Ireland, in my opinion, is totally one of those trips that you could pack with a carry-on. I’d stick to sneakers, one pair of rain boots, a rain coat, leggings, a pair of running shorts, jeans, a sweater, a plain tee, and a Patagonia fleece. You could really do it. Like an outdoorsy, explore-y, tourist look. Easy.
This packing list is not for a carry-on. I spent so much time looking through Pinterest for ideas of what to pack when heading to Ireland. The packing lists I found seemed really basic or geared towards colder months.
From the minute I announced we were going to Ireland, I started getting requests for a packing list. And they keep coming. I LOVE how many readers are heading there this summer. (I’m jealous? Pack me in your suitcase?!) If you want to go, definitely pin this for later in case you end up there next summer!!
Before I get to the actual packing list, here are some tips I have:
1) If you’re going to overpack in any department, and you’re planning on killing the Instagram game, bring extra coats and jackets. Coats are really what end up standing out in photos, and they’re also going to be the most versatile part of your packing. I would rather have two options of coats than two options of anything else for the trip!
2) Checking the weather can feel overwhelming. I kept trying to figure out what 65 degrees would really feel like. Well, 65 degrees feels different depending on where you are in Ireland, for sure. In addition to checking the weather, I’d cross-reference it by checking the geo-tagged photos from the day on Instagram. To see what actual tourists were wearing in the same spot I was going to be in a week later really helped me gauge what I’d want/need to wear.
3) For colors, I think if I weren’t going there as a blogger, I’d stick to denim, gray, navy, and white with added color from my coats. I’d avoid green, though, especially if you’re going to be taking a lot of family photos. Ireland is sooooo green, so skip the green Barbour and the green Hunters.
With these basic staples, you can put together a bunch of different outfits for your entire trip, and you’ll be able to tweak throughout the day depending on the weather. I’d say this packing list is for a trip to Ireland in the summer where the temperatures range from 55 to 75 degrees.
Twelve outfit ideas that you can mix and match… and there are even more combinations!