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Food To Pack For Iceland: 15 Items You Can Take

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Countries like Iceland, Finland and Norway are notoriously expensive, especially when it comes to food and drink prices due to their high import and tax costs.

But the great news is that it’s possible to beat expensive prices by packing some simple food items in your suitcase (and even in your hand luggage!)

On our recent trip to Iceland, we were determined to beat the expensive food and drink prices by smuggling in some dry food in our cabin luggage (that was allowed through UK security) rather than having to buy everything we needed on the other side.

If you’re going to try this, make sure that your airport security also allows for food in your luggage.

This is absolutely fine to do in UK and Iceland airports but this might not be the case for all airports… so do your checks beforehand!

Remember that you’re only allowed to take dry food through security – absolutely no liquids unless they’re under 100ml and in a sealed plastic bag. You’re also not allowed to take meat or dairy products to Iceland with you – so no jerky!

You’ll also need to make sure that any food you take with you weighs under 10kg and doesn’t exceed the value of 25,000 ISK (Icelandic Krona) as per the official advice given here.

To help you, here are 15 suggestions of food to pack for Iceland that you should be able to get through security without any issues. These are the items we took with us on our trip and no one asked us about them as we cruised through security.

We’ve also created a free downloadable food packing checklist you can print out! Grab it here!

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Teabags & Sweeteners

We Brits love, love, love our tea. So much so that some of us can be a little picky about what brand of tea we drink.

This is easily solved by packing some teabags in a sealed plastic food bag. They’re light so no need to worry about carrying a lot of weight around with you and the plastic food bag will help keep them fresh.

Add in a tube of sweeteners if you like sweet tea and you’re nearly ready for that cuppa as soon as you arrive at your lodgings – you’ll just need to buy milk on the other side and ensure you have some mugs to drink from!

Morocco Mint Tea
Enjoying a cup of tea in the sunshine

Porridge Sachets

Dried porridge sachets are flat and light, which makes them perfect for adding to cabin luggage.

During our five days in Iceland, we were a little boring as we ate porridge every day for breakfast, but it saved us a fair amount of money so we’d happily do it again.

Tortilla Wraps

We adore tortilla wraps at lunchtime. They can make a nice change from sandwiches and you can add vegetables, small pieces of meat and cheese to bulk them out.

As wraps are flat, you can stow them away in your cabin luggage better than that loaf of bread you might have been thinking of cramming in!

Packet Soups

Packets of dried or powdered soup are ideal for lunches or light dinners. You should opt for light and flat packets so that storing them in your luggage isn’t a problem.

Soup we took to Iceland
Yummy carrot and parsnip soup

Dry Pasta & Rice

Dried foods like pasta and rice are a great food item to pack for Iceland.

With so many different kinds of meals you can make with pasta and rice as the main or side dish, this is one item that will go a long way during your travels.

You can even buy microwaveable rice in packets if you want the flavour already thrown in for you.

Packet Noodles

Forget the Pot Noodle as it’s too bulky. But flat packets of noodles are light and flat enough for packing. Similarly to pasta and rice, noodles are a good base food item or something to make a side dish from.

Chicken and noodles
Breaded chicken with noodles and dumplings… yum!

Cereal Bars & Snack Bars

Cereal bars and small snack bars are perfect for taking with you on day trips away from your hotel or cabin, so be sure to pack plenty of these for your trip.

If you opt for a nutty variety as well, then they can also double up as a good source of protein to keep you going during the day.

Snack-Sized Banana Loaves

I’m not sure if these are only available in the UK, but I’m sure other countries will have similar kinds of snacks out there.

Banana loaf is a great source of energy and the lunchbox-sized ones are good for day trips while you’re travelling.

Chocolate Bars

If you absolutely must pack something sweet, try taking lunchbox-sized chocolate bars. Normally packaged in long, thin wrappers, you could take a whole hoard of these with you.

And with aeroplane holds and overhead cabin compartments usually being quite chilly places, your chocolate shouldn’t melt during the flight.

Food we took to Iceland with us
Proof we’re cheapskates when we travel. This is some of the food we took with us to Iceland!

Bonus Item: Prosecco, Wine & Champagne

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Nope, sorry, these are liquids. You can’t take them!” This is true.

But you can buy bottles of alcohol in duty free once you’ve made it through security, or even buy them on the plane itself.

We managed to buy a couple of small bottles of Prosecco for £6 each so that we could toast our first night in Iceland from the hot tub. We will certainly do that again!

Hot Tub Iceland
Just before we tucked into some Prosecco in the hot tub in Iceland…

And… like we said before. If you want to download and print this food packing list, then we’ve gotten creative and made one for you. Grab it here >>


Right, over to you now – what other food will you pack for your Iceland trip? Pop a note in the comments section below where you’ll also find tips and suggestions from other people travelling to Iceland!

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Justine Jenkins

Justine is one half of the married couple behind the Wanderers of the World travel blog. She lives in Bristol, UK and has travelled extensively within Europe and beyond since 2013. After her trips, she shares detailed travel itineraries, helpful travel guides and inspiring blog posts about the places she's been to. When she's not travelling overseas, you'll find her joining her husband, Scott on various day trips, weekend getaways and walks within the UK, which she also writes about on Wanderers of the World. Aside from travelling and writing, she also loves reading, crafting and learning about nature.

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