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:

Wedding rings

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!

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!

Umbrellas or rain coats

Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable therefore umbrellas or raincoats are always recommended. You’re going to be doing a fair amount of walking between your photos so make sure  

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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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. 

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