Really, be prepared for rain. Expect showers almost every day when not travelling in mid-summer, but that's not to bad if you are prepared for it! It's quiet fine walking through rainy, foggy hills if you're dry under your clothes. But it's no fun walking in soaking wet jeans and sneakers, even on shorter trips.
Remember to protect your backpack from the rain, too.
Photo Equipment: Get a film with at least speed 400, because anything less will not give you the real colors (mostly slight variations in green shades) and that would be a shame!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It really does rain alot, especially in the winter months. There is mud everywhere. So do bring good walking shoes. Most people dress casual, and it is a poor country, so shiny, new desginer clothes will definatly stand out.
When travelling to Ireland, make sure to pack rain gear. Irish weather is very unpredictable except that you are likely see some rain during your visit here.
Also bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes as the best way to see the country side and many of it sights is by foot.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't forget your rain gear! It was mostly sunny and fairly warm during my stay in July but a raincoat or umbrella was needed from time to time. I wouldn't reccomend flip-flops, though I wear them all of the time. The one day it really poured I was wearing my flops and slipped down a grassy hill....thankfully no one saw me but a more sensible pair of shoes might have helped my tracking and kept my toes much warmer and drier.
Luggage and bags:
I took a medium size pack along with a back pack. It was really heavy, I learned what not to bring! (like homework!)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I wore my tennis shoes every day. Definetly bring a warm jacket, hat, and mittens if you go during the colder months. It was freezing by the ocean.
Photo Equipment: If you have a telephoto lens, bring it.
Miscellaneous: THERE ARE NO CASH MACHINES IN THE SMALL TOWNS! we made it by charging as much as we could!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We were there in summer and experienced a few times sunshine, wind and rain on the same day, so you could pack a bit of everything ;-) rain gear, t-shirts, a light jacket if the evening turns cold etc
Luggage and bags:
I was thinking about carrying on all my bags, but after the distance I had to travel when changing planes in London (Heathrow), I'm glad I checked. I did carry on a backpack with my 'essentials'
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The weather was exceptionally nice in Ireland, but it did rain a bit, and I was glad I had my waterproof hiking jacket! Comfortable walking shoes are a must.
The usual. Prepare for some rain. Have a waterproof coat with a hat...that hepled me out. We actually had wonderful weather, but the rain still makes it appearance. We even got snow the last day. So an umbrella is nice too.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing out of the ordinary.
Photo Equipment: As much film as you can handle!!! Or better yet, buy a digital camera!
Miscellaneous: A Michelen map was very nice.
We had two books with us that were pretty handy. I'll find those names for you later.
Waterproof clothing, in case of rain :)
Photo Equipment: Readily available everywhere. There are some very good specialists photography shops in all the main towns
Miscellaneous: Your smile. It will be returned to you a thousand times.
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good hiking shoes and rain gear
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing special
Photo Equipment: No problems, maybe a set of good lenses
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It rains a lot on the West coast. There are little camping sites, so you are better of staying in rellatively cheap Bed and breakfasts. The are even in the most remote parts of the Island. So basicly everywere.
Miscellaneous: Creditcards, Vitamin Supplements, the food is generally fat and not very nutricious
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Softy day, windy day! Listen or read the weather forecasts, allways! Be aware that the weather can change really quickly. Fleeces, walking shoes, rainproof jacket(s), ...On this picture you see me, soaked...
Layer, layer, layer! I would recommend a hooded rain coat so you don't have to fool with an umbrella--showers tended to be short and sweet. Visiting in July the days warmed up but cooled down significantly at night.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Leave the curling iron and hair dryer at home..pack a hat and hair ties instead.
Luggage and bags:
We found that one suitcase and one carry-on bag was more than enough for each of us for a 2 week stay. You can save on space in your baggage by washing out your undies and socks in the evening and laying them on the radiator to dry. When the B&B turns the heat on in the morning most items laying on the rad dry rather quickly.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: although we didn't see much rain on our stay we are sure that this is not normally the case.
Be sure to pack a good packable raincoat and waterproof boots or shoes as many sites involve a lot of outdoor walking.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We wish we would have brought our own facecloth as most B&Bs don't supply anything smaller than a towel for washing. we are used to washing up and showering with a facecloth and found this to be a minor incovenience.
Photo Equipment: Bring whatever gear you like but be advised that many sites will not allow photos to be taken inside and that many more do not allow the bright lights accompanying movie cameras.
Buy your film at home as it is expensive in Ireland.
Miscellaneous: A compass actually came in handy on this road trip as we often got turned around on the twisty roads and thaought we were travelling a different direction than we actually were.
Luggage and bags:
Medium size upright wheeled bag. If you are taking a car make sure you get one with a trunk and place everything in it. If you are staying at B&B's remember you have to carry your own luggage and most B&B's have steps. Don't take more than you can carry!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Loghtweight jacket. We have gone from sunny to hail and back again all in one day in one location. Casual dress is accepted everywhere.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Towel wipes and basic first aid kit.
Most people will already have advised you about the usual stuff - rain gear, hangover cures etc - so I'll concentrate this list instead on the things you may find essential for a pleasurable sojourn through the old sod but of which most tour guides might have neglected to inform you:
1. A hatpin or knitting needle (size 6 upwards): Very handy for 'motivating' the ass steering your cart in Killarney to observe the correct route and pace in transporting you to the famed Gap of Dungloe. Can also be used to poke the poor animal pulling the cart too!
2. Mace: Essential for warding off the unwanted and foul attentions of lecherous old bachelor farmers in country pubs - but be warned, several applications may be required! More modern tourists will find the use of the aerosol version of the weapon can also be just as effective. Oh, and you women should also think of bringing some too!
3. Several spare tyres: Required if driving more than thirty yards in any direction in the Cavan area. Cavan farmers get round this problem by having several spare BMWs (as well as several 'spare' dairy cattle north of the border).
4. Screwdriver: Not an essential item if one avoids Limerick City.
5. Organ Donor Card and Last Will and Testamant: Advisable to have on one's person if one's car has to stop at a red light in the Summerhill, Sean McDermott Street, Upper Gardiner Street or Mountjoy Square areas of Dublin.
6. A canister of Nitrous Oxide: Otherwise known as 'laughing gas', you will find inhaling this extremely useful for avoiding offending the local who has earmarked you (quite literally) to be an audience for his 'hilarious' tales of life in the ould days. Note: Never ever inhale this gas in the North of Ireland!
7. Your psychiatrist's emergency contact number: Will almost definitely be required by drivers after a day of trying to navigate this land with the sole aid of Irish signposts. Also handy for those dependent on Irish Rail and Bus Éireann when attempting to cross the country via public transport.
8. A bible: The heavier the better - some of the priests in this country are of fine bulky stock! Aetheists who may object to using the good book as a weapon can revert to option 2 above. A general rule of thumb is to hit first and ask questions later - since one is going to have to do it anyway, it may as well be got over and done with at the start.
9. A bullhorn: A very handy device - can be used for ordering a drink in a Dublin bar or even for just getting a word in edgeways anywhere else! If you have neglected to pack one you need not fret. Acquiring a 'free' one is normally a fringe benefit of applying option 8 above to presbyterian ministers in Northern Ireland.
10. Self lobotomy kit: For those visitors who liked the country so much they have decided they want to stay longer ...
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