Ah, a family visit to Ireland in the Spring, what could possibly be better! But — What To Pack?? A reader came to us with this very question:
“I’m a 46 yr old mom of three and we are headed to Ireland this April and could not be more excited. However, as the time draws closer, I keep trying to piece together a casual, but put-together, easy (non-ironing required) comfy wardrobe. I would love your expert help and opinions!”
Well, say no more. We’ve got you covered. We pieced together an easy, comfy, yet also sleek and stylish packing list that covers ALL the bases of a trip to Ireland in April. We did all the research on what to expect from an April visit to Ireland, weather-wise (on and off rain, and temps ranging around 46 F to 56 F). We also reached out to our readers for their packing advice (layers, layers, layers & waterproofs, says Shelley from Northern Ireland) and photos from their trips to Ireland. The results were nothing short of STUNNING. Here are just a few of our favorite photos sent in by readers. These were all the inspiration I needed to put Ireland on the top of my travel bucket list:
Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Jamie L. | Shelley F. | Anne H. (@shipyardphotography) | Yvonne D. | Jamie L.
So with all that in mind, here’s what we came up with:
What to Wear on the Plane to Ireland
Tee – Chaser’s Grateful Dead Tee at Shopbop, $62.00. Easy going, white and black detailed graphic tee is perfect for traveling because it goes with everything and is super-comfy. I love all of Chaser’s tees.
Jeans – Veronica Beard’s Debbie Frayed Crop Skinny Jeans at Shopbop for $220.00. I love these jeans, not just because of how cute they are. They are also PERFECT for traveling because they have the just-right amount of stretch. They can be worn over and over, and continue to fit perfectly with each wear. The special fabric mix: 78% cotton, 20% polyester, and 2% polyurethane, ensures that the material doesn’t wrinkle easily either. More sizes of the Debbie Frayed Crop Skinnies are available at Nordstrom and come with a gorgeous chain detail for $298.00.
Jacket – Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket at Madewell, $498.00. The exact jacket that Shana wore EVERYWHERE while in Iceland. She lived in this jacket. Don’t let the fact that its leather fool you, it’s super-soft and fits so well that you forget you’re wearing leather at all.
Sweatshirt – Cashmere Shrunken Sweatshirt, $110.00 at Everlane. 100% cashmere and almost 500 reviews, Everlane’s Cashmere Shrunken Sweatshirt is a travel necessity. It comes in 10 gorgeous colors.
Shoes – Adidas Original’s Campus Sneakers on Amazon, $62.00. Adidas Original’s Campus Sneakers are some of my all-time favorite sneakers. I’ve had them in four different colors throughout the years and wear them almost exclusively while traveling in warmer weather. Shana also highly recommends.
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff’s Julian Leather Backpack at Bloomingdale’s, $298.00. TME’s go-to bag is especially perfect for traveling because it’s deceptively large and easy to carry for long periods.
Scarf – Nordstrom’s Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf, $99.00. Another favorite of Shana’s from her trip to Iceland, the same one she wore on the airplane. It’s lightweight and not too bulky, while also being warm and cozy.
What to Wear for Outdoor Exploring in Ireland
Packable Raincoat – Cole Haan’s Signature Packable Raincoat With Removable Hood, $138.00 at Nordstrom. A raincoat is an absolute necessity for a visit to Ireland in the Spring, where it rains on and off constantly. I also love Kristen Blake’s Tech Hooded Raincoat, also available at Nordstrom. It’s a stylish cut and comes in five perfect colors for Spring.
Hoodie – Sweaty Betty’s Fast Track Hoodie, $145.00 at Sweaty Betty. Sweaty Betty is one of our favorite workout clothing brands ever. Shana wears them almost exclusively. Their stuff is so well-made and the styles are super chic.
Long-sleeve Tee – Ruche of Adrenaline Long Sleeve Tee, $78.00 at Lululemon. We love this ruche-back long sleeve tee by Lululemon. It’s a lightweight workout tee designed to keep you cool while moving and is perfect for layering.
Moisture Wicking Leggings – Zero Gravity Side Pocket Run Leggings, $135.00 at Sweaty Betty. Shana LOVES these leggings.
Wool Socks – SmartWool Socks 3-Pack Socks, $59.95 at Nordstrom. Smart wool socks are a MUST when hiking through rainy areas. This three pack has my favorite designs.
Hiking Boots – Sorel’s Anslie Conquest Waterproof Hiking Boots, 30% off at Bloomingdale’s for $119.00. Water-resistant hiking boots are key for visiting Ireland. Much of Ireland’s beauty is outdoors and many of their biggest tourist sites require walking to see. I love these Sorel’s so much. They aren’t as bulky as a lot of hiking boots are, so they pack well.
Water Bottle – LARQ Self-Cleaning Bottle, $95.00 at Bloomingdale’s. A few articles I read while researching what to pack for Ireland mentioned the quality of the water as not always being drinkable. So if you’re spending any significant time away from vendors, hiking or walking outdoors from place to place, a self-cleaning water bottle like this one from LARQ might be a good idea. You can refill it from local sources if perchance there’s nowhere to buy water nearby.
Sweater – Nordstrom Signature Stripe Cashmere Sweater, $249.00. Nordstrom’s Signature Stripe Sweater is the perfect blend of Sporty and Stylish. I love the pop of blue that adds just the right amount of color to this otherwise muted look. The color is also versatile enough that it will go with everything else packed.
Scarf – Nordstrom’s Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf, $99.00.
Moto Jacket – Madewell’s Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket, $495.00.
Jeans – Moto Ruby High Waist Crop Cigarette Jeans, $248.00. A pair of black jeans are a must while traveling because…you guessed it, they go with everything! I love the chic details on these J. Brand’s, especially the gold zippers on the front pockets which add a little pizzazz. 😉
Booties – Marc Fisher ‘Yale’ Chelsea Boots, $179.95. These are my most-wanted boots of the moment. I’ve been looking everywhere for the perfect snakeskin booties, and as soon as I saw these Marc Fishers, I knew they were the ones. I have them in black and know how comfortable they are for all-day wear and how easy they are to walk in, plus the style is perfect.
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff’s Julian backpack, $295.00.
Day to Night Outfit No. 2
Sweater – Rebecca Off-Shoulder Sweatshirt by Superdown, $56.00 at Revolve. Lightweight and comfy sweatshirt fabric with the perfect off-shoulder twist to make it work from day into night, plus it’s black so it will go with everything! It would also look cute with a lace-y bralette underneath — like my personal favorite, Free People’s Intimately FP Adella Longline Bralette — so you’re not relying on just the support of a strapless bra while touring Ireland all day long.
Scarf – Nordstrom’s Tissue Weight Wool & Cashmere Scarf, $99.00 from Nordstrom.
Jacket – Madewell’s Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket, $498.00 at Madewell.
Jeans – Veronica Beard’s Debbie Frayed Crop Skinny Jeans, $220.00 at Shopbop.
Booties – Marc Fisher ‘Yale’ Chelsea Booties, $179.95 at Nordstrom.
Bag – Rebecca Minkoff’s Julian Leather Backpack, $295.00 at Bloomingdale’s.
We hope this helped some, and that your trip is beyond amazing! And a special thanks to all our readers who sent in the STUNNING pics of their visits to Ireland, including readers: Shelley, Jamie, Jennifer and Yvonne who supplied us with the photos we used in our post.
Jess and the TME Team (See more of my style on IG: @jessbobess)