Top style tips for Ireland
- Smart casual wear will make you feel instantly at ease.
- Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as camisoles or t-shirts and a cardigan for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long sleeved shirt and sweater in the winter.
- Dark colors are popular, especially in the winter months.
- If you are looking for a highly versatile travel jacket to bring along we highly recommend the SCOTTeVEST range. Their range of jackets have been specifically designed with traveling in mind and include RFID security (to protect your passport information), 23 secure pockets and personal connectivity integration.
Shoes to pack for Ireland
- Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime as there are loads of cobbled streets, plus religious sites and museums with wooden floors (try Hotter shoes, they provide total comfort and look great too).
- Save your high heels for the evenings.
- Trainers are not welcome at all city establishments, so wear smart shoes for dining and nightclubs.
Pack for the weather
- The weather can be very changeable in Ireland and it's not unknown to experience all four seasons in one day.
- Clever layering is the key to dressing for the changeable weather.
- It is a good idea to pack a lightweight raincoat and travel umbrella, regardless of the time of year you visit. You never know when a bout of unexpected rain will strike.
- Be aware that even in the summer months June, July and August you're unlikely to see people wearing short shorts in Dublin.
- If visiting in the winter – December, January and February – add in a warm hat, gloves, a scarf and warm layers.
- light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours – even after prolonged wear.
- We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂
Clothing tips for women
- For the cooler months a smarter coat works best coupled with boots… and don't forget a pashmina – it makes a great fashion statement and will brighten up any outfit.
- When visiting churches avoid wearing revealing clothes, and keep your shoulders and knees covered (your pashmina will come in handy if you need to cover up).
- If you plan to visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone (it's said to ensure you will never be lost for words) it's not very dignified! Avoid wearing short skirts/shorts or strappy tops. You have to lie on your back and tip your head backwards over a gap in the wall – a man is on hand to help pull you up again.
Clothing tips for men
- There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
Regions of Ireland/ Eire
- Away from the cities the scenery is fabulous. If you're going to explore the coastal paths or the hills and mountains make sure you have appropriate footwear with good ankle support, as the terrain can be steep and uneven underfoot. Sturdy sneakers or walking shoes are fine in dry periods, but opt for boots with good grips in wet or muddy conditions. Carry a waterproof, fleece or extra sweater, drinks and snacks, and a mobile phone.
- What to Wear in Dublin
Other things to pack
- If you plan to visit several of the major sites in Dublin, the Dublin Pass sightseeing card will save you money and give you fast track entry to beat the queues. You can buy online before you go, and use it for travel from the airport. Attractions include the Guinness Storehouse, Old Jameson Distillery and St Patrick's Cathedral.
- A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
- If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
- To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
- Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Anything adorned with leprechauns or shamrocks are popular tourist buys, but if you indulge in some Irish whiskey or Guinness remember you'll need to pack it in checked-in baggage unless you buy at the airport duty-free.