Are you planning to visit Ireland and not sure what to wear? You’re going to want to read this post for some helpful tips based on my own experience exploring Ireland and what you need to make sure you pack.
I visited Ireland in June 2021 because of a 16€ flight I found on RyanAir. It was a last minute trip so I didn’t have the same time to prepare as I normally do. I did know I was only taking a backpack seeing as I would only be there for 5 days. Purchasing a suitcase, whether carry-on or not, costs about the same as another flight. For that amount of time, it’s doable.
But what to pack for Ireland? From Google searching to asking friends, it seems that the weather in Ireland is varied and changes frequently. Expect the weather to change within minutes!
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The Must Haves
There’s a few must haves that you should have no matter what time of year you visit. Include in your packing list for Ireland:
- Raincoat – there were days where the weather went from drizzly early mornings to partially sunny mornings, perfect afternoons, followed by downpours. You just don’t know how the weather will be in the next hour and it’s better to be prepared, just in case.
- Umbrella – this can be a hit or miss. Of course if it’s rainy it’s easy to think you’ll need an umbrella, but Ireland can be super windy so it may not last you long.
- Rain Boots – these need to be comfy! With rain a possibility at any moment, you want to make sure your feet will stay dry. It’s best to be prepared as you’ll be walking a lot around Dublin and any castle grounds.
- Layers – you’ll thank me later. I went from wearing a scarf, coat, and sweater to taking it all off and just wearing the shirt I had underneath within an hour. The weather was legit all over the place.
- Waterproof bag – now that you’re prepared to keep the rain off you, you want to make sure your things are protected also! If you’re anything like me, you’re going to have gear with you and you want to make sure it stays dry. This will be a great investment for the long term.
I’ll be honest with you though. I did not bring all of these, but there were times I wish I had. Of course, there’s lots more you will be taking but you should keep space in your bag or suitcase for these necessary items.
Double check the weather
Based on the season, you may include shorts and dresses or heavier sweaters and jeans. I was under the wrong impression that June in Ireland would be only slightly colder than June in Barcelona. It was much colder and I should have taken warmer clothes. This did cause me to get a slight cold during my time there which was not fun. Definitely check the weather and pack for Ireland according to your needs also.
If you are planning to use public transportation to move around Ireland, make sure you check out this blog post I wrote with tips and suggestions. I give you my good and bad experiences, as well as cost estimates so you know what to expect.
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