When I first found out that I would be visiting Ireland with Air Transat, I was so happy! Ireland is a country that I had always wanted to visit, and I was so grateful to be able to finally check it off my bucket list with one of my favourite airlines. While I was excited to get started on my Irish adventure, the packing process had me stumped. Ireland is known to have a fairly rainy and cool climate, with periods of warm sunshine - all within the day! I also knew that we were going to have a fairly busy itinerary and, seeing as how I would be traveling with a group of bloggers, there would be photos taken all along the way.
After a lot of thought, and a lot of second guessing myself, I finally had a packed suitcase and was ready to take on Ireland! You guys know that I had the best time from my recap post, but did I make the best choices when deciding what to pack? Here's a breakdown of what I ultimately decided on to bring with me to Ireland, what I wished I would have packed and the outfits that I wore.
What I packed:
- 2 pleated maxi skirts (both pink)
- 1 pair of loose mom jeans
- 2 mini skirts (one pink, one yellow)
- 1 pair of black leggings
- 2 pairs of culottes (one pink and one striped)
- 1 pair of black tights to wear under dresses and skirts
- 2 sweaters (one white, one pink)
- 1 loose button-up top
- 1 yellow polka dot mini dress
- 1 pink sweater dress
- 1 floral midi dress
- 1 long black maxi dress
- 1 pink rain jacket shell
- 1 giant wool blanket scarf
- 1 pair of tall Hunter rain boots
- 1 pair of white running shoes
- 1 pair of white loafers
- 1 umbrella
- 1 wide-brimmed hat
- 1 pink beret
- 1 backpack
- 1 mini crossbody bag
While we were visiting Ireland, the weather was quite good with minimal rain (it only rained for two days total.) For that reason, I actually didn't end up using my rain gear as much as I thought. I still think that it's wise to bring rain gear with you to Ireland though; nothing is worse than being ill-prepared in the rain.
I really should have brought a pair of low, black leather boots. If you guys have checked out my other European 'what i packed' posts, you'll know that I always pack a pair of low black booties. For some reason this trip I decided against them - I actually had them packed in my suitcase, second guessed myself and took them out! Huge mistake. Lesson learned; when traveling to any European city, a pair of low black boots are an absolute must. Next time I'll trust my gut and my first instinct.
I also should have brought a few more dressier options for outfits. Although the vibe in Ireland and Northern Ireland is fairly casual, there are a ton of upscale meals and dinning experiences to try out - and lucky for us, we did! I found that I wore my long black maxi dress for most of our meals at nice restaurants, and it would have been nice to have a bit more variety.
In terms of the items I actually brought, I'm overall fairly satisfied. The maxi skirt/sweater combo was a huge win for me, since it kept me warm and comfortable. I maybe could have done with only packing one of the mini skirts, since I had planned to wear them with the high rain boots and it didn't end up raining all that much.
What do you guys think? Did I miss anything that would have made the trip more comfortable? What do you like to pack when visiting a European destination in the Spring? Let me know!