8 things to keep in your backpack on an adventure elopement in Iceland

When you’re travelling far away to marry your partner in crime, there are so many things to think about. From making sure your passport is up to date and that you have the right amount of money on you, there’s a lot to think about before you leave.

Whether you are eloping or travelling to Iceland for your post wedding shoot, chances are you’re going to do lots of hiking and exploring. The first thing we recommend is that you pack light! You’re already going on an adventure, so don’t make it more difficult by packing too much or something that won’t be useful.

We spoke to an Iceland wedding photographer Kaja Balejko to bring you the list of some essentials that we think would be useful and handy for any couple who wants to get married on their elopement adventure:

1. Wedding rings

Absolutely! This might seem like an obvious one, but it can be easy to forget. Make sure they’re packed safely away so they don’t get lost during your travels. An absolute must-have on your list.

This is one of the most important things to remember when planning an adventure elopement. It’s easy to get caught up in all the other details and forget about the most important thing – the wedding rings. Make sure that you pack your wedding rings in a safe place, such as a small jewellery box, ring box or a ring holder, and keep them with you at all times. It would be a disaster if you forget them or lose them on your special day. It’s also a good idea to make sure your rings are insured before your trip, just in case anything happens to them.

2. Vow books

It’s common for couples to write their own vows for their wedding day and read them before exchanging rings. If that’s something you’d like to do, I recommend bringing along some vow books. Don’t just bring a piece of paper with your vows written on it – it’s going to be windy. Don’t just read your vows on your mobile phone either, just don’t!

3. Umbrellas or rain coats

Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable therefore umbrellas or raincoats are always recommended.

Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to pack umbrellas and warm layers that will protect you from the wind, rain, and cold temperatures. A waterproof jacket, insulated pants, and a fleece or down jacket are all good options to keep you warm and dry.

You’re going to be doing a fair amount of walking between your photos so make sure you also pack a hat, gloves, and a warm scarf or neck gaiter. It’s also a good idea to bring extra layers, such as a mid-layer or a light insulating jacket, in case the weather gets colder than you expect.

4. Hiking shoes, heels and Oxfords

If you want to wear your heels or your Oxford shoes to your wedding ceremony then be sure to pack these as well. You’re not going to spend the whole day in these while on an adventure trip in Iceland or you’re going to badly regret it. Wear your hiking shoes for most of the day or tie the knot in your walking shoes instead to save backpack space. These will look and feel great.

Good hiking boots are an essential piece of gear for an adventure elopement in Iceland. They will provide support and traction on uneven terrain, which can help prevent injuries and make your hike more comfortable. Make sure to break in your boots before your trip, and bring an extra pair of socks to change into if your feet get wet.

A headlamp is also an essential piece of gear for hiking in Iceland. It will allow you to see in the dark and can be very useful for exploring caves, navigating through fog or low visibility, or if you find yourself caught in unexpected darkness. Make sure to bring extra batteries or a charging device for your headlamp and test it before you leave.

Couple hiking in Iceland on their way to the wedding ceremony
Make sure you wear sturdy hiking shoes for most parts of the day

5. European electrical adapter

These are pretty cheap when you buy them in a supermarket but can cost a little fortune when you get them at the airport. Make sure you pack one of these as you’re likely to spend a few days in Iceland. Without an adapter, you won’t be able to charge your devices or use any electrical equipment that you bring with you. You can purchase a European electrical adapter at many electronics stores or online before your trip. It’s cheaper to buy it in your home country rather than at the airport. Also, it’s a good idea to check the voltage and frequency of your devices, as it may vary from country to country.

6. Battery pack and cables

Make sure your phone is fully charged and that you have a backup battery pack. Iceland can be a pretty remote country, and if your phone dies while you’re on a hike away, a battery pack will come super handy.

Bringing a backup battery pack and cables is a good idea when embarking on an adventure elopement in Iceland. As we mentioned, Iceland can be a remote country and phone service may not be available in certain areas. Having a fully charged phone can be important for safety reasons, in case you need to call for help, or for navigation using maps or GPS. A backup battery pack will allow you to charge your phone on the go, and ensure that you have power when you need it. Make sure you bring the right charging cables for your device, and it’s also a good idea to bring a solar power bank if you are going on a multi-day trip.

7. Water bottles

Bringing a refillable water bottle will actually save you some backpack space and money in the long run. The Icelandic tap water is free of chlorine, calcium, and nitrate and is considered one of the cleanest drinking water in the world. Some hardcore hikers will tell you that you can even drink water from the waterfall but stay with tap water during your stay in Iceland.

8. Snacks and hot drinks

Again, getting ready, travelling and hiking can be tiring and before you realise you’ll find yourself peckish while walking in the middle of nowhere up in the Icelandic highlands. Pack some light yet nutritious snacks such as protein bars, peanuts or raisins.

Bringing a packed lunch and a thermos with a hot drink is a good idea if you plan to stay out for long hours. Having a packed lunch will ensure that you have enough food to keep you nourished throughout the day. Iceland’s wilderness can be remote and it can be hard to find a place to buy food, so it’s best to be prepared. A thermos with a hot drink can be a great way to warm up, especially during the colder months. You can bring tea, coffee, hot chocolate or any warm drink of your choice. It will also be a nice touch to have a warm drink while enjoying the beautiful views.