My husband and I been traveling to Ireland for over fifteen years and I use this Ireland packing list every single time we go.
On our first trip, I wasn’t exactly sure what to pack. Apparently I wasn’t that good at it, because upon arrival I realized that I forgot my toothbrush. Luckily, toothbrushes are easy enough to come by. :-)
Since then, I’ve 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–the best little list for everything to bring and do before your trip to Ireland.
I should mention, however, that an Ireland packing list is personal. Everyone has different needs. Use this one as a guide and add or delete items as you need.
Also you may notice I’ve got a few links on some of the items. These are some of my favorite things that I personally use for our trips to Ireland. You can find out why I love them on my Resources Page.
The Ultimate Ireland Packing List
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2 undershirts or camis
2 sweaters or fleece
8 pairs of underwear
8 pairs of socks
Pair of gloves and hat if traveling in shoulder/winter season
Walking shoes (women) (men)
Hiking shoes (women) (men) (only necessary if hiking)
Waterproof jacket (women) (men)
Winter waterproof jacket (women) (men)
Travel Size Containers (for said, Shampoo, Conditioner & Body Wash)
Hair brush, ties, and products (e.g. Gel, Hairspray)
Baby wipes for every day messes
Disinfectant for airplane surfaces
Compact windproof travel umbrella
First Aid Supplies & Other Toiletries:
Pain reliever (Tylenol/Advil)
Motion sickness medication
Vitamin C drops
Feminine hygiene products
Prescription medications in original bottles with labels
Masks (not required except in medical facilities)
Covid Tests (not required for travel; only precautionary if you find yourself feeling unwell)
1 Medium Size Suitcase
Daypack/Backpack or Purse
Collapsable duffle/Dirty laundry bag/extra souvenir bag
Extra plastic bags: Quart & Gallon
Copy of passport in separate safe location from original
Health insurance information
Travel insurance information
100 euros cash
Credit/debit cards contact info in separate location from original
“Keeping You Organized” Ireland Packing List Binder:
Car rental reservation information
Pre-booked experiences confirmation numbers
Road Map (note: this map is huge–you will have to creatively fold it while driving but worth it for the detail)
Receipt/brochure/scrapbook items folder
US & Irish emergency numbers
Business cards/contact info
Addresses for postcards home
E-reader/Notebook & charger
Phone Holder for car
Your Ireland Packing List Additions:
In the Weeks Before You Leave:
Purchase Travel Insurance
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 you want you want to purchase euros before you arrive or grab them when you get to Ireland
Hold your snail mail
Set autoresponder on your email(s)
Pay all bills due while gone
Re-confirm reservations with bed and breakfast owners/indicate time of arrival/ask for correct address or driving directions
Utilize Google Street View of airport exits and accommodations. Look at landmarks, signs, and traffic patterns
Leave itinerary, contact information with loved one at home
The Day Before You Leave:
Clean-out wallet (no need to take everything)
Charge all electronics
Clean out fridge
Wash the dishes
Take out the 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
Accommodation & Experiences Reservations
Car Rental Information
Finally, a couple of quick Ireland packing list tips:
- “Pack half as much and take twice the money.” Ha! If you think you need to bring more, 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 run into a store and act like a local anyway.
- Even if you are traveling for more than one week, you won’t need any more than this. Drop off laundry at a launderette in town to pick it up clean at the end of the day.
- If you’re traveling during the off or shoulder season, you may want to take an extra layer, but you’re likely not going to need much more than what’s already on this list.
That’s it! The Ultimate Ireland Packing List. For a free printable version of this list, enter your email below. Happy packing, friend!