What to Pack for Ireland in April

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Choosing vacation clothing can be tricky, but choosing what to pack for Ireland in April 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 choosing what to wear in Ireland, it is hopeful when you wake to a grey day.

What to Pack for Ireland in April

Across the Carrick a Rede Rope Bridge, County Antrim, Ireland.
Waiting to cross the bridge back from Carrick-a-Rede

No matter the season the best Ireland packing advice is to ‘think layers'!

Weather in Ireland in April

Average high temperatures in the Republic of Ireland in April are around 54ºF (12ºC) while lows drop to about 41ºF (5ºC). Northern Ireland is slightly cooler, but not a wholly noticeable difference. 

You can expect bright sunshine for 5 hours or so a day, and around 2 inches of rain during the month.

Overall it's a pretty nice time to visit! The crowds of St. Patrick's Day are gone, and high season travelers haven't yet arrived.

Ireland Vacation Clothing

These are the clothes I pack for a spring vacation in Ireland:

  • 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 B&B host or hotel concierge 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!

Planning a nice evening dinner or event?

For ladies and girls add a simple dress that won’t wrinkle, a pair of comfortable, attractive shoes, and easy accessories.

For men and boys a pair of pants, button down shirt, and a jacket should do the trick.

Packing for kids?

For young kids I recommend adding 2 extra outfits per 5 days, in case of messy play. 5 days = 7 outfits. (If you plan to do laundry 7 total outfits should be enough.)

Don’t skimp on socks! I recommend 2 pair per day if you plan outdoor activities.

A pair of water-resistant shoes or boots are always a good idea.

If bringing tennis shoes make sure they can get dirty. 

Pack an extra jacket- just in case the first one needs laundered.

Don’t visit Ireland without:

A “pocket size umbrella” that can fit easily in a tote or backpack.

camera to capture every incredible sight and event.

rain cover if you are using a stroller.

travel journal.  You want to remember everything – colors, sounds, tastes, textures.

Read more: Must Have Travel Gear

Terrific Ireland Clothing Souvenirs

A fabulously warm Aran sweater will remind you of your Ireland vacation every time you wear it.

Woolen socks, gloves, or hat are perfect gifts for yourself or someone else.

Read moreBest Ireland Souvenirs for Everyone in Your Family

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