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As far as the weather goes, Ireland can be a fickle place. In one day (and possibly in the span of one hour) you can have rain, sun, snow and wind). Predicting the weather here is no exact science. I honestly don’t watch the weather reports. Instead, I just stay prepared no matter what time of year it is. We are starting to get a constant flow of visitors and the first question we always get is, “What should we pack?” So, in addition to a mandatory packing list for travel anywhere, there are those items that are specific to Ireland that (IMHO) a visitor should NOT travel without.
A good pair of gloves will save you later. Now, of course in the summer you might get away without a pair of gloves. But, I just don’t know. It is April now and I still don’t go anywhere without a good pair of gloves. So, if you are traveling to Ireland in the fall, winter or spring, pack the gloves and save the drama.
A beanie is essential to your Ireland packing list just as a decent pair of gloves. Again, you may get away without a beanie in the summer, but I wouldn’t bet my Lucky Charms on it. And if you are traveling in any other season make sure you pack a good beanie. A good one will keep your ears covered and your head warm. I’m still searching for that perfect one to cover my big hair and little ears. If you have any suggestions, send them this way and in case you don’t know…my hair is super big.
There are (several) days when the wind is crazy and the rain is even crazier that an umbrella makes no sense in Ireland. And there are those days (like today) when an umbrella is completely practical and it’s worth having one. You’ll feel better if you have one just in case. So, I’d go with being safe rather than sorry. Trust me.
It rains in Ireland. A lot. Let me rephrase that. It rains TOO MUCH in Ireland. Surprisingly, rain boots (wellies) are not a thing here. Although, when were hit by snow storm Emma and at Big Dogg’s rugby tournament, I saw wellies (rain boots) everywhere. Apparently, the Irish do have wellies but save them for special occasions like muddy days or snowy days. I just don’t get it. But, then again, I’m just a visitor and I’m not supposed to get it. All I know is that these are fashionable, water resistant, easy to pack and can even be worn on a light hike which I’m sure you’ll find when visiting the Emerald Isle.
For a long time, I fought purchasing a traditional rain jacket. I searched high and low to find one that was super fashionable and that I would love but I kept coming up empty. I had just about given up when I visited a friend in the mountains and it rained. We were out on a mini hike and it did not stop raining and I was soaked. Here’s another unimportant fact about me…I don’t like being wet unless I’m in a pool, shower or ocean. Being wet from rain down pours is so uncool. After about six months of living in Ireland, I crossed over. I found a North Face jacket that is my best friend. She has a hood (a must) and a fleece liner that is removable and keeps me warm. So, don’t fight it, find a warm waterproof jacket to add to your wardrobe and keep it moving.
As I have shared before, I do not travel anywhere without a scarf and going through daily life in Ireland is no exception. In addition to keeping you warm when out exploring Ireland, you can use a scarf as a blanket on the plane or even a hood in the rain. A scarf is so essential for traveling, TRUST ME. I am partial to my favorite scarf (of course) but there are also infinity travel scarves with pockets that look highly practical and super cute and would be great for your Ireland packing list.
A Functional Bag
I am a bag girl. I love a big bag. I mean love. But, since moving here, it’s different. Taxis, buses, hikes, it’s just different and I have gone full circle and carry a backpack (purse) around Ireland. It’s practical, functional and believe it or not super cute. I can even carry my laptop on those excursions where I end up writing a blog post in my gym cafe or the neighborhood Starbucks where we meet for book club. Some ladies wear cross body bags and even I have a few and wear them when going out but the backpack….it’s my ride or die. Either way, I suggest packing a backpack or crossbody bag when out and about in Ireland. So, make sure you get it right (and don’t forget about the lovely rain).
I guarantee that if you pack the items on this list in addition to the items on the ultimate travel packing list you will have an even better holiday. This Ireland packing list will keep you warm, dry and prepared. I’m pretty sure you’ll thank me later!
Hugs and love,
Do you have any suggestions for someone creating an Ireland packing list? Please share in the comments below. I may need to add an item or two.
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