Ireland - clothes to bring next week?

May 1st, 2004, 09:47 AM
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Ireland - clothes to bring next week?

Greetings. We'll be flying to Ireland next week for 10 days and plan to spend most of our time in western and southwestern Ireland(our first ever trip to Ireland). Due to some medical issues I recently went through, I get colder easier than I used to. I'd love to hear how best to pack, what clothing to take, etc, with that in mine. It seems like the day time highs run from between 50 to 60 degrees, and can change frequently. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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May 1st, 2004, 10:36 AM
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P.S. - I forgot to mention that it is my wife and I going over next week. We're looking forward to our first trip to Ireland. I'm thinking for myself given my medical condition that bringing a mid-weight jacket that I use for hiking here in cold and wet weather plus a lighter weight jacket and a sweater would be sufficient. Your thoughts would be very helpful. Thanks.

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May 1st, 2004, 12:14 PM
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The key to being comfortable in Ireland is to dress in layers to accommodate the weather that can change rapidly, and to have something to keep you dry.

We start out with long-sleeved shirts over T-shirts. On some days, we add a fleece pullover. When we've been there in chilly weather, we keep a heavy wool sweater handy along with a rain parka.

Your idea of the sweater plus two jackets makes sense, but don't forget something that will keep you dry. Getting wet on a windy day could make you get cold fast.
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May 1st, 2004, 06:17 PM
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My husband and I purchased a waterproof zippered jacket with a hood for travel to Ireland last May.
We wore them everyday.
It helped when we had drizzle and also blocked some of the wind.
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May 3rd, 2004, 07:21 AM
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It is pretty unlikely that you will need short sleeves. The weather is usually in the 50's to sometimes low 60's in May. And as stated previously, rain gear is a good thing to have!

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May 3rd, 2004, 08:03 AM
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My husband and I spent a week in Ireland (4/20 thru 4/25) and we needed everything from a serious windbreaker/rain jacket, to short sleeves.

Being from Seattle, we were already used to the temperature - from the high 40's to the mid 60's!

One thing I would highly reccomend is a fleece vest. My husband and I wore ours constantly. It's great over a turtleneck if it's dry out, and it's also great under a windbreaker. Keeps you warm either way.

Don't make the mistake of dragging a heavy coat over, as I did. It was a lot to lug around the entire time, and it was only needed the first few days of the trip when it rained. A light windbreaker that also keeps out the rain is plenty. IF you have plenty to layer underneath.

Another suggestion which I didn't think I'd use is a thin, long-sleeved silk shirt to go under light sweaters. It really helps to keep you warm without the bulk.

It was our first trip to Ireland too, and I could not believe how much we loved it! Have a wonderful time!

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May 3rd, 2004, 11:30 AM
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greetings from Dublin,
Today was actually very warm.( red burnt face),but there were still showers from time to time.
Basically with Ireland I would advise a warm fleece to throw on and a plastic raincoat that you can fold up..not a huge overcoat.
also a few long sleeve tshirts as well.
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