What to bring to Ireland.
Luggage and bags: Pack light, you wont need alot of dressy clothes. There is no where to wear them. Think warm and comfortable. Maybe 1 dress for special occasion or night out. Unless you stay in a big city like Dublin - there are only small pubs. No night clubs in small towns.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Think comfortable. They do not wear high heels around Ireland and the roads and side walks are very uneven.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: BRING TOWELS! If they have towels (self catering cottages do not) they will be small. So bring one of your own to be safe.
Photo Equipment: Digital is my choice.
Miscellaneous: SPICES!!!!!!!!!!! They do not use spices, nor sell spices in Ireland. They have very bland food and again if you are in a self catering cottage as we were, there are absolutely no spices. Also, I would've killed for a non stick frying pan, with all the cooking anc cleaning I did with 4 kids. Also there is a "mapquest" type of site for Europe that I found VERY helpful to guide us there and back on the roads. SEE LINK BELOW
Don't forget a plug converter!!!
Luggage and bags: Don't forget a plug converter: In some houses you may need an european-like plug, and some others only english-american. So do not forget it, otherwise you may have problems to use your electrical items.
Wind stopper higly recomended
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remember to pack a wind stop jacket... on the west coast I was almost flying away as a kite!!!
If you want to stand admiring the sea in a stormy day (and you do must do this!!!) you cannot miss this kind of clothe.
Stuff to take to Ireland
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a lightweight rain jacket, one you can tie around your waist. Don't worry about looking like a tourist...you will look like a tourist anyway...plus the jacket can provide extra pockets for stuff.
Photo Equipment: In addition to your usual camera, bring a couple of paper cameras so you can ask strangers to take your picture. Paper cameras are easy to use so a language barrier won't be a problem, and you don't have to worry about the camera being taken.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Hiking and Walking
Luggage and bags: I take two 26" rolling duffle bags...one has my clothes in it, the other is empty to bring back those wonderful bargains I find. For my carry on I use a backpack with meds, makeup, tolietries, camera, film, etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack light....They have laundromats if you are opposed to wearing your clothes more than once but due to the great weather it is perfectly easy to rewear anything a time or twoand be comfortable doing so...Take clothing that can be worn in layers and don't forget your unbrella, raincoat/poncho, and an extra pair of shoes in case you get yours wet and it takes a day for them to dry out....you may need rain gear and you may not but the odds are that you will and it you aren't prepared it could cause you to waste a lot of in your room days and Ireland is far to lovely to waste even an hour due to the rain....
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you take enough of any prescription meds that you are required to use because the only way to get a refill is to pay for a doctor's visit....
Photo Equipment: Take tons of film, and any kind of camera will do to capture those beautiful sites you are going to see.Related to:
- National/State Park
- Road Trip
Be prepared for the weather
Luggage and bags: Waterproof ones
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: To suggest wellies would be a rather obvious ethnic sterotype, so I won't do it. (oops)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: towels (Dry and fluffy)
Photo Equipment: waterproof cameras
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: waterproof tents
Beach - are you serious ?
Miscellaneous: An umbrella - it rained everyday I was in Ireland in July / Aug 2003. Often without a break between the days. One Hotel we stayed in had a very nice beer garden - or was it a swimming pool. ?
I read a discussion Forum a few month back on VT about the weather in the west of Ireland. One person, perhaps only half jokeingly suggested that due to the high incidence of showers in Ireland followed by sunshine the ideal solution was to go prepared - apply suncrean to your brolly !
Luggage and bags: If you're planning to take public transportation, restrain yourself to ONE bag that's compact and easy to carry. Luggage racks in buses are narrow and sometimes slippery, so if you don't want your bag falling on your head, bring something small and keep it under your seat.
(A tip: I bought a lot of books and other heavy items, so halfway through my trip I bought a cheap duffel bag, loaded all the stuff I didn't need daily into that, and consigned it to the Left Luggage at the nearest railway station. Perfectly safe, cheap -- a couple of euros a day -- and easy on the back. Another trick I learned years ago, when I was a student with a backpack and a rail pass: mail your books home. Book-rate postage is generally cheap, and, although it can take weeks for your parcel to arrive, I've NEVER lost a packet of books in the mail.)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Closed, waterproof shoes are a must. Sandals are a waste unless you enjoy cold, wet feet.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Gore-Tex is overkill unless you're planning to climb mountains or sail. Of course it rains a lot, but it's warm rain, so you're perfectly OK with a light raincoat and hat, or an umbrella, or even a nylon poncho. (If you come from a non-rainy part of the world, wait to buy rain gear until you get to Ireland. As you might expect, the selection is excellent in all price ranges.)
rain! rain! rain!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: no matter what is the season you can never be safe from rain. pack a waterproof jacket and shoes so that you won't miss out on anything cos of bad weather
Photo Equipment: landscapes are great and you deffenitly want to take a picture to look at it when you get home. it would be handy if you have a waterproof camera.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
A good Map Helps!
Luggage and bags: Best to pack some kind of wet weather gear, no matter what time of the year you go.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy walking shoes are a must if you want to explore.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Can all be bought locally.
Photo Equipment: No problems getting film or batteries. bring lots as there are a great many things worth photographing.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Always handy to have some beach gear, Ireland has some of the best beaches in Europe.
Miscellaneous: If you are touring on your own I would recommend a good map of the country. There are many smaller roads that can be used on a scenic drive.
Always take warm clothes!
Luggage and bags: Is there anything better than a suitcase on wheels?
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always, always take an umbrella and warm clothes, in September especially. An Irish sweater is made for this weather.
Photo Equipment: Plenty of film for this picturesque country.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Take a good pair of hiking shoes or boots, the terrain is rocky and slippery in the Irish mist.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
Luggage and bags: Pack what you think you will need and then leave half of it at home. I fit more than I needed into a small carry on bag. DO bring rain gear! And a small flashlight can come in handy walking through the smaller hamlets at night. And bring an empty carryon bag. You will be returning home with this bag filled with purchases. Save all your receipts as you can be reimbursed for the VAT tax at the airport before you leave Ireland.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I don't know anything about the warmer months in Ireland. I've only been there in the cooler 'low season'. If you plan to visit Ireland in the low-season, don't be too concerned about the cold. You won't need a big, warm coat. Just bring 'layers' like a good wool sweater and a light rain/wind breaker. And WOOL socks.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You CANNOT get a shave at ANY barber shop in Ireland. Something about liability, in case there is a cut. Make sure to bring our own shaving utensils.
Photo Equipment: Photography can be a little frustrating in Ireland. If it is not raining, it is at least normal for the skies to be overcast. This turns the billiant greens to a duller shade of green. I have some very sophisticated photographic equipment, but I found myself wishing I'd brought a simple, small, pocket sized, autofocus and autoflash camera for the close quarters of the pubs.
Miscellaneous: Bring photos of your home town. Or any place you have ever traveled. People will love looking at your photos.Related to:
- Budget Travel
Bring a guide with you !
Miscellaneous: If you don't want to miss interesting places on your travels through the beautiful irish landscape bring "The companion guide to Ireland" by Brendan Lehane with you.
This book will give you more detailed information about the area you're in than anyother travelguide we've read There are 516 pages (incl index) which will give you nearly all Ireland has to offer !
And yes there are some pictures in it ! but not a lot. ISBN 0 00 217336 0Related to:
- Castles and Palaces
- Road Trip
Luggage and bags: My back pack
Rolling suitcase- duffel
An empty bag for STUFF
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Black Doc Martens
Comfy sneakers-walking shoes
enough shirts for 13 days
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Brush
Contacts & cleaner
Photo Equipment: Camera and FILM
Video Camera AND TAPES Bring its case
Charger for the camera
Battery for camera
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bathing Suit
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Rope comes in mighty handy
Luggage and bags: I prefer a backpacking bag; it's easy to carry and you can get anything into them. But a lot of people use suitcases; if this is you, I highly recommend one with wheels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: light pants(cotton or khaki, no denim), a few good t-shirts, a sweat shirt, and a jacket; layers are a wonderous, yet useful, thing.
good walking shoes, with wool socks and sock liners.
A poncho (they'll even cover your pack), and a ballcap.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: duh...the stuff you'll need to brush your teeth, wash your hair, etc...
Photo Equipment: umm...a camera, lots of film, and batteries, can't forget the extra batteries
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: come on, you all should know
Miscellaneous: hmmm....I always recommend bringing a few garabage bags; you never know when your stuff is going to get soaked, and a dryer isn't accessable. I also recommend rope because, hey, it's sooo incrediably useful.Related to:
- Study Abroad
Luggage and bags: Dont Bring too much luggage, there is probably a good chance that if you take a plane to go Ireland, you'll land at Dublin, then if going to a different county, you'll need to travel on a crowded, old fashioned train. It is very ard travelling around ireland with big luggage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather can be very Unpredictable. If travelling in the Summer, bring summer clothes, ie T shirt, shorts, and just a few jumpers and long bottoms. But in winter, it can be very cold and you'll most likely see several inches of snow.
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