When going to Ireland for the first time, I wasn’t exactly sure what to pack.
And apparently I wasn’t that good at it, because upon arrival I realized that I forgot my toothbrush (and it was my honeymoon–sorry for that stinky breath, Joe! I bought one as soon as I could). Since then, I have become a master packer. I am pretty sure I could pack us up and be ready to go in under an hour.
Outlined below is the Ultimate Ireland Packing List. I actually pull it out every time we are packing for a trip to Ireland (or anywhere else for that matter). I should mention however that an Ireland packing list is personal. Everyone has different needs. Use this one as a guide and write-in anything extra that you think you would need.
A couple of packing tips:
- “Pack half as much and take twice the money.” If you think you need to bring more stuff, you very well may, but most people don’t.
- You probably won’t even need to take everything on this list.
- If you forget something, you can buy it in Ireland most of the time. It is always fun to act like a local anyway.
- Don’t buy new if you don’t really need it—See something on here you would like but don’t already have? Improvise.
- If packing for more than week, you won’t need any more than this. Drop off laundry at a launderette in town and pick it up clean and folded at the end of the day.
- Travel light. It makes things easier in the long run.
You may notice I’ve got a few links on some of the items. These are some of my favorite products that I personally use for our trips to Ireland. You can find more of these types of recommendations on my Resources Page. Please know building and keeping the trust of my readers is invaluable to me. I only link to items that I truly use—no one has (or will ever) pay me to put a link on my site. Some links are affiliate links in which I get a small commission if you purchase through it (the cost is exactly the same to you).
So if you do find something you like for your trip and purchase it through me, Thank You! Your help goes a long way in supporting the work of Infinite Ireland. Ok, get packing and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy your trip!
Note: Updated August 2017
1 Sleepwear Set
5 Shirts & 3 camis or undershirts
Walking Shoes (women)
Hiking Shoes (women) (men)
8 Pairs of Underwear
8 Pairs of Socks
1 Pair of Gloves if Traveling in Shoulder/Winter Season
1 Waterproof Jacket (women) (men)
Hair Products (e.g. Gel, Hairspray)
First Aid Supplies & Other Toiletries:
Pain Reliever (Tylenol/Aspirin)
Motion Sickness Medication
Vitamin C Drops
Feminine Hygiene Products
General Medications in original bottles with labels
Copy of Passport in Separate Safe Location
Health Insurance Information
Travel Insurance Information
100 Euros cash
Front & Back Copies of Credit/Debit Cards including Contact Info in Separate Location
“Keeping You Organized” Ireland Binder:
Specific Directions to B&B’s etc.
Bed and Breakfast Reservations
Car Rental Reservation Information
OSI Ireland Map
Key Attraction Information and Coupons
US & Irish Emergency Numbers
Receipt/brochure/scrapbook items folder
Business Cards/Contact Info
Addresses to Mail Post Cards
Write Your Additions:
In the Weeks Before You Leave:
Check passport does not expire within the next six months
Check credit/debit card expiration dates
Call credit card/banks & set travel notification to Ireland
Check out what hospitals are covered by health insurance and understand claim process
Decide if travel insurance is right for you
Get about 100-150 Euros from your bank
Pay all bills due while gone
Re-confirm reservations with bed and breakfast owners/Indicate time of arrival
Leave itinerary, contact information with loved one at home
The Day Before You Leave:
Clean-out wallet (no need to take everything)
Charge all camera batteries
Clean out fridge/Wash the dishes/Take out trash
Pack food for airport and plane
Check-in for flights online
Double/Triple Check in the Moments Before You Leave:
Turn down thermostat
Unplug electrical items
Car Rental Information