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What to Pack for a Trip to Ireland

David and I are so excited for our upcoming trip to Ireland!  As we countdown the days I’m fixated on what to pack.  Ireland poses challenges as the weather changes quickly and we have a variety of activities including hiking, afternoon tea, a hawk walk, biking, site-seeing and a fancy dinner out.

Despite David’s efforts to get me to loosen up when it comes to packing, I still tend towards the minimalist side.  Though I recognize that this may seem completely unnecessary to most, it really does stress me out when I pack too much and I like to travel light.

This is evidenced by side by side comparisons of what we packed on our two week trip to the Amalfi Coast for our honeymoon:

David has definitely rubbed off on me since then, and I will at least be checking a bag this trip.

From what I’ve read, the key to packing for Ireland is layers and quick dry fabrics such as fleece (avoid cotton).

Here is an overview of the essentials that I am bringing with me:


As you know from this post I love to travel with my Zella Leggings and Barbour Coat, both of which will be perfect for the climate while we are in Ireland.  Not only will I wear the leggings on the flight over, they will be great for hiking and biking as well.

Given how quickly the weather can change I am happy to have found the Brixton Wesley Wool Fedora, perfect for if it’s sunny or if it starts to rain (more likely).

I can wear my sweaters and jeans with sneakers and my Barbour coat while site seeing, and then throw on my Stuart Weitzman boots and Burberry jacket in the evening to dress things up.

I love packing a minimalist wardrobe like this while travelling.  I feel like it gives me the flexibility to be prepared for a variety of occasions without being bogged down by too much stuff.

How do you like to pack?  Do you lean towards over-packing or under-packing?  Any good tips?


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