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:
- Multiple weather possibilities
- (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
- Appropriate for carrying kids potentially covered in mud and/or peanut butter
Travel insurance for Ireland
One of the most important things to put on your Ireland packing list for any time of year is a great travel insurance plan. We’ve used and had positive experiences with Allianz. They have a wide range of affordably plans to choose from and include coverage for both travel hiccups and medical emergencies. Some plans even cover kids for free! Check out prices here.
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:
My Ireland travel capsule wardrobe 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 pants)
-1 skirt (black/white stripe midi), 1 black dress
-2 shoes (black TOMS Avalon are my fave to pair with a black dress, skirt or jeans; I brought gray/turquoise Saucony Jazz – in retrospect, I should have swapped out the laces for gray or white and I now prefer my Saucony Bullets anyway)
-2 bags (tan faux-leather backpack, blush cross-body) Check out other great travel day packs for women here
-2 necklaces (ivory Kendra Scott Rayne pendant, short mint statement necklace) and gray wrap bracelet
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:
Important accessories to bring to Ireland
Ireland SIM card
Want to use your American cell phone in Ireland? It’s easy! As long as your phone is unlocked, just use a paperclip to pop your SIM card out and replace it with this one. We used it in u European countries without issue (make sure to turn roaming ON once it’s in if you want to switch countries).
The card includes 10 GB of data, 1000 texts and 120 minutes of talk time – plenty for a few weeks of travel. By default the card is active for two weeks, but if you plan to be in Europe longer you can just register it online and even purchase top ups! Unlike some cheaper Europe SIM cards, Orange even allows tethering – so you can potentially purchase just one card for your group and then share the pool of data. Check prices here.
Ireland power adapter
What power adapter do you need for Ireland? If your needs are simple, you might be able to get by with these cheap Europe plug adapters.
After bringing tons of them with us for years, we’ve come up with a better strategy! These days we have one high-quality global power adapter. It accepts plugs from anywhere and converts them to plugs for any destination. This one even has USB outlets built in.
We already have an older global power adapter, but it doesn’t include USB outlets. We recently purchased a USB power strip and it’s a truly revolutionary device! Ours has two standard plugs for laptops and camera chargers and then four USB outlets. Previously we had a Europe plug adapter and a USB adapter for every single phone and tablet. No more!
Lightweight travel camera
Want to capture memories of all those emerald green hills and adorable road-side sheep? If you want something that’s a big step up in quality from your smartphone, check out a “bridge camera”. You’ll get lots of manual controls (only if you want them) and tons of zoom in a compact, affordable package. Just make sure to bring a big memory card and a spare battery!
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