Packing for a trip can be tricky, but choosing the best Ireland vacation clothing can give even the most experienced traveler a moment’s pause. In Ireland the weather chatter often includes “if you don’t like it, wait 5 minutes, it will change” and “four seasons in one day”. While that’s not overly helpful when packing, it is hopeful when you wake to a grey day.
Planning Your Irish Vacation
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!” But that doesn’t help you choose the clothes to pack for an Ireland vacation- does it?
Onward to my tips for what to wear in Ireland!
Ireland Vacation Clothing
The clothes to pack for an Ireland vacation- no matter the season:
- warm socks
- water resistant walking boots for exploring the countryside
- jeans or warmer travel pants
- light jacket or sweater
- water resistant jacket for layering (I love SCOTTeVEST jackets and travel pants!)
- cozy hat (though this is a terrific souvenir to bring home!)
- knit gloves
- short and long sleeved shirts for layering – my favorite are thin Merino wool 1/4 zip
- comfortable shoes for walking in the cities, a nice flat or boot with cushioning support
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 or nice denim 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, tastes, textures.
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Terrific Ireland Clothing Souvenirs:
- a fabulously warm Aran sweater
- woolen socks, gloves, or hat
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Do you have a question about what to wear in Ireland? Or do you have an item to recommend? Let’s chat in the comments- I always respond!