You’ve booked your trip to Ireland and/or the UK! Now it’s time to think about all the items you may need while abroad. The weather often fluctuates, especially in the fall, so it’s a good idea to check the forecast right before you leave to ensure you have all the necessities to face the changing climate. Of course, showers and rainstorms are frequent on that side of the pond, so it’s always good to plan for any kind of weather, no matter what’s forecasted!

Below we’ve detailed some of the essentials that should make it into your suitcase:  

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Pack sweaters, short-sleeved shirts, a windbreaker or raincoat and a heavier coat. For days you’re out exploring, weather can change on a dime. So, best to layer up for those outdoor adventures! 

Waterproof Boots
As you can already tell, the weather is finicky and no one wants to walk through puddles! Boots, in general, are great if you’re visiting any landscapes with some rocky terrain. 

Thick Socks
To keep you nice and warm in those boots! You can find some made of high-quality Irish wool in many of the gift shops in Ireland, too—a great souvenir and something you can use while you’re exploring. 

Especially during the later part of fall when temperatures drop, you’ll want to keep your hands and head warm while you’re out and about! 

Type G Converter 
Ireland uses type G electrical outlets, so be sure to pack a compatible converter. 

Seems obvious, but we do recommend bringing a copy of your passport for back-up, too, just in case the unthinkable happens! 

Something small enough to fit in your suitcase but durable against the outdoors (read: rain!). A backpack will make toting your belongings around much easier than a purse or pocket, plus you’ll have room for any souvenirs you might collect along your outing. Note: some tours/attractions may limit the size of the bag you can bring inside, so it’s always best to check first. One of our By-Your-Side Service℠ TEAM members can help with that information, too! 

The Full List:


  • Shirts/blouses (long and short sleeved)
  • Shoes (sneakers/waterproof boots)
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (year-round)
  • Swimsuit (seasonal)
  • Pajamas 
  • Underwear & socks
  • Sweater/cardigan
  • Pants/shorts/jeans/capris
  • Gloves, scarf & hat (seasonal)
  • Jacket/dress (upscale dining) 
  • Activewear (based on itinerary)


  • Small purse/wallet (keep close to you)
  • Debit/credit cards (credit card required for car rentals)
  • Foreign currency
  • Tenon Tours travel vouchers
  • Drivers license/photo ID
  • Passport (original & photocopy for backup)
  • Flight confirmation info
  • Travel protection/insurance information


  • Camera, GoPro & related gear
  • Laptop/tablet (if preferred for business travel) 
  • E-book reader
  • All chargers necessary
  • Type G adaptor/converter


  • General toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush/paste, floss, deodorant, lotion and/or sunscreen)
  • Medicine (enough for duration of trip & kept in original bottle)
  • Necessary medical equipment
  • Grooming/beauty essentials (shaving cream, brush, makeup, feminine products) 
  • Glasses/contacts/sunglasses
  • Washcloth


  • Yoga mat & props (based on itinerary)
  • Backpack/daypack
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Watch/alarm clock 
  • Earplugs
  • Neck pillow
  • Resealable plastic baggies
  • Sewing kit and/or first aid kit
  • Travel guides/maps
  • Jewelry
  • Journal & pen


We hope you’re feeling ready for your trip! Of course, we’re always by your side for any questions that arise, whether that’s during your trip preparation or while in-destination. Time to get to packing all your cozy sweaters and socks! 

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