When you’re going on a 10 day trip abroad (in my case I went to Ireland) packing the right clothes is always a challenge. How do you really know what you would need? You kind of have an idea of what you’re going to do, but once you get there, plans change. My husband and I don’t go on pre-booked tours or excursions. He gets very motion sick, even when taking dramamine, so we usually just rent a car and figure it out as we go along. Because of this, I have become a fairly efficient packer over the years, but with more room for improvement. So here are some helpful things that, I hope, help you on your next trip. A quick note: I don’t bring more than one semi-large suitcase and a backpack. Anything more than that in Europe is just too much for me!
Another reason for the one suitcase and backpack is that you do get one free bag when you travel internationally. I normally fly Delta. I am not sure about other airlines, but with Delta you do get one free bag. So, why pay for bags if you don’t have to at all (or at least minimize the damage). This is me arriving to Dublin Airport after traveling overnight.
Definitely something to keep in mind as you’re reading this is that we went in early August, so the weather was between 55-75 degrees Fahrenheit
Pack Clothes That You Can Layer
The weather in Ireland varies a little this time of year. They had a heat wave when we first got there, then it was in the mid 60s the rest of the time. That being said, the temperature in the cliff areas tended to be colder than the temperature in the city. There were days where we went from city to cliffs within a day. So, having clothes that you can layer is a must. I had long sleeve shirts that can be warm enough for when I’m in the city. I also brought a couple of sweaters, a light jacket, and a puffer vest for the colder days
Pack Clothes and Shoes That You Can Use Interchangeably
You need to able to mix and match your clothes and shoes. This is demonstrated better with the items that I actually packed pictured below. As a matter of fact, they were used so interchangeably that I wore them slightly differently depending on what we were doing (i.e. light walking, heavy walking, casual eating out, nicer dinner, etc), and weather conditions.
Make Sure That You Are Comfortable
The best things to do in Ireland involve walking and being slightly outdoorsy. You’ll find yourself walking all day! Your clothes, especially your shoes, need to be able to withstand a decent amount of activity.