What to Wear in Ireland: Stay Warm & Dry with this Ireland Packing List

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I’m going to assume that you already know that Ireland has a reputation for, well, not the best weather. Rain, wind, more rain; you get the picture. But, when the sun comes out it can be warm and beautiful and, believe it or not, it does actually snow on occasion in the dead of winter. Needless to say, deciding what to wear in Ireland can be somewhat daunting as you need to pack a little bit of everything. But it is do-able! With that in mind, here is the ultimate Ireland packing list for both men and women.

The Ultimate Ireland Packing List for Women

When it comes to figuring out what to wear in Ireland, you need to consider what you will be doing. Most of Ireland’s charm lies in its natural attractions so chances are you will be mostly exploring outside in which case your main goal is to be warm and comfortable. Dressy clothes really are not required unless you have some sort of formal event. That being said, the women of Dublin to tend to be a little dressier than elsewhere in the country, so you may want to add a couple of nicer tops to your Ireland packing list for when you are out and about in Dublin, especially at the pubs.

With that in mind, here’s what you want to pack for Ireland.

5 tops: A mix of shirts that you can explore/ hike in and wear in the city or for a night out. I love Encircled brand for this type of clothing. The evolve top is one of my top travel essentials as it’s just a soft t-shirt but the neckline and adjustable sleeves make it a bit dressier for exploring town. Another brand I love to travel with is Diane Kroe who has lots of multi-wear styles, perfect for travelling carry-on. (PS: you can use HANNAH10 on any Diane Kroe purchase and save 10%!).

2 Sweaters: I suggest one for outdoor activities and something a little nicer for in pubs, restaurants, or exploring the town. I’m a big fan of Lululemon’s perfectly oversized sweaters for something cozy that you can layer. If you want something a little more sporty for hiking try the define jacket. Basically you want a couple pieces that can be worn on their own but also are good for layering if its a bit chilly. 

7 pairs each of socks

7 pairs of underwear

3 bras (I’m a big fan of Knix bras for travel. They pack light and easy, no underwire, and they dry really quickly if you need to do a sink wash!)

1 sleepwear set

3 pairs of pants: 1 pair of jeans for city exploring and nights out. One pair of comfortable pants for travel and exploring; I like encircled’s dressy sweatpants or Lululemon leggings (this style is my current favourite). The third pair of pants can be something for hiking if you are doing a lot of that, or something more casual for city exploring.

2 pairs of shoes: A good pair of running shoes for exploring (or hiking boots if the theme of your trip is hiking), and cute casual shoes/boots for city exploring and pubs (Ireland has cobblestone streets so forget the heels!). If you are visiting during the summer months, consider adding a pair of sandals. I highly recommend Vessi shoes for Ireland since they are waterproof! 

Waterproof Jacket: A MUST. Not water resistant- waterPROOF. Umbrellas will just blow away in Ireland so you really need a proper raincoat. Try this one.

*Insider tip: Skirts and flowy dresses are always cute, but remember Ireland can be very windy, especially in the coastal areas like the Cliffs of Moher, which may result in some pretty awkward moments. For that reason, I find it safer to stick to pants.

The Ultimate Ireland Packing List for Men

Ireland packing list for men

When it comes to figuring out what to wear in Ireland for men, you’ll want to have options for both outdoor activities such as hiking as well as a couple nicer options for restaurants and pubs. Ireland is very casual, but European men always tend to be a bit better dressed than North American men. Keep this in mind as you pack and throw in a couple button down shirts and maybe a more tailored pair of pants to better fit in with the locals on nights out.

5 t-shirts/ long sleeve shirts: A mix of shirts that you can wear both for hiking and for city exploring.

2 button-down shirts or nicer shirts for nights out.

2 sweaters: A pullover for outdoor activities and hiking. I recommend Under Armour Storm Fleece; warm, moisture-wicking, and water resistant. Throw in another nicer sweater for city exploring or nights out.

7 pairs of socks. Try these athletic socks by Under Armour that dry quickly when wet.

7 pairs of underwear

PJ pants or an extra pair of boxers for sleeping

3 pairs of pants: Jeans, something you are comfortable out hiking in, and maybe a pair of chinos or something nicer for the city.

2 pairs of shoes: A pair of good running shoes or hiking shoes if you plan to be doing plenty of that. A pair of casual shoes for nights out and city exploring. I really recommend Vessi shoes for a running-shoe type pair since they are waterproof. You can use promo code HANNAHLOGAN15 to save 15% off your order.

Waterproof Jacket: a must. Make sure it is actually waterproof, not water resistant. Umbrellas don’t really work in Ireland due to the wind. Try this one from Columbia.


• Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash
• Moisturizer (face and body)
• Razor/ shaving cream
• Hairbrush (I LOVE this travel hairbrush for women) & hair ties
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss
• deodorant
• Lip balm (I LOVE this super conditioning one)
• Makeup
A travel medical kit 

Packing for Ireland


Luggage and Backpacks

Unless you are in need of new luggage, there is no need to buy new suitcases or backpacks to hold everything on your Ireland packing list. Wheeled suitcases tend to be easiest for travel may be a bit awkward on some of the narrow cobblestone streets in cities like Kilkenny. Also keep in mind not all accommodation will have stairs, so just make sure you can carry it yourself!

What to Pack for Ireland: Seasonal Items

For winter: Winter in Ireland isn’t as cold as parts of North America, but they do occasionally get snow and it gets really damp. If you are visiting Ireland in the winter, be sure to add gloves/mittens, hat and a scarf to your Ireland packing list. Also bring a warmer coat but, again, go for something waterproof.

For summer: If you plan on visiting some of the beaches or taking a surfing lesson, then you will want to add a swimsuit to your Ireland packing list. However, if the cold Atlantic Ocean doesn’t sound like your kind of fun- skip the swim gear and save yourself the room. You can find my list of swimsuit recommendations here.

Final Considerations for an Ireland Packing List

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Remember, figuring out what to wear in Ireland can be daunting, but it’s easy to laundry when you travel. So do yourself a favour and save space by packing less knowing that should you need them, laundry facilities are readily available. It’s also very easy to find what you need in Ireland so if you forget something, you can always pick it up while you are there. Finally, the trick to staying warm and dry in Ireland really comes down to layering and having proper waterproof clothing. Follow my Ireland packing list above and you’ll be well on your way!

Ready to Book Your Trip?

Don’t forget travel insurance!

Please do not travel without travel insurance! I’ve had to use it multiple times throughout my travels and it has saved me thousands of dollars. You can learn more about travel insurance here. If you are looking for a provider I love and recommend SafetyWing. For Canadian readers, take a look at SoNomad.

Book your accommodation

I love and recommend booking.com for accommodation. They have a range of hostels, guesthouses, hotels, and resorts. Plus, the platform has a great loyalty program that means the more you book, the more you can save. 

Book your tours

My go-to tour provider that I love to recommend is GetYourGuide. They have options all over the world and partner with local companies for everything from day trips to food experiences and even airport transfers. 

Get connected

If you want to have data while travelling for online maps or any other needs, an esim is one of the easiest solutions. I’m a big fan of Airalo and have used their sim cards around the world from Brazil to Uzbekistan, Greece to the USA. It’s really easy- you download the app, pick what country you want an esim for, and after you purchase it follow the installation instructions. You can use promo code HANNAH3326 to save $3USD on your next esim purchase. 

Not sure what to pack?

I have destination-specific guides for some countries but you can also check my travel essentials and camera gear if you are looking for some ideas. 

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  1. Cheryl on July 31, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I love your articles, Hannah!
    I’m excited to accompany my husband to Cork for a weeklong business trip. Have you any suggestions for that area?
    Many thanks & blessings upon you ☘️

    • Hannah on August 1, 2018 at 12:51 pm

      thank you!!
      Cork is kind of small, but there are lots of great day trips from that area. Cobh, Blarney Castle, Kinsale are all great picks that you can either get to by local transit or if you have your own car. If you have a car also look at Ring of Kerry or Dingle Peninsula routes (if you have a nice, clear day).
      In Cork itself, the English market is a must! For a good lunch, check out Tara’s Tea Roome- really cute and good homemade food. And there’s a really good burger spot nearby as well called Son of a Bun. Hope that helps a bit- have an awesome visit!

  2. Cheryl on August 2, 2018 at 4:47 am

    Thanks so much for replying so promptly & with great suggestions. Really appreciate it. ☘️Xo

    • Hannah on August 14, 2018 at 1:22 am


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