaptersType_C_Travel_Adapter

After some research, we found out that Iceland’s outlets are a different shape than the ones we use here in the United States. Therefore we need to pack outlet adapters so that we can still use our chargers, blow dryer, straighteners, etc. while we are away. Iceland (and most of Europe) require C adapters so we made sure to stock up on a few packages of these so that we can still use those electronics overseas.

GoPro

We plan to bring our GoPro (this is the one we have) with a waterproof case for this particular trip! We’re so excited to bring the camera underwater in the Blue Lagoon. Hopefully we get some really epic shots. But a GoPro is a cool gadget to bring along during any international travel, because they’re indestructible and you can capture both video and photos.

We have a lot of post-Iceland blog posts planned (what we did, what we packed, trip recap, etc), so if you’re planning your own trip there…we’ll have you covered once we return! Now we want to know…is there anything we’re missing from our international travel list? Anything last-minute we should pickup before we leave on Thursday? Thanks in advance for your insight and if you want to follow along on our journey, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates.Casey_bridget_Sig

 

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  • D Ann Melland

    I have a couple of friends that just returned from Iceland. It rained…a lot. So pack your waterproof boots and a good rain jacket.
    As for travel, pack some snacks and reading material.
    Have a fabulous time!

    • So good to know! I just looked at the forecast and it looks like it will definitely be rainy. Gotta pack that rain gear!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girls- love the post! Y’all be safe and have fun!

  • You guys are going to have an amazing time! My husband went for work last year and loved it! Bummer about the rain, but in some ways it easier to do tons of walking in rain than in the blazing heat. A good umbrella, and waterproof footwear and you are good to go! Have so much fun, I will be following along on instagram!

    • Thanks Kerri! It looks like it will be in the 50’s and rainy. But that certainly won’t stop us! It will just make packing a bit interesting….

  • Kat Hamilton

    Money! I ALWAYS take some local currency along when I travel abroad. Having cash alleviates any “can’t find an ATM, my credit card won’t work, and now I’m stranded” situations. Which has honestly never happened to me, but I like to be prepared!

    I also always take a magazine or book, or at least some non-battery powered entertainment because I always manage to run out of battery, or at least want to save my battery for something more important than passing time in an airport.

    Have so much fun!! I’m so jealous!

    • Such good advice Kat. Money is key! We’re planning to get Icelandic currency, and bring American money as well. Just to be prepared!

    • This is such good advice! The fees to get money out of the ATM when we were in Mexico were ridiculously high- very very annoying!!

    • That’s the worst, isn’t it?! We’re hoping that we can avoid that at all costs!

  • I love Iceland! My husband and I drove the ring road for 10 days and it was the best thing ever. A couple tips: don’t bother with the umbrella – get a good rain jacket with a hood instead. Iceland is super windy and you’ll want your hands free for pictures and balancing while walking rocky terrain. We got north face rain jackets with drawstring hoods and they were a life saver. Real hiking boots are better than sneakers. And you’ll get wet, so make sure to bring extra socks and shoes. Also, it feels a lot colder than the temperature says (wind!), so pack layers, a hat, gloves, and hair ties (for the wind. It’s a common theme). Everything else on your list is perfect! And Iceland’s water is straight from the glacier, so it’s all delicious. Anyone will let you fill up at their tap for free, so never pay for water. Only tourists do that!

    If you want more advice, check out http://unlockingkiki.com. she’s an American expat living there and she has a bunch of posts about tips and places to visit. I used her posts a lot to help plan our itinerary. Have fun on your trip and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

    • This is such great advice! Wind, wind, wind! We will now take extra precautions to be ready for it.

      And thanks for the link to the website. We will check it out immediately!

  • How amazing you guys get to travel to such a beautiful and magical place together!! Have an amazing time and can’t wait to see all the pics and videos on Instagram and FB!! When we went to Mexico we brought a little pouch with us to keep our passports, airline tickets and any hotel info and the passport paperwork they give you on the plane and put the pouch with all the important docs in the hotel room safe.

    • Love these tips, Colleen… thank you!! We are very fortunate to have each other, which is one reason we try and getaway all together!

  • Jill Steinwender

    Living in Europe, be careful with using electronics with the plug adapters! Computers/tablets/phones are fine to use as they are dual voltage… but using a hairdryer/straightener you risk blowing the outlet, the appliance, or both!

    • Oh wow, thank YOU so much Jill! This is extremely helpful information!!

  • Just a little piece of advice- when you’re going through border patrol/customs, I would take the passport cover off. I had one as well and they were a little annoyed by it because the passport can’t go through their machine with it on! As nice as they look, they’re kind of a pain when you’re in the airport. I’m also going out of the country soon so seeing this list is a great reminder of everything I have to pack (still!)

    • Thanks so much for the tip, Gretchen! We hope you have so much fun on your upcoming trip too!!