Packing for Germany, Prague, and Iceland

Packing for a trip is always exciting! The anticipation and excitement can be drawn out and fueled by planning and the act of packing. Here is what I am packing for my trip to Germany, Prague, and Iceland:

What’s in My Bag?


photo of items laid out: smoothie powder, vingear packets, sun hat, bamboo eating utensils, water bottle, poncho, uumbrella, towel, first aid kit, soap, sewing kit, backpack cover, and lock
Emergency items and essentials at the ready!
  • First Aid Kit: bandaids, Polysporin, tweezers.
  • Stainless steel water bottle; bamboo eating utencils
  • Compact umbrella; poncho; rain cover for backpack
  • Sun hat
  • Greens Powder & snack bars
  • Combination lock
  • Sewing kit
  • Laundry soap; hand soap
  • Travel towel
  • Vinegar packets (for cleaning my water bottle)
photo of ziplock bags with cothes inside
Labeled ziplock bags – compact, water resistant, and organized!
  • Nightgown
  • Underwear & socks (plus one extra just in case)
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • T-shirts (x2)
  • Extra pair of jeans & a pair of shorts
  • Evening top (x2)
  • Bating suit; flip flops
  • Slippers
  • Jacket
Photo of cards, envelopes, maple syrup, and maple sugar.
Hostess gifts and cards for AirBnB.
  • Hiking shoes; shoes for the wedding
  • Cards, maple syrup, maple sugar (hostess gifts)
  • Foundation, mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, sunscreen
  • Gorilla tripod
  • Washcloth
  • Sleeping bag sheet

Carry-on Tote Bag:

Photo of travel pillows, iPad and accessories, sleeping mask, book, maps, magazines, and toiletres.
Essentials, entertainment, and comfort for the voyage.
  • Camera, second lens, extra battery, charger, iPad adapter for SD card.
  • Noise cancelling headphones, extra battery
  • Tablet, Bluetooth keyboard, charging cables
  • Universal outlet adapter (CEE)
  • Travel pillow (neck and head); pillow case; sleeping mask
  • Toiletries & ear plugs
  • Medication with pharmacy labels
  • Maid-of-honour dress (can’t risk that getting lost!)
  • Paperback books (x2); maps
  • Kleenix; wet naps
Camera and photography gear, passport, wallet
Purse contents


  • Passport, tickets, directions
  • Cell phone; wallet
  • Camera; extra SD card, battery, and charger; cleaning pen, wireless remote.
  • Sunglasses
Photo of a cup of tea and a backpack
Enjoying a cup of tea whilst packing.

My Thoughts on What to Pack:

Ziplock Bags

I acknowledge it makes me look a little crazy to have all my clothes in ziplock bags, but there is reason to my madness. Usually, I put essentials in plastic grocery bags to save me searching around my luggage for socks or underwear; or my special outfits to protect them and for organization.

When I visited my cousin Kate in Ottawa recently, she raved about vacuum compression bags that help you save space when packing. Then when I was hanging out with Dunter during my last trip to Montreal, he gave me a giant ziplock bag for my laundry saying that is how they packed dirty clothes when he was in the army.

Putting these two thoughts together, I went to the dollar store and bought a box of large ziplock freezer bags (thicker plastic). They work much better than grocery bags! I can get all the air out to ‘vacuum pack’ my clothes. The labels maybe a bit of a nuisance, but it may help make sure I have everything when I pack-up (have been known to loose things). I think they’ll work great!


Comfortable, noise-cancelling headphones are vital to an enjoyable voyage. I find that ear-buds hurt after wearing them for awhile, so bought over-the-ear headphones with a cushioned headband (headbands can also be uncomfortable) with an airline adapter. The Bose QuietComfort headphones I bought for the trip also come in a hard case to protect them during travel.

Budget tip: There are cheaper options out there for sure. However, if you’re set on Bose’s quality like I was, you can buy them second-hand onĀ eBay or Kijiji, or if you have access to a broken pair, you can upgrade to the newest model at 50% off the retail price.


I found it a challenge to blog on my iPhone when in China, and the limited access to computers meant that I had no idea what my photographs really looked like most of the trip. For this trip, I purchased a second-hand iPad with retina screen, an SD card adapter to transfer photos, and a bluetooth keyboard to ease writing on-the-go.

Budget tip: I bought my iPad and accessories on eBay for a song. At least in Canada, eBay tends to be cheaper for Mac products than Kijiji or buying in-store. Another tip is to go for more memory if you can afford to spend an extra $50-$100 on a tablet (I went for 64 GB). As far as I can tell, there is no way to simply view photos off an SD card on an iPad – you have to download them onto your iPad first, which can take up a lot of memory (if you have found a better way, please message me).

Greens Powder & Snack Bars:

Food and beverages in Europe are extremely expensive – especially anything healthy. Iceland is particularly bad for this. So, I packed green supplements to help make sure I had a portion of my necessary greens and vitamins while on vacation. I also am considering purchasing some snack bars to satisfy my hunger when out-and-about to avoid making desperate purchases at over-priced corner shops.

Budget tip for a future trip: I was considering bringing some Greens powder in a ziplock bag to see how it goes over at Customs, but I’ve decided not to try this trip. However, it would be a cheaper alternative to buying individual powder packs, which run around $3 each at the health food store. I’ll try that another time…

Photo of tote back, backpack, and camera bag
Packed and ready to go: black tote bag, 40lb Aria MEC backpack, and Acme Made camera bag/purse


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