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Wondering what to pack for Ireland in summer? We’ve got some outfit ideas for every coast! Follow these tips and you’ll be ready for everything!
What to Pack for Ireland in Summer
Written By: Niki Landry
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.
Below I’ve set up an outfit for each coast of Ireland, based on typical activities and weather so you can be ready for whatever this beautiful island dishes out.
Ireland Packing List: Tunic | Top | Shirt | Tee | Jacket | Jeans | Leggings | Scarf | Jeans | Jacket | Boots | Crossbody | Sneakers | Sandals
The outfits above would be suitable for most of the summer in Ireland. 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.
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.
Plan for rain, bring layers and remove as needed.
One dress with tights can be a suitable addition to this packing list but I wouldn’t pack short bottoms on a minimalist travel packing list.
If you’re visiting in the winter or it’s going to be particularly cold while you are there, you will definitely need to bulk up your outerwear; throw in a cozy hat and gloves.
Here are some tips on how to stay warm in cold weather!
Tunic | Jeans | Jacket | Crossbody | Boots
Since most visitors enter the country through Dublin, I’ve started on the east coast of Ireland. I’ve chosen a relaxed but stylish outfit for the city – something comfortable enough to walk around in, warm, and waterproof.
Leave your suede boots at home and opt for leather instead. Always bring along your raincoat or a small travel umbrella for inevitable bursts of rain. If it happens to be a colder day, you can layer a jacket and scarf over your sweater.
Here are more tips on what to wear in Dublin!
Shirt | Jeans | Jacket | Boots
Castles, estates, quaint towns, parks, and incredible views are all within your grasp on the southern and southwestern coasts of Ireland. There’s no need to dress up, but you do want to look presentable in the hundreds of photos you are going to take.
Include a button down shirt for ease and comfort, a warm jacket, stylish booties, and slim cut jeans as you plan what to pack for Ireland in summer. Bring items that can transition from a walk to see ruins to a stop at the local pub. And while it may sound monotonous: bring your raincoat.
These are some of our favorite travel raincoats for women!
Tee | Leggings | Jacket | Scarf | Sneakers
You may be trekking, cycling, or kayaking, so it’s best to keep it super casual on this end of the island. The west coast is where things get a bit rugged, especially the farther north you go.
Of course, if you are spending a day in a city or town, then you can resort back to one of the more fashionable outfits, but for any outdoor activity it’s a good idea keep it simple. Sneakers for muddy trails, leggings, and a simple top will complete this look. For more warmth, layer on a jacket, scarf, and raincoat.
Here are more ideas on how to use stylish workout clothes for travel!
Top | Jeans | Scarf | Jacket | Sandals
Heading to the north will require you to change your euros to pounds, and maybe an upgrade to your outfit. Take in all the capital city of Belfast has to offer in a sweet flounce top, dark wash jeans, and cute flats, the perfect outfit for a café, gallery, and museum hopping.
Just switch out your shoes to something with a rubber bottom before you take a day trip to the Giant’s Causeway and Antrim coast.
Here are some ideas on the best waterproof boots for travel!
By mixing these 10 pieces, three shoes, and one purse, you’ll have everything you need to take in the sights of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Throw in your undergarments, sleep clothes, and an umbrella, and you’re all set for your next trip.
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.
This is exactly what I needed! Thank you!
Hello, do you remember what brand the sandals are in the “Northern Ireland” section? Thank you!
Hi Jane, thanks for your question! We’ll share your question here so the author of the article can reply! 🙂
Planned our first overseas trip to Ireland this July. I keep coming back to your site! I would love to see how your mixed and matched these pieces. We are flying into Shannon and then traveling to Galway then south to Killarney and beyond. I have my pieces in mind but still struggle with how to mix and match them for maximum uses!
Hi Sarah, if you liked this post you might also like this Ireland packing list: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/what-to-wear-in-ireland-packing-list-ideas-for-dublin/ and this one for the most recommended shoes: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/best-shoes-for-ireland/ for tips on how to mix and match outfits, these two articles might help offer some tips: https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/minimalist-travel-packing-how-to-mix-and-match-4-pieces-of-clothes/ and https://www.travelfashiongirl.com/25-ways-to-mix-and-match-outfits-using-just-8-travel-essentials/ Hope this helps! have a great trip ?
I would love to know where you bought the cream rain jacket in the “West” pic! It would be a perfect piece to finish my packing, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere!
great tips im moving to belfast end of july
Very helpful, will be in Ireland the end of July! Excited!
What a great site you have created. Thanks!!!
This is seriously the perfect packing list for me! We leave tomorrow for Ireland 😀
Yay! Glad you like it Melissa 🙂 Have a great time!
This is really helpful! I’m headed there this summer!!
Glad you liked it Abigail! Have a great time!