Packing List

I figured we would start by letting you all know what we packed.  As I am writing this after we returned from Ireland, I’ll also talk a bit about what worked and what didn’t.  The links below are to some of the gear that we used.
(We have no affiliation with any of the companies listed below.  These are the products we used and recommend to others.)

  •   Clothing: We packed a couple pair of synthetic hiking pants, and enough shirts, socks and underclothing to have fresh clothes every day for the week we were in Ireland.  Other than pants, our clothing was a mix of synthetic and cotton.  We wouldn’t say that synthetic materials are absolutely necessary, but the temperature in September can go from cold to warm in a matter of minutes, so having synthetics to wick moisture and dry quickly was quite nice.  We used Smartwool socks, and our feet thanked us for it.  I used a midweight fleece, and Alexis brought a wool-blend sweater.  These were sufficient for Irish mid-September.
  •  Shoes: We both used waterproof shoes.  Some people would say that you can get away with tennis shoes in Ireland.  If you’re going to do any amount of walking, bring waterproof shoes.  We both agreed that we would have been miserable without them.  I wore the Teva Riva eVent and Alexis wore the Salomon XA Comp 6 GTX.
  •  Rain Gear: Rain jackets were an absolute must.  We learned quickly to always have our rain jackets with us.  Don’t be fooled by a sunny day in Ireland!  The weather can change very, very rapidly.  We brought rain pants, but didn’t use them.  Our synthetic pants dried quickly enough.  If you plan on doing some hiking through the woods or backcountry, I’d say bring the rain pants, otherwise you can leave them at home.
  •  I brought some pocket laundry detergent and 6 ft. of paracord for doing laundry.  We didn’t use them.  If you’re there for more than a week, or plan on reusing clothing, I’d bring these for doing your laundry in the sink.
  • We packed everything into two Osprey Porter 46 Travel Packs, which in my opinion is one of the best travel bags you can purchase.  They are about a large of a carry-on as is allowed, and can easily fit everything for a week or more of travel.  The stowable shoulder and waist straps make it very versatile.

Below is our full packing list.  Modify it to suit your needs.

  1. Pants: 2 pair
  2. Shirts: 5-7
  3. Fleece or 2 sweaters
  4. Underwear: 5-7 pair
  5. Socks: 5-7 pair
  6. Sleeping clothes
  7. Waterproof shoes
  8. Sandals or shower shoes
  9. Rain jacket
  10. Rain pants
  11. Bras


  1. Shampoo
  2. Conditioner
  3. Soap
  4. Face wash
  5. Face scrub
  6. Contact cases
  7. Spare contacts
  8. Contact solution
  9. Toothbrushes
  10. Toothpaste
  11. Deodorant
  12. Lotion
  13. Makeup
  14. Hair pomade
  15. Medicines
  16. Vitamins
  17. Face/body wipes
  18. Pocket tissues
  19. Toilet paper
  20. Razor
  21. Feminine products
  22. Hair ties
  23. 1 quart plastic bags


  1. Detergent
  2. Clothes line
  3. Sink plug

Travel Necessities:

  1. Bag for wet clothes
  2. Power adapter
  3. iPhone car charger
  4. Ear plugs
  5. Eye cover
  6. Travel pillows
  7. Travel sheets
  8. Phones
  9. Phone chargers
  10. Headphones
  11. Driver’s licenses
  12. Passports
  13. Airline tickets
  14. Camera
  15. Extra Camera Batteries
  16. SD Cards

3 thoughts on “Packing List

  1. I really enjoyed your travel log. We are also booked into the Seafield Farm House in Kinsale next Spring… Did you enjoy it and would you recommend it?
    Thank you for any info you could provide…
    Waterloo, Ontario

    • We really enjoyed it. It’s a bit remote, about 20 km or so from Kinsale, but that was exactly what we wanted. We really wanted to experience the Irish countryside. The view is amazing, I definitely recommend booking the room with a view if possible. Eileen and her family were very welcoming.

  2. Thank you for this! I really enjoyed reading this, and you answered questions I had been thinking about. Glad you had a wonderful time!

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