Going to Iceland in November is no joke. In the short time I was there, we encountered severe winds, heavy rain, and even hail. The overall “wet” that my bag and gear went through was not something I was expecting. I would take some different gear and a bigger bag if I had to do it again but for this particular trip, here’s what I brought…..No I do not own a DJI MAVIC PRO.
1. Not the best travel size tripod, especially when I’m working with a minimal and lighter setup, but it got the job done. This thing is heavy. I only travel with carry on luggage so this tripod made it a bit of a challenge to stay inconspicuous. I don’t think you can go to Iceland without a tripod though so I had to make it work. The best part about mefoto is the range of color selections however I opted for all black. MeFOTO Classic Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod
2/16. I’ve never needed a cleaning kit more than I did for this trip. Microfiber cloths, lens pens, and rocket blowers were needed every single day.
Professional Camera Cleaning Kit
3. The Joby Gorillapod has been all over the world with me. It’s my most versatile piece of kit and I will never leave it at home. JOBY GorillaPod
4. A Gopro head strap for POV shooting and video. Didn’t use this as much as I intended to for this trip but again, it’s something I never leave home without.
5. My favorite accessory! An Incase wrist strap thats detachable if I want it out of the way. It’s comfortable and did I mention it stays out of my way?! For that, I love it. Incase Camera Wrist Strap (Black)
6. The best camera I’ve ever own. Thank god for weather sealing because my camera would be dead if it wasn’t. This camera took snow, rain, wind, hail, and sand. If you’re planning on going to iceland and you don’t have a weather sealed kit, buy a camera shell of some kind. Fujifilm X-T2 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)
7. By far my most used lens. About 95% of my shots came from this lens. Weather sealed, sharp, and versatile for travel photography. It’s a beast of a lens though so I usually add a hand grip to my camera. (NOT SHOWN IN PICTURE). Fujinon XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR
8. Extra batteries in cold weather are essential. I’m the idiot that only brought one backup. Ran out of juice on a couple of occasions, won’t be doing that ever again. Ordered two more since i’ve been back! Fujifilm NP-W126S Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
9. A travel adapter with usb plugs built right in. One and done kit for charging my phone, gopro and camera batteries. Travel Adapter
10. Head Lamp for when you’re out in the dark on those chilly nights looking for the northern lights! I would recommend a rechargeable lamp so you don’t have to worry about carrying batteries.
11. Any type of compartment to keep your memory cards organized is always a good idea. This one is from Incase and holds a total of 8 SD cards. I carry two in the camera and 4 in the case. All of them are 32GB Sandisk Extreme pro cards. Incase Camera Memory Zip Wallet (Black)
12. My smaller fuji lens that I slap on when the long day time adventures are over and its time to hit the city to find some food. I prefer to carry around as small of a kit as possible when it’s time for dinner and some street photography.Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR – Black
13. I never travel without some kind of a gopro in my arsenal. We all know about them and we all know what they’re capable of. I currently own the Hero 5 session and will be getting the hero 6 black as soon as the price drops a fair bit. I miss having the screen on the back to make my composition. GoPro HERO5 Session
14. I used to own and carry so many gopro accessories but these days I’ve kept it to the bare essentials. This year gopro introduced a small selfie stick that also doubles as a small tripod. It was glued to my gopro while in Iceland and came in handy many times. GoPro Shorty (Mini Extension Pole + Tripod) (GoPro Official Mount)
15. I carry three 77mm filters for my 16-55mm lens – polarizer, 6 stop ND, and a 2 stop ND filter. This pouch has 4 sections that protect each filter with the furtherest one from the opening being the thickest section to accommodate bigger filters. I love how compact it is and how all my filters are protected and accessible. MindShift Gear Filter Nest Mini Filter Pouch/B+W 6 stop filter/B+W 77mm Polarizer
I bought a Mindshift Gear bag two days before I left for Iceland because I needed some kind of carry system for my gear. I needed a camera bag that was a backpack, on the smaller side, and had a rain cover. This bag seemed to fit the bill so I rolled the dice with it. It’s a great light hiking camera backpack, however I don’t recommend taking it to a place like Iceland. The provided rain cover is almost useless when you’re caught in a downpour. I did like having the back panel access to my camera but it was a little tight when packed with my main xt2 and 16-55mm combo with the lens hood attached. Not great for quick access since you have to take the bag off completely before you can access the gear so keep that in mind.
MindShift Gear SidePath Backpack (Red)
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To see my images from this trip, click here