What do pack for Ireland?

May 29th, 2016, 11:51 AM
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What do pack for Ireland?

Hello! We will be traveling in Ireland from June 15-22 and are wondering what type of weather we need to pack for. We live in Texas, so we start wearing shorts and flip flops the beginning of May. Looks like it won't be quite as warm as it is here. What type of clothing should we pack? Thanks!!
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May 29th, 2016, 11:57 AM
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>> wondering what type of weather we need to pack for.<<

Anything and everything (except 90°F)

You will want layers, and something waterproof/water resistant

>>We live in Texas, so we start wearing shorts and flip flops the beginning of May. Looks like it won't be quite as warm as it is here. <<

That is a safe bet

Maybe (and only then if you are VERY lucky) one pair of shorts. Flip flops ONLY if they are so comfortable (and supportive) that you can walk 3 or 4 miles in them over uneven surfaces.
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May 29th, 2016, 12:28 PM
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At that time of year, I'd pack lightweight cotton slacks, and maybe a few pairs of capris or below-the knee shorts. I would bring mostly summer tops, with a few long-sleeved tops and some light-weight sweaters. Definitely bring a wind-and-rain-resistant jacket. If it's really chilly, you can wear it over a sweater to add warmth.

We were in Scotland last year in June, and while it might not have got over 90, it was well up in the 80s. I'm sure it wasn't much different in Ireland. I hadn't brought much warm-weather clothing, and had to do a load of laundry while we were there. I think it was the first time I've ever done laundry on vacation. I really regretted not bringing at least one pair of sandals.
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May 29th, 2016, 12:36 PM
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80F in Scotland is quite unusual - but not unheard of. At that time of year 60-65-ish would be much more typical.

( In August last year I needed a cashmere sweater and wool socks and a heavy scarf at the Tattoo and was still cold . . . and I have been to the Tattoo other years when it has been everything from pouring/sideways rain and shirtsleeve weather)

The thing about Ireland in many areas it will be wetter than Scotland which is why even 60 or 65F can feel pretty cool.
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May 29th, 2016, 01:21 PM
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Midday temperatures are likely to be in the range 60F +/- 10. There is always a possibility of precipitation, but drizzle or showers are more likely than than downpours. Summer storms are rare.

I'll venture no opinion on your wardrobe.

But an earlier post prompts a question: are capris a stock item in every American woman's wardrobe?
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May 29th, 2016, 01:27 PM
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I was in Ireland last August and I didn't take off my cashmere sweater underneath a light, packable down jacket. I hope the weather is warmer in June!
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May 29th, 2016, 01:29 PM
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>> are capris a stock item in every American woman's wardrobe?<<

More than in the British Isles

True 'Capris' aren't as popular as crops nearer ankle length
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May 29th, 2016, 05:41 PM
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I would even suggest a very light weight packable puffy jacket. I was glad I had mine last year.
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May 29th, 2016, 10:29 PM
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You have to deal with a range of weather and not just one kind. Saturday, on ferry to Aran Island, it was freezing on deck. Those with only wimpy windbreakers went down indoors. On the way back, it poured heavily for about 15 minutes. Yesterday, at Cliffs of Moher, shorts and t-shirts would have been appropriate. It was hot and humid.
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May 30th, 2016, 05:39 PM
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I sympathize -- I'm packing right now for a June 3-15 trip and will be traveling from a hot, humid summer climate. Am going to ARan Islands & Cliffs of Moher also so appreciate hearing about the variablity. I've got lightweight and wool sweaters and a rainjacket so hope that'll work. Also warm socks and scarf, plus short sleeve shirts, too.
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Jun 1st, 2016, 07:10 AM
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I am Irish, living in Ireland all my life, and when we go away for a weekend in Ireland we never know what to pack or what kind of weather to expect ! !
Even what we consider hot Summer days, can be chilly in the evening and you can never guarantee that it won't rain (although we have some wonderful weather when it doesn't rain - right now we are having a week of clear blue skies and temperature about 22c.
So, when I go away in Ireland, I always bring some kind of light rain jacket. A fleece is always handy for evenings or, one of those sleeveless gilet or vests that fold up neat but can be put on over what you are wearing if it gets chilly. It can be windy on Cliffs and Islands so the same lightweight rain/windproof jacket would work. I find a light wrap/scarf good for evenings and it works on flights as well. But don't overdo bringing warm clothes - just a few things that work over other clothes.
If you end up not brining what you need you will find inexpensive stuff at stores like Pennys and Dunnes who have stores in all main towns.
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Jun 1st, 2016, 07:21 AM
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Very helpful information. We leave next week for 12 days! Thanks to OP and responders.
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Jun 1st, 2016, 07:32 AM
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I say "capris" to indicate any slacks that fall somewhere about mid-calf length. They're worn a lot here in Italy in the summer.
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Jun 1st, 2016, 08:44 AM
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Go to your local REI and get waterproof/resistant shells and midweight layers.

And bring waterproof shoes. Wet feet suck.
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Jun 1st, 2016, 09:53 AM
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I say "capris" to indicate any slacks that fall somewhere about mid-calf length. They're worn a lot here in Italy in the summer.>>

I knew what they were, they are worn a lot in any country I've been to in Western Europe by Europeans, even by men, also, at least on the continent. I think they are just often called cropped trousers in stores. They are really just very short crops (I call a crop somethign that ends just above the ankle). I've seen men wear capris in Europe (Italians and Spanish and French) but men don't wear crops. I would call these capris myself, but Mango called them cropped
http://shop.mango.com/FR/p0/femme/ve...das.pantalones

I would never take shorts to Ireland in summer. I was there one summer when it was freezing, probably about 55-60 at most in daytime and that was the high.
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Jun 1st, 2016, 02:33 PM
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In Italy, of which Capri is a part, these kinds of slacks are called pinocchietti. I don't know why: did Pinocchio wear them?

According to Wikipedia, they did originate in Capri, and they used to be called "pantaloni alla Capri".

https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinocchietto

(Run it through Google Translate if my summary isn't enough.)

I'll be in Ireland for two weeks this summer, and though I'll mostly wear long slacks, I might, based on the weather forecast, bring a pair or two of capris just in case it's warmer than expected. In Scotland two years ago, I seriously underestimated the heat, and ended up with a pair of wool slacks that I never even considered wearing, likewise several cardigans I never wore. The few warmer-weather items of clothing I had brought got a lot more wear than I would have guessed, and I ended up having to spend part of my precious time at a laundromat.
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>>>I ended up having to spend part of my precious time at a laundromat.<<<

Don't be silly. It's what we call living like the locals. Surprising how few are enthusiastic about it, beyond bargaining over a baguette.
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Jun 2nd, 2016, 03:34 PM
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I pack layers. Last trip we had freezing windy temps. I went and bought a wool hat for my head and then days warm enough for no jacket. We always have an apartment with a washing machine so pack as little as possible. My one thing I must pack are smart wool socks, short ones and knee highs. I do take two pairs of shoes in case one needs drying out.
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