What To Pack: Ireland in Early Summer


Ireland…oh, dear Melissa who wrote in asking what to pack for your trip there – I am so jealous. I adore that country so. Pinky and I honeymooned in Ireland and Scotland and fell completely in love with both countries. I’m longing to return. I truly believe Ireland has the nicest people in the world. We met an adorable couple in a pub there who extended an invitation to stay with them upon our next visit! (totally taking them up on that). And the green…the rolling green…it’s beyond picturesque. I could go on for days about the coziness there, too. Anyway, packing…

Here’s what Melissa wrote:

Hi!  It looks like we’re taking a family trip to Ireland in June ? 12 days, one medium size packing cube for me (plus the clothes on my back) and two young kids. What would you be packing??

Spring and early summer weather in Ireland is not unlike early summer Portland weather, so I can definitely say the main thing to keep in mind is layers. (I also checked with a dear friend from Scotland and she confirmed this! Thanks Sally dear!) It will most likely be cool or even chilly in the mornings and evenings, but could warm up to the 50’s and 60’s during the day. Layering tees, button-downs, sweaters, hoodies and of course a rain jacket will be essential for your traveling comfort. Here are some packing suggestions that I hope help inspire you!



1. Trouve Collarless Open Front Jacket: A blazer/jacket is amazing for travel. This one is nicely modern and will dress up or down well.

2. Bridge & Burn Bea Black Ikat Top: Packing a top with a small print will add interest to your travel wardrobe. I chose a short sleeve here so you’re prepared for any warmer days.

3. Madewell Whisper Cotton Long-Sleeve Crewneck: Include a go-to, long sleeved tee with something special. This could be one with stripes, a henley, an interesting neckline or hemline. Pick something that coordinates with the rest of the pieces, but isn’t just a boring tee.

4. JCrew Polka Dot Tippy Sweater: I adore this sweater. It’s just sweet enough. The peach adds some femininity and I seriously love the idea of this with the burgundy hi-tops for an unexpected, really rad color combo.

5. Topshop Herringbone Chambray Shirt: A chambray or denim button down is a definite must for travel, in my opinion. It can be layered under sweaters and jackets or over dresses. This one is gorgeous.

6. JCrew Summerweight Sweater in Stripe: Classic and easy to wear. Lightweight for great layering. Love. Comes in navy and white stripe, as well.

7. Reebok Zip Front Hoodie: You can’t go wrong with layering a hoodie in any weather that has a chance of rain. Hoodies are a go-to here. Layer under a blazer for a sporty, casual day look or slip it on over your pajamas for those cooler mornings. This one is thinner for the warmer temps and is easy to layer.

8. Bridge & Burn Warbler Jacket: This rain jacket is so super cute, but durable and fairly lightweight. Bridge & Burn make high quality items with impeccable taste. This comes in olive, too. Either is great, but if I opted for olive boots like in the collage, I’d go with the navy jacket.

9. Madewell Hi Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans in Bristol wash: Yes, my favorite jeans. You know this. Take your go-to pair of skinnies when you travel and leave those hard-to-wear pants behind i.e. boyfriend jeans and flares. They’re fun…but require just the right shoe to work. So in this case, I’m team skinnies.

10. Hudson Coated Super Skinny: A coated, comfy jean is perfect for rainy weather. A little mud from hiking? Just wipe them off. The trick is to find a pair that is comfortable for you. I say go with coated denim instead of leather or faux leather for comfort when traveling. Again, take pants (and shoes) that you wear often. If you don’t do coated denim, try a nice dark black skinny or slim straight-leg like these.

11. Anker Travel Phone Charger: I LOVE this charger. It is small, yet mighty. I was so glad I had it last time I traveled because many times you’re out and about for most of the day. Use your Loop adapter to charge up at night in the hotel room and wander fearlessly all day without having to bring the bulky adapter around with you.

12. Loop Worldwide Travel Adapter: This looks amazing. It works in 150 countries + and has USB ports for your phone, iPad, etc. It gets great reviews and comes in a few different colors. NOTE: it doesn’t work with high powered hairdryers and curling irons, but says it may work with travel dryers and irons.

13. The Horse Classic Watch in Gray/Rose Gold: I think it’s amazing to have a watch on when you travel. It’s just easier to manually change your watch to know you’re on the right time zone. Plus, this one is a gorgeous accessory to any outfit, too.

14. Kiriko Karu Ori White Scarf: I love love the style of this scarf. Subtle pattern and the light color adds a bit of softness to this packing ensemble. So soft, pretty and light enough for early summer weather, but great for cool mornings and evenings. A great airplane staple, too.

15. Express Mini Leaf Stud Earrings: I suggest wearing easy studs most of the trip…comfy for travel and daytime casual outfits. I love the simple design of these leaf earrings. Pretty and a modern shape.

16. Express Woven Beaded Hoop Earrings: Express has some of my favorite jewelry. These hoop earrings are great to bring as they won’t tangle, but will add a nice sparkle to dressier outfits.

17: Express Hi-Lo Triangle Pendant Necklace: Here the layering is done for you. Wear on the plane to add some shine to your comfy outfit and to keep it from tangling in your bag. I’ve found this piece to be super versatile, going well with almost any travel outfit.

18 Matt & Nat Brave Vegan Leather Backpack: So so good. A great carry on and perfect for daytime sight seeing. This should hold plenty of room for a cell phone, camera, maps, a journal, scarf, favorite new novel, iPad and any little purchases you find in the cute shops around Ireland. Also, your hands are free for drinking pints of Guinness. Perfect.

19: Emma Go Casey Cutout Oxford Flats: A pair of interesting flats will go a long way on a trip (pun intended). But really, you could do simple solid color flats, but you might get tired of them. I often overpack shoes, so I’m trying to plan well these days and pick comfortable but fun options. Neutral color animal prints really are so much more interesting than a solid shoe. These I’m dying for. Perfection.

20: Cheap Monday Moon Print Capsule Dress: It’s even called a capsule dress. Because it’s such a great go-to. The mock neck and capped sleeves give it a cool modern shape and the small moon phases print makes it interesting. Wear in the evening with the blazer and the ankle boots or with the hoodie and oxfords for daytime. Essentially, bring a simple, easy dress that fits well in a neutral color. It’ll be a good piece if it’s warmer one day during your trip, too.

21: Vince Camuto Cami Crossbody Bag: A cross body is so essential for travel. It’s great for taking to dinner or short trips and easy to pop in and out of your backpack on the plane and during day excursions. Since it sits close to your body it’s safer for crowds, too.

22. Chuck Taylor High Street Deep Bordeaux Hi Tops: Long gone are the days of painfully tourist-y sneakers. These will keep you comfortable and stylish for miles of sights and that deep burgundy color? Goes with essentially everything. I’m totally pining for these.


23: Free People Warren Ankle Boots: Take a great pair of ankle boots with you to wear on the plane that double as a ‘dressier’ pair of shoes instead of heels. You will most likely be doing a TON of walking, so take a reliable yet interesting pair. I love this shade of olive green. I think it makes any of the outfit combos more fun, but if you’re constantly reaching for your tan or black booties, stick with them. Take whatever heel height is comfortable for you to wear most of the day.

What To Pack Tips

I’ve traveled a fair bit over the years, both domestically to see family and abroad throughout college and after but packing, no matter what, is tough. I hate deciding what to bring (and seriously hate to unpack, amiright?) but over time I have learned a thing or two about what to bring (and what not to bring). Here are a few good rules of thumb:


Additional notes: This compilation is assuming the trip is about a week long. Add another dress or a midi skirt and another blouse or two for 10-14 day trips. Also, be sure to check the weight of your suitcase with European airlines you are traveling. Some weight restrictions, especially on discount airlines like Ryanair, are different than US restrictions and it’s no fun to purchase a separate bag for the overflow. Uh, and also, if you’re not from the PNW you may want to throw in an umbrella, too. Hahaha! I definitely don’t think of those anymore.

Shop My Packing List and a Few More Suggestions


Enjoy your trip! Can I please come, too???




  1. I wish I asked this before!!!! I can’t believe i just saw this….A. I am SOOOOOO jealous we JUST got got home from Ireland and B. All I want is to go back in June. (and I don’t see it happening) Love this!!!

  2. I use the Matt and Nat backpack as my everyday purse and I love it. I love that it’s structured and the pockets are just where I need them. My only complaint is that the zipper sticks too much but I’ll live with it.

    • Good to know, Christy! I’m seriously considering getting it. I feel like there’s something you can put on a ‘sticky’ zipper, like a bar of soap or something? Maybe that would help.

  3. Now I want to go to Europe… actually we’re planning a PNW road trip this summer, I’m already mentally planning out my capsule wardobe for it. Why is planning almost more fun than the trip itself?

  4. Saving this for somewhere down the road. We originally planned a trip to Scotland this June, but with a babe due the beginning of July, that’s obviously not happening. Loving these tips and outfit ideas!

  5. I can’t recommend exofficio brand underwear enough. 2-3 pairs are plenty for a trip. You can hand wash them and hang them to dry (will dry overnight easily- even in humid areas) Also, *if* they have a cute dress or skirt, their clothes pack and wear well, but they don’t tend to be stylish. I have gotten lucky though and found a couple of dresses over the years that I wear constantly on overseas trips. Dresses that I even get compliments on! I haven’t checked this years selection, but like I said- not known for their style. The underwear though!
    I love to brag about this, but I once traveled for 3 weeks in Vietnam with just a backpack. I brought: 3 pairs of underwear, 2 bras, one dress, one skirt, one pair of shorts, two tanks, one button up, rain jacket, running shoes (socks), and sandals. I hand washed all my clothes. For Northern Europe, I usually do something similar but add in sweater, light scarf and jeans.

  6. Oh man, this is EXACTLY what I was looking for!! Love the tips!
    I’m a notorious overpacker and I’m headed to New York for five days and then Atlantic City for three in mid-June. Would you (or Shana, maybe? I think I’ve seen her do packing lists for similar vacations) be able to give me some ideas for what to pack for a trip involving a little more beach and (I hope) a little more heat? Thank you so, so much!

  7. One thing that you didn’t mention is that Ireland can be downright cold in June (or even August, when we last went). So maybe consider bringing something a bit heavier, (heavier jacket or sweater) also. Last time, we went in AUGUST and I *still* ended up buying a thick, long wool sweater that I wore many days of our trip. Have fun! Ireland is awesome (albeit tricky to pack for ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

  8. We went to Scotland last summer. A few things I would add to the above:
    – Water-proof footwear and warm socks. I pretty much lived in my ankle-high rain boots (like jodhpur or paddock boots?) and thin wool socks.
    – A fleece jacket isn’t exactly fashionable, but it was the right weight.
    – Rain comes and goes. It was nice to have a packable rain jacket that I could toss in my shoulder bag when the sun came out.
    – A colorful pashmina-sized scarf got a lot of use.
    – I wore my wool-cotton blend sweater a lot. Check that it is opaque enough to wear over patterned shirts and that the collars work together.
    – I wore a wrap dress (with and without leggings, depending on the weather) quite a bit.
    – Black ponte pants cut in a jean style were very versatile and dried better than jeans (mine were from Athleta).
    – A skort was great in the warmer weather.
    – Although I brought silk tanks for layering, it wasn’t cold enough for that.

    If you are going to be doing laundry, be aware that the dryers run much hotter than I am used to. Just about melted my husband’s tech t-shirts.

  9. I live in Ireland, and I am in need of a style update so this post is sooooo helpful! Thank you Laura!

    As others have mentioned, if you’re coming here in the summer, yes, it can be cold. This past week we have had several days where it has been sunny, hailing, raining, back to sun, all in the same day. Truly, our weather is ‘every season, every day’. As someone mentioned, warm socks, waterproof shoes, and a warmer layering piece (wool cardigan or fleece top) are advisable. Also, one of those super strong tiny folding umbrellas that you can throw in your back for the day would be a good idea.

  10. Shaina, how did I miss this???? Thank you thank you thank you ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m working on packing right now!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Hi Laura, I just got back from my trip! It was amazing and I felt like I packed well for the first time ever (we usually take a 2wk international trip each year). My actual wardrobe isn’t as interesting as the pieces you showed, but I used them as inspiration to work with. The color palette you showed was right up my alley — neutrals in black, white, gray and light blue with pops of color in peach/blush! We had beautiful weather except for a little rain here and there. Here’s what I ended up bringing for my travel capsule:

    -6 tops (short sleeve white t, short sleeve blue t, long sleeve breton stripe t, chambray, peach plaid, gray/white stripe dolman)
    -2 sweaters (light blue knit pullover hoodie, gray cardigan)
    -4 pants (dark blue skinnies, gray skinnies, black ankle zip ponte leggings, black Athleta metro slouch)
    -1 skirt (black/white stripe midi), 1 black dress
    -2 shoes (black puma flats, gray/turquoise saucony jazz — we were tromping in fields nearly every day, so I didn’t want anything too delicate and my feet suck so I went for comfort)
    -2 bags (tan faux-leather backpack, blush cross-body)
    -2 necklaces (long ivory pendant, short mint statement necklace) and gray wrap bracelet
    -2 jackets (olive anorak, yellow packable rain anorak)
    -1 scarf (peach stripe)

    The great thing is that I didn’t have to buy much specifically for the trip and I really felt like I had tons of mix-and-match options. It was a reasonable amount of stuff to pack given our space limitations. The only item I didn’t use much was the dress (wore it once just to say I wore everything) but everything else I legitimately wore 2-4 times (more for shoes/jackets/accessories). I used the stylebook app to help me put outfits together and keep track of everything. 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.

    Thanks again for the great packing advice and for the inspiration to include more peach in my life. I love the way it softens up so many neutral outfits! For anyone in OOTD on facebook, I posted all of my outfit pics under #irelandcapsule

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