Planning Your Irish Vacation
Packing for a trip can be tricky, but choosing the best Ireland vacation clothing can give even the most experienced packer a moment’s pause. In Ireland the weather chatter often includes “if you don’t like it, wait 5 minutes, it will change”. And while that’s not overly helpful when packing, it is hopeful when you wake to a grey day.
Average high temperatures in the Republic of Ireland don’t often go above 70°F in the warmest months of June, July and August while lows in the coldest months of January and February rarely dip below freezing (32°F). Northern Ireland is slightly cooler, but not a wholly noticeable difference.
No matter when you visit you are likely to experience rain, though December and January tend to be the wettest (and coldest) months. The shoulder season months of April, May, September and October bring a lovely mixture of weather- you may wake to a cool, rainy morning which turns to a warm, sunny afternoon. The weather is part of Ireland’s charm and, as I’ve often heard said, “If the Irish waited for the rain to stop before they did anything nothing would ever get done!”
Ireland Vacation Clothing
A few pieces you should bring to Ireland, no matter the season:
- warm socks
- water resistant walking boots for exploring the countryside
- light jacket or sweater
- heavier jacket for layering
- cozy hat (though this is a terrific souvenir to bring home!)
- knit gloves
- short and log sleeved shirts for layering
- comfortable shoes for walking in the cities
Try to keep your clothing monotone so it will mix and match well; add a few accessories or easy-to-wear items like t-shirts for color.
Tip: I usually bring 4-5 outfits and have laundry done every 3rd or 4th day. Your host can direct you to a launderette where, for a nominal fee, your clothes will be washed, dried and folded- and you won’t miss any sight seeing time!
If you plan to spend a nice evening out add:
- a simple dress that doesn’t wrinkle (women)
- pants and button down shirt (men)
- comfortable and attractive shoes
For the kids:
- add 2 extra outfits per 5 days- in case of messy play. (5 days = 7 outfits)
- don’t skimp on socks! I recommend two pair per day- kids can’t resist puddles
- a pair of wellies or water resistant hiking type boots
- tennis shoes that can get dirty
- an extra jacket- just in case the first needs laundered
Don’t visit Ireland without:
- an umbrella. A “pocket size umbrella” can fit easily in a tote or backpack.
- a camera.
- a rain cover if you are using a stroller.
- a travel journal. You want to remember everything – colors, sounds, textures.
- a fabulously warm Aran sweater
- woolen socks or hat
Do you have a question about what kind of clothing to take on your Ireland vacation? Or do you have an item to recommend? Let’s chat in the comments!