What to Pack for Ireland in February

If you are wondering what to pack for Ireland in February, then you’ve come to the right place. With my local’s knowledge of Ireland in February, you will discover exactly what you need on your packing list for Ireland in February.

If you are going to be spending time during February in Ireland, then you might be wondering what to pack to ensure you are comfortable.

February can be an unpredictable month. It is cold but not as cold as January by a degree or two. It can, however, be quite wet and windy thanks to storms.

Average daily temperatures during February in Ireland are 7˚C/45F by day and 3˚C/37F by night.

When packing for Ireland in February, you need to go prepared for cold, wind and rain and pack accordingly. This is where this post comes in useful, with details about what to pack and ideas for what to wear in Ireland in February.

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What to Pack for Ireland in February

The biggest aim for a packing list for Ireland in February is to remain warm and dry. With daytime temperatures averaging 7˚C, and night-time temperatures averaging around 3˚C, layers and warm clothing is a must for this month.

Packing list for Ireland in February – Clothing

Weatherproof Clothing and Equipment

The biggest thing to consider for February in Ireland is warm and weatherproof clothing. This means winter coats and rain gear. This goes for the whole family, whether you are travelling to Ireland as a couple, a group of friends, or with kids.

A heavy, warm winter coat is going to be a must. Down jackets and coats are a good choice for February in Ireland. They will provide all the warmth you will need for cold days and evenings. Ideally, for ladies, go for something that is longer for added comfort.

A picture of a woman and young boy standing on some stones wearing winter coats

If you already have a winter coat or jacket but are unsure if it is waterproof, then add a packable rain jacket to your list, something you can slip into your day bag for Ireland.

Another good thing to bring with you is some waterproof over-trousers that you can slip on when out and about and the rain starts. These usually pack down small and can be the difference between dry pants while sightseeing and exploring, or wet legs and bums!

Another must for your packing list for Ireland in February is waterproof boots or hiking shoes. With frequent rain, wet feet are a big possibility while exploring the natural landmarks of Ireland and other famous sites such as the Rock of Cashel or Glendalough.

A picture of the bottom half ot two hikers wearing technical pants and hiking shoes or boots

Personally I have a pair of waterproof Merrell women’s hiking shoes which I always bring to Ireland, no matter the season. They are comfortable to wear and keep my feet dry.

And finally, a good addition to your day bag would be a windproof umbrella. With wet and windy days common during February, an umbrella that won’t blow away with the wind to use while going from your car/transport indoors would be useful.

Clothing essentials

As already mentioned, the aim of your packing list for February in Ireland is warmth and weatherproof. Since we’ve covered dry above, lets look to warmth now.

Layering is ideal as you will find indoor places such as shops, museums and restaurants warm compared to outside. So being able to remove layers easily is advised. Here is a concise list of clothing that each member of your travel party will need.

Hat, gloves and scarf – To help keep warm outside.

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Fleece tops – These are ideal elements for a layering system. They are lightweight, versatile and warm.

Wool sweater – Whether you opt to bring one with you or buy your wool sweater in Ireland as an Irish souvenir, a wool sweater is a good addition to your winter clothing for Ireland. If you are going to buy your sweater in Ireland, make sure to buy it early in your trip so you can weather it for the rest of your trip and leave space in your suitcase for bringing it home afterward.

A picture of two shelves containing woollen winter jumpers

Flannel shirt – These can be useful daytime tops for both men and women and can easily be teamed with fleece tops or a woollen sweater.

T-shirts – Make sure to pack a few t-shirts, either short or long-sleeved, whichever is your preference.

Jeans – Jeans are a staple to any Irish wardrobe and can be worn anywhere and any time of the day or night. Pair them with a flannel shirt and sweater for daytime and with a less casual top for evening wear.

Technical pants – When shopping for these types of pants for packing for Ireland, opt for water-resistant versions that dry quickly. They are a great alternative to jeans, especially for outside the cities where you are more likely to be hiking or exploring outdoors. Lined technical pants are best for winter in Ireland.

Wool socks – A few pairs of wool socks are advisable for your packing list. These will keep your feet warm while wicking away moisture.

Base layers – Depending on how much the cold affects you, a set of base layers for particularly cold days might be worth packing. I and my son have used base layers in Ireland during a trip in March and April as we were coming from a warmer climate. They kept us nice and warm, even when the wind was bitingly cold.

Long sleeve cardigan – A long sleeve cardigan for ladies would be great for evenings in restaurants or your hotel bar for keeping chills off you.

Fleece-lined leggings – If you don’t fancy wearing jeans or need to save some space in your luggage, then fleece-lined leggings for women can be a great option. They’ll keep your legs warm and are versatile enough to wear with shirts or even short dresses.

Evening shirt – For men, an evening shirt or dress shirt might be advisable for restaurants, particularly if you are staying in one of the top luxury hotels in Ireland where the restaurants may have a dress code or treating your wife to a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner. An evening shirt or top for ladies is also advisable.

Chinos – For men, chinos are a better alternative to jeans for evening wear.

Winter dress – For ladies, one or two winter dresses are great choices for evening wear, especially if you will be in Ireland for Valentine’s Day. Combine with your fleece-lined leggings or a warm pair of tights and you are all set for dinner.

Loafers – For evening wear for men, a pair of loafers that can be worn with your choice of chinos are the ideal footwear for after a day of sightseeing. You won’t want to be wearing your waterproof boots if you are going from your hotel room to the restaurant.

Black flat shoes – For the ladies, a pair of black flats are ideal with either jeans or a dress. They pack small and usually don’t weigh too much either.

Flip flops – These can be useful in your accommodation for wearing in your room, down to breakfast and even at the hotel pool or spa.

Packing cubes – I’m pretty sure you know this by now, but if not, packing cubes are the best way to pack for any trip. Roll your items up tight, pop them into colour coordinated packing cubes per person and use them to store your clothing in drawers straight from the bag.

Packing for Ireland in February – Essentials

Now that your clothing packing list for Ireland is done, it is time to turn to other essentials for Ireland. These include your travel essentials, and electrical items and gadgets.

Travel essentials

Passports – You need to ensure your passport is in date and for certain countries, that it is valid for 6 months from the time of your visit. Find more information here.

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Visas – Visitors from certain countries require a visa to enter Ireland. Click this link to find out if you need a visa to enter Ireland.

Credit/Debit cards – Make sure you have a valid credit card with sufficient credit available to cover your excess on your car insurance if you are hiring a car and deciding not to take out Super Collision Damage Waiver with the car hire company. Some will not access third-party SCDW policies and will still look to cover the access on a credit card. Your credit card will also be handy for those souvenir purchases. And remember your debit card for taking money out of an ATM.

Driving license and IDP – Don’t forget your driving license and International Driving Permit (if required by the car hire company). Each individual car hire company has different requirements regarding IDP’s. Those from the EU and UK generally do not need an IDP but check before you go to Ireland whether you need one or not.

Travel Insurance – Do not travel to Ireland without travel insurance. Even if you think you don’t need it, you never know when an accident or flight cancellation might occur, and it is much better to have peace of mind than a headache of worry. You can get a free quote from SafetyWing (for longer travel) or World Nomads for adventure travellers and general travel.

SafetyWing – Ideal for digital nomads and long-term travellers.

And gentlemen, if you are planning to propose on Valentine’s Day on the beautiful Emerald Isle, don’t forget the ring!!

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Travel document holder – A travel document holder or wallet is great for keeping passports, visas and all your hotel and tour bookings in one place.

Day Pack – A waterproof day pack is another good thing to remember for your Ireland packing list for February. A waterproof one will ensure your personal items you carry with you remain dry, even if you get caught in a downpour. The Outlander Lightweight Travel Daypack is an ideal day pack for Ireland.

Guide book – If you plan to be spontaneous, or have decided not to plan your entire itinerary, then an Ireland travel guide book will be a useful addition to your packing list.

I recommend the Lonely Planet Guide Book for Ireland. I have used Lonely Planet for years and have their 13th edition for Ireland and still refer to it for our own trips.

Travel Towel – It is always a good idea to take a travel towel with you. Sometimes you just need a little bit more help than the towels provided. Or it can be left in the trunk of your hire car for days when you might get caught out in the rain.

Travel Pillow – For flights, bus trips, train journeys and long car rides, a travel pillow will make it more comfortable for travellers.

Reusable tote – Ireland gave up giving out plastic bags for purchases. Nowadays, retailers provide paper bags. However, if you are shopping on a rainy day in Ireland, paper bags may disintegrate. So, to avoid this happening, take a reusable tote bag with you to pop your purchases into.

Electrical items and gadgets

Universal travel adapter – You cannot travel to Ireland without a universal travel adapter. Ensure you choose one that will accommodate your plugs and one that has some USB ports.

Portable phone charger – If you plan on using your phone to take all your photos, ensure you have a portable phone charger with you, just in case your battery starts to run low. The best portable power bank on the market comes from Anker. These are our power banks of choice and they have never let us down.

A picture of a mobile/cell phone connected toa blue portable phone charger

Kindle Paperwhite – Instead of carrying around heavy physical books, opt for a Kindle Paperwhite instead. We never travel anywhere without ours and you can even get digital versions of some guidebooks for Kindle.

Camera batteries/memory cards – If you are bringing a separate camera with you to capture your pictures of Ireland, then ensure you pack enough batteries, chargers, and memory cards for your camera. You don’t want to run out of power or memory just as you find the perfect spot to capture a sunset over the Cliffs of Moher or the gushing water of the Poulanass Waterfall at Glendalough, one of the best waterfalls to see in Ireland.

Reusable water bottle – Pack a collapsible water bottle to refill when you can. These are far more eco-friendly than buying water bottles everywhere you go. And yes, tap water is safe to drink in Ireland.

What to pack for Ireland in February – Toiletries

With all your clothing and essentials sorted, you need to think about toiletries. There are two things to consider here.

Firstly, are you going with hand luggage only? If so, you need to ensure your liquids and creams do not exceed hand luggage limits and are no more than 100ml.

A picture of someone holding up a clear plastic bag containing travel-sized toiletry bottles

Secondly, if you are taking hold luggage, try not to use up your space and weight allowance with full-size bottles.

You can buy toiletries in any pharmacy, beauty store, and supermarket throughout Ireland. Just pack what you need for your first few days and top up when you need to.

Remember to pack the following:

  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Razor (check whether you can carry a razor in your hand luggage before your departure)
  • Shaving gel
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Lip balm (the wind in Ireland in February can be very drying)
  • Hand warmers (if you think you will need them)
  • Women’s sanitary products

Also, remember to pack any specific pain medication you might need and any regular prescription medication you take. And take more than you need.

Most prescription medication can only be purchased in a pharmacy in Ireland with a doctor’s prescription note. It is also a good idea to bring a copy of your latest prescription note from your doctor, just in case you need medical attention or to see a doctor. They at least can then see what your own doctor prescribes.

There is also a limit on the quantity of pain medication such as paracetamol and ibuprofen that you can buy over-the-counter in one transaction. And no, they won’t split them between you and your husband if they know you are together, as myself and my husband discovered recently. The same goes for medication such as antihistamines for allergies!

Store all your toiletries and medication in a hanging toiletry bag. Bathrooms in guesthouses and traditional B’n’B’s can be small with little space for a roll-out bag.

Things not to forget when packing for visiting Ireland in February

Sunglasses – Even though you are visiting Ireland in February, you may regret not taking a set of sunglasses. The winter sun sits low in the horizon and driving at sunrise eastwards, or westwards at sunset can mean the harsh sunlight is shining right in your eyes. So, pop your favourite pair in your bag.

Sleep Eye Mask – A sleep mask is a good idea for your plane journeys. And, if you plan on having a lie-in on any day of your trip, bring a sleep eye mask as not all hotels and accommodation choices have blackout blinds or curtains.

A picture of a blue sleeping eye mask

Earplugs – Some hotels can be noisy, especially if they are located in the centre of a town or city, like Temple Bar. So, if you are a light sleeper, pack some earplugs. Personally, the best ones I’ve found are Mighty Earplugs. They mold to the shape of your ear and are super comfortable.

Now that you know what to pack for February you will be well prepared to face whatever the weather throws at you and all eventualities.

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Cath is an Irish expat now living in Portugal. She regularly returns to Ireland to explore more of the wonderful island with her family.

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