Visiting Ireland soon? Expect a beautiful mix of the lush countryside that begs to be wondered, old and small-town charms, medieval fortresses and heritage sites, and urban adventures. You may spend a lot of time, listing down your must-see places, or researching on the best dining and accommodation in Dublin, but have you already thought of the clothes you’ll be wearing?
What you’ll wear often comes as an afterthought. Besides, you’ll go there for an adventure, not for a photoshoot, right? But here’s an understated fact about Ireland you should know before visiting: it has unpredictable climates. While Ireland doesn’t experience extreme weather conditions, it does experience frequent changes. One minute it’s sunny, then the next hour, it’s drizzling. That said, your clothing matters.
Emerald Isle has a lot to offer, from breathtaking landscapes for hiking, sightseeing, and camping, too busy pubs for socializing, drinking, and listening to music. To make the most out of your Ireland escapade, here are must-have outfits you should include in your luggage.
1. Comfy sweaters + layers
Sweaters make a great travel outfit staple for all seasons – they’re stylish, versatile, and comfy. Worn alone, a sweater keeps you relaxed and comfortable in daytime temperatures. Layer them with a scarf or light jacket, and they provide enough warmth during chilly evenings.
2. A good rain jacket + umbrella + waterproof shoes
Preparedness is the key – especially in a country where most precipitation comes in the form of rain. Regardless of the season, it always rains and mists in Ireland, so make sure to pack a high-quality jacket that both works to warm you up and keep you dry. Match it with good waterproof footwear and a lightweight umbrella.
3. Hiking shoes
Ireland boasts its breathtaking landscapes and natural park areas and you’ll do a lot of walking and hiking. Make sure your feet are comfortable by packing a good pair of hiking shoes. Opt for water-resistant or waterproof shoes. Make sure you’ve had the chance to break them in.
4. Waterproof backpack
No Ireland getaway would be complete without getting around the wonderful countryside. Make sure to bring a high-quality, waterproof backpack to stash your photography gear, gadgets, papers, and anything else you need for a full day out. You may invest in a sturdy leather backpack, where style meets function.
5. Moisture-wicking scarf
Even during the warmer months, Ireland tends to be on the chilly side. Packing a moisture-wicking scarf is ideal for staying dry and warm. Don’t forget to pack cool hats or beanies too for added warmth.
6. Seasonally appropriate clothing
To avoid overpacking for your trip, it’s smart to figure out how seasons in Ireland feel like and pack accordingly.
Spring (February, March, & April)
The time of the year is cool but enjoyable. It’s by far the coldest month in Ireland. Expect the climate to be moist and cold, with temperatures ranging from 7°C to 13°C.
What to pack: Wool sweaters, rain gear, like raincoats, boots, and umbrella, quick-dry coats, jackets, and scarves, quick-dry pair of pants, warm socks, and waterproof hiking shoes.
Summer (May, June, & July)
It’s the warmest time of the year in Ireland, but it may still feel chilly if you’re coming from warmer countries. Make sure to wear layers that can be easily added and removed, as the days tend to warm up and cool down. Temperatures range from 15°C to 21°C.
What to pack: Go for easy-layer clothing, like scarves, flannel shirts, and a light jacket.
Fall (August, September, & October)
If you’re visiting during the fall, be prepared for the cool climate, with strong winds nipping at you. You’ll be comfortable as long as you have the right outer layers. Temperature ranges from 13°C to 18°C
What to pack: Fleece jackets or warm pullovers, thermals, warm socks, long pants, and light hats and gloves
Winter (November, December, January, & February)
Snowfall is fairly uncommon in Ireland unless you’re in the mountainous regions and hills. Regardless, cold should be expected. The average temperatures would be around 7°C but it can dip much lower around freezing point.
What to pack: Heavier coats, thermals, warmer hats, gloves, and scarves, and warm socks and footwear
7. Camouflage clothing is a no-no
It’s best to leave your camo fashion at home. Believe it or not, you may be mistaken for a member of the military. If it looks similar to Irish DPM, it’s illegal to wear it if not on duty.
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