Packing for Iceland

Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. Thankfully for the duration of my trip, I experienced sunny, pleasant weather, although the first two days after I landed, it was gloomy with random spurts of rain. I stayed in a very cute Bed and Breakfast in Selfoss and the evenings would get pretty cold. The trip itself consisted of many outdoor activities, such as hiking and a lot of walking so staying warm was vital. 

Wearing layers is extremely important. Not only are you warm, but you can also peel off a  layer to cool down. My basic, daily setup was thermal pants and shirt, warm sweater or plaid shirt and my outer jacket. My socks were warm enough to only wear one pair and my boots kept me nice and toasty as well.

Below I have listed exactly what I packed. I hope this list is helpful to you as well. Almost everything I purchased for this trip was from amazon.com to keep my cost low as Iceland is on the expensive side and I wanted to save for the activities there:)

  1. Warm, waterproof jacket: This is extremely important in case it rains, to protect from high winds and waterfall mist. 

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XF2LNH1/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2. Several fleece-lined leggings: I would pack 3 to 4 pairs. i practically lived in mine. I brought only black ones, but next time I will include multi-colored ones. They are warm, soft and comfortable. 

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3. Fleece lined hat/Waterproof gloves: Keeping your head warm is extremely important. This hat I bought from amazon was super cute and warm. I plan on purchasing a few more for future trips.

~And this Swiss mocha was amazing by the way. Perfect end to a chilly hike :))~

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4. Thermal top and bottoms: Highly, highly recommend taking several pairs with you. They are thin, I layered them under my jeans and fleece leggings. I doubt I would have stayed warm enough if I had not taken these with me.

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5. Sweaters: Bring a few. No need to bring a lot, as you will already have plenty of layers. Also make sure they are at least partially wool or cashmere. Synthetics will not keep you as warm. 

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6. Swim suit: You do not want to miss the Blue Lagoon. It is relaxing and beautiful but you need a swim suit in order to get in :). This one I purchased from Target last summer. 

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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LWX3YEV/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

7. Warm waterproof boots: You will most likely trek through mud and water and rain. Therefore a pair of sturdy warm boots is a must. I wore these Sorel boots almost every single day and never once had cold or wet feet. 

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8. Wool Socks: Must have to keep warm.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B019FETB74/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

9. Denim Jeans: Pack a few for those casual days when you walk around town or if you plan on checking out a few bars. The bar scene is very casual so jeans would be a perfect fit with a cute sweater or top. 

10. Camera Bag: Preferable waterproof as you DO NOT want to get you equipment wet. 

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MQYHZ7G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Happy Travels everyone. I hope you enjoy Iceland as much as I did.

Comment below about your travel adventures 🙂

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Why Traveling with Under 30 Experiences Was the Best Decision I Ever Made 

Traveling was something I always wanting to do.  Seeing new places and meeting new people was always a lingering desire of mine. The problem was, I didn’t know how to get the ball rolling. Sometime in November 2016 I told myself this is it. This was the time to do it,  I was graduating in six months, and after years of hard work I figured this was the perfect reward. I had heard from my friend about Under 30 Experiences about a year before, she had gone on a trip with them and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since I have never traveled alone  out of the country, I figured going with a travel group would be my best bet.
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Several days before I was to fly out, I was getting really nervous. Besides the fear of flying, several other things were running through my head. Just to list a few; will I be safe, will I get along with the group, what if I am homesick? Being a young female, you always have various fears about traveling alone especially when you watch the news and social media. Stories of kidnapping and getting robbed, is enough to prevent anyone from traveling.
Let me just say, the moment I landed in Costa Rica my fears dissipated immediately. (Mostly because I realized, I survived flight and was still alive). From the moment I stepped off the plane to the minute I got back to Los Angeles, I felt safe secure and happy. My journey began with meeting a group of the most coolest, sweetest people ever. The moment we met, everyone grew extremely close. Our group was led by three amazing tripleaders, who are smart, witty and very knowledgeable, at the same time making us feel like they were part of the group rather than working
For some reason, leaving my safe, secure home in Los Angeles made me feel brave in a way I’ve never felt before. As I mentioned before, I’m scared of planes, hence heights. Yet with the support of the group I threw my fears out the door, or rather the treehouse of the zip lining spot we arrived at as one of the activities, and zip lined all across the rainforest. I was even able to zip line upside down.
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One lesson I took away from this trip is unless you just take the risk and do it, you will never know what is out there. Don’t be afraid of the unknown, we are constantly bombarded with media and news stories about the dangers outside our homes, but at the end of the day, letting those fears prevent us from living life is a shame.
I am currently preparing for my next trip with U30x, a trip to Iceland which I am extremely excited for. My life motto; there is nothing to fear, but fear itself!

I would love to hear about your motivational tips!!! Leave me a comment below 🙂

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My First Time Traveling Abroad

Traveling has always been a goal of mine. Working in a restaurant in Los Angeles made me want to break away from fast paced, traffic stricken days and my desire to free myself from the mundane, monotonous lifestyle gave me the courage to pack my bags and fly to Costa Rica for five days.

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Arriving in Costa Rica, I felt immediate culture shock. At the entrance of the airport, there were tons of people offering taxi services. I felt a little nervous at first, never experiencing such determination from the taxi drivers. I almost felt as though I was surrounded by paparazzi without the cameras.  But having found a few of my travel companions earlier, I felt a wave of relief at not being all alone as I weaved through the crowd looking for the rest of my group.

As soon as I arrived, I dove into the rich culture headfirst . The first thing I did was jump into the water for a refreshing swim as the typical weather in Costa Rica is very humid.

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As I watched the sun set across the horizon, I couldn’t help thinking to myself, is this a dream? I walked to the locally owned restaurant with my travel companions, where I indulged myself in the rich flavors of Casado, a dish consisting of rice, beans, fried plantain, and refreshing salad.

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The following day after a quick breakfast, my travel companions and I took the bus to San Manuel Antonio National Park. I will include the link (http://manuelantoniopark.com). I hiked through the national rain forest, taking in the sights and sounds of a whole new world. White-headed capuchin monkeys, native to this region, climbed trees, one even came up to say hello. I have to admit he was a handsome fella, but a tad mischievous. One snached a bag of croissants from a couple on the beach. I cannot blame him though, everyone loves a treat. The best part was watching a sloth creep down the trunk of a very thin tree. What skill they must have to stay so balanced.

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The cherry on top of this trip was meeting and becoming close to an amazing group of people who have a similar passion of traveling. I never even imagined would become so close with individuals I had just met. Yet as I sit here now and think about my experience, every moment, conversation, laugh runs through my mind clearly. I already miss the crazy dancing, the deep conversations along the shoreline, the jolly bus rides to the next adventure.

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My biggest take away from this amazing adventure was be brave, take risks, get out of the cycle. The world is your oyster.  Pure Vida!!!

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Photo credit for this beautiful picture goes to Marissa Mallen!

I would love to hear some of your experiences, comment below and tell me about your adventures. 

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