Ireland Family Vacation – Clothing Tips – What to Wear

Visiting Ireland on a Family Holiday – Clothing Tips

Preparing for a trip isn’t the easiest thing on earth. Even worse is deciding on the clothes you want to pack as the weather and climate of your destination can be quite different from the one you are used to in your home country. Ireland is on a whole different level in this regard. The weather is so diverse that you’ll often be advised ‘if you don’t like it, wait for five minutes and watch it change’.  In fact you’ll often get the chance to experience all four seasons in one day. The following clothing tips will be helpful for your Ireland family vacation once you have booked your accommodation, plane tickets, and travel insurance.

Ireland Family Vacation - Clothing Tips - What to Wear - Connemara, County Galway
Connemara, County Galway

First Things First – Get Holiday Insurance

Do not forget to secure your holidays. Get cover by taking out travel insurance. This is critical as it will protect you from a lot of unexpected spending. A comprehensive travel insurance policy covers major incidents like medical evacuation, trip cancellation, loss or theft of property. The best way to find the most suitable travel insurance for your trip is to check online – compare quotes from the different insurance providers, and choose the best one as per your need and budget.

Ireland Family Vacation - Clothing Tips - What to Wear - Ireland

Prepare for Irish Weather

Typically, no matter where you are going, you need to know the kind of weather you will be experiencing – so as to know what type of clothing to pack.

On average, the temperature in Ireland rarely goes above 75°F /24°C nor below 32°F / 0°C. Northern Ireland is a bit colder, but the difference isn’t that noticeable. You also have to have it at the back of your mind that no matter what time of year you visit Ireland, it is very likely you’ll experience rain. The months of December, January and February aren’t just the wettest months, they’re usually the coldest too. The warmest and driest months tend to be the summer months of June, July and August.

Ireland Family Vacation - Clothing Tips - What to Wear - Ireland - Inch Beach, County Kerry
Inch Beach, County Kerry

In other months, especially the shoulder season months like April, May, September, and October, the weather varies more drastically. From a very sunny morning to a rainy cold evening – all in a matter of hours.

The ever-changing weather is a part of the emerald island’s charm, however. But, it is only one factor in making your decision on what to pack. But be a step ahead by checking the predicted weather online when planning your stay, and whilst on your stay to plan your next day’s clothing. It’s not 100% accurate but still very helpful.

Ireland Family Vacation - Clothing Tips - What to Wear - Trinity College Dublin
Trinity College Dublin

Your Planned Activities

This is another major factor in your decision on what to pack. There are numerous activities you can take part in while in Ireland and each often has its own uniform of sorts.

For example, you don’t expect to go surfing while wearing a suit or jeans. Therefore, you need to preplan the activities you’ll be partaking in so you can prepare your packed clothing for them. If you plan on going surfing or swimming, then pack some swimming trunks. If walking, running, or hiking is on your itinerary then be sure to not forget the appropriate footwear.

In essence, once you know the activities you will be engaging in, pack accordingly.

Sidenote: you’ll be happy to know that if you do forget to pack your swim gear or hiking socks – there is great shopping in the major cities and towns, so you won’t be stuck.

Ireland Family Vacation - Clothing Tips - What to Wear - Giants Causeway, County Antrim
Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim

Ireland Vacation Clothing Tips

No matter your activities, there are some items you must always pack with you on your trip to Ireland. Here are our essential clothing tips:

  • Jeans / travel pants.
  • Sweatshirts / hoodies.
  • Comfortable shoes for everyday use.
  • Water-resistant walking shoes or boots.
  • Water-resistant jacket or coat.
  • Holiday clothing essentials for going out whether its a dress, shirt or suit.
  • A mini umbrella that you can easily take along with you wherever you go.
Ireland Family Vacation - Clothing Tips - What to Wear - Glendalough, County Wicklow
Glendalough, County Wicklow

What to Pack For The Kids

We all know that children tend to get their clothes dirty much faster than adults can ever manage. For this reason, we advise you pack:

  • the makings of two outfits per day for each child.
  • Mix and match the outfits with hooded tops, jeans, tracksuits, skirts or shorts – whatever they’re comfortable in.
  • Layering is always an option.
  • A pair of water-resistant boots or shoes and jacket / coat are a must.
  • A rain cover if you are using a stroller.
Ireland Family Vacation - Clothing Tips - What to Wear - The Dark Hedges - County Antrim, Northern Ireland
The Dark Hedges – County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Extra Things to Pack

Apart from the typical clothes, you will need a couple of extra things to make your stay fun and enjoyable.

  • A camera. You definitely need to capture all those moments
  • A travel journal. Ireland is an extremely fun place to visit. Remember everything long after the end of the trip by keeping a journal and making notes about your stay. Make sure to pack it full of postcards, tickets, and momentos.
Ireland Family Vacation - Clothing Tips - What to Wear - Cliffs of Moher, County Clare
Cliffs of Moher, County Clare

Travelling Tips

Although Ireland is one of the safest places in the world, it is always advisable to take some extra steps to make your stay safe and hassle-free.

  • Never go out with a lot of valuables. It is always advisable to keep your valuables including your passports in your hotel.
  • Never put your passport, credit cards, and money together. This way, in the event of a robbery or losing your bag – you do not lose everything at the same time.
  • Park cars in well-lit places, preferably in designated parking spots.
  • Again, make sure to have travel insurance.

Written by Umesh Joshi. Umesh regularly shares his travel knowledge and expertise on business and IT on leading blogs and websites from around the world.


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