Have you booked your dream trip to Ireland? If you’re travelling half-way around the world, you’ll be wondering about what to pack. And that’s especially important when you’re visiting a crazy little place like Ireland. But don’t fear, our must-have list of Irish vacation essentials will have you prepped for whatever the weather and your wandering brings. Pop these in your luggage and be sure to make the most of your once in a lifetime trip.
1. Sunglasses + Raincoat
That’s a crazy combination, right? Welcome to Ireland! One of the great charms of our little island is the breezy unpredictability of our weather. Best to prepare for every eventuality with a combination that’s all-year-round every weather friendly.
2. A healthy appetite for ‘grub’ and drink
No diets on vacation! Especially not when vacationing in Ireland. You’ll be expected to sample the national produce – all the potatoes, stew, Guinness and whiskey the locals throw at you (but not literally, we promise!)
3. Fit in with the locals with Irish attire
Rome, eh, Dublin … you’ll want to fit in with the locals and look suitably festive in your all-time favorite vacation photographs. To really look the party, kit yourself out in authentic Irish woolens. Beautiful quality knits are also useful for keeping the mists and chills of moonlit Celtic strolls at bay.
4. Umbrella + Sunscreen
Yes, we mean it! Even if you are visiting in November there’s no telling what the charming Irish winds of change will bring. And if you are of Irish heritage, your pretty pale skin will thank you for the extra protection.
Back in the 1990s, Ireland had its own currency – the punt. Today we use the Euro like the rest of our European Union neighbors. Be sure to stock up before you fly to be ready for every eventuality.
6. Have you heard of wellies? (psst .. a.k.a. rainboots)
Just in case! With Ireland’s stunning (and splashy) coastal scenery, these may be very useful. In your wellies, you’ll fear no Irish sand or mud. Extra useful if you plan to attend an Irish festival, where mud is a regular feature on the line-up.
7. That’s the rain. Now the cold. In summer? Sometimes!
Picture this: you are being driven around the most scenic Celtic countryside you have never even imagined. But there’s a wee Irish chill in the mist. You shiver. Or prepare to be perfectly cosy with a quality Irish blanket, keeping you warm, stylish and authentically Irish. 8. A sense of humor
The Irish love to laugh – flex your funny bone by indulging their jokes during your trip!
As the land of a thousand welcomes, the Irish are famous for their generosity. So maybe you’ll want to bring a little something with you as a thank you for your relatives’ amazing hospitality. And you know you will want to bring a taste of your vacation back home. You can purchase and dispatch our gifts online, leaving you with extra luggage space for the rest of your vacation essentials.
Treat someone to a little piece of Irish culture:
Savour the grub you fell in love with on vacation:
10. A camera
If there’s one thing visitors to Ireland expect, it’s spectacular scenery. And you won’t be disappointed. So remember to pack a camera, snap many selfies, and keep the memories of your vacation alive long after you leave.
Want to keep warm while visiting the Emerald Isle?
Wrap up warm in a woolly Aran sweater, for sale with the Irish Store.