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Miscellaneous: Hi there
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.
Updated Jun 6, 2011
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
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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.
Written Jul 31, 2010
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
Updated Apr 19, 2010
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!
Written Jan 12, 2009
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!
Written Aug 6, 2008
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.)
Written Aug 6, 2008
Luggage and bags: A backpack is always handy
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A good raincoat
Fleece or pullover, even during summer months
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tested wet weather gear and tenting
Miscellaneous: Two pairs of shoes or sandals
Most common necessities can be obtained in Ireland without much problem.
Written Sep 3, 2007
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.
Written Aug 20, 2007
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.
Updated Aug 3, 2007
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