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 travels to Iceland, we were determined to beat the expensive food and drink prices by smuggling in some dry food in our cabin luggage (that were 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 are only allowed to take dry food through security – absolutely no liquids unless under 100ml and in a sealed plastic bag.
To help, here are 15 suggestions of food to pack for Iceland that you should be able to get through security without any issues. I’ve even created a free downloadable food packing checklist you can print out!
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Food To Pack For Iceland: 15 Items You Shouldn’t Travel Without
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 through 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!
Dried porridge sachets are flat and light, which makes them perfect for adding to cabin luggage. During our four days in Iceland, we were a little boring as we ate porridge everyday for breakfast, but it saved us a fair amount of money so we’d happily do it again.
I 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you absolutely must pack something sweet, try taking lunchbox-sized chocolate bars. Normally packaged in long, thin wrappers, you could opt to take a whole hoard of these with you. And with airplane holds and overhead cabin compartments usually being quite chilly places, your chocolate shouldn’t melt during the flight.
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 the 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!
And… like I said before. If you want to download and print this food packing list, then I’ve gotten creative and made one for you, which you can see below.
Right, over to you now – what other food will you pack for your Iceland trip? Pop a note in the comments section below…
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