Packing for an Irish Road Trip

Tomorrow is the day that Ryan and I take off on a 6-day/5-night road trip around Ireland. We have a kind of plan, and hostle reservations for each night. But seeing as how I am a well traveled person who always plans ahead and is ready for any and every thing possible to go wrong, I save my packing for the night before.


I cannot remember the last trip I went on when I actually packed early and was not stressing over what to take and how to fit it all in my bag.

Will I ever learn? No… probably not.

So! In efforts to de-stress myself later tonight when I am home from work, I’m going to make a list of things I need to pack for this trip on my blog. This will both help me and help you! You’ll be able to see the ever-growing list of things that are needed versus wanted on a trip.

Let the fun begin!


Logically, I shouldn’t pack much right? I mean, we are only going for a few days, not even a whole week. But I am a girl and will inevitably over pack.

The weather (KNOCK ON WOOD!!!!!) is calling for upper teens (mid-upper 60s) and partly cloudy skies the entire time we will be on the road. That’s great news, but if there is anything I’ve learned living in Ireland for a year, it’s that the weather man has gotten it wrong more times than he has gotten it right. Plan for rain.

Rain jacket     Hat     2 pair of shoes     3 t-shirts    3 sleeveless tops

2 jumpers     2 Leggings     Jeans     2 shorts     Swim suit     Scarf

I say those will be the only things I’ll pack, but I know how I work. Clothes will be piled all over my bed, and I’ll still take more than what I need.


When I am backpacking, I travel light with my electronics. I rarely take my laptop with me out of fear of something happening to it. Seeing as how Ryan and I will have a car to carry our stuff in, I will risk it and go a little extra on my gadgets.

Kindle    iPhone     Nikon     MacBook   Chargers for all


This afternoon I will head over to Tesco and stock up on munchies for the week. It’s crucial to have food on you while traveling. Sometimes you’ll get off the beaten path and will not come upon a bar, corner store, or restaurant for hours. No one likes to travel while hungry. We will get irritable and then angry and then the next thing you know, you’ve turned Hangry.

Nothing is worse than being Hangry.

Also while traveling on a budget, it’s best to save your money and eat what you have as much as possible. Food on the road can save you so much money!

Bread   Peanut Butter    nutrigrain bars    nature valley bars    noodles

Spaghetti sauce    crisps    chocolate     fruit


These are the items that I will end up packing but either really don’t need them or know they will somehow come in handy.

Towel     deck of cards      medicine     band aids     Sun glasses    ponytail bands

Let’s see how well I do later tonight.

😉 MC

2 thoughts on “Packing for an Irish Road Trip

  1. Morgan thanks for following my blog, because otherwise I wouldn’t have found yours!! I hope you’re having an amazing time on your Irish road trip. I have been planning on doing one for years, but being Irish, it just hasn’t happened. There were far more important cities and countries for me to see outside of the Emerald Isle! 🙂 I can’t wait to read more about your adventures!! Slán go fóil 🙂

    1. Ah thanks!! 🙂 The trip was incredible! I fell head over heals in love with Donegal. Be on the look out for my posts on the road trip. They’ll be leaked slowly over the next few weeks.

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