If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, you might be thinking, what should I pack for my trip? No matter where you’re traveling (Ireland definitely included), there are a few things that should always be included on your packing list.
Firstly though, here is a quick breakdown of the average weather in Ireland each season:
In the past, the 1st of February was considered the first day of spring.Nowadays, Spring kicks off on the first of March and continues right through until the end of May. It is a great time when animals and plants begin to wake up from the long winter. Flowers like tulips and daffodils, start to bloom. The weather gets a lot warmer and the days begin to get longer. St. Patrick’s Day festival starts normally on the 14th of March and signals the start of Ireland’s tourism season.
Summer begins on the first of June and continues until the end of August. During this season the weather can be warm and sunny. School ends and holidays begin! Locals go to the beach and seaside on sunny days wearing shorts and t-shirts. In Ireland, the 3 warmest months are June, July and August. Generally these months are the most popular times for visitors flocking to Ireland
Autumn begins on the first of September and continues until the end of November. During this season the weather starts to get much cooler. The leaves start to fall off the trees and there are few flowers. School also starts again in autumn. It is a nice time to visit Ireland with when lots of festivals take place in Irish towns & cities.
Winter starts on the first of December and continues until the end of February. The trees are bare and the animals hibernate. It is very cold outside and we all need to wrap up well. Sometimes it snows in the winter. Christmas is a beautiful time to visit Ireland and in particular Dublin where the City comes alive with a free open air New Years party held in the heart of Dublin City each year.
When coming to Ireland the most defining thing to consider when creating a packing list is the weather. There is no rainy season, no dry season, no warm or cold season, so be prepared for anything and factor the weather in when designing your itinerary. Ireland is a maritime climate, the winds come in from the Atlantic ocean bring rain, wind, but nearly always mild winters and warmer summers. The weather is seasonal and daily changeable so you need to factor this reality into what you include on your packing list when coming to Ireland. In terms of clothing in general, day-to-day Ireland style is very casual but it is always polished.
Here is our essential packing list.
1. Rain jacket (longer than usual):
Bring a foldup (long jacket), a storm-breaker or rain sheeter type. Ensure it is light and not designed to keep you warm, you just want to be kept dry and ensure it is easy to pack away. A must for your essential packing list!
2. Sturdy, closed-toed shoes (consider hiking shoes over sneakers):
A solid sold all terrain shoe, one that works on the city street as well as the great outdoors. Sidewalks and footpaths in Ireland can be very uneven, bear in mind most tourist attractions are ancient ruins so paths are uneven. A good firm sturdy shoe is a safe bet.
3. One extra pair of shoes:
You do need some dresser shoes for dining and going out in the evening. But at all times comfortable shoes as you will be walking a lot more than usual. Sneakers and trainers are OK too. Three pairs in order, one for outdoors all terrain, one pair of comfort shoes and a neater pair for dining and going out to events.
A fold up umbrella, that is one that can pack in a hand bag is really essential, don’t let the sky deceive you that blue can change in an instant especially if you out West.
5. Hat, scarf, gloves, & Buff:
All highly recommended, you may never use any or you may use all on the same day! It is highly unlikely in the summer months you will need gloves and a scarf at the height of summer, but evening can get cold and the weather is more unpredictable in winter, spring and autumn months so we have included these items on our packing list.
6. Extra layers (wool is a good choice):
A good jersey/Jumper (as the Irish call them). Pack a woollen knitted top even on warm summer days the evening near the coast will get cold.
7. Warm jacket with a hood:
For unseasonal inclement weather which does happen, a persistent rain when out in the great outdoors will get you wet and cold even in summer. But do pack a good all weather jacket you will be thankful for it.
8. Bathing suit:
A bathing suit, for the leisure pool at the hotel, or the coastline along the Wild Atlantic will seem a lot more inviting with a bathing suit. Ireland is an Island, dotted with lakes and rivers water is everywhere, make use of it and pack a bathing suit.
9. Summer Clothes:
Do pack your favourite crop tops or short shorts. You may need then to cool down on the occasional days that the heat and humidity is un-seasonally high. Wearing summer clothes on a cold day, do remember your short shorts and crop top outdoors near the coast you will get cold and look silly in the company of the well wrapped up locals!
10. Night Attire:
Fashionable Casual, if going out in the cities to a bar/club make sure you dress appropriately, shorts after 9 pm at night are a no-no and you may be asked to leave! Sneakers can be frowned upon by door staff so remember the spare dressy shoes you where advised to pack, use them!
there are a few things that should always be included on your packing list. If you’re smart, you will keep these in the bag that never leaves your side, because these are the items that are most important and often hardest to replace.
- Wallet: With ID, passport & an extra copy of front page of your passport
- Travel documents: Including travel insurance and visa documents if you need them
- Medications: Daily, necessary, and allergy – carry extras & copies of prescriptions
- Necessary tech: Chargers & converters – double check compatibility