Oh, The Emerald Isle! A dream destination for so many people, myself included. Just know before you head off to Ireland, that you need to understand the weather and how it affects what you need to pack. That’s why we have created this Ireland packing list!
The weather in Ireland in June is different than the weather in Ireland in January. So for this Ireland packing list, I’m talking about the essentials that you need. By the end of this post, you will know exactly what to pack for Ireland.
Marty and I love to travel with only a backpack, and we actually do this everywhere we go! To learn more about how we do this, we wrote a series of posts.
For those of you looking to move abroad or to stay abroad for an extended period of time, you should definitely make sure that you have some of these essentials for your suitcase.
Honestly, for Ireland, you might even want to consider investing in a waterproof backpack as the weather can sometimes be incremental. It’s up to you, just be sure to pack appropriately and be prepared.
After reading all about the awesome castles in Ireland, and knowing that I was going to be able to stay in a castle while visiting, I couldn’t wait to get my packing list created!
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What to Pack for Ireland
If you are taking a long flight to get to Ireland, then noise-canceling headphones will be a lifesaver for you. Trust me, you don’t want to spend hours listening to a screaming baby.
A good pair of noise-canceling headphones will make it so much easier for you to hear the movie or music that you’re listening to instead of all the noise around you (screaming baby, engine noise, that guy that won’t stop shuffling cards)!
While the Bose noise-canceling headphones are said to be the best, they are really expensive. A friend of ours has the Cowin brand which is about a third of the price of Bose and loves them, so find what works best for you and your budget.
2. Adaptor Plug
You don’t want to get to Ireland and not be able to charge your electronic devices, that would be awful! In Ireland, the standard voltage is 230V with a standard frequency of 50Hz.
They use a three-pronged plug like the rest of the UK but unlike other places in Europe. So, if you aren’t from the UK, you better invest in a good adaptor plug. We suggest investing in a worldwide adaptor so that you just have one plug to worry about no matter where you travel.
Another lifesaver for us is a good portable battery charger. We download maps of the areas we are visiting our phones, so we can’t risk running out of power. And if your iPhone is anything like mine, it just doesn’t seem to hold a charge like it used to. LOL!
Marty and I purchased this charger because it had enough power to charge all of our electronic devices including our laptops, tablets, and phones if needed.
We also recently purchased a battery case for our iPhones since the batteries seem to drain so quickly. The battery case combined with the portable charger guarantees we always have juice.
4. Rain Jacket
We all know the weather in Ireland will include some rain no matter what time of year you visit, so you might as well be prepared.
Invest in a good rain jacket so you won’t have to worry about it. Try to get one that is small enough that you can roll it up and pack it easily.
We personally love the Helly Hansen brand of rain jacket. They are waterproof, windproof, and breathable and can be packed up easily.
A good travel backpack is essential for us. Marty and I are minimal packers, so we rely on a good backpack since that is our only piece of luggage.
There are several styles and brands to choose from, so you have to find what works for your needs.
We aren’t backpacking through the woods or anything, we just use our backpacks to travel light. Because of that, we love this bag, it’s light but has plenty of room for storage and easily counts as our “personal item” on flights, thus saving expensive baggage fees.
If you’re traveling in any big city, then keeping your items safe and secure is a top priority.
Having a crossbody bag allows you to secure your items and place the bag in front of you where you can better protect it in crowded situations. They also allow your hands to be free and you don’t have to worry about it falling off of your shoulder.
When purchasing one, be sure to find one that is big enough to hold your essentials and a bottle of water, it just helps to keep your hands free.
This is how we are able to just use a backpack when we travel.
I love using packing cubes. They help me to stay organized and keep my items in a nice little package for me, making organizing my backpack so much easier.
If you’ve never used packing cubes, you need to start. They are a game-changer!
Packing cubes are interesting and different people like different ones. Check out this article for the best packing cubes to see which you prefer.
Invest in some good waterproof shoes for the rain that you are bound to hit while in Ireland.
Some people prefer to just take some good rain boots instead. Either way, you will be fine. Ireland is pretty casual so just go with what is comfortable for you.
9. Money Belt
A good money belt is another great investment. This allows you to hide your passport and money under your clothing so that it is less likely to get pickpocketed from you.
Help to save the Earth by purchasing a refillable water bottle. A good stainless steel one that is also insulated is my personal favorite, or if you’re packing light, then a collapsible water bottle is a great alternative.
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Book Your Trip: Logistical Tips and Tricks
Book Your Flight:
We love using CheapOAir, Kayak, and Kiwi to search for the best prices on flights. We love using these search engines because they search the web for airlines all over the world to ensure you get the best deal! In addition to flights, you can also find great hotel prices on Kayak and Kiwi.
Book Your Vacation Package:
If you want to book an entire vacation package, then we suggest using Expedia. We love how easy Expedia is to use and we always find good deals on entire vacation packages on their site.
Another great site for vacation packages is BookVIP. BookVIP offers super cheap vacation packages to incredible destinations. You are sure to save money using their site!
For full guided vacations including hotels, some meals, transportation, and guides, then we book with Trafalgar. Trafalgar is a trusted tour company that will meet all of your needs while ensuring that you have a great experience.
Trip.com allows you to book flights, hotels, train tickets, rental cars, airport transfers, tours, and more all on one site. Owned by the parent company that also owns Skyscanner, this is a trusted resource for travel booking and a great “one-stop-shop.”
Book Your Accommodations:
We always begin our search by checking out the honest review on hotels at TripAdvisor. This allows us to narrow our search for specific properties once we are ready to book. Of course, you can also book directly on the TripAdvisor site as well!
There are several accommodation sites that we like to use. One of our favorites is Booking.com because it gives you a wide variety of hotels and guesthouses at a good price.
Another “go-to” hotel booking site for us is Hotels.com. We love their loyalty program that allows you to earn free nights, and their “secret prices” for members are fabulous deals!
If you are looking for a luxurious all-inclusive vacation, then consider checking out the Sandals/Beaches properties. Sandals properties are for couples only and Beaches are for families. We have visited Sandals in the past and absolutely love the attention to detail and the service they provide.
Tour Companies We Trust:
We love taking guided tours when visiting new places. Our go-to tour companies are Viator.com and Get Your Guide. Both of these companies have been in business for years and provide excellent customer service. You can trust booking tours from their sites for sure!
CityPass is a great way to save money when visiting large cities. CityPass allows you to get free admission to major attractions once you buy their pass. The savings add up quickly with this pass, often saving 50% with combined admissions.
Another great pass to save money in larger cities is the Sightseeing Pass. This pass allows you to save valuable time and money by combining admissions to major attractions. They also have a handy app that keeps everything you need at your fingertips.
Looking to Save Time and Money?
Check out our resource page for all of our favorite vendors. These companies help us to save time and money on our travels!
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About the Author
Michelle Snell is a travel writer, history buff, wine lover, and enthusiast of different cultures. While she is a professional educator by day, her passion for travel has her jet-setting all over the world during her free time.
Michelle enjoys bringing places to life through her informative writing style on her blog, That Texas Couple. Her practical tips and suggestions help make travel dreams a reality while immersing her readers in the history, culture, and food of a region. She is happiest sipping wine in Italy or chilling on a beach with her husband, Marty.