A Checklist of What to Pack for Your Iceland Elopement

Have you ever wondered what it takes to ensure your adventure elopement is as magical and stress-free as possible? As someone who’s seen countless elopement days unfold, I know that having the right elopement packing list can make or break your special day. From attire to safety gear, this comprehensive guide ensures that nothing is left behind.
We’ve worked as elopement photographers at hundreds of Adventure Elopements and Intimate weddings and with our expert tips on packing efficiently for both fun and safety, you’ll be fully prepared for exploring new, breathtaking destinations like Iceland.
I’ve organized this list into categories to help you stay on track while planning your once-in-a-lifetime adventure elopement. So, whether you’re hiking up a mountain or walking down an unconventional aisle, let’s dive into what you need to pack for your unforgettable journey.

The perfect elopement packing list is very important for a seamless, adventure-filled ceremony. Here is the list of what you’ll have to pack for your Iceland elopement (as well as any other destination).

  • Attires: Your wedding dress and any additional layers for changing weather conditions should be prioritized. Don’t forget a suitable pair of hiking shoes for the trek and a stylish pair for the ceremony.
  • Rings.
  • Toiletries and Makeup: Make sure to pack all necessary toiletries and cosmetics, including any emergency touch-up kits.
  • Food and Beverages: High-energy trail snacks, a celebratory beverage like champagne, and ample water bottles are crucial for keeping your energy up and the celebration lively.
  • Safety and Emergency: Always pack a first aid kit that includes things such as band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, and any personal medications.
  • Other items: Your backpack should contain vow books, a marriage license, and any unity ceremony items such as a handfasting rope or sand jars.

Now let’s see what can be added to this list to make it more complete and your Iceland elopement experience even more comfortable.

Elopement Attire

Ensuring you have the right attire for your elopement is crucial. From the dress to the shoes and all the way to the meticulously chosen jewelry, each element plays a significant role in highlighting your elopement day. Here’s how to pack and prepare each piece.

Wedding Dress

When it comes to the wedding dress, transportation needs to be both practical and protective. A bride can choose to fold her dress neatly in a backpack or opt for a garment bag, which can be secured with bungee cords or carabiners. This approach safeguards the dress from the elements and ensures it stays in pristine condition until it’s time to make an appearance. The dress should be resilient enough to hold up against any unexpected weather changes during the elopement.


Footwear is often overlooked but is a pivotal part of elopement attire. It’s advisable to hike in a comfortable pair of boots or shoes and switch to more stylish ones for the ceremony. For those preferring an adventurous look, keeping the hiking shoes on can add a rustic charm to the occasion. Always anticipate the terrain and the weather to ensure your shoes are both stylish and practical.


Jewelry, including rings, detachable sleeves, and capes, should be carefully packed to prevent any loss or damage. Using designated pouches or boxes is the best practice. In addition, considering the floristry arrangements for the bride and bridegroom will enhance the overall aesthetic. Often, these items are small yet significant, making it essential to keep them secure. Moreover, be prepared for any weather conditions by packing layers such as lapels and studs for suits to keep everyone comfortable and elegant throughout the ceremony.

Elopement Accessories

Ensuring you have the right accessories can elevate your elopement experience, contributing both aesthetically and practically to your day. Let’s delve into some must-have items to consider.


A beautiful veil can add a touch of elegance to your elopement ceremony. To prevent any damage during the hike or travel, pack the veil carefully. I recommend folding it gently and placing it in a garment bag. Consider the weather conditions; a lightweight, breathable fabric is ideal for warm climates, while a thicker material can help in cooler weather. Pro tip: Attach a small weight to the end of the veil to prevent it from blowing around too much in the wind.


Your rings are probably the single most important accessory for your elopement. To avoid any last-minute panic, keep them in a dedicated pocket or, better yet, wear them. Some adventurous couples even attach their rings to their backpacks using small, secure carabiners. This way, you can focus on your marriage vows without the worry of losing these precious pieces of jewelry.

Hats and Other Headgear

Hats not only provide a stylish flair to your attire but also offer protection against the weather. Whether you opt for a wide-brimmed sun hat for sunny days or a chic fedora for a touch of sophistication, make sure you attach it securely to your backpack to prevent it from losing its shape during the journey. Remember about other headgear like flower crowns, which can be a lovely nod to nature in your photos.

Finally, don’t overlook other smaller but crucial accessories such as cufflinks, boutonnieres, and even some selected pieces of cosmetics for touch-ups. Thoughtful packing of these items ensures that every detail of your elopement reflects the true essence of your marriage.

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Ceremony Essentials

The cornerstone of any elopement is the ceremony, and ensuring that all items are packed can make it both memorable and seamless. From the vow books to the marriage license, each detail contributes to the uniqueness of the day. Here’s what you need to include:

Vow Books

Vow books are a charming way to personalize your vows. Rather than reading from a phone or a scrap of paper, a beautifully crafted vow book adds a touch of elegance and sincerity to the ceremony. It’s also a keepsake you can cherish for years to come. Make sure to pack these in an easily accessible spot.

Marriage License

Don’t forget the marriage license, the most crucial document for your elopement. The officiant will need it at the ready, along with a reliable pen, so you can sign and make it official post-ceremony. It’s a small, yet significant element that legally binds your union.

Unity Ceremony Items

If you’re planning for a symbolic ritual like handfasting or a sand ceremony, ensure you have the necessary unity ceremony items. For handfasting, you’ll need a beautifully woven rope or ribbon. If a sand ceremony is more your style, pack separate containers of sand or other materials you’ll be blending. These items make the ceremony more intimate and personal.

Completing your packing with these guarantees that your ceremony is stress-free and enjoyable. Keep in mind to pack a bottle of champagne to toast your newlywed status afterward, adding a celebratory note to your day.

Hiking Gear

Ensuring you have the right hiking gear can make all the difference on your elopement hiking adventure. From sturdy hiking boots to weather-appropriate outerwear, every detail counts in creating a comfortable and unforgettable experience.

Hiking Boots/Shoes

When it comes to hiking boots or shoes, comfort is key. Make sure your hiking boot is well broken in before your elopement to prevent discomfort. The right shoe should provide ample support for varying terrain on your trek. Consider packing extra pairs of socks to keep your feet dry and comfortable, no matter the temperature or weather conditions.


A good backpack is very useful for carrying everything you need for the hike and the elopement itself. Choose a backpack that fits comfortably and can hold all your gear without weighing you down. Look for features like padded straps and multiple compartments to keep items organized and easily accessible. Pack such things like water, trail snacks, and a small first aid kit.


Weather can be unpredictable, so having the right outerwear is crucial. Layering is your best friend: start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add a mid-layer for insulation, and finish with a weatherproof outer layer to protect against wind and rain. Depending on the temperature and weather forecast, you might also need gloves, scarves, and hats to stay warm on the trail.

By preparing with the appropriate hiking gear, you’ll ensure both the hike to your ceremony and the elopement itself are as enjoyable and memorable as possible. Embrace the adventure and relish the natural beauty you’ll encounter on your mountain trail journey.

Toiletries and Cosmetics

Ensuring you pack the right toiletries and cosmetics are needed for your elopement day. These items help you stay fresh, glowing, and prepared for any spontaneous photo opportunities.

Skincare Products

Skincare products are crucial, especially if your elopement takes place outdoors. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. An effective insect repellent comes in handy to keep bugs at bay throughout your adventurous day.


When choosing your makeup, opt for products that are long-lasting and suitable for outdoor settings. Think waterproof mascara, long-wear foundation, and smudge-proof eyeliner. These items are lifesavers when it comes to maintaining your appearance from the first look to the final photos.

Travel Mirror

A sturdy travel mirror is a must-have for on-the-go touch-ups. It ensures you can check your makeup at any time, making it easier to stay camera-ready. Consider packing it in a dedicated cosmetics bag along with your other toiletries such as follows:

  • Oil-blotting sheets to keep shine at bay
  • Extra concealer for quick fixes
  • Makeup wipes for easy touch-ups

By packing these toiletries and cosmetics thoughtfully, you’ll ensure you’re well-prepared to look your best and enjoy every moment of your special day.

Food and Water

Proper nourishment and hydration can’t be overlooked on your adventure elopement. With all the excitement, it’s easy to forget that staying fueled and hydrated is crucial. You’ll need the right foods and beverages to keep energy levels high, ensuring both you and your partner can fully enjoy your wedding day in the great outdoors.

Trail Snacks

Grab your favorite trail snacks like granola bars, dried fruit, and nuts to maintain your energy during the hike. These energy-rich foods are compact, easy to pack, and provide the sustenance needed for a hiking elopement in Norway or Iceland. Plus, they’re perfect for quick boosts just before you start saying your vows.

Picnic Supplies

If you’re planning a cozy post-ceremony meal, don’t forget to bring along some picnic supplies. A compact picnic blanket, pre-made sandwiches, cheese, and fruits can make for a delightful spread. Consider including a bottle of champagne or another favorite beverage to toast to your new journey together in a stunning natural setting.

Water Bottles

Hydration is key, especially if your elopement involves hiking. Make sure to pack water bottles or hydration systems. From our hiking experience, you need to aim to carry a half liter of water per hour of activity. This ensures that you stay refreshed and energized throughout the day, particularly in more strenuous terrains or warmer climates.

Remember, the right food and beverages can make a significant difference in how you feel and enjoy your adventure elopement. By planning carefully, you ensure that both you and your partner can focus on the special moments that truly matter.

Jane Iskra

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