What To Wear in Ireland Plus Packing Tips

Ireland is known for its blustery weather so packing for a trip can be a bit difficult. However, we’re here to help with an informative guide. While Ireland is known for its lush green landscapes and inclement weather, these don’t have to impact your wardrobe choices.

All that weather does make for some wonderful sights. It’s tough not to love the country’s verdant rolling hills, crumbling castles, dramatic coastlines, welcoming locals, and charming farms. It’s often said in the country there is no bad weather, just the wrong clothes.

Tips For Packing For Ireland

Enjoying the Galway Oyster Festival
Our Irish Outfits in Galway

We recommend everyone bring several staple items for a trip. Ireland is well known for being wet, so the weather will play a significant role in what you throw in your backpack or suitcase. Simple wardrobe choices feel right at home in Ireland. There is always the odd exception, like a night out to the Abbey Theatre in Dublin or an excellent meal in Galway.

We spend most of our time in Ireland wearing a sweater, jeans, boots, and a handy rain jacket. Most travelers, ourselves included, will spend their time outside exploring Ireland’s countryside. It’s filled with old walking paths, castles, cozy pubs, sheep, and quaint towns; it’s the perfect place to lose yourself.

  • Rain gear is always a good idea to pack: a rain jacket, umbrella, and weatherproof boots.
  • Packing cubes help separate damp and dirty clothes from clean ones.
  • Three pairs of shoes are the maximum you should pack—a nice, casual, and athletic shoe/boot.
  • Ireland is a relaxed place, so there is no need for fancy clothes unless you’re staying at one of the famed golf resorts.
  • It’s almost always sweater weather, so pack your favorite wool sweater or cardigan.
  • A scarf and hat are a great way to warm up if there is a chill in the air.
  • It’s not always cold. Summers can be warm and have fantastic weather. Be sure to check the weather beforehand and pack some clothes for warm weather. We’ve had glorious weather on trips and miserable weather that made us question our trip to Ireland altogether.

The Weather in Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

reland has a cool, damp, and rainy oceanic climate year-round. Temperatures do not change much throughout the year. It’s just as rare to have a hot day in the summer as snow in the winter. This is good news for packing as you won’t have to worry about various climates. It’s best to check the weather a week before your trip to get an idea of what the temperatures will be like during your trip. We have an article about the best time to visit Ireland if you’d like a more in-depth overview.

Seasons in Ireland

SpringSpringtime in Ireland is a very chilly time of year. March to April is frigid, and things start to warm up by May. We love spring as it is the driest time of year.
SummerThe weather can be cold during winter but rarely reaches below freezing. It’s often cloudy, and the winds can be powerful. At night, temperatures are a few degrees above freezing; temperatures are around 7-10C (45-50F) during the day.
FallThe weather can be cold during winter but rarely reaches below freezing. It’s often cloudy, and the winds can be powerful. At night, temperatures are a few degrees above freezing; during the day, temperatures are around 7-10C (45-50F).
WinterThe weather can be cold during winter but rarely reaches below freezing. It’s often cloudy, and the winds can be powerful. At night, temperatures are a few degrees above freezing, and the daytime sees temperatures around 7-10C (45-50F).

What to Wear in Ireland?

Wool Sweater

Galway Harbor

If there is one article of clothing made for travel in Ireland, it’s the wool sweater. A sweater makes a great travel outfit staple. They’re comfortable, stylish, and warm. The season doesn’t matter, as most of Ireland is temperate and remains fresh year-round. You can expect comfortable daytime temperatures and chilly evenings in the summer.

I have several sweaters, but my favorites are organic materials like wool or Alpaca. Ireland has some terrific wool and sweater producers, but it may take a bit of digging. In recent years, most tourist shops often sell cheap foreign-produced versions. We put in some legwork, and Tasha got hers from Cottage Handcrafts in Connemara in the photo above.

Wool Sweater Recommendations

Rain Jacket

Tash Walking in Rain in Ireland

Right after you pack your wool sweater, reach for a rain jacket. If we were taking bets, we’d wager you’ll see some rain during your trip to Ireland. It doesn’t get that green without plenty of rain. The rain varies a lot in Ireland. Some days, it may only be an afternoon shower, while other storms can last for days.

We suggest a packable rain jacket made for the outdoors/hiking. These jackets are lightweight, durable, packable, waterproof, and windproof. Any rain jacket will do, but the top-dollar ones designed for the outdoors will hold up and help in inclement weather. They also do an exceptional job of blocking the wind, which can be unrelenting.

Flannel Shirt

Natasha In Galway Speaking With Head Chef Of Anair

Flannel shirts are fabulous mid-layers for both men and women. A nice flannel provides warmth, comfort, and style. They’re super easy to style for a relaxed outdoor look. A cozy flannel is perfect for travel days, sightseeing, or casual hikes. Most of Ireland is very casual, and you’ll feel at home in a flannel or sweater.

Down Jacket

Cameron At Cnoc Suain With Owner

In the summer, travelers can probably get by with a wool sweater and rain jacket to stay warm. Outside of the summer, a down jacket is an excellent idea. We recommend a packable down jacket on a trip with cool weather since they’re versatile. For a destination like Ireland, a it’s a great way to keep warm without wasting too much space in your luggage. If you prefer a more stylish jacket option, a peacoat is a classic wardrobe choice, but it’s cumbersome, so you’ll need to wear it on the plane.


Hiking Along Ireland National Parks

A classic tee will never go out of style. We suggest sticking with solid colors like black, white, or grey. Hiking on a sunny day can be pretty warm, and we often shed layers. A classic cotton tee shirt is adequate if you have plans for casual hikes or walks around the village. However, a merino wool shirt is a worthy investment and one of the best pieces of travel clothes.

Wools shirts stay fresh longer and do an excellent job at temperature management. I’ve tested a lot of wool shirts out, and my favorite for travel so far is from Unbound Merino. Cameron prefers the grey as it’s super easy to stain the white ones.

Merino Wool Shirts


Cameron And Natasha In Front Of Traditional Irish Croft Home

Jeans are an Ireland fashion staple but aren’t the best packing or most comfortable travel pants. However, travelers have options such as DU/ER jeans. The organic cotton jeans look sharp, but a subtle blend of polyester and spandex allows the jeans to stretch and resist wrinkles perfect for travel. Thanks to the synthetic blend, they’re great for lengthy trips as there is no need to wash the jeans.

DU/ER Performance Slim Fit Jeans

Technical Pants

Cameron Stands On Basalt Columns At Giants Causeway

A pair of chinos or travel pants are great for traveling around Ireland. Our first choice is a reliable pair of “travel pants” with synthetic materials. These pants are often stain-resistant, dry quickly, weigh less, remain fresh for multiple wears, and are more comfortable than traditional pants or chinos.

We love that these technical pants, previously only made for hiking, now resemble chinos. It’s a classic pant that goes with a sweater, dress shirt, t-shirt, or blouse. For women, we suggest the Kuhl Freeflex Pants for outdoor adventures and the Everlane Utility Barrel Pants for a more stylish city/town look. Men should check out the KUHL Renegade Rock Pants for outdoor adventures and the Western Rise Evolution 2.0 Pants for everything else.

Travel Pant Recommendations

Women’s Pants

Men’s Pants


Cameron And Natasha At Cliffs Of Moher

A scarf is a travel staple and a great wardrobe choice for women and men traveling in Ireland. They act as an accessory to your outfit and are super comfortable, adding warmth. Ireland is known for its windy days, so the scarf protects your neck. They can spice up an outfit you’ve already worn three days in a row and can be thrown into a bag or purse to pull out when the sun sets and the weather gets chilly.


Cameron Looks Out To Bay of Galway

Hitting the sidewalk and letting the city or town unfurl around you is one of the best ways to get familiar with a new destination. A comfortable pair of shoes for both men and women are essential when packing your bag for Ireland. I wouldn’t recommend those terrible clunky hiking shoes or athletic shoes many tourists like to bring. Since most of Ireland’s towns and cities are lovely for walking around, we suggest packing good walking shoes.


Cameron's Boots In Ireland

Pack a pair of boots to help cope with all the wet weather. Locals like to wear “Wellies” or Wellington Boots, big rubber boots. We’re always happy in regular boots because we stay off farms and bogs. I’m a leather boot fiend and love classic boots. Our go-to boot for travel is are a pair of Blundstone boots.

Travel Underwear

Cameron Stands On Old Boat In Galway Harbor

Generally, we’ll pack five to seven pairs of underwear for a typical trip. We recommend several pairs of underwear made from wool or a synthetic material. These materials are antimicrobial, so they stay fresh longer and can dry quickly overnight if you hand wash them.

Check Out Our Recommendations

Wool Socks

Sheep Running Through Field In Ireland

We’ve learned to love our feet with a good pair of socks. You will want to keep your feet dry while walking around. Most importantly, wool socks stay fresh for several days as they have natural antimicrobial properties. We travel with several pairs of wool socks on any trip. Our recommendations for socks are Darn Tough and Smartwool.


Sunset In The Irish Countryside

A stylish pair of sunglasses is an excellent addition to an outfit. Everyone owns at least one pair of sunglasses. However, it’s best to ensure they have UV protection for the health of your eyes. We always travel with two pairs of sunglasses as we’re pretty active. A pair for hiking and outdoor adventures and a couple of stylish sunglasses to wear at the beach or around town for the day.

Sunglass Recommendations

Ireland Packing List for Women

Natasha Walks Down Street In Galway


If you want a stylish look that will keep you warm, I’d suggest picking up a peacoat. An overcoat is excellent for providing warmth and looking great. While we love our down jackets for their warmth and convenience, they aren’t the best-looking things in the world, and you’d look pretty silly wearing one with a dress or suit.

Long Sleeve Cardigan

A cardigan is one of my favorite items to wear in Ireland. A cardigan has a great relaxed style and look and keeps you warm. They’re also light enough to eat up minimal room in the suitcase. I pack one during any season in Ireland as you can wear it with a coat in winter, and it’s rarely too warm in the summer.


While Ireland is casual, people are still presentable in public. Most women wear a nice dress shirt, blouse, or sweater on colder days. They’ll bust out the summer dress if you get a rare warm summer day. Most women should avoid graphic tees or short-sleeved shirts; instead, wear a light blouse. It’s a perfect item to wear in the summer as the right blouse is super cool and comfortable.

Fleece Lined Leggings

It can get quite cold in Ireland, especially come late October until about April. This is when I often turn to fleece-lined leggings that look great while walking around cities like Dublin or Galway but keep me extra warm. Fleece-lined leggings are perfect to wear like regular leggings and go with any sweater or jacket you have!


Rompers are probably one of my favorite travel outfits for Ireland because they’re stylish, comfortable, and practical. You can’t go wrong here, and I’d suggest throwing at least one or two rompers in your suitcase for Ireland. They’re great for a night out on the town in Dublin and surprisingly superb for Irish attire. We love Patagonia’s Fleetwith Romper for travel!

Black Flats

A pair of black flats is always great to have in a suitcase. They’re stylish, comfortable, and take up minimal luggage space. My tip, stay away from heels, many towns have cobblestone streets, and you don’t want to break an ankle trying to look good. Just let the locals impress you with their skills of walking in heels.

Men’s Ireland Packing List

Cameron And Natasha in Ireland


Just like women, a stylish overcoat will keep you warm. While we love our down jackets for their warmth and convenience, they aren’t the best-looking things in the world, and you’d look pretty silly wearing one with a dress or suit.

Dress Shirt/Chinos

You’d look pretty ridiculous wearing a T-shirt or a flannel out to a nice meal in Glasgow. It’s a great idea to travel with at least one nice outfit that fits your style. Your travel plans in Ireland will also have an enormous impact. Western Rise makes travel-specific men’s dress clothes that are wrinkle and stain-resistant. They also make a great gift!


A henley is a great clothing choice for Ireland. It’s lightweight yet provides some warmth from the wind, and it’s more appropriate than a long-sleeved graphic shirt or technical clothing.

What To Pack

Looking Over Irish Coastline After Hike


You’ll need something to stash your photography gear, hand sanitizers, papers, phones, and anything else for a full day out when traveling. We’ve tested out a ton of daypacks and backpacks over the years.

Our Recommendations For Backpacks

Toiletry Bag

Keeping your toiletries organized and separated from your clothes is always a good idea. It almost feels like a toiletry bag is essential for any trip. Plus, it’s not uncommon to find small or cramped bathrooms in Ireland. Buying a hanging toiletry bag is a great option if you are limited on counter space. This bag style tends to have a better organization system with various sections for storage than the traditional option. We love the Peak Design Wash Pouch. It contains a hidden hook to hang and features terrific organization.

Travel Adaptor

Your electronics packing list for Ireland will include an adaptor. We always keep one handy in our carry-on bags, so we can charge electronics on arrival or at the airport. For the United Kingdom, you’ll need the British “Type G” three-prong adaptor. However, most of Europe uses Type C, F, and E adaptors. Check out the one I have, which is good for Europe.


A high-quality camera is an essential packing item for Ireland if you want some great shots while on your vacation We travel with a bunch of cameras. Still, the one we universally recommend is the RX 100. They make several models at different price points, but it’s a simple-to-use point-and-shoot camera that anyone can operate. It also takes superb images with a 20mp resolution and full manual controls.

Travel Towel

We always pack a travel towel when we’re on the road. It’s one of the best travel essentials for international travel you can buy. They pack up small, antimicrobial, and lightweight, so they will save you from always needing a new towel or constantly washing yours. A towel is necessary for backpackers as hostels often do not supply a towel. However, they’re also excellent for those not on a budget for excursions and tours.

Kindle Paperwhite

A Kindle is an essential travel accessory for travelers who love to read. As much as we love an actual book, they are too heavy and take up too much room in my suitcase. We recently upgraded to the Kindle Paperwhite and love it. It’s small, has touchscreen functions, and has a backlight to read at night without a harsh glare. It’s tough to beat the feeling of warming up next to a wood stove with a cuppa tea and a good book.

Ireland Guidebook

We spend enough time attached to our phones in everyday life and planning our trips. Once we reach a destination like Ireland, we put the phone away and pick up a guidebook to help with our trip.

Ireland Guidebook

Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are phenomenal for the organization of any backpack or suitcase. They are one of those packing essentials that should be in every bag as they keep all of your clothes and toiletries organized. Cubes also keep clothes folded and protect them from wrinkles. Our favorite packing cubes are currently from Peak Design.

Passport Holder

For the women, I suggest traveling with an anti-theft black and stylish purse to hold belongings. Cameron has an excellent passport wallet with his passport and credit cards, so he never leaves it anywhere.

Essential Documents To Pack

The Big Fish In Belfast
  • Passport – This is obvious, but you won’t make it very far without a passport.
  • Credit Cards – We always use several travel credit cards that offer purchase protection, rewards, and no foreign transaction fees.
  • Visa – Make sure you have a visa if you need one.
  • Debit Cards – It’s good to carry euros in Ireland. We never bother with money exchanges that provide awful exchange rates. Instead, we rely on the ATM when we arrive. Charles Schwab, Ally, and Capital One offer low or no foreign transaction fees. Keep in mind the Republic of Ireland uses Euro, and Northern Ireland uses the Great British Pound.
  • Driving License – If you plan to rent a car, you will need your driver’s license, plus it never hurts to have a second form of I.D. If your license is not in English, you may need an IDP translation to English.

What Luggage To Bring To Ireland?

Hardshell Suitcase

Delsey Aero Helium Hardshell Suitcase

Travel Backpack

Peak Design Travel Bag

I have two bag recommendations for a trip to Europe. You can opt for a traditional hardshell suitcase with four wheels or a travel backpack. Suitcases with four wheels are best as the ability to roll sideways down the aisle of a train or a sidewalk makes life a lot easier. We prefer hardshell as it does a better job at protection and security. Our favorite hardshell suitcase is the Delsey Helium Aero 25″.

Travel backpacks are great for young backpackers, digital nomads, or minimalists! They are also great if you want to save on any checked bag fees your air carrier may charge you. If paying for taxis or car rentals makes you hesitant, you’ll want to book accommodation near public transport or have a backpack. Our favorites are the Peak Design Travel Backpack and the NOMATIC Backpack but read about the best backpacks for Europe if you’d like to learn more.

Nomatic Backpack Review: The BEST Travel Backpack?

Luggage Recommendations

Hardside Suitcase
Travel Backpack


Cameron And Natasha Together On Street In Galway

It’s best not to forget things like medications, toiletries, and other personal items you might need when traveling. However, pharmacies are readily available in every Irish city and town. However, this is a general Ireland packing list for all to go off of. Remember that Ireland isn’t the end of the world, and if you forget something, it’s likely you’ll be able to find it when you get there. Enjoy your trip! Sláinte! 

Ireland Travel Planning Resources

  • Packing Guide — Check out our Ireland Packing List to help pack your bags and ensure you don’t leave anything at home.
  • Rent a Car — We suggest most visitors consider renting a car for the best trip possible. Try Discover Car Hire to compare quotes from different rental agencies. Check the Price Here!
  • Protect Your Trip — We don’t travel without travel insurance, and neither should you. You never know what can happen while traveling, so it’s best to be prepared. HeyMondo provides excellent short-term and long-term travel insurance plans. 
  • Tours in Ireland — Check out our list of the best tours you can enjoy in Ireland!
  • Travel Adapter – Make sure you find a suitable adapter to keep your electronics charged. Otherwise, you may be paying for a cheap one once you land. Purchase one here.
About Cameron Seagle

Cameron Seagle is one of the principal writers and photographers for The World Pursuit. He is a travel expert that has been traveling the world for the past decade. During this time, he established a passion for conservation and environmental sustainability. When not traveling, he's obsessed with finding the best gear and travel products. In his free time, you can find him hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering, and snowboarding. His favorite countries are Scotland, Indonesia, Mozambique, Peru, Italy, and Japan.

You can learn more about Cameron on The World Pursuit About Us Page.

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