Packing List, Dublin
Luggage and bags:
Bring a Bag for shopping. They do not give out plastic bags, only paper. These will not hold up after a whole day of walking around. I would bring a cloth bag with handles, so that those souvenirs will find a comfy place.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Temple Bar streets are not the cleanest, so shoes that can be cleaned in the wash are best.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: band aids for blisters from walking
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: umbrella
Miscellaneous: plastic water bottle--you can't always drink beer... ha
Get a city map from the tourist bureau located at the edge of temple bar area.
Tennis shoes or flat shoes - lots of wet cobblestone streets
An umbrella :)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Wash Cloths and/or face cloths - none in the hotels or B&Bs
Photo Equipment: Extra memory cards
Miscellaneous: Voltage Adapter as well as a plug adapter (my curling iron plugged in fine but the higher voltage fried it after a few minutes).
Sugar substitute and coffee creamer - Ireland prefers simply sugar and heavy cream or milk with coffee.
Photo Equipment: The more the better, there is so much to photograph in Dublin! Me being a photo freak I encourage you to take pictures of everything. If you have a digital camera get a photo bank or a reaaaly big memory card. If you prefer analogue better buy film in your home country, because film is expensive in Dublin and might cost you a fortune!
Luggage and bags:
If I am doing a weekend trip, I usually carry a small carry on bag, like my Coach weekend bag which is big enough for everything I would need for the short trip.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For a weekend trip like the one to Dublin, which was during the fall, I took two pair of jeans, a pair of comfortable walking shoes, a pair of comfy boots, a light jacket, cotton longsleeve blouses and one warmer sweater in case it got cold.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I usually take my own shampoo and conditioner, body scrub, brush, hair accessories, contact solution, spare pair of contact lenses, contact case, facial cleanser, motrin and my asthma medication.
Photo Equipment: My camera, extra battery, 2g and a 4g memory card, charger for the battery.
Miscellaneous: I always carry with a small umbrella and a pashmina. I take my own adaptor for my electrical accesories.
Luggage and bags:
A small roll-aboard will be enough for just a weekend away. Pack as light as you can and then take half out.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring rain gear, just in case, as well as umbrellas too. Rain here is often in the forecast and it is better to be prepared than not.
If your travelling in the colder months definitely bring a hat, gloves and scarf. Dress in layers; it can really get chilly.
Photo Equipment: Always have a camera with you everywhere on VT. It is a must do.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I think I probably give this tip on all my pages...or not... Anyway, comfortable shoes are always very important and Dublin is not an exception. First of all everything is relativly close together so if you walk you don't really realize how much you have walked. You look up and realize you have been on your feet for 6 hours and your feet and back are killing you. And Second there are no benches. Lots of streets for shopping and such but there is no place just to sit and rest. One would expect at least one bench on a broad avenue such as O'Connell Street or a shopping street like Grafton but there are none so it may be awhile until you find some where you can sit and take a break. Because of this you will want to make sure your feet are as comfortable as possible. '
Luggage and bags:
Light luggage and/or bags, always!!!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dublin doesn't have a climate; it has weather. Insanely unpredictable weather. This means you have to pack well and sensibly. Bring an umbrella and a light waterproof jacket. Wear comfortable sneakers with good traction. Bring along a sweatshirt. I wore jeans and cotton tops. It was bitter cold and raining the first few days I was there, but then warmed right up. Just be ready for anything.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Everything is easy enough to get in the city. Though the exchange rate may effect the prices.
Photo Equipment: I had a crappy little digital camera at the time, and wasn't satisfied with the results. I have a beautiful and wonderous canon now, and wish I had the money to go back a re-take some better photos. But to each his own.
Luggage and bags:
Depends on how long your staying but a larg holdal medium size case should be big enough for your stay if it is for a short stay.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Warm clothing is needed even if coming in the summer. Bring summer clothes but remember to pack a jumper and long trousers as well as it can be pretty cold and wet. Bring a water proof jacket incase of rain. Remember a good pair of walking shoes. If you are planning to go to any pubs or clubs bring smart clothes and smart shoes. Bring your sunglasses as you never no after all the first time i went to dublin it was November the sun was shining and it was warm (nicer than the spanish weather the day before)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You should be able to find all your toiletries you need here although this may more expensive than some are used to. Bring any medcines you need with you as what you can by over the counter in Ireland is a lot more limited than it is in places such as America and a lot more expensive.
Photo Equipment: This is a must digital camera with plenty of memory sticks or ordinary camera with plenty of film and perhaps a spare camera just incase. I would also recommend taking your video camera to capture the beauty of this city. However remember to bring all chargers and batteries with you as you will probably not be able to find equipment compatible with your camera if you dont. This is because Ireland run of a power supply similar to that of the UK and use three prong plug with a different voltage from the rest of europe and as far as i am aware rest of the world
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Dont do camping so I cant really comment on this.
Miscellaneous: UK/Ireland type adapter is a must if you want to use any kind of electrical equipment and you should find out if your equipment is compatiable.
If you travel on November take a good sweater, jumper etc........ weather is very cold and an umbrella most part of time is raining and never knows when stop o start rain again.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some pils if you suffer headache
Photo Equipment: First thing on my bag is my sister´s digital camera
Photo Equipment: If your travelling from the United States you will have to buy a plug adapter The power source and plugs are different in Ireland. Before I left for the trip I did my homework and found that any charger for digital cameras or camcorders are dual voltage that can run off of 120V or 240/250. If you have any older equipment I'd check. I bought a $ 3.00 plug adapter on Ebay and it worked perfect, I always had charged batteried.
Miscellaneous: Dublin has a few Tourist Information Offices all around the town. The main office can be found at 14 Upper O'Connell Street; other ones are located at the Airport or the Ferry Terminal in Dun Laoghaire. Don't forget to ask them for a free map of Dublin. It gives you a good overview of the city centre, the main sights and public transportation.
Umbrella!!!! A good one.
Comfortable shoes, if you want to see everything that Dublin can offer you!
Photo Equipment: Films, films, films!
You always discover something worth a photo. And suddenly you realize that this is the fifth film you put in the camera already.
Miscellaneous: Don't forget to bring some salt, pepper, other spices. Food can be soooo expensive, f.e. Spagetti Carbonara for 12 Euros!!! It is much more cheaper to go to a supermarket., buying stuff and cook in the hostels kitchen, if there is one. It would be really annoying to have to buy basic things like salt...
Comfortable shoes: you walk and walk from north to south without realising how much you are walking;
In spring, rain jacket with hood or hat, the umbrella if it really pours down as i find it pretty useless if is just drizzling;
Luggage and bags: Make sure you pack your golf clubs! I rented a car and drove down south to Waterbury and played a beautiful round of golf. They gave me two young caddies who were hilarious. They were as interested in my culture as I was in theres.
Luggage and bags:
After much deliberation on the subject I have finally settled on a list of essential items to pack when one visits Dublin!
1. Wellington Boots: These can prove invaluable when wading - sorry walking - through Dublin's streets and/or visiting pub toilets. A must!
2. Sunglasses: Not for the usual purpose of course as the requirement rarely if ever presents itself to have to shield one's eyes from the glare of the sun. They are essential however for when one revisits the pub one was in the night before as it is likely the barstaff will find it difficult to readily recognise the eejit who fell out the door singing 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling' while wearing a loo seat around their neck a few hours previously!
3. A Good Big Book: Handy for throwing at barmen to attract their attention when one has been waiting fifteen minutes for service!
4. Passport: Great for propping up the wobbly leg of a pub table and therefore avoiding spilling one's Guinness unnecessarily.
5. ATM Card: If used intelligently of course - ie. hand it to the barman the day you arrive and collect what's left of it when your holiday is over.
6. A Cloth Cap: Helps avoid the irritating scratches and bruises one tends to accumulate when one is constantly falling over. If not to hand most pubs generously provide loo roll which when wound tightly around the bonce affords similar protection.
7. Thermal Underwear: A necessity late at night as one waits at a taxi rank (whole generations of Dubliners have been conceived, reared, qualified from school and entered chosen careers while waiting for a taxi to arrive)!
8. English/Chinese Dictionary: For ordering drink from lounge staff currently - anybody interested in buying an old English/Canadian dictionary?
9. Ear Plugs: There's only so many times one can listen to the bloody Wild Rover song! And finally ...
10. A Large Street Map: Makes a great table covering for absorbing spilt beer and scares the bejaysus out of taxi drivers!