How to camp safely in unpredictable Irish weather

July 10, 2024

Ireland’s weather is famously unpredictable. One minute, the sun is splitting the stones; the next, it’s bucketing down. With the possibility of experiencing all four seasons in one day, it’s essential to be prepared for anything, especially when camping.

Here’s how to ensure you camp safely and comfortably, no matter what the Irish weather throws your way.


1. Invest in Quality Gear



Your tent is your sanctuary against the elements. Opt for a waterproof, four-season tent that can withstand heavy rain and strong winds. A tent with a built-in rainfly and a robust groundsheet is essential to keep you dry.


Sleeping Bag and Mat

A four-season sleeping bag will keep you warm during chilly nights. Pair it with an insulated sleeping mat to add a layer of comfort and protection from the cold ground.



Pack layers. Merino wool and synthetic fabrics are excellent choices as they wick moisture away from your body, keeping you dry and warm. Include waterproof jackets and trousers, thermal base layers, and a hat and gloves. Even in summer, temperatures can drop unexpectedly.


2. Pack Smart


Dry Bags

Waterproof dry bags are indispensable for keeping your gear and clothing dry. Pack your essentials in these bags, and make sure your sleeping bag and clothes are securely stored away from moisture.



Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots are a must. Bring along an extra pair of dry socks and lightweight shoes for when you’re around the campsite.


Cooking Supplies

A portable camping stove is more reliable than an open fire, especially in wet conditions. Ensure you have enough fuel, waterproof matches, and a lighter. Bring a pot with a lid to cook meals quickly and conserve heat.


3. Stay Hydrated and Nourished



Always carry enough water. While paddling through the lakes, have a method for purifying water, such as a filter or purification tablets.



Opt for high-energy, non-perishable food items. Nuts, dried fruits, energy bars, and ready-to-eat meals are ideal. Plan your meals to ensure you have enough energy for the adventure.


4. Be Weather-Wise


Check the Forecast

Before you set out, check the weather forecast. While Irish weather can be unpredictable, knowing the expected conditions can help you prepare better.


Be Prepared for Rain

Always expect rain. Have your waterproof gear easily accessible, and set up your tent as soon as you arrive at your campsite to avoid pitching it in the rain.


5. Safety First


Plan Your Route

Familiarise yourself with the area and have a map and compass, even if you plan to use GPS. Know the location of emergency services and have a first aid kit on hand.


Inform Others

Let someone know your camping plans, including your route and expected return time. This ensures that someone is aware of your whereabouts in case of an emergency.

6. Embrace the Adventure


Paddle Through Tranquil Lakes

Our “Canoe and Camp” adventure offers a unique opportunity to paddle through the serene lakes of Cavan. Enjoy the peacefulness and the breathtaking scenery as you navigate through the waters.

Visit Clough Oughter Castle

This historic castle, located on a small island, is a highlight of the trip. The castle’s ruins provide a dramatic backdrop against the serene lake, making it a perfect spot for photos and reflection.

Camping in Ireland’s unpredictable weather can be a rewarding experience if you’re well-prepared. By investing in quality gear, packing smart, staying hydrated and nourished, being weather-wise, prioritising safety, and embracing the adventure, you can make the most of your camping trip. Our forthcoming “Canoe and Camp” adventure is a perfect opportunity to see the true beauty of Cavan’s lakes and landscapes, offering both tranquillity and excitement.

Canoe and Camp, is set to take place on Saturday 27th July through Sunday 28th July and promises an unforgettable journey through Cavan’s picturesque lakes and landscapes.

Join us for an unforgettable journey, and immerse yourself in the magic of Ireland’s natural beauty. For €175 per person, this slow adventure will leave you with memories to cherish and stories to tell. Embrace the adventure and prepare to experience the best of what Ireland has to offer, no matter the weather.