Are you planning a trip to Ireland for the first time? Unlike other tourist spots around the world, Ireland needs a bit of a planning on your part. Known for its unpredictable weather, the weather is one of the main things you should be planning for while in Ireland.

The key to making your trip enjoyable is to pack everything you might need without having to pack three bags for a week’s travel. Travel light without compromising the essentials for a comfortable travel. And to make that possible, all you need to do is to make a packing checklist and stick to it while packing.

Few elements are a must while packing for Ireland, and will help you have a safe and comfortable tour. Make the list based on your personal needs and preferences and keep everything organized.

  • Rain Coat and Warm Clothes

Weather in Ireland is unpredictable at best, however one thing is sure, at one time or another, It WILL rain. Pack for cold and brisk weather regardless of the time of the year. Even if you are traveling during summer, a light sweater or jacket, a scarf, gloves, a hat and a raincoat along with few casual pair of clothing are must-pack elements.

When it comes to style or fashion, Ireland is rather laid-back and informal, so you shouldn’t worry about looking too shabby in your comfy clothing. Pack casual clothing for maximum comfort and practicality, and don’t pack things you would need to iron to wear or clothes that need extra care; it will only add to your worry.

  • Comfortable and Sturdy Walking Shoes

When in Ireland, you will spend a large portion of the day walking around and discovering the city on foot. To keep that experience pleasant, you will need a pair of sturdy and comfortable walking shoes, something you can hike in if you plan on hiking. Don’t bother with fancy shoes, because no one will care what shoes you are wearing. Keep it simple and reliable.

  • A Guidebook

Buy a guidebook of the city you plan to stay in or visit. A guidebook is a must, so you know which places are a must visit as well as where you are going without ever feeling lost.

  • A Writing Journal

Even if you’re not a journal person, keep a handy diary on hand to keep a list of all the places you want to visit, as well as to write your experiences and things you are seeing. Trust me, it will be worth it.

  • Everyday Essentials

Make a list of everyday essential products to take with you on the trip. You would think you won’t forget something important, but you’ll be surprised at how many times you’ll forget essential things like a toothbrush for example. Make a checklist and follow it.

  • Dental hygiene products – Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Hair care – Shampoo, conditioner, comb, clips/hair ties
  • General products – Soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, and sunglasses
  • Cosmetics – Makeup essentials, lip balm, sunscreen
  • Other essentials – Painkillers, bandages, medicines you take regularly (carry them with you along with the prescription labels)

Lastly, don’t over-pack or complicate the list. Plan accordingly and stay organized for a pleasant trip and don’t forget to enjoy!