What to pack for Ireland

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  • June in Dublin and Galway

    by CoveLight Written Jun 8, 2014

    Luggage and bags: Backpack or messenger bag for walking. We found ourselves doing lots of walking and took everything for the day with us in the morning.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light shirt, light sweater, waterproof light jacket (layers) and long pants. I took a synthetic sweater but bought a sharp merino wool sweater that was much better in the damp climate on cooler days. Two pairs of Tilley pants were perfect bridge between jeans and business, and dried rapidly when got wet in rain. Umbrella (we left ours at home and ended up buying two collapsible Guinness umbrellas that were extremely handy). Sturdy waterproof walking shoes and a pair of more comfy shoes for end of long days walking around town. We would never have used shorts or sandals but sometimes June is warm enough in Ireland for that. We went with business casual which worked great for all settings. Don't take too many clothes. We let the hotel laundry service do our clothes half way.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring prescription medications and health records.

    Photo Equipment: We went with only iPhones and iPads, which were perfect. Backed up photos to the cloud using DropBox because PhotoSteam has been flakey. Missed cellular but found wifi in the hotel rooms and most of the cafes, but mistrusted "free" wifi that requested us to log. Maybe that was misplaced?

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We didn't do camping or hiking.

    Miscellaneous: Apple chargers are dual 120/250 volt, so just need adapters to get mechanically from the big UK 3-pronged socket down to the smaller North American 2 or 3 pronged plug. Brought two from home that we ordered online. The fused adapter we bought in Ireland would not accept our chargers' plugs because the sloped, spring-loaded black plastic bits inside would not slide down out of the way. We could not find a 250 to 120 volt converter for the hair straightener in Ireland, and wished we had bought a good quality one at home to bring. One hotel had a 120 volt NA plug, the other didn't. That plug was too far from the bed. Consider an extension cord spec'd for Irish mains volts/amps unless it will run from 120 volt source to appliance. Bring some large ziplock bags to organize things like documents and to keep snacks fresh. Bring a couple of Tupperware type containers for snacks in the room, and a knife, fork and spoon.

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    History & Mystery Walks: Dublin

    by hopang Updated Sep 13, 2013

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    Miscellaneous: History & Mystery Walks: Dublin is an inspirational walking guide for those who love to wander around the city on foot. This book complete with road maps helps you to explore the city's best known landmarks. There are 24 themed walking tours of 0.25 to 4 miles (0.4 to 6.4 km) including the following chapters:-

    - Dublin's Cultural Quarter, Temple Bar (chapter 5)
    - Around Dublin Castle and Christ Church (chapter 6)
    - A stroll around Phoenix Park (chapter 8)
    - Museums and Galleries of South Dublin (chapter 10)
    - Dublin's Men of Letters (chapter 12)
    - General Post Office to Glasnevin Cemetery (chapter 14)
    - Dublin's City Centre Music Venues (chapter 16)
    - An Irish Pilgrimage to Glendalough (chapter 19)
    - On the Waterfront (chapter 24)

    We certainly learned a lot about Dublin from this book and is highly recommended to those who love to visit and explore the city's landmarks on foot. Get yourself a copy whenever you visit the city of Dublin on your vacation. The book costs just €13.50 each and is available in many bookstores and/or souvenir shops in the city of Dublin.

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    Refrigerator's magnets as souvenirs

    by hopang Written Sep 13, 2013

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    Miscellaneous: We love refrigerator's magnets as souvenirs and we have large collections of refrigerator's magnets at our home in Sweden. We make it a point to purchase some refrigerator's magnets whenever we take a vacation in a foreign country. Thess kinds of refrigerator's magnets are available in almost every souvenir shops in the city of Dublin. They are hand-made high quality refrigerator's magnets. It costs approximately €3.00 to €4.00 per piece. You may buy from souvenir shops at Grafton Street or Henry Street in Dublin.

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    Ireland: The most changeable Country

    by arty_girl Updated Jun 6, 2011

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    Unpredictable is a good description. Yesterday I was in shorts and tshirt and too warm, today I'm shivering and wearing a coat.

    A good packing list for this time of year might be:

    1. Raincoats & Umbrellas (There's a shop in Ireland called Penney which sell umbrellas very cheap) I'd just buy them here if you're planning on packing light. It sells clothes too and is renowned for being cheap.

    2. Good walking/hiking shoes (especially for countryside), a pair of sandals can be good for shopping or suny weather... a pair of smart shoes for evenings wouldn't be a bad idea either!

    3. One good tip is to layer your clothes. On an average day I wear a strappy top, a tshirt and a cardigan/hoody (often all at once in the morning, then if it gets warmer I can just de-layer)

    4. Suncream (you might just get overcast weather the whole time but it can reach into the high 20's if you're lucky so worth bringing some just incase! You won't need anything like a battery fan... I've never needed one here as there's usually at least a breeze on sunny days

    5. Waistbag (I don't know about Clare & Kerry but I know Dublin has a bit of a problem of thieves, especially in tourist areas. I wouldn't worry too much but perhaps leave the bulk of your money in your B&B or else keep it in a moneybelt

    6. A couple of pairs of shorts/skirts wouldn't go a miss just incase it's sunny. Dark denim tends to wear well & can be washed easily at a B&B sink. I generally wear full length Jeans permanently, it seems to suit the climate most days.

    Feel free to drop me a line if you have any specific questions. I've also been to Dublin a few times.

    Cheers

    Arty

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  • Road maps !

    by knierpieper Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Miscellaneous: When you book a trip or rent a car you always get those flimsy roadmaps ! In the pages i read people are always complaining that they got lost because the signposts for towns and villages are in gaelic.Here's my tip: Buy a Ordnance Survey Ireland map of the area that you're in, the town and village names are there in Gaelic and English they're also available with a plastic coating specialy for hikers bikers andcyclists ! cost about 6.60 euro's in Ireland here in The Netherlands 10,33 Euro's but it is money well spent scale of the maps 1: 50.000. Archeological sites,walkways etc. and other points of interest are mapped on these great maps

    Get a good map !
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    Electronic gizmos and adapters to bring

    by ralph.soule Written Jul 31, 2010

    Luggage and bags: One wheeled bag and one backpack only, especially if you are going to be riding the train.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes that can get wet and still keep your feet dry.

    Photo Equipment: I brought three outlet adapters for iPod, digital cameras, HD movie camera, laptop (to upload pictures from camera and make Facebook updates), cell phone, and iPad. There were some nights when I needed all three adapters to charge devices for ourselves and the other couple that traveled with us.

    Miscellaneous: I brought a digital voice recorder on several tours after the second day. I should have done this earlier (Dublin Castle tour, Trinity College tour) because the tour guides speak quickly and you are often challenged to understand just what is in some of the pictures you take. My digital camera has an option to allow you to associate voice memos with pictures, but I did not use this as much as I should have.

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    Waterproofs

    by jo104 Updated Apr 19, 2010

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: walking shoes is a good idea, a good windbreaker & waterproofs.

    It does happen to rain often on ones parade!!

    Photo Equipment: You will need a UK 3 square prong adaptor a european adaptor will not work here

    Miscellaneous: Currency is Euro

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    Be ready for rain

    by donpaul77 Written Jan 12, 2009

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even if you are going there in the summer, be prepared for rain and wind with a light waterproof jacket that you can easily carry with you.

    Also, bring a light to medium wool or fleece sweater, any time of year. If you prepare for rough weather, it won't ruin your trip!

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    FOOD!

    by LSUbelle11 Written Aug 6, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: If you're a student or you're going to be cooking in your hostel or hotel, you may want to look into bringing your favorite American foods along with you. DEFINITELY take spices (like Louisiana's Tony Chacherie's) if you're not used to bland food.
    Also, the one thing that I wished I would have brought was Easy Mac! Or even regular macaroni! They don't have ANY!

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    June and July

    by LSUbelle11 Written Aug 6, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: SPLURGE ON AN EXPENSIVE CONVERTER! I got one from Brookstone for around $40 and was SO glad I bought it. I had friends whose hairdryers blew up in their hands and Chi straighteners melted because they had a crappy converter. It's an investment and definitely worth the money! You could just wait and buy your electronics there, but they're pretty expensive. I would DEFINITELY encourage the Brookstone converter if you're bringing a laptop or some other expensive electronic!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I was told that an Irish summer was like spring in Louisiana-- pretty comfortable, around 60 or 70 degrees. In July, that is basically the case, but in June, it is FREEZING! Make sure to bring an umbrella and rain jacket and rain boots if you have them. Layers are a must-- I bought tons of scarves. A peacoat would have been ideal. I also have some silk underwear from skiing that I wish I would have brought to wear underneath my jeans, something like that would have helped a lot! Underarmour would probably be nice too since it keeps you dry in the rain.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are pharmacies everywhere, but all of the brands are different so you definitely have to ask someone that works there to help you. I would also recommend actually packing your toiletries instead of buying them there-- it got expensive and they don't have anything like Wal-Mart! (The closest thing they have is Dunne's, but it doesn't have any electronics.)

    LAYERS! scarf, heavy jacket and longsleeves! Raining in Galway
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    Prepare for Rain

    by vbede Written Sep 3, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: A backpack is always handy

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A good raincoat
    An umbrella
    Fleece or pullover, even during summer months

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tested wet weather gear and tenting
    Ground cloth

    Miscellaneous: Two pairs of shoes or sandals
    Most common necessities can be obtained in Ireland without much problem.

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    DOn't Forget to Bring Warm CLothes

    by Rinjani Written Aug 20, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Although it's summer, you still need to pack jacket and sweater. Temperature is nice, although weather can easily change to rainy and windy.

    Bring the good walking shoes. The beautiful countryside of Ireland will make you walk, walk and walk. Also, good walking socks are useful.

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    Climate in Ireland

    by Leipzig Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    Miscellaneous:
    Thanks to the Gulf Stream the climate in Ireland is very mild. The warmest months are Mai to August with 16 - 19°C (51°F - 67°F) the coldest December and January with highs around 8°C (48°F ) and lows around 3°C (37°F). Spring and Autumn are usually moderate with 10 to 12°C (50 - 55°F).

    There is no special rainy season in Ireland. The maximum is in winter. However, the average number of days with precipitation lies every mounth above 25 - so expect every day a short shower. Long rainy periods are likely in winter.

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    Expect for the rain

    by afra Written Jul 25, 2007

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When someone from sunny Spain gets on the move towards Ireland for a fresh summer season, (s)he should expect for some rain. Well, the truth is you're not gonna get some rain, you're gonna get all the rain you can bear and some more. Really. Forget about planning the trip according to the weather 'cause the weather, I'm telling you, is gonna be like that all the time. Seriously. Just choose on what spot you wanna be showered.

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  • Southern Ireland is subtropical

    by gardenglenn Written Jun 2, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Travelling in Southern Ireland I was suprised to see palm trees, YES, palm trees. The southernmost parts of Ireland can get in the 80's. No one has air conditioning so you may have to ask for a fan in your room. We were there in late June. Don't bring a lot of shorts but pack at least one pair if going in the summer to southern Ireland. The beaches are beautiful in Wexford but the water is very cold.

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