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What to Pack For Iceland: For Him

November 14, 2018


Erin Schrader

Disclosure: Thank you to Backcountry and ShopStyle for sponsoring today’s post.

The time has come to conclude my 3-part Iceland series [only saying temporary goodbyes to this beautiful place] by bringing you a complete packing guide for him. In case you missed it, I recapped our full itinerary and a complete packing guide for her in the past couple of weeks!  If you’re planning a trip to Iceland in the future [which you should] or you’re in the market for some new winter items for your man, today’s post has you covered.

If you recall, Shawn and I turned to Backcountry for all of our packing needs as they have a HUGE variety of premiere outdoor items of brands that we love. From Patagonia, Spyder, Smartwool, The North Face, etc they have it all. They have a huge jacket & insulation assortment for the winter as well! Plus, if you’re a last minute packer like we are, they have fast free 2 day shipping on orders over $50. Bonus: Right now through 11/19 you can take 20% off any one item with code 20NOVEMBER OR use code YELLOW15 for 15% off your first order (doesn’t apply to items already 15% off or greater but can be used on up to 3 items total). Moral of the story: 20% off one item using 20NOVEMBER OR 3 items 15% off w/code YELLOW15!

Here’s a lineup of some must-have items to pack for him for Iceland [or to surprise him with for Christmas this year]. Who’s ready to go on a little adventure?

  1. A warm packable down coat

Spyder Geared Synthetic Down Jacket [true to size] 

An absolute must for your trip or a cold winter at home, this Spyder Geared Synthetic Down Jacket was so easy to pack, however, packed a warm punch during the trip.

2. Pullovers

Spyder Charger Zip T-Neck Jacket [true to size]Patagonia Retro Pile Pullover Jacket [true to size]

Coat or no coat, I can guarantee you’ll be wearing a pullover or twelve during your trip. A few of Shawn’s favorites included this Patagonia Retro Pile Pullover Jacket, Spyder Charger Zip T-Neck Jacket, and Patagonia Better Sweater. These are perfect to throw on every day and tackle all of your adventures.

3. Baselayers

Arc’teryx Stryka Hooded Jacket

Underneath it all, you’re going to want some baselayers to stay warm. Surprise: Iceland gets cold.

4. Waterproof Boots

KEEN Winterhaven Waterproof Boot

Shawn wore these waterproof boots every single day and loved them. They look great with jeans out and about but as you go off the beaten path they are durable and hiking friendly. Waterproof boots are a must have.

5. Waterproof Pants –  If you plan on going into glaciers or just need to be prepared for a rainy day, you will want some waterproof pants on hand. Shawn purchased these Salomon Nova Pants and got him through many rainy moments [which mostly consists of Garth Brooks concerts at Notre Dame].

6. Gloves + Wool Socks + Beanie

Mountain Khakis Teton Sunset Pom BeanieSmartwool PhD Insulated Training Glove

You have to keep those phalanges warm while on the go and these smartwool gloves did just the trick. Another necessity is a beanie or two. Keeping that hot air in your head will pay off, promise.

7. Backpack

DAKINE Mission Backpack // Smartwool Hike Ultra Light Crew Sock // Patagonia Retro Pile Pullover Jacket [true to size]

Last but not least, the easiest way to trek around all of your items is with a backpack. We both had one in the car with us at all times and they came in handy daily.

And that’s a wrap on the packing for Iceland guide! The only thing left to do is to GO. Remember to hit up Backcountry stat for all of your packing needs.

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