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Are you looking for the ultimate Ireland packing list? You’ve come to the right place. Here, we rounded up everything you may (or may not) need if you’re wondering what to pack for Ireland.
Ireland Packing List
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To help you with your planning, we’re providing a free, editable and printable Ireland travel checklist you can customize for your trip. Use it to ensure you’ve planned for every aspect of your packing so you can enjoy your travel.
Keep reading to find out what you need for your Ireland vacation packing list and to download your free travel packing list of things to bring for your trip to the Emerald Isle!
Before you leave, you’ll also want to read my e-book about traveling to Ireland! It includes everything in one convenient location!
The following Ireland packing list shares what you need to bring on your trip into three sections:
- Printable Packing Checklist: Download an editable spreadsheet to help you with your planning.
- Ireland Packing List: See what you need based on each item category.
- Ireland Packing Tips: Learn how to pack efficiently so you can travel light.
Printable Ireland Packing Checklist
Click here to access the editable Google Doc printable Ireland packing checklist that corresponds to this article. You also can download the print-friendly, PDF version here or you can click the image below to open the editable file.
The Ireland packing checklist contains multiple categories to help you pack for your trip, along with a list of the essentials to bring in your suitcase. You’ll also find all the items listed in the categories above with spaces so you can add your own information. With this checklist, you can:
- Add an item’s weight (the less each item weighs, the less overall baggage weight).
- Note if you need to purchase something or if you already own it.
- Note where you’ll pack each item.
Wondering the best way to weigh your luggage? Find out why we love this luggage scale!
Ireland Vacation Packing List
Before you head on your trip, you need to know what to pack! Here, you’ll find everything you should consider, including in your Ireland packing list based on its category.
What Shoes Should I Pack for Ireland?
Your shoes for Ireland should be functional. Generally speaking, you’ll need some type of boot year-round in Ireland, even when traveling there in summer. Choose a calf-height for the winter and ankle boots for the rest of the year.
Overall, our readers have voted these as the No. 1 shoes for Ireland!
While you want to be fashionable, comfort should come first when choosing what shoes to wear in Ireland. You’ll be walking a lot, probably a lot more than you do at home, as you sightsee. It’s important to choose shoes you can wear all day for walking.
One unexpected issue many travelers discover once they get to Europe are the cobblestone streets.
While great to look at, stone streets aren’t always the easiest to walk on and can make for sore feet even if you don’t normally have discomfort. Depending on the city, these streets can also be hilly, slippery when wet, and uneven.
Make sure your sightseeing shoes are broken in properly. Opt for a pair that is comfortable and you can wear it for hours without discomfort.
We recommend the rule of three when it comes to shoes. Plan to take three pairs total on your trip:
- Walking shoes
- Activity shoes
- Additional shoes
Walking Shoes: Sneakers
Slip-on sneakers are a great option for all-day walking and sightseeing. Our readers are big fans of Skechers black slip-on sneakers, but there are many comfortable brands and styles. Don’t buy another pair until you read this article about the best shoes for travel!
Activity Shoes: Chelsea Ankle Boots
As with sneakers, there are many choices for boots to wear to Ireland. We love waterproof ankle boots. They will keep your feet dry in when it rains and warm if the temperature drops.
Additional Shoe: Tall Boot
If you’re visiting Ireland in winter, you may want a tall boot, in addition to or instead of an ankle boot. In colder seasons, these waterproof leather boots are recommended. They are still stylish, but they’ll keep your feet warm and dry, which is so important when you’re traveling.
What Clothes Should I Pack for Ireland?
Ireland is known for its four-seasons-in-one-day weather. Unpredictable would be a good word to describe it. Yet, regardless of when you travel, you will need an umbrella and waterproof gear like a raincoat; in winter a parka; and year-round sensible walking shoes and waterproof boots.
When considering what to pack for Ireland, remember that major cities like Dublin are very trendy, combining formal and casual wear.
Find out what to wear in Dublin here!
To build your Ireland travel packing list, start by choosing 10 clothing items to act as the core of what you bring — regardless of the length of your trip. These 10 items will act as the foundation of your travel wardrobe, so they should be interchangeable and easy to mix and match to create different looks.
Our readers have voted this as the best rain jacket for Ireland!
If you aren’t sure what to choose for your 10 core items, follow our guidelines on how to create a capsule wardrobe for travel. It includes eight examples you can follow. Start your checklist as follows:
Ireland Packing List Clothing Capsule Wardrobe
- Top 1
- Top 2
- Top 3
- Top 4
- Top 5
- Bottom 1
- Bottom 2
- Bottom 3
- Dress (or other) 1
- Dress (or other) 2
Now that you’ve selected your 10 essential clothing items for Ireland, determine if you need any other pieces based on the weather or your activities. For example, it rains year-round in Ireland (even in summer!), so you’ll need a rain jacket and ankle boots.
Don’t forget about underwear and bras, too! Nude colors (or the color closest to your skin tone) are best for bras, as they can be worn underneath any color top. For more tips, check out our article on how to choose the best bras for travel.
For underwear, pack up to 10 pairs (or one for every day of your trip). If you’re traveling for longer than one week, you can hand wash them along the way.
Find out our recommended travel underwear!
For these other items, you may need to pack:
Ireland Packing List Additional Items
- Outerwear 1
- Outerwear 2
- Sleepwear 1
- Sleepwear 2
- Workout 1
- Workout 2
- Underwear 1-10
- Bra 1
- Bra 2
- Bra 3
- Socks 1-3
- Swimsuit 1
- Swimsuit 2
If you’re traveling to Ireland in winter, you’ll need warm weather items, like gloves and scarves, whereas, in other seasons, you may want a hat or rain boots. You can incorporate style into your wardrobe through the colors, prints, and designs you choose for these items.
Don’t forget to add thermal underwear if you’re traveling to Ireland in the winter!
Wondering what to wear in Ireland? Check out these resources:
- What to Pack for Ireland e-book
- What to Wear in Dublin
- What to Wear in Galway
- What to Pack for Ireland in Summer
- Packing for Ireland in the Summer
- What to Pack for an Ireland Road Trip
- What are the Best Shoes for Ireland?
- What’s the Best Rain Jacket for Ireland?
For your packing list for Ireland, you may need to pack:
Ireland Packing List Shoes and Accessories
- Shoes 1
- Shoes 2
- Shoes 3
- Purse – Day
- Purse – Night
- Sunglasses Case
- Watch (or Travel Clock)
- Gloves (if applicable)
Read this guide for 10 steps to packing the best travel shoes for your Ireland trip!
What Luggage Should I Choose for Ireland?
The first step in packing for Ireland is deciding what luggage and travel gear to bring. Your intended activities and length of trip will determine the type of suitcase you should choose.
Read why choosing luggage is important for packing light!
The best suitcase for Ireland is a rigid trolley case, ideally with four casters. The trolley should be divided into two compartments (not just one big compartment) for easy packing. These are easy to travel with on bumpy terrain.
If you’re planning a long-term trip to Ireland or are traveling to a more remote Irish city where wheels won’t work well, a backpack will be a better option. Find out how to choose the best travel backpack. It’s also the perfect fit for those who prefer to travel hands-free.
For long days of sightseeing in Ireland, we prefer to take a hands-free option, such as the Rebecca Minkoff Julian backpack!
You’ll also want to bring a personal bag for the plane, either in addition to an in-flight purse or in place of it if you’re traveling carry-on only. Find out what a carry-on personal item is and whether you should bring one on your trip to Ireland.
In addition to your luggage, we recommend using packing organizers like the Compass Rose packing cubes. They help you stay organized, feel less stressed while traveling, and make it easier to travel carry-on only. Find out why packing cubes are essential — our readers swear by them and so do we! We recommend using these packing cubes — they’re ours.
- Packing cubes for clothing
- Packing organizer for your accessories
- Packing organizer for your electronics
- Makeup bag
- Toiletry bag
- Shoe bag
- First aid (if applicable)
- Passport holder
- Daypack or personal item
Find out the best toiletry bags here!
How to Pack Toiletries for Ireland
Knowing what toiletries to bring on your Ireland vacation can be challenging, especially if you want to travel light. While your individual needs will be unique, there are a few general guidelines you can follow.
Travel-size 3oz or 100ml products and containers are sometimes more or less than what you actually need, so it may be better to use travel containers like these instead. They allow you to bring the perfect amount you need for your trip.
Similar to luggage, the functionality of toiletry bags differs, and one may not meet the needs of every trip. Check out our list of the best toiletry bags for travel so you can determine which style makes the most sense for your trip. In our experience, hanging toiletry bags like these offer the most versatility.
In your toiletries bag, you’ll likely need to pack:
- Shower cap
- Leave-in conditioner
- Soap/body wash
- Body moisturizer
- Face moisturizer
Optional toiletries include:
- Eye cream
- Pumice stone
- Hair styling product
- Menstrual cup
- Toilet paper
If you forget anything, you can pick up toiletries at a Boots or local drugstore, which you can find in a number of Ireland’s cities.
Read this guide on how to choose toiletries for your trip!
First Aid Kit (optional)
When traveling to Ireland, you may not need to pack a full-size first aid kit, as you can likely buy most of these items at a local drugstore. However, you may want to take one or two doses or packets of each of the following items to create a mini first aid kit for emergencies:
- Prescription medication
- Contact solution (if needed)
- Pain relievers
- Digestion tablets
- Allergy pills
- Antibacterial wipes/gel
Find out what to include in a travel first aid kit!
Like your clothing, create a capsule makeup collection when you travel to Ireland so you only take the essentials. Use small travel containers like these to avoid taking large products such as foundation and concealer. For your makeup bag, you may need:
- Eyebrow pencil
- Eye shadow palette
- Lipstick/lip gloss
Read this article on how to downsize your travel makeup kit!
Hair and Grooming
Instead of bringing all your hair tools when traveling, see if your accommodation provides items such as a hairdryer.
Instead of full-size products, invest in travel size dryers or straighteners, if needed. A nicely groomed mane adds the perfect finishing touch to a perfectly planned travel outfit! Ireland can get pretty windy, so you may need a few products to tame your hair.
In your toiletries or makeup bag, you may need to pack:
- Hair ties
- Hair clips
- Bobby pins
- Travel-size hairbrush
- Travel-size mirror
You also may need:
- Travel-size blow dryer
- 1″ flat iron
- Nail clipper
- Nail buff
Worried about the famous Ireland wind messing up your hair? Read more tips on travel hair styles!
Which Electronics Do I Need for Ireland?
The electronics you need for your trip will depend on whether you’re traveling for vacation or business. Before your trip, read this guide that explains how to protect your electronics from the different voltage abroad. You can use a travel adapter like this one if you plan to visit a few other countries on the same trip.
For your electronics, you may need to pack:
- International travel adapter
- Phone charger
- Phone cover
- Camera charger
- Camera battery 1
- Camera memory card 1
- Camera cover
- Memory stick (with important info)
- e-reader charger
- e-reader cover
For an international adapter, we recommend the Compass Rose travel adapter, which is easy and convenient to use in Ireland and the UK!
Other electronics may include:
- Tablet charger
- Tablet cover
- Laptop charger
- Laptop cover
- Laptop case
- Screen protector
- Keyboard protector
- Selfie stick
- External hard drive
- External hard drive cord
- Portable power bank
- Portable power bank cord
Read this post for tips on preparing an electronic checklist!
Ireland Travel Documents and Money
Other than your passport, cash, and cards, many of the below items are available in digital form, so you may want to use this as a reference checklist rather than a physical checklist.
For this, you may need:
- Passport copy
- Passport holder
- Boarding pass
- Itinerary (some airlines require this printed when you have to check-in in person)
- Visas in passport (if needed)
- Immunization records (if there are health requirements, such as yellow fever)
- Emergency cash (enough for one full day)
- Credit cards
- Driver’s license or alternate form of ID
- Language guide
- Notebook (to note addresses in a paper, not phone)
- Pen (to fill out immigration forms)
- Emergency contact info
- Travel insurance
- Copies of all travel documents (on a memory card, USB stick, or stored in email)
Ireland uses the Euro for its currency. Find out the best place to exchange foreign currency!
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Travel Safety in Ireland
Traveling in Ireland is generally very safe, but wherever you go, there’s always a possibility of theft. There are a few precautions you can take to protect your belongings, such as using one of these anti-theft devices.
We recommend this RFID secret bra stash to conceal your cash and cards safely and discreetly!
For your safety needs, add these items to your Ireland packing list:
Never carry your passport while sightseeing! Read these tips to learn how to keep your passport safe while traveling!
As soon as you book your trip to Ireland, there are a few essential steps to take:
- Call banks to inform them of your travel plans.
- Check the weather at your destination.
- Check baggage restrictions.
- Check visa regulations.
Read this post to see my personal step-by-step packing routine!
Ireland Packing Tips
To avoid overpacking, take the time to plan and research before your trip to Ireland. Find out the weather forecast and finalize your activities so you can accurately determine exactly what you will and will not need for your trip.
The biggest game changer for me was using packing cubes. They completely transformed the way I traveled, and I was able to travel full-time carry-on only for several years!
The video below shows you the technique I use to travel carry-on for every trip:
Watch the packing tutorial on Youtube!
As shown in the video, I use slim-size packing cubes, These are the only packing cubes *sized to fit the exact width of a carryon suitcase* and they also have a *unique color-coded and numbered organization system* – the only kind currently available anywhere on the market.
Read this post where I explain everything you need to know about packing cubes, including what they are, how to use them, their benefits, and the best brands. Trust me, they’re the ultimate game changer!
What else would you add to your Ireland packing list? Share and comment below!
For more destination packing list, please read:
- 10 Step Packing Guide for Ireland
- Packing List Ideas for Dublin
- Best Rain Jacket for Ireland
- Best Shoes for Ireland
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