Ireland Travel Question: What raincoat for Ireland vacation?

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Reader Question: Going to Republic of Ireland this fall.  What  kind of rain coat should I bring?What do the Irish wear?

What a fabulous question! As I mention in my packing tips post, Ireland's weather can be a bit tricky – and that is definitely the case in fall! The months of September and October can vary from incredibly warm to cold and wet.

I, personally, love SCOTTeVEST jackets for Ireland travel. The Pack-It Jacket, though listed as a Men's item, is really a nice unisex option in great colors and at a terrific price point. I love that it isn't bulky and packs away easily.

Pack-It Jacket by SCOTTeVEST. Raincoat for Ireland. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation |

When it comes to Irish weather, I'm a firm believer in layers, no matter the season and while the Pack-It Jacket isn't specifically a raincoat, it is made with a water and wind resistant poly material with a nano treatment, so it sheds water well. It's not a thick jacket, so it is versatile for any season and you can layer under it easily without feeling extra bulky. For warmth I add a Merino Blend Long Sleeve shirt as a base or mid-layer as it is so thin and very warm.

If you're looking for a more traditional raincoat for Ireland vacation, the Convertible Sleeve Rain Slicker at TravelSmith is a great option for layering, and the Sterling Jacket from SCOTTeVEST is a heavier option for men.

As for the second part of the question – ‘what do the Irish wear'? I was looking through my Instagram feed not long after this question came in and saw the image below, which I think answers your question perfectly!

Raincoat for Ireland vacation - what the Irish wear by @magnumlady on Instagram

You'll find a bit of everything, especially when in the countryside. In Dublin you might opt for something a bit more fashionable, as Emily at From China Village recommends here.

Do you have a question about Ireland travel? View the Ireland Travel FAQs page or email your question to Jody(at)IrelandFamilyVacations(dot)com. I will reply directly to you as well as add your question to this page- because if you need an answer, it’s likely someone else does, too!


  1. Is the passport pocket in this jacket RFID protected?

      Hi Anna Marie. This jacket (so far) does not have RFID protection. I bought an RFID pocket from Scottevest to use.

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