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Five years ago there would be no way that I could write this post. In fact, I would probably laugh in your face if you told me to give packing advice. I’m the girl that would have to sit on her suitcase, hoping that my body weight alone would be enough to somehow make all the contents compress to half the size, while someone else had to try and zip it. It was rough. I mean zippers broke, the sheer effort lacerated people’s fingers, and I was always left having to think of creative ways to somehow get all my stuff to my final destination. Clearly, I was an idiot. I never even wore half of that stuff. Luckily, studying abroad in Spain my junior year of college was like going into rehab and I quickly learned how to be a smarter packer. Sometimes I do relapse (don’t we all)…

There is always that moment in your trip where you face palm and realize you forgot to do something uber important. There were plenty of times that I smacked myself or rammed my head into the side of the car (okay not all of these were on purpose. Hey I’m clumsy…don’t judge). As comical as those self-loathing moments are, this list is to help minimize them for your next trip. Pack layers  Iceland weather can be very unpredictable. It is not uncommon to experience warm temperatures and within the next couple of hours, be shivering in a corner. Be prepared for all types of weather Unlock your phone and get a local SIM card I had this beyond brilliant idea to get a local SIM card so that I could blog wherever I wanted but I forgot that my phone wasn’t unlocked. For those of you less stupid than me,…