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Wondering what to pack for Ireland? We’ve got some outfit ideas for every season! Follow these tips and you’ll be ready for everything!
What to Pack for Ireland
Written By: Niki Landry
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Ireland holds an appeal for many travelers: English-speaking, rugged beauty, incredibly friendly people, and fascinating history. For me, it’s the place I’m always longing to get back to.
Planning what to pack for Ireland comes with a special set of instructions. It’s always colder than what you might expect – you have to be ready for rain, and the wind is strong.
To combat rain, wind, or cold, the Eddie Bauer CirrusLite Down Jacket with a DWR finish could be an Irish companion!
When you’re planning what to pack for Ireland, remember that even on warm and sunny days, the wind and rain can make it feel colder. Ireland is known for its four-seasons-in-one-day weather. Unpredictable would be a good word to describe it, so plan for rain, bring layers, and remove as needed.
Always check the weather forecast before you go. Once you’ve researched the weather, you can focus on creating a travel capsule wardrobe, which should easily fit in a carry-on suitcase with the help of packing cubes to compress your clothing.
What to Pack for Ireland in the Spring
Springtime in Ireland means bright and sunny days, with temperatures ranging from 46°-54°F, but you can expect bouts of rain and/or wind throughout your trip. As the weather changes rapidly in Ireland, especially during the springtime, readers recommend that the key to dressing right is lightweight layers, waterproof shoes, and a raincoat always on hand.
Quince Merino Wool Crew Sweater | Sizes XS-XL
Tops for Spring
Chilly spring weather in Ireland calls for sweaters! Choose something lightweight yet warm, such as a cashmere sweater. It’s a fantastic layering piece and will keep you feeling cozy and looking chic. Overall, the most warm sweaters are either cashmere or merino wool.
Quince’s cashmere crewneck sweater is a cute pick that readers love for its soft and warm feel, classic fit, great quality, and affordable price. It’s a super versatile top that you’ll be reaching for over and over!
Check out the best packable and beautiful cardigan sweaters that you’ll want for your next trip!
Everlane Felted Merino Cardigan | Sizes XXS-XL
A cozy cardigan is another great option that’s perfect for layering.
The Everlane Felted Merino cardigan is super warm, with a slouchy fit, gorgeous knit wool fabric, and lovely details. You can layer this cutie between a thermal and a rain jacket, for a day of touring castles and nature walks, or snuggle into it for a night of bar hopping in a town or city!
Athleta Brooklyn Pants
Sizes: Regular 0-26 | Tall 0-16 | Petite 0-14
Bottoms for Spring
Choose your travel pants based on the adventures you have planned. Trips to Ireland are often quite active, so if hiking, bike riding, horseback riding, or just long days of walking are on the agenda, you’ll want a sportier pair of pants that’ll keep you comfortable and allow you to move around freely.
The Athleta Brooklyn ankle pants are an elevated take on a classic jogger, with a more tailored fit and sleek fabric. But these pants are perfect for the sporty traveler: they’re lightweight and durable, with UPF 50+ sun protection!
The best travel pants are suitable for all kinds of activities and versatile enough to be worn for both casual and dressy occasions. Another pair that checks all these boxes are the Eddie Bauer Departure pants, which is a high-performance option that’s polished yet ready for adventure.
These trouser-like pants are made from technical fabric that are light, moisture-wicking, quick-drying, UPF 50+, and overall super comfy.
Jackets for Spring
While some days can be quite sunny and moderately warm, springtime in Ireland is generally quite chilly, so you’ll be happy to have a packable down jacket when the weather turns. Plus, evenings are always much colder, so a warm jacket is a must after the sun sets.
Readers suggest a puffer jacket, which is lighter and easy to carry, and they usually boast a cute and versatile look to go with any of your outfits.
The Columbia Autumn Park down jacket has a classic design and lightweight warmth that’ll offer you plenty of mobility as you explore. While insulated and heat-reflective, it’s highly breathable and dissipates moisture.
If you run warm or are expecting warmer weather, a simple waterproof windbreaker or light rain jacket will get the job done. Be sure that you can layer underneath, for extra cold or windy days, and that’s sturdy enough to handle any outdoor excursions that you have planned.
The North Face’s Antora jacket is waterproof, windproof, and breathable, so you’ll be able to comfortably explore in any weather. It’s durable, has a relaxed yet flattering shape, and allows for plenty of movement and layering. There’s a protective hood, so no need for an umbrella, and it’s very easy to store when not worn.
Shoes for Spring
While you want to be fashionable, comfort should come first when choosing what travel shoes to wear in Ireland. You’ll be walking a lot – probably a lot more than you do at home, so it’s important to choose shoes that are suitable and supportive for a lengthy day of walking.
And when it comes to Ireland, waterproof sneakers are a good choice, regardless of the season!
If you’re visiting the many gorgeous trails in the Irish countryside, the Allbirds Wool Runner Mizzles are perfect. These sneakers are waterproof and made of a cozy merino wool blend that’ll keep your feet warm, while allowing them to breathe, plus the insole is moisture-wicking and odor-repellent. They have excellent traction and cushioning, too, so you’ll be strolling through the blooming wildflowers with happy and dry feet!
Waterproof ankle boots are a must for Ireland, too, as they’ll keep your feet dry when it rains and warm for when the temperature drops. And, as always, versatility is key. Bring along a pair that can handle everything: from nature walks to city treks to nights out.
Readers always recommend the Emelie boots for rainy destinations, both urban and rural, as they’re casual yet cute, and look great with jeans, trousers, and dresses, while remaining amazingly comfortable. Their grippy soles, cushioned and supportive footbeds, and waterproof leather will allow you to conquer grassy hills or cobblestone streets with ease (and style)!
What to Pack for Ireland in the Summer
Summer in Ireland means lush landscapes, moderate weather, and long, sunny days (with an occasional drizzle here and there, of course). With temps ranging from 50°-70° F, you’ll be set with light tops, long pants, and some waterproof outerwear.
Readers rave about all the wonderful outdoor adventures Ireland has to offer in the summer, from exploring castles and historical sites, hiking, or even enjoying some water sports, so you’ll likely want to pack clothing that you can be active in.
Spanx Pima Cotton Crew Neck Tee | Sizes XS-3X
Tops for Summer
Although the sun might be shining, summers will never get too hot in Ireland, so on the warmest of days, a simple t-shirt is the way go-to.
Pick something that’s simple, versatile, and breathable, like Spanx’s Pima Cotton tee. It has a feminine yet relaxed fit to go with any pant option, and the fabric is soft and high quality, so you can’t go wrong here. You could also opt for a black t-shirt too, which is a smart neutral to pack.
J.Crew Perfect-Fit Long-Sleeve T-Shirt | Sizes XXS-3X
Another staple for your summer packing list should be a long sleeve t-shirt. With wind chills and cooler evenings, something with sleeves will keep you regulated at the perfect temperature.
J.Crew’s Perfect-fit long sleeve crewneck is loved by readers for its classic and flattering fit. It’s made from soft and cozy cotton fabric that’ll keep you warm on chillier days and nights but is still light, so you’ll be comfy under the warm sun.
Spanx AirEssentials Pant | Sizes XS-3X
Bottoms for Summer
The perfect travel pants will give you freedom of movement, hold their shape well over time, and look a bit elevated — even if they’re a sportier pair. Stretchy, lightweight pairs are best, and if they can be dressed up for evenings, it’s even better!
The AirEssential pants was made for travel, offering a sleek look with tons of function. The fabric blend is so light, durable, and soft. Readers say they’re really flattering, too!
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Quick-drying and moisture-wicking pants are a great idea for Ireland, too. They’ll keep you dry and comfortable if it rains or if you’ll be doing some rigorous walking or adventuring.
Wide leg pants are comfy and quite popular with readers. The Lululemon City Sleek pants are made of a lightweight cotton blend fabric that dries quickly, wicks away sweat, offers plenty of stretch, and feels smooth and soft. They’re high waisted with a relaxed leg, giving you an effortlessly stylish look, whether on an excursion or at the pub!
Quince Tencel Rib Knit Dress | Sizes XS-XL
Dresses for Summer
If you want to wear a dress in the summer, opt for something that has sleeves like this Quince rib knit dress, which is simply classic yet stretchy. A jacket and cute black sneakers can be added to jazz it up.
Woolx Lexie Dress & Cover-up | Sizes XS-1X
But material matters too, as the wrong kind of material might leave you a bit chilly in the fickle Ireland climate. That’s why a merino wool dress like the one pictured by Woolx is the best of both worlds: wearing a dress and keeping warm if the weather turns!
Merino wool naturally retains heat but also draws away moisture and it doesn’t retain nasty odors. So, it works in both warmer and colder temperatures.
Jackets for Summer
As you may have guessed, when it comes to your jacket, it should definitely be a waterproof jacket! Make sure your jacket isn’t too heavy or thick, so you don’t feel too hot or stuffy. Adjustable hoods, roomy pockets, cinch-able waists, and flattering silhouettes are more features to look out for.
Eddie Bauer’s Girl on the Go trench is a stylish pick that readers rave about. It’s fully seam sealed yet highly breathable, and the has a slimming and flattering fit. To top it off, it has an adjustable, removable hood and secure pockets!
Arthas Light Rain Jacket | Sizes S-XXL
It’s comfy and offers ample mobility, so it’s a great pick for sporty activities. But it also has a chic look, so it’s just as suitable for a day out in the city!
Shoes for Summer
Depending on the city, the streets in Ireland can be hilly, uneven, and slippery when wet, not to mention all the cobblestones! While great to look at, cobblestone streets aren’t always the easiest to walk on and can make your feet sore, even if you don’t normally have discomfort. Needless to say, make sure your shoes are plenty comfortable, supportive, and grippy.
Ankle boots are a staple for Irish locals, so be sure to pack a pair that’s waterproof and comfortable to walk long distances in.
The Ecco Modtray boots are a dream — they’re sturdy but also beautiful! Plus, they’re grounded on a chunky sole that gives them a stylish edge and excellent traction to conquer slick streets and rugged terrain.
With all the walking and adventuring you’ll be doing, you can’t go wrong with a comfy pair of waterproof sneakers.
The Sorel Out N About sneakers are cute and sporty, with a durable design that can handle some serious wear and tear. They have a great grip on the soles and will keep your feet dry in a downpour, and they’re super comfortable, too.
If you really want to pack open shoes, consider more hiking sandals, it’s best to choose closed toe versions that has some grip and are water-resistant, like these popular Teva Tirra outdoor sandals. Readers love them for the very reasons we mentioned: they’re comfy and can handle tougher elements, but are still cute looking!
What to Pack for Ireland in the Fall
With fall comes shorter days and cooler weather, with average temps ranging from 45°-57° F. The change of season brings the fall foliage which is simply breathtaking, as well as countless activities to partake in; from hikes and walking tours to whale watching to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. With thick sweaters and waterproof gear, you’ll be all set — but you can always pop into a traditional pub to warm up with an Irish coffee!
ibex Tranquil Long Sleeve Pullover | Sizes XS-XL
Tops for Fall
Your tops should be nice and warm, and slightly on the thicker side to account for the cool and crisp autumn air. Think sweatshirts and knit sweaters that are made from cozy yet breathable fabrics.
Readers recommend the ibex Tranquil pullover. This piece is made of a merino wool and cotton blend, so it’s temperature-regulating and super soft. It’s a great option for hiking or active days, as it’ll allow you to move freely and will keep you at a comfy temp throughout the day. But it’s still chic enough for grabbing lunch in the city, too!
If you tend to run cold or are going to be faced with chillier temps during your stay, pair this sweater with the ibex Woolies thermal top underneath for the added warmth!
Whether photographing the beautiful Irish coasts or spending time in the capital, a cozy knit sweater is a fall must! A turtleneck is especially great for blocking out the cold wind.
PrAna’s Ibid tunic sweater has all the stylish and comfy features you could want, from a turtleneck and longer length to its soft, knitted fabric that is available in a lovely color. Wearers say the fit and drape are perfect and it keeps them warm on the chilliest of days.
Betabrand Classic Dress Yoga Pant | Sizes XS-3X (Regular, Petite, Long)
Bottoms for Fall
Pack bottoms that are light yet warm, and can handle a bit of wind and rain, as well. While jeans are always a great travel staple, many readers advise against these for Ireland, especially in the wetter season, as they tend to take a long time to dry, so they’ll make you feel colder throughout the day if they get damp from the rain.
A pair like Betabrand’s Dress Pant Yoga Pants are ideal as they’re made of comfy ponte fabric that’s warm yet breathable (and wrinkle-resistant, too)! They have a chic, dress-pant look with a stylish bootcut silhouette offering a flattering fit, and they’re also incredibly comfortable!
Spanx AirEssentials Tapered Pant | Sizes XS-3X
If you’re spending the day exploring the great outdoors or want a sportier option, go for these Spanx AirEssentials joggers. They have a relaxed fit and are made from lightweight and airy fabric, making them perfect for active days. While they’re easy and casual, you could totally dress them up a bit with ankle boots and a sweater.
Jackets for Fall
For outerwear, think warm and waterproof. And be sure that you can add layers under your jacket if need be!
Readers love the Eddie Bauer Charly waterproof jacket because it’s breathable, so you won’t feel stuffy or too hot. It has a chic style, with adjustable cuffs and a hood, and you can cinch in the waist for a more feminine fit. There are multiple pockets to organize your smaller essentials, too.
ibex Women’s Wool Aire Down Jacket | Sizes from XS-XL
A puffer jacket is another great choice for keeping out the wind and rain as you explore. The ibex Wool Aire waterproof jacket has an athletic fit and an elasticized hem, cuffs, and hood for extra protection. It’s super lightweight and packs down into its own small pocket, but its merino wool insulation will keep you toasty warm, even when outdoors for long periods of time.
Shoes for Fall
As fall is typically quite wet — with late fall being among the rainiest times of the year — your shoes should be waterproof and have top-notch traction to keep you stable and comfy.
Lug soles offer both function and a bit of an edgy look, perfect for keeping things practical yet stylish. The Blondo Dyme waterproof boots have a Chelsea boot style and they’ll grip slippery surfaces with ease. These stunners have a cushy foam insole with support and extra gel cushioning at the heel!
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When it’s wet in Ireland, you really want to be conscious of the weather and what ground you’re walking on. The Sorel Evie waterproof boots are great for tackling both the rugged Irish terrain and the slippery cobblestones in town. As you take in Ireland’s natural beauty, these sturdy boots will keep every bit of water out, while giving your feet ample arch support, a healthy alignment, and cushioning!
What to Pack for Ireland in the Winter
Winter in Ireland means cold, wet, and cloudy — but oh, so beautiful and festive! With temperatures ranging from 39°-46° F, you’ll simply need to bulk up your outerwear, add some extra thermals and winter accessories, so that you can comfortably enjoy all that winter in Ireland has to offer!
Quince Cashmere Crewneck Sweater | Sizes XS-XL
Tops for Winter
You’ll no doubt be reaching for a warm, cozy sweater every day on your winter trip, so opt for a toasty option like Quince’s cashmere sweater. Readers love this sweater because it is made from 100% Mongolian cashmere that feels super soft and luxurious. The fit is classic and chic, and you can easily layer a thermal underneath when needed!
Woolx Peyton Turtleneck | Sizes XS-3X
Turtlenecks are great for layering under thermals and will add that extra bit of warmth around your neck which will come in handy on a windy day. Opt for something that’s versatile and simple so you can style up in different ways or layer under thicker jackets or sweaters if need be.
Made of soft and warm merino wool, the Woolx Peyton turtleneck is a traveler’s dream. It’s ultra-lightweight yet temperate-regulating and is moisture-wicking, so it works to keep you feeling fresh and comfy on an active day. Plus, it has a slim, flattering fit that’ll work for any occasion, day or night.
Camii Mia Windproof Ski Hiking Pants | Sizes 26-38
Bottoms for Winter
You’ll likely see a fair amount of rain on your winter trip, so you’ll definitely be glad to have a pair of warm winter pants.
The Camii Mia pants are made for adventuring, with a stretchy and durable design to tackle whatever outdoor adventure the day brings. Their soft fleece lining adds to their warmth, but they’re also lightweight and moisture-wicking to keep you feeling fresh and comfy.
Fleece-lined leggings or pants will be a dream in the biting cold. Another pair with this cozy feature, as well as excellent waterproofing, is the Eddie Bauer Polar pants. This pair has a relaxed fit, functional pockets, and a sporty yet flattering design.
Readers say that thermal underwear is an essential part of your packing list for Ireland in the winter, especially as you’ll be spending lots of time outdoors.
The ibex Woolies Tech top and bottoms are reader faves. They’re made from merino wool which is a travel all-star, as it’s warm yet temperature-regulating. Readers love that its soft, durable, moisture-wicking, and anti-odor; so you’ll still feel fresh after repeatedly wearing it and it can be worn under virtually any outfit for lightweight warmth!
You could also explore cold and gorgeous Ireland with a pair of silk thermals. Terramar’s Thermasilk top and bottoms are super thin yet sturdy and warm. They’re smooth, moisture-wicking, temperature-regulating, and will keep you fresh throughout your trip (no washing needed)!
Jackets for Winter
While winters in Ireland don’t get as freezing cold or snowy as other European destinations, you’ll still need something insulated and waterproof. The wind can get intense and you’ll definitely see some rain, so readers suggest packing a cozy winter parka.
A hugely popular one is the Eddie Bauer Superior coat. This is a great outer layer that’ll allow you to feel warm and comfortable, while still allowing your body to breathe, and you’ll have ample mobility. It’s simple yet stylish, too!
Columbia’s Carson Pass II jacket is a similar option that readers love as well. It has a thermal reflective lining for the utmost warmth, as well as excellent, seam-sealed waterproofing to keep the elements out. There’s a cute faux-fur trim on the hood and a belted waist for styling versatility, and while it’ll warm you up on the coldest of days, it’s still lightweight and breathable.
Shoes for Winter
Rugged and comfortable winter boots are a must-have for exploring Ireland in the winter, whether trekking through the countryside or wandering around the city. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be stylish, too!
Pick something like the Kamik combat boots, which are designed to handle the most intense of adventures. They’re sturdy, supportive, and waterproof, with an edgy style that’ll be the perfect finishing touch to your wintery looks!
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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 Eddie Bauer Lodge waterproof boots are recommended. They’re durable and will keep your feet warm and dry, but they are still chic! They’re comfortably cushioned for long hours on your feet.
What Accessories to Pack for Ireland in Winter
When it comes to bringing extras for Ireland, keep in mind that you’ll definitely need some gloves and scarves. And choose gloves that has touchscreen tech, so you can use a phone when needed!
Warm Scarf and Gloves
Readers love the functionality of a circle scarf, as it adds a stylish element to your outfit, will keep you extra warm, and has the benefit of staying put, even if the wind is blowing strong! They’re perfect for trips to Ireland as they’re cute, cozy, and hassle-free!
Gloves will definitely come in handy as the temps drop, but don’t let them prevent you from snapping that perfectly-timed photo or using maps to get around. Choose a pair that has touch-screen fingertips, so that you can use your phone without compromising on warmth!
The Isotoner gloves are a particular reader favorite. They’re warm and super sleek, with a contoured and flexible fit and palm strips to help grip your phone.
What Luggage to Bring to Ireland
If you’re traveling carry on, you’ll need a suitcase that’s spacious yet compliant with international airlines. Whether on the hardside or softside, go for something sized at 19” or 20” so that you won’t face any issues when boarding.
For a hardside, readers like the Delsey Helium Aero 19” suitcase. Beyond its gorgeously sleek exterior, this suitcase opens up to a roomy interior with compression straps and two pockets. It rolls smoothly and has locking and expandable zippers, and TFGers say this suitcase will hold up beautifully from the rigors of airplane travel and to being rolled around rough terrain!
To help you avoid overweight baggage fees, we’ve rounded up the best lightweight luggage for your next travel!
A reader-favorite softside is Travelpro’s Platinum Elite 19” suitcase. This beauty is ultra-lightweight and flexible, so you can pack it to the brim without worrying about it being weighed down. The material is super robust and sturdy and holds up amazingly well over time, as do the smooth spinner wheels and firm handle. It holds multiple inner and outer pockets, TSA locks, and expandable zippers add to the function.
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 loved by many and it holds up well.
Day Bag or Personal Item
To go with all of your waterproof gear, don’t forget to bring a bag that’s water-resistant as well! You can’t go wrong with a functional crossbody for Ireland, as they’re secure and comfortable to carry.
Traveling in Ireland is generally very safe, but wherever you go, there’s always a possibility of theft — especially if you’re in a particularly touristy or crowded area — so many readers opt for an anti-theft purse to stay extra safe while sightseeing.
The Baggallini Calais crossbody fits travellers’ needs. It’s water-resistant, anti-theft, lightweight, and a compact size that’ll easily fit the necessities for a day of exploration. Oh, and it’s super cute, too!
We’ve rounded up the best anti theft travel bags for women, and our readers have voted for their favorite styles!
A sling bag will keep you hands-free yet give you easy access to your phone or camera so that you can snap pictures of Ireland’s amazing wildlife, spectacular coastal views, or vibrant moments in the city. Plus, you can conveniently wear them in several different ways.
The gorgeous Metro sling bag from Monos is made of high quality vegan leather that’s fully waterproof, so a sudden drizzle here and there will be no biggie. Interior pockets help keep things organized, and the exterior pocket is designed for easy access to your phone or wallet!
If you’re setting out for a day that requires some extra items, then choose a waterproof backpack!
The Matein travel backpack is loved and consistently recommended by readers for its superior organization. It features two compartments, each with multiple pockets, as well as a laptop sleeve, a USB charging port, and a luggage sleeve. It’s conveniently very lightweight, too, and its breathable and adjustable shoulder straps make it extra comfy to carry.
What are your tips on what to pack for Ireland? Share them below!
For more Europe packing tips, please read:
- Packing for Ireland in the Summer
- What to Wear in Budapest: Summer Style Guide
- What to Wear in Ireland: Packing List Ideas for Dublin
- What to Wear in Europe: Packing Lists for Every Destination!
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring
- Lonely Planet Ireland (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.