What we packed for our first trip to Ireland in September- Autumn Ireland Packing List.
We recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in a BIG way – IRELAND. It took lots of SALVAGING, but we did it!!!
Over the next few weeks, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we will be sharing some of this adventure.
Today, is all about the suitcase.
Since we are from Oregon, we felt we had a handle on what to wear…long pants, some long sleeve and short sleeve shirts, a light jacket, a rain jacket, etc. But since this was our first international trip we found there were, of course, some things that we packed that worked well, some that didn’t work so well, and things we wish we would have had.
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AUTUMN IRELAND PACKING LIST
- 4 Pants
- 6 Shirts (3 long and 3 short)
- 1 Light Jacket and a Rain Jacket (see below)
- 3 Shoes (I brought three because of an injured foot but two- water proof boots and walking shoes would work just fine)
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Let me just say that one of the best things we did was purchasing rolling suitcase, I got a purple one and the mister silver, with all four wheels (purchased at TJMaxx). We previously had just the two wheels and someone advised that we would want the newer model and I am so glad we made the upgrade! It was so much easier to get around.
SALVAGE TIP – One of the best ways to recoup the cost of getting new luggage was to sell the older model on Marketplace. Here are some Facebook Marketplace Selling Tips for doing just that.
- Boots – (Salvage Sister) The ones I purchased were very light and comfortable. No matter if I was climbing rocks at the Giant’s Causeway or walking around Dublin, these worked great. I am also so surprised at how many compliments I get on these shoes.
- Scarf – So easy to add if you need to keep warm and take off if you are too hot.
- Hooded Waterproof Jacket – Not all jackets are created the same!!! Water resistant is not the same as waterproof. One way to tell is if you have water on the jacket does it bead up or does the water absorb into the jacket?
- Wool Socks
- Camera – Maybe it’s just because of the blogging business, but I am super glad we tagged along our big camera. Cell phones work great for most (and we did use ours) but I was really thankful to have the DSLR camera with us for this huge occasion.
- Power Adapter
- Empty Water Bottle
- Noise Canceling Headphones
- Disinfectant Wipes
- Small First Aid Kit – We had a small DIY travel first aid kit along with the disinfected wipes in one baggie and that worked well.
- Journal – I personally enjoy keeping track of the trip in a small (cheap) little journal …think dollar store!
- Quick Dry Pants
- Shoulder Side Bag for the Mister & Travel Purse for the Sister (found used)
- Travel Documents – Make sure you have all your basic travel documents as well as copies of important documents just in case. We also provided copies documents/itinerary to a family member back home.
SALVAGE TIP – Pack light. I know people say it all the time, but it really is so true. You won’t need nearly as much as you think you do. Bring clothes that have a dual or more purpose.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK
- Luggage Scale– We purchased a portable luggage scale but we felt it was awkward to use and it didn’t seem accurate. This was returned.
- Travel Pillows – We researched and tried to find pillows that would work. Both of us had different pillows and neither of us really like them. If you have a suggestion, please leave it in the comments.
- Snacks – I’m sure if there is an emergency situation you are thankful for snacks. We found that we just really didn’t need what we brought for the plane.
- Blanket – I took a small travel blanket thinking I would sleep more. I just am not a good travel sleeper. The plane does have small blankets and I would have just used that instead of carrying another item around that I didn’t really use.
WE WISH WE WOULD HAVE HAD
- Rolling Carry On – Remember how I said we purchased the rolling luggage? Well, I wish I would have purchased the carry-on with wheels as transferring planes left a lot of running around with the carry on bags!!! (I want this aqua one!)
YOU MAY WANT
- Being from Oregon, we didn’t opt for winter hats, gloves, or an umbrella. You may decide those would be items you might need/want.
- Packing Cubes – We haven’t tried them, but people seem to love them for ease in travel (these have great reviews).
We were fortunate to have pretty amazing weather while we were there. There was only one day that we really saw buckets and buckets of rain!
IRELAND AUTUMN WEATHER
Per weatherspark.com, here is the typical weather in September:
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