On the go: Packing for Ireland

 

On the go: Packing for Ireland

Last June, I took a trip to Ireland for eight days and packed all of my clothing in a carry-on. Even though many people think this is an impossible task, it can easily be done if you think ahead.

Spend some time identifying pieces that can be easily layered and are versatile. Depending on what you’re doing, I always recommend some athleisure. This will ensure that you’re stylish but comfortable for walking, hiking, or any outdoor adventure.

I would also recommend packing pieces that mix and match with others. Don’t underestimate how many times an item can be reinvented. I only let myself pack one scarf and one ascot and I wore one almost everyday. Once you’ve selected your clothes for the trip, try and pick accessories that can go with everything.

Finally, think about your feet. Since shoes take up the most space, be realistic with what you’re going to wear and always remember: comfort above everything else.Β I would recommend one pair of nice shoes for dressy occasions and a pair of sneakers since exploring a new country means you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. That being said, you don’t want to end up with blisters on your first day there and be in pain for the rest of the trip, soΒ if you plan on purchasing any new shows for your trip, break them in prior. Wear them a couple of times to make sure that they can last long days of walking.

I ended up packing one pair of Nikes that I wore on the plane, a pair of Adidas tennis shoes, sandals, and a pair of black, Steve Madden slip ons. Something to keep in mind when traveling to Ireland is that the weather is wet. It was nice to have options when it poured for a day and your shoes were still damp.

While my packing list is for the summer, which is undoubtedly easier, the same rules and recommendations apply for suitcases of all seasons. Check out the outfits I wore below and let me know what you think.

Headed for a big trip? Send me the details and I’ll work with you to craft the perfect packing list.

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Cork, Ireland

English Market in Cork

The second stop on our trip to Ireland was Cork. We stayed at a beautiful old hotel that reminded me of the Grand Budapest Hotel (If you’ve never seen that movie, I highly recommend) which was located on a steep hill that overlooked the town. Although our stay in Cork was short, it was a quaint town with lots of pubs and eateries one of which we stopped at before heading to our next destination.

The English Market had an eccentric flair and delicious food. The first level was a huge open market with all different vendors. From bread and spice shops to meat and coffee shops, English Market had it all. We settled on a small cafe where we enjoyed tasty pastries and lattes.

The English Market reminded me a lot of Chelsea Market in NYC. Now every time I go to Chelsea Market I think about my little breakfast in Cork.

Where is somewhere you’ve traveled that reminds you a little bit of home?

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Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher was one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to. A winding, narrow trail takes you right along the cliffs that overlook the coast of Ireland. I decided to sit on the edge with my feet dangling off the side, looking out over the open ocean. Even though it was a bit scary, it was liberating to have nothing but the sea below me.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been to?

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Travel Ireland: Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

After graduation, I took a trip to Ireland with my family. It was by far one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. Ireland is such a beautiful country. We spent the first 3 days in Dublin exploring the city. Although Dublin was not my favorite place in Ireland, it is definitely a must visit destination.

On our second day there, some family friends took us on a walking history tour around the city. I loved hearing directly from the locals about their home. The Guinness Factory is also a must when planning your trip. It sounds like a tourist trap but it was fascinating. It’s a seven floor museum where you learn all about how the beer is made and can even learn how to pour the perfect glass of Guinness. Finally, on the top floor of the factory is a bar that overlooks the entire city of Dublin where you can enjoy a glass of Guinness poured to precision.

Here is a list of places to go in Dublin:

Temple Bar

Guinness Factory

Trinity College

Grafton Street

The Brazen Head

Stay tuned for other posts on the rest of my trip as well as my Ireland packing list!

Have you ever been to Dublin before?

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