Summer Travel Capsule Wardrobe: What to Pack for Ireland in June
Packing for a trip is always a challenge, no matter the destination or duration. Packing for Ireland can be especially tricky because, as they say, if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. So what to wear in Ireland in June? Regardless of the season, you probably won’t need silk blouses or beautiful heels. During our trip to Ireland in June, we caught the tail end of a “heat wave” (though still much cooler than Los Angeles) but we knew there would still be chilly days and patches of rain. Read on for my suggestions on what to pack for Ireland in June.
My challenges of packing for Ireland in summer with kids:
- Multiple weather possibilities
- Appropriate for carrying kids potentially covered in mud and/or peanut butter
- (Almost) everything in one medium-sized packing cube since we like to pack light
- Enough variety not to be bored after two weeks
- Try to look somewhat put-together
How to pack for a summer trip to Ireland
My strategy was to create a travel capsule wardrobe for the trip, mostly from items that I already owned. If you haven’t heard of a capsule wardrobe, the basic concept is to come up with a limited set of clothes, shoes and accessories that all mix and match to create a wide variety of outfits (check out the full travel capsule wardrobe how-to). Sounds simple enough!
Usually you’d choose some neutrals, one or two complementary accent colors and throw in a pattern or two. Based on the suggestion of the fine ladies over at TheMomEdit, I chose neutrals in black, white, gray and light blue with pops of color in peach/blush. Some of the styles they suggested are a little edgier or funkier than I tend to dress, so I made it my own. I also went completely practical on the shoe front out of necessity – tromping in fields combined with sensitive feet, so no heels for me on vacation. I definitely followed their advice to plan for layers.
I’ll be honest: this was the first trip on which I felt like I packed well. Everything worked together, so I never ran into the issue of one clean shirt and one clean pair of pants but they couldn’t be worn at the same time. It was also an opportunity to dust off a few things that hadn’t gotten enough love recently. Here’s my Ireland packing list for June:
What to pack for Ireland in summer
-6 tops (short sleeve white tee, short sleeve blue tee, long sleeve breton stripe tee, chambray, peach plaid, gray/white stripe dolman)
-2 light sweaters (light blue knit pullover hoodie, gray cardigan)
-4 pants (dark blue skinnies, gray skinnies, black ankle zip ponte leggings, black Athleta Metro Slouch)
-1 skirt (black/white stripe midi), 1 black dress
-2 shoes (black puma flats, gray/turquoise Saucony Jazz – in retrospect, I should have swapped out the laces for gray or white; I now prefer my Saucony Bullets)
-2 bags (tan faux-leather backpack, blush cross-body)
-2 necklaces (ivory Kendra Scott Rayne pendant, short mint statement necklace) and gray wrap bracelet
-2 jackets (Stitch Fix olive anorak, yellow packable rain anorak)
-1 scarf (peach stripe)
-2 bras (I should have brought a third)
-3 pairs of socks
My only new purchases were the yellow anorak (since I didn’t own a rain jacket) and the peach scarf, clocking in under $30 combined from Target. I only wore the dress once given the weather, so I could have left that at home. I wore everything else several times. To save space when packing, I folded up the anorak inside the cross-body purse. Everything else was on my body or inside a medium packing cube. Score! I might have been able to bring a little less, but I tried to avoid washing jeans since euro dryers are super harsh and they take too long to line dry.
I used the Stylebook app to help me put outfits together and keep track of everything. Here are some sample outfits I wore during the trip:
What are your best packing strategies? Do you travel light or bring the whole closet?
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