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The Ultimate Ireland Packing List: What to Wear and More!

Are you heading on a trip to Ireland soon? As someone who’s spent plenty of time there, I understand the challenges that come with packing for its ever-changing weather. Knowing what to bring in your suitcase can be tough, especially if this is your first time on the Emerald Isle.

With this in mind, I’ve crafted the ultimate Ireland packing list to help you decide what to take with you and what to leave at home. I’ll start with some general tips for packing for Ireland that are relevant no matter when you plan to visit.

From there, I begin my detailed packing list, including essential items like rain gear, the proper shoes, and travel plug adapters. Furthermore, I’ll guide you through the nuances of dressing for each season (summer, winter, fall, or spring).

From rain jackets and comfy walking shoes to sweaters perfect for layering, consider this your go-to resource for everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay in Ireland. 

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General packing tips for Ireland

Woman wearing yellow rain jacket standing with back towards the camera in front of the Kerry Cliffs in Ireland.You should plan to wear layers.

When traveling to Ireland, you’ll want to make sure you pack clothing that can be layered. The weather in Ireland is famous for being erratic, so you’ll want to be prepared for both warm and cold temperatures.

Mornings are cool and foggy in Ireland, but temperatures rise throughout the day. Bring a sweater or jacket for the morning chill if you’ll be outdoors. We suggest wearing tights or leggings underneath if you want to wear a dress.

Bring rain gear, no matter the season.

View of the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, showing grassy cliffs and water. Besides wearing layers, another way to be prepared for Irish weather is to always pack rain gear, like an umbrella, poncho, or rain jacket. At the bare minimum, grab an umbrella or poncho before leaving your hotel.

Weather forecasts can be unreliable, and skipping rain gear on sunny days may be tempting. However, given Ireland’s unpredictable shifts, it’s wise to stay prepared for sudden downpours—better to be safe than sorry!

If you can only bring one pair of shoes, we recommend waterproof boots.

Woman in pink sweater and hat walking with back towards the camera in front of Staigue Stone Fort in Ireland.Shoes take up considerable space in your suitcase, so prioritize by bringing at least one pair of waterproof boots. They can be casual, like combat or Chelsea boots, or sturdier hiking boots (if broken in).

I actually wear my boots on the plane to save space! Opt for comfortable sneakers if you have room for two pairs of shoes. Only pack flip-flops or sandals if you plan on swimming or staying at a spa hotel during your trip.

You’ll rarely need “nicer” clothes. 

Ireland has a laid-back vibe, so casual wear like pants, t-shirts, and pullovers is the norm. A formal outfit is only necessary for upscale dining or luxury hotel stays.

For example, some Irish castle hotels have specific dress codes for evening meals, such as dinner jackets for men.

Wear pants the day you visit the Blarney Stone. 

Woman in argyle sweater leaning backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland.If you plan to go to Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone on your trip to Ireland, make sure to wear pants on the day of your visit. After all, you’ll need to lie on your back and bend backward for the kiss! Believe me, you don’t want to wear a dress or skirt for this activity.

Essential things to pack for Ireland

View of the side façade of Dromoland Castle, a luxury castle hotel in Ireland.Waterproof jacket

Green rain coat for IrelandIf you’re wondering what to pack for Ireland, prioritize a durable rain jacket. Rain is common, even in summer, particularly along the west coast. Given the unreliable Irish forecast, it’s wise to be ready for showers.

A rain jacket keeps you dry and acts as a windbreaker—essential for places like the Cliffs of Moher.

Comfortable walking shoes

Grey and blue waterproof walking shoes for IrelandExploring Ireland’s scenic beauty often involves outdoor activities, best experienced on foot. Whether hiking in Killarney National Park or strolling through Dublin, comfortable, close-toed shoes are a must.

Sturdy hiking boots may not be necessary for everyone, depending on your plans. Instead, opt for comfortable walking shoes, like tennis shoes or leather boots (consider waterproof spray if not water-resistant).

Reusable water bottle

Bring a reusable water bottle for your Ireland trip to stay hydrated responsibly. Save money, avoid daily bottled water purchases, and contribute to reducing plastic pollution. Many tourist sites in Ireland offer free refills for reusable bottles, ensuring constant hydration as you explore.

Portable chargers

One of our best packing tips for Ireland is to always bring a portable charger. With your phone serving as a camera, GPS, and communication tool, a dead battery can spoil your day.

Opt for a lightweight portable charger you can throw in your purse or backpack since you’ll have to keep it with you throughout the day.

Travel plug adapter

Travel plug adapter for IrelandWhen packing for Ireland, remember that the country uses plug type G, which differs from the U.S. (type A/B) and most European countries (type C & E/F). So, most foreign visitors need a travel plug adapter to charge electronic devices.

Many Irish hotels also have USB ports, so you should be able to charge multiple devices at the same time if necessary.

Travel backpack

A travel backpack is essential for any Ireland vacation, and we recommend doubling it as your carry-on personal item. Choose a comfortable, spacious backpack to hold daily essentials like your camera, phone, wallet, chargers, external batteries, and rain gear. 

Depending on what you’re most comfortable wearing all day, you may also want to check out shoulder bags.

Knit sweater

Regardless of the season, pack a thicker knit sweater for your Ireland trip due to unpredictable weather. You can even wear a bulkier sweater on the plane to save suitcase space!

If you don’t already own one, consider buying an Aran sweater in Ireland—also known as a “fishermen sweater.” These cable-patterned pullovers are ideal for your trip and make excellent souvenirs.

Wool socks

Green wool socks from Darn Tough for IrelandFor a trip to Ireland, include at least one pair of wool socks, especially for outdoor activities. They keep your feet warm and dry, and quality ones last for years!

In a place as wet as Ireland, opt for moisture-wicking socks. Our recommended brands are Darn Tough and Smart Wool (you can find both on Amazon).

Hiking boots

Many Ireland packing lists suggest hiking boots; however, the proper footwear really depends on your activity level. For the average tourist, comfortable waterproof tennis shoes or boots are sufficient.

Of course, if you plan to do any long hikes, you’ll need a good pair of hiking boots. Remember that if you’re purchasing a new pair of boots, you should go up one size and break them in a bit before your trip.

Nonetheless, we feel that packing light is the way to go for most travelers. For shorter hikes and walks, sneakers will be perfectly adequate, and rain boots or “wellies” are essential for weather that can change at the drop of a hat.

Credit card

Credit cards with no foreign transaction fees are crucial for Ireland, and we recommend the Chase Sapphire Preferred card. On our last trip, we used it for about 99% of our purchases, minimizing the need for cash.

Still, consider withdrawing around $50 equivalent in euros from an ATM upon arrival for any unforeseen expenses. Remember, you’ll use euros in Ireland and pounds in Northern Ireland.

Travel umbrella

Black windproof umbrella for IrelandNo matter the time of year, don’t forget an umbrella on your Ireland packing list. The unpredictable weather, with 225 “wet days” on the West Coast, means even sunny days can turn wet quickly.

We recommend packing a small travel umbrella that can easily fit in your day bag to avoid getting caught in a downpour. 


When deciding what to bring to Ireland, chapstick didn’t cross my mind. However, the harsh wind on the Emerald Isle can cause dry, cracked lips. For added protection, include lip balm with UV protection to prevent sunburn. Your lips will thank you!

First aid kit

For an Ireland road trip, backpacking, or guided tour, carry a small first-aid kit with basics like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and antibiotic ointments. Consider adding pain relievers, allergy medication, and motion sickness medication.

Keep the kit in an easily accessible place, like your travel backpack, for quick access during day trips.

Packing cubes

Blue packing cubes for IrelandIf you’re wondering how to pack for Ireland, I always use packing cubes–whether backpacking or checking a suitcase. They efficiently organize clothes, create space, and allow you to roll your clothes into the cubes to maximize room.

I often use separate cubes for different outfits and underwear/socks. Plus, during your trip, you can even use the cubes to separate your clean and dirty clothes.

Compression socks

When packing for a trip, most people focus on the essentials like clothes, toiletries, and travel documents. However, I don’t want you to overlook compression socks!

Wearing them during long flights prevents blood clots, swelling, and fatigue by promoting circulation and preventing fluid pooling in your legs. As a result, you’ll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore! 

Travel pillow

Pink travel pillowA travel pillow is essential for comfort on long flights or road trips, supporting your neck and head to prevent pain and stiffness. Whether on a plane, tour bus, or in a car rental, a travel pillow aids relaxation and sleep, even in noisy environments.

Noise-canceling headphones

When creating your checklist of things to bring to Ireland, don’t forget noise-canceling headphones. They’re helpful on flights, blocking out engine noise and chatter. Plus, they provide tranquility during train or bus journeys, enhancing your travel experience.

Travel insurance

Medical emergencies can happen at any time, and accidents can occur even when you are being careful. If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, purchasing travel insurance is a good idea.

World Nomads and Safety Wing are two reputable companies offering travelers comprehensive coverage. In addition to medical expenses, their policies can cover lost baggage, trip cancellation, and other unforeseen circumstances.


Apple AirTag

Avoid the stress of lost luggage by using an AirTag. These small Bluetooth-tracking devices connect to your Apple device, appearing in the Find My app under “items.”

Place an AirTag in your suitcase, and you can easily track its location if lost, preventing the hassle of searching for your luggage upon arrival.

Travel guides

A quality travel guidebook is invaluable for a trip to Ireland, helping you maximize your time. Rick Steves’ is our favorite! If you’re tight on space, download the Kindle version to keep it on your phone for easy access.

Other items to pack for Ireland

View of Dunquin Pier along the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland from above, showing winding road

  • Aleve, Tylenol, or other pain relief
  • Travel-sized shampoo and conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • Face wash
  • Moisturizer
  • Pajamas
  • Bathing suit (for spa or hotel pool)
  • Feminine hygiene products (if needed)
  • Earplugs
  • Sleep mask
  • Travel pillow
  • Brush or comb
  • Hair ties
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletry bag
  • Everyday socks
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss
  • Deodorant
  • Glasses
  • Contact lenses
  • Razor
  • Passport holder
  • Hand wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Reusable coffee mug

Women’s packing list for Ireland

  • Rain jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirt or hoodie
  • Maxi skirt
  • Jeans
  • Fleece-lined leggings
  • Sweat pants
  • 1 pair of shorts (summer only)
  • Thicker coat for colder months
  • Scarf, hat, and gloves for colder months
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit (for spa or hotel pool)

Men’s packing list for Ireland

Man standing in front of Slieve League sea cliffs in Ireland

  • Rain jacket
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Socks
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Sweaters
  • Sweatshirt or hoodie
  • 1 button-up shirt for nicer dinner
  • Jeans
  • Causal chinos
  • Sweat pants
  • 1 pair of shorts (summer only)
  • Thicker coat for colder months
  • Scarf, hat, and gloves for colder months
  • Sunglasses
  • Bathing suit (for spa or hotel pool)

What to wear in Ireland in the summer

View of Dunmore Head and Coumeenoole Beach along Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.From June to August, summer in Ireland is the peak tourist season–with warmer temperatures and longer days. The average low is around 50°F (10°C), and the high is approximately 67°F (19.4°C).

Additionally, in June, the sunset in Ireland is close to 10 p.m., providing ample daylight hours for exploration. Despite being the driest season, you can still expect some rain, especially along the west coast. With that said, plan to keep a small umbrella or even a poncho with you throughout the day.

For summer travel to Ireland, pack light jackets or cardigans, one sweater, 2-3 pairs of jeans or pants; shorts and sundresses are optional. Include a light rain jacket for possible showers; sandals aren’t necessary unless you plan to swim.

View of Coumeenoole Beach and surrounding green Irish scenery on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland.If you tend to run hot, consider packing extra shorts. However, most people should prioritize pants and versatile tops for layering. On an average day, plan to wear a short-sleeve shirt with a light jacket or sweater that you can easily take off if you get warm.

Remember that mornings and evenings will be cool and often foggy. Nonetheless, you may experience sunny afternoons during this season! So, you’ll always want to keep some sort of jacket in your day pack. You’ll also want some sunscreen and chapstick on hand.

What to pack for Ireland in the summer

  • Light rain jacket
  • Light jacket or cardigan
  • Sweater
  • One pair of shorts
  • One sundress
  • 2-3 pairs of pants/jeans
  • Tops
  • Walking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Flip flops (if needed)
  • Bathing suit (if needed)

What to wear in Ireland in the winter

Photo of the Long Room in Trinity College's Old Library in Dublin, Ireland.Ireland’s winter, from December to February, is milder than in many European countries, with an average high of around 48°F (8.9°C) and a low of about 36°F (2.2°C). It’s the lowest season for tourism on the Emerald Isle, making it a popular time of year for budget travelers to visit.

With this in mind, you’ll find cheaper airfare and accommodations during this season. For those open to traveling to Ireland during its colder months, you’ll encounter significantly fewer tourists at popular attractions like the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry

However, visiting during the low season does have certain drawbacks. For example, smaller businesses often close and then open back up in the spring. Additionally, the days are shorter during this season, with day length reaching its shortest at 7 hours and 30 minutes during the Winter Solstice.

View of small shops lining the main road in Doolin, Ireland.Winter in Ireland is the rainiest season, so you’ll need to come prepared for the cold and with the proper rain gear. Due to shorter days and cloudier weather, sunscreen may not be necessary. Pack a thicker raincoat, thermals, sweaters, scarves, gloves, and warm hats–you may even encounter snow!

Although the temperature rarely drops below freezing, be mindful of wind chill. Pack an insulated jacket with a hood, and consider bringing a neck warmer. Regarding shoes, we suggest selecting waterproof and insulated boots for this time of year.

What to take to Ireland in the winter

  • Heavy-duty raincoat
  • Fleece-lined leggings 
  • Down jacket 
  • Thermals
  • Knit sweaters
  • Wool socks
  • Scarf 
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Winter hat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Neck warmer
  • Hand warmers

What to wear in Ireland in the fall

View of Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, showing stones lining the coast.Fall in Ireland, from September to November, is one of the two shoulder seasons for tourism, along with spring. Early fall sees more visitors with mild temperatures and longer days, transitioning to the low season as the weather becomes colder and rainier.

In autumn, temperatures fluctuate between 40-60°F (4.4-15.6°C). Therefore, when packing, prepare for both rainy and sunny days, along with cooler weather. Overall, the advantages of visiting Ireland in the fall are fewer crowds and the possibility of seeing fall foliage.

In our opinion, September and October are two of the best times to plan a trip to Ireland. However, there are upsides to visiting in late fall, too. For example, if you happen to plan your trip for mid-November or later, you can catch the Christmas markets in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Belfast, and more. 

View of the coast of the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland as seen from Slea Head Drive.Make sure to pack a warmer jacket, sweaters, and cold-weather essentials like a beanie, lighter gloves or mittens, and Merino wool socks. Moreover, layers such as long-sleeve tops and pullovers, along with scarves, are critical for the fall season.

Remember that no matter the season, you’ll always need a rain jacket while in Ireland. During the fall specifically, we recommend choosing a soft-shell hooded rain jacket. Regarding footwear, if you only have room for one pair of shoes, opt for a nice pair of waterproof boots.

What to pack for a trip to Ireland in the fall

  • Warmer jacket
  • Thicker sweater
  • Scarf or neck warmer
  • Leggings
  • Insulated rain jacket
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Wool socks
  • Sweater dress
  • Waterproof boots
  • Beanie
  • Thermals (if visiting in November)

What to wear in Ireland in the spring

Glenveagh Castle in Donegal, Ireland, showing the blooming gardens in the spring.Spring in Ireland, from March to May, is another shoulder season for travel, alongside fall. Expect a climate similar to fall, with temperatures ranging from approximately 38-60°F (3.3-15.6°C). Despite potential weather fluctuations, spring is considered one of the best times to visit Ireland.

In spring, there are fewer tourists, offering a more intimate experience at the bigger attractions. Another advantage is that it’s the least rainy season, although rain is always expected in Ireland.

Thatched cottage homes in the village of Adare, Ireland, on a rainy day.You’ll want to cover all your bases when packing to travel to Ireland in the spring. For example, you’ll still want to be prepared for chilly evenings with sweaters, hats, and gloves. However, you’ll also want to wear layers you can remove as the temperature rises during the day.

Consider some winter packing list items for a March trip, while May allows for more summer-oriented choices. April is the most unpredictable month for weather, so you’ll want to focus on layering long-sleeved shirts and sweaters under a waterproof jacket.

What to bring when traveling to Ireland in the spring

  • Warmer jacket
  • Thicker sweater
  • Fleece vest
  • Jeans
  • Wool socks
  • Insulated rain jacket
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Beanie
  • Sweater dress
  • Neck warmer
  • Waterproof boots
  • Scarf
  • Leggings
  • Thermals (if visiting in March)

Check out these other Ireland travel guides!

How to Kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland

The Best Books About Ireland

The Ultimate Guide to Driving the Ring of Kerry

The Best Castle Hotels in Ireland

15 Ireland Travel Tips for First-Timers

Tips for Visiting the Cliffs of Moher

Ireland or Scotland for Your Trip

The Ultimate Guide to Slea Head Drive

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This Ireland packing list will help you decide what to pack for your trip, including essential items to bring and what to wear by season.

This article was first published in August 2022 and has since been updated.

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