If you’re planning a trip to Ireland, there’s one thing you need to know: it rains. The Emerald Isle is known for its spectacular weather, but that doesn’t mean it will always be sunny and warm.
In fact, most people say that the best way to experience Irish rain is by being outside during it! But if you want your trip to be fun—and not miserable—there are some things you need to bring with you when visiting Ireland, no matter what time of year!
1. An umbrella
It may not be the most glamorous item on this list, but it’s an absolute must-have for any student living in Ireland. Whether you’re going to class or doing your grocery shopping, the weather can change in an instant. An umbrella is always handy for those unexpected showers that are so common during Ireland’s rainy season (May through September).
Doing some research before purchasing an umbrella will ensure that you get one that suits your needs. Look for features such as:
- Folding design
- Size and length of canopy (the part above your head)
2. Rainproof shoes
There is one thing that every student should bring to Ireland, and that’s waterproof shoes. Ireland can be unpredictable, so it’s important to be prepared for any kind of weather. If you find yourself in a storm or if there is a lot of rain in your area, having waterproof shoes will keep your feet comfortable and safe.
Waterproof shoes are also great for hiking trips because they will keep your feet dry and warm when crossing streams or walking through heavy mud. These types of shoes are essential if you want to explore all parts of Ireland!
3. A raincoat
It’s not just the rain that you will have to deal with in Ireland. The wind and cold are also killers! A good raincoat is necessary during your time here. It will keep you warm and dry when the weather gets rough (and it will).
There’s no need to spend a lot of money on this item; just make sure it’s waterproof and windproof, and that it fits over your backpack (which should be fairly large). You can buy one at any shop or department store in Dublin or Cork.
When you’re in Ireland, don’t rely on credit cards or ATMs (unless they’re explicitly marked as “Irish” ATMs). I learned this lesson the hard way when my bank’s app was down and I had no cash to get back home.
Luckily, there are plenty of places that accept card payments and will let you withdraw money from them (if your ATM card even works with their machine), but it’s still better to be safe than sorry by carrying cash around with you at all times.
5. An adapter
An adapter is a small device that allows your electronics to plug into different electrical outlets. It may be required if you plan on bringing along a hair dryer or any other type of electric appliance.
You can pick up an adapter at any electronics store before your trip, but make sure to check the instructions for your specific model before buying one.
6. A towel
A towel is one of the most important things you will bring with you to Ireland. You will use it for drying off after a shower, wrapping up on the beach, drying your hair, drying your hands and face.
If you don’t have one when you leave home then remember: no matter what else happens during your trip – DO NOT FORGET THE TOWEL!
7. Socks and Underwear
Socks and underwear are some of the most important items you can bring. There are many different types of socks to consider when packing for Ireland, including ankle socks, knee-high socks and over-the-knee socks.
Knee-high and over-the-knee are more common in Ireland than in other countries, so you may want to try out both versions before deciding which one is right for you. Also consider how long you plan on staying in Ireland: if it’s less than a month or two then perhaps just bring one pair of ankle socks so they last longer (and don’t get too stinky).
However, if it turns out that you love Dublin so much that going home feels like leaving paradise – then maybe invest in multiple pairs!
8. A rain cover for your backpack
You’ll want to bring a rain cover for your backpack. A good rain cover is one that will keep your bag dry, even in heavy rainstorms. It should also be easy to put on and take off without too much hassle!
The best way to choose the right rain cover is by taking a look at some of the more popular options available on Amazon (and other websites). This way, you’ll be able to see what features they offer and how much they cost before making a decision.
9. A day pack for hiking/touring/exploring
A day pack is a small backpack that you can carry around all morning, then leave in the hostel or bar at night. It’s bigger than your purse but smaller than a regular backpack. I like to call it “just right.”
A day pack makes it easy to hike up mountains and explore cities during the day since you don’t need to carry all of your stuff while doing so. You can also use a daypack as a purse—it’s great for carrying essentials like water bottles and snacks!
I hope this post has helped you understand what you will need to bring with you on your trip to Ireland. If there is anything else you’re wondering about, feel free to leave a comment below!