What to Pack for Ireland in June: Be Ready for Every Irish Adventure

Planning a trip to Ireland in June? Then you are probably wondering what to pack for Ireland in June. Well, I’ve got you covered.With my local’s knowledge of Ireland in June, you will learn exactly what you need on your packing list for Ireland in June.

If you are going to be visiting Ireland in June, then you’ve chosen one of the best times to visit Ireland. June is the start of the summer months and has some of the longest days of the year.

The days are long, warm, and mostly dry with average daytime temperatures being around 18˚C/64F and plenty of sunshine compared to the previous months. It isn’t unheard of for Ireland to experience a heatwave, although you should not go expecting one!

When it comes to rain, it can and does occur. But, June is one of the driest months of the year and if it does rain, it will be more a passing shower than a heavy downpour. And a lightweight raincoat wouldn’t go amiss.

A picture of waves crashing along the Dingle Peninsula coastline

When preparing for your visit to the Emerald Isle, knowing exactly what to pack for a trip to Ireland in June is essential. This is a month when you can experience sunshine and some rain, so you might need some tips on how to pack for Ireland in June.

So, let me help you with that with my guide on what to bring to Ireland in June which includes clothes, Ireland travel essentials, toiletries, and more! https://travelaroundireland.com/ireland-packing-list-essentials/

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What to pack for Ireland in June

When it comes to packing for Ireland in June, one of the big questions I get asked is “What to wear in Ireland in June”. After all, this is the start of summer so people can get a little confused when told to pack for all eventualities.

While the weather in June in Ireland is generally pleasant, passing showers can and do occur.

The key things are a mixture of light clothing, a few layers, and one waterproof raincoat for those just-in-case days.

What you need to remember for your packing list for Ireland in May is a mixture of light clothing, some weatherproof, and a few layers.

So, let’s first take a look at what clothes to pack for Ireland in June and the best shoes for Ireland during this month of the year.

What clothes to pack for Ireland in June

Waterproof Clothing and Equipment

While the weather in Ireland in June is typically warm and mostly dry, you may still need a breathable, windproof, lightweight waterproof raincoat. An occasional passing rain shower is not unheard of this month.

Make sure your jacket or coat you pack is both waterproof and windproof. You don’t need a heavy winter coat this month, but it should at least keep you dry during those rainy spells.

Picture Source: Giuseppe Milo, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Another thing to consider when packing for Ireland in June is waterproof walking shoes if you are going to be doing lots of outdoor exploring and activities. Wet feet are a potential possibility while exploring outdoors in Ireland such as the landmarks of Ireland. My choice of footwear for Ireland is the Merrell Women’s Alverstone Hiking Shoe.

Clothing essentials

If you are struggling to know what to bring to Ireland in June where clothes are concerned, then this section might give you some direction. Having a good mix of light clothing but options for staying warm and dry is still advisable this month.

When it comes to what to wear in Ireland in June, the best option for preparing for your trip is to have a mixture of summer clothes as well as an option or two for layering for cooler days.

Fleece tops – These are ideal elements for a layering system. They are lightweight, versatile, and warm. Pack one to two and wash them when needed during your trip.

Shorts – Yes, this is the month you can break out some shorts when traveling to Ireland in June.

T-shirts – Make sure to pack some T-shirts, mostly short-sleeved and one or two long-sleeved.

Sandals – Sandals can be great footwear this month when the weather is warm and dry. My choice of sandals for Ireland, Ladies Keen Sandals, allow me to be comfortable while walking long distances every day. Teeva sandals are another good choice.

Short-sleeved tops – If you want to be a bit fancier than plain T-shirts, add a few short-sleeved summery tops to your wardrobe for Ireland in June.

Jeans/Leggings – 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 summer top and cardigan for casual evening wear. Leggings are also a good choice for ladies as a lightweight alternative to jeans.

Dresses – This is the month to enjoy dresses when visiting Ireland. Maxi dresses are a good compromise, but you could take a chance and pack a summer dress. You just aren’t guaranteed to have plenty of warm days to wear it, but you never know!

Technical pants – If you are likely to be hiking or doing a lot of outdoor activities, then a set of technical pants may be better than that additional pair of jeans. When shopping for these types of pants for packing for Ireland, opt for water-resistant versions that dry quickly.

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

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.

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. An evening shirt or top for ladies is also advisable.

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

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 is ideal with either jeans or a dress for eveningwear. 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.

Swim gear – If you are staying at a hotel that has a spa or pool, remember your swim gear. You’ll also need this if you plan to hit the beach while visiting Ireland.

Now, if you are planning to go hiking or spend a significant amount of time outdoors during your trip to Ireland, you might want to consider packing some wool socks to keep your feet warm while wicking moisture away.

Packing cubes – I’m pretty sure you know this by now, but if not, one of my biggest packing tips for Ireland is to use packing cubes. 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.

A picture of three different coloured packing cubes stacked on a bed

Packing for Ireland in June – Essentials

Now that your clothing packing list for Ireland in May is complete, let’s move on to other things to bring to Ireland in June. These include the travel basics, as well as any electronic items and gadgets that will come in handy during your trip.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A picture of someone holding a set of travel documents including boarding cards and a passports in front of a map

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 accept 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 car hire company has different requirements regarding IDP’s. Those from the US, Canada, EU, the UK, and Australia generally do not need an IDP but check before you go to Ireland whether you need one or not.

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. 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 trips.

A picture of several Ireland travel guidebooks sitting on a desk

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

Travel Towel – While not essential, it is a good idea to take a travel towel with you. Sometimes you just need a little bit more help than the towels provided by your hotel or accommodation guest. Or, it can be left in the trunk of your hire car for days when you might want to visit a beach or if you 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 has long given 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

When it comes to what to pack when traveling to Ireland in June, the next things to consider are your gadgets and electrical items. The following are suggestions.

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.

Travel adapter and power bank on a Radley tote bag

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 Slieve League cliffs or a beautiful scene from the Rock of Cashel!

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.

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.

What to pack for Ireland in June – Toiletries

When it comes to things to pack for Ireland in June, after clothing, travel essentials, and electronics come your toiletries.

There are two things to consider here.

Firstly, if you are travelling with only hand luggage, ensure your liquids and creams do not exceed the size and weight limits. Try and use travel-sized bottles of toiletries where possible, so that you can save more space in your bag.

Secondly, you can buy toiletries in any pharmacy, beauty store, and supermarket throughout Ireland, so if you run out or need something specific, you can always buy it once you are there. Just pack what you need for your first few days and top up when necessary.

Remember to pack the following essentials to get you started:

  • 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
  • Sunscreen and after-sun
  • Women’s sanitary products
Travel toiletries in travel size

Also, remember to pack any specific pain medication you might need and any regular prescription medication you take. And take more than you need in case of unforeseen circumstances or delays.

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 can then see what your doctor has prescribed for you.

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 last year. The same goes for medication such as antihistamines for allergies!

Bathrooms in guesthouses and traditional B’n’B’s can be small with little space for lots of toiletries or a big bag. So, store all your toiletries and medication in a hanging toiletry bag that will save space in your bathroom.

Things not to forget when packing for visiting Ireland in June

Earplugs – Some hotels can be noisy, especially if they are located in the centre of a town or city such as the Temple Bar area of Dublin. If you are a light sleeper, pack some earplugs. The best ones I have found are Mighty Earplugs. They mold to the shape of your ear and are super comfortable.

Sleep Eye Mask – A sleep mask is a good idea for your plane journeys. And bring a sleep eye mask as not all hotels and accommodation choices have blackout blinds or curtains. The sun starts to rise at 5 am during June and doesn’t set until 10 pm some days, so you’ve been warned!

A picture of a pink sleep eye mask and a box of Mighty Earplugs on a Radley tote bag

Sunglasses – With sunnier days and more hours of sunlight, you would be wise to pack a set of sunglasses to protect your eyes, especially if driving eastwards at sunrise, or westwards at sunset. So, pop your favourite pair in your bag.

Packing for a trip to Ireland in June doesn’t have to be stressful or complicated. Whether you are planning on visiting the city, exploring the outdoors, or simply wanting to relax and take it easy, taking some basic items with you can help make your trip more comfortable and enjoyable.

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

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by Cath Jordan
Cath is an Irish expat and the founder of Travel Around Ireland. She and her husband both come from Dublin, where the rest of their family remains. They regularly return to the Emerald Isle to explore the country with their son as well as to visit family. Through Travel Around Ireland, Cath shares her local expertise and knowledge with travellers and visitors to Ireland. Find out more about Cath here.

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