What To Wear In Ireland In August

Right, now that we have the need-to-knows out of the way, it’s time to look at what to wear in Ireland in August and what to bring with you.

Below, you’ll find the type of plugs we use along with a mix of other essential items for your Ireland packing list for August.

1. The essentials

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The easiest way to start putting together any packing list is to begin with the essentials. These differ from person to person, but we’ll pop some suggestions below to give you a general idea. 

The first thing on every list should be a valid passport, so get that checked well in advance!

Most of us can’t live without our phones, and personally, I like to travel with my laptop, camera, and tablet. If you’re planning on bringing gadgets, don’t forget their chargers and to buy an adaptor if you need one (Irish plugs are type G with three rectangular prongs). 

If you take prescription medication, don’t forget to pack it as you might not be able to get it once you arrive. This also applies to any specific toiletries you normally use. 

The weather in August can be perfect for hiking and exploring cities and towns on foot. That’s why a day bag is one of our must-haves – they are super handy for storing snacks, your water bottle, and any extra layers. 

A neck pillow and headphones are also super useful for long trips. 

2. The waterproofs

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We talk about things to avoid in Ireland a fair bit on this website – one of the key points is not to assume the weather will be grand.

Even though it’s summer, as we explained earlier, the weather in August can vary from year to year and even day to day. So waterproofs always have a firm place on our packing list no matter what time of the year it is. 

Since August temperatures are typically quite warm, we’d suggest bringing along a lightweight waterproof that you can easily throw on top of your clothes and keep in your day bag. If you’re mostly sticking to exploring cities and towns, a small umbrella might come in useful too. 

3. Warm weather must-haves

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Hopefully, you’ll be lucky with the weather and get to enjoy some sunshine and warm temperatures. For summer in Ireland, we recommend packing clothing that will keep you cool, as well as some light layers for cooler nights and days. 

For women, dresses/skirts, shorts, and light trousers are great alongside some light tops and t-shirts. For men, we suggest packing pairs of shorts, a pair of pants/jeans, some t-shirts and light shirts. 

Other warm weather must-haves are sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat or cap. 

4. The evening wear

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Evenings in Ireland tend to be more on the casual side, with men usually wearing a pair of pants/jeans and a shirt, and women wearing jeans/skirts with a top or a casual dress.

This is perfectly acceptable for a couple of drinks down at the pub or a meal at a regular restaurant. 

Now, if you have plans to treat yourself to some fine dining or a cocktail or two at an upmarket bar, then you should plan ahead and bring something a little smarter. 

5. The activity-specific clothing

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Many of the various attractions in Ireland don’t require any specialist gear. The exception is if you plan on tackling one of the various hikes in Ireland.

Since temperatures are warm in August, it’s important to bring a large water bottle to keep hydrated, a wide-brim hat to protect your head and some sturdy footwear.

When heading out, don’t forget to pack some extra layers in your day bag too as it can get cooler up in the mountains. 

Since summer is in full swing, you’ll probably want to go to the beach, so swimwear and a light microfibre towel are recommended. 

Lastly, we always suggest having at least one pair of comfortable shoes as Irish cities and towns are wonderful for exploring on foot. 

FAQs about what to wear in Ireland in August

We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘What Ireland packing list for August is the cheapest?’ to ‘Are pubs in August casual?’.

In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.

What should I wear in Ireland in August?

With highs of 18°C/64°F and lows of 11°C/52°F, you should pack light layers (t-shirts, polos, shirts, polos, shorts, skirts etc) along with a good waterproof outer-layer.

How do people dress in Dublin in August?

Dublin is known to be casual, with the exception of fine dining establishments. You’ll find people in bars and restaurants in shorts, light trousers and generally smart casual clothing.

Right – let’s get you up-to-speed on what to pack for a trip to Ireland nice and quickly.

1. Be wary of what you see online

As mentioned in the introduction, most packing lists for Ireland try to push you towards buying unnecessary items. Take everything you see online about what to pack for Ireland with a pinch of salt.

2. A rule of thumb is to pack for all seasons

The weather in Ireland can be very unpredictable and it’s not uncommon to experience every season in one day. It’s worth bringing a variety of clothing to suit every type of weather regardless of when you visit, e.g. a rain coat, a warm jumper etc.

3. Where you’re from matters

If you’re from somewhere particularly cold, you may find winter in Ireland mild and pleasant. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re from a hot or tropical climate, summer in Ireland (depending on the kind of summer we’re having that year) can feel a little cool. See our guide to the best time to visit Ireland if you’re under of when to visit!

4. Layers are your friend

One of the most useful what to wear in Ireland travel tips is to bring plenty of layers. If it gets too warm, you can take them off. If it gets too cold, you can throw one on.

5. Don’t stress

Don’t worry too much about what to pack for Ireland – once you have the essentials (especially the expensive essentials, like a coat), you’re sorted. If worst comes to worst you can buy what you need when you land!

4 steps that’ll help you figure out what to pack for Ireland

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You’ll find what to wear in Ireland for every month further down. But before you scroll, it’s worth noting that no Ireland packing list will exactly suit your needs.

So, with this in mind, it’s worth follow the below steps so that you ensure you bring everything you need with you.

Step 1: Understand the seasons

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It’s worth having a good understanding of the different seasons in Ireland before you do anything else.

Above, you’ll get a sense of average temperatures for each chunk of the year. This will help you when you arrive at step 2.

Step 2: List out your essentials

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The most useful step when trying to decide what to wear in Ireland is to list out your essentials.

These are the things you can’t do without, regardless of time of year. Here are some examples:

  • Valid passport
  • Adaptor – Ireland uses Type G power plugs with a 230V supply voltage and a 50Hz frequency. 
  • Camera, phone, tablet, laptop, headphones etc.
  • Chargers
  • Medicine 
  • Toiletries
  • Reusable water bottle 
  • Day bag or small rucksack

Step 3: Packing for specific activities

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There’s endless things to do in Ireland, from hikes and walks to museums, castles and more.

Some activities will require very specific items. If you’re an avid hiker, then waterproofs, hiking shoes, and a comfortable backpack are a must.

For a city break, pack comfortable shoes if you plan to explore on foot.

Swimwear is a must for summer beach breaks, and in the winter, don’t forget extra layers to help keep you sheltered from the wind during coastal walks. 

Step 4: Remember that Ireland is fairly casual

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Generally speaking, Ireland is quite casual. Most people wear jeans and a shirt or blouse when eating out in restaurants or heading to the pub.

However, if you plan to enjoy some fine dining or want to hit up a fancy bar, then this calls for some more formal attire.

In this case, we’d recommend planning ahead and packing something a little nicer. 

Step 5: Take weather forecasts with a pinch of salt

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Before your trip, it’s a good idea to double-check the weather in advance to give yourself a better idea of what to pack.

Take the forecast from weather apps with a pinch of salt, as (like we’ve mentioned before) the weather in Ireland sometimes has its own plans… so pack for every scenario!

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