Bring the right clothing and gear for all seasons and activities
In Ireland, it’s not unusual to experience all four seasons in one day. So no matter the season, you need a warm sweater or fleece jacket, a waterproof jacket and good walking shoes/boots for all sorts of terrain.
An umbrella is always handy, and bird watchers may wish to bring binoculars. You may also need an Ireland-friendly travel adapter, which you can buy at the airport or in Dublin shops after you arrive. For more information, read our useful electricity guide.
Summer in Ireland can get quite warm, especially with humidity. For that reason, make sure to bring some summer clothes to take advantage of the sunny days.
Summer nights can be a bit chilly however, so it doesn’t hurt to bring a pair of light gloves, hat and scarf.
You might encounter midges, pesky little flies that swarm near lakes and streams, especially in wooded areas and near bodies of water. They’re at their worst during twilight hours from mid-June to mid-August.
You can help avoid bites by wearing long sleeves or trouser legs in light colours and by bringing some Avon Skin-So-Soft body oil spray. If you do get some bites, pick up some Anthisan (or similar antihistamine cream) to ease the itch.
There are also ticks in Ireland and Britain, so you may want to wear high socks for any walks through long grass or foliage.
Temperatures do not often drop below freezing, but an insulated jacket is recommended due to the cool winds from the Atlantic. Also bring some warmer layers along with an insulated coat, scarf, gloves, hat and warm shoes or insulated boots with at least one pair of thick woollen socks.
FOR LIGHTER LOADS
We recommended bringing a small backpack for your daily essentials as you travel between accommodations. Plus, it might come in handy for an impromptu hike or picnic.