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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 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.

We’ve even 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 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!

Morocco Mint Tea

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 everyday 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.


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.


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 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!

Hot Tub 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, which you can grab below.

Grab our packing list here >>>

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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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12 thoughts on “Food To Pack For Iceland: 15 Items You Should Bring

  1. This is so genius! I never even thought about packing my own food!

    1. Woo, thanks Kennedy! I love being labelled as a genius! 😉

      Iceland was the first place we tried this with and it worked so well, so we’ll definitely be doing this again!

  2. nomadepicureans says:

    Back in Austria I always used to pack smoked sausages, haha! This post is taking me back to my student days 🙂

    Unfortunately this is now useless to me because we live in Finland and food is cheaper everywhere else 😂


    1. Ooh yum, smoked sausages sound amazing!! Ahh…yeah, haha, you won’t get much value from packing your food before you travel away from Finland then… you’ll be more likely to try smuggling food back! 😉

  3. Yuen Mi says:

    This is awesome. Another person who actually packs their own food when travelling. I also can’t go without my teas. I put some teabags in my purse and just request for hot water while in-flight. Great list, and thanks for the downloadable checklist.

    1. Great tip Yuen! I had never thought of carrying tea bags for the plane journey itself – I’ll be sure to do that next time! 😉

  4. Laura says:

    I love this idea! I’m traveling to Iceland next month and have been told about the high-cost of food! Thanks for the free food packing checklist – will definitely be making use of it!

    1. Awesome! You will absolutely love Iceland! By far, the most beautiful country I’ve ever visited…! You’re welcome for the checklist – I hope it comes in handy! 😀

  5. Agnes says:

    Hi! Where have you stayed during the Golden Circle and south coast trip? I am going to Icland this in the end of the week and still missing accomodation for 2 nights

    1. Hi Agnes, sorry for the delay (I must have missed your comment). We stayed in a cabin that we found on AirBNB. Unfortunately, that particular cabin gets booked really quickly as it’s quite popular. I hope you’ve managed to find something decent and are enjoying your trip – I love Iceland! 🙂

  6. Gabe Maerov says:

    Just wondering about a bag of almonds already opened? Trail Mix? Do nuts and things need to be unopened and sealed?


    1. Hi Gabe,

      Almonds, nuts, trail mix etc are all acceptable foods to take on the plane with you; I would just stay clear of peanuts in case someone has an allergy.

      You’ll find it easier to take them through security if they’re in their original packaging (even if it has been opened and you’ve taped the packet closed or something like that). This is mainly because it’s easier to identify what it is you’re taking through.

      However, if you don’t have the original packaging anymore, then taking them through in a sandwich bag or airtight container *should* be fine. Just be aware that you might find that you’re asked questions about it if it looks strange on the x-rays – but the staff shouldn’t feel the need to confiscate it.

      This should help break it down for you.

      I hope this helps – and enjoy your trip! 🙂


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