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
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:
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Road maps !
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 mapsRelated to:
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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.
History & Mystery Walks: Dublin
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.Related to:
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Bring Your Own Music or Suffer in the Car
Miscellaneous: One thing you might want to consider bringing if you are driving is music. The radio stations outside of Dublin are horrible if they exist at all. Desperate for tunes, we bought some traditional Irish music on cassette. Really wish we had brought some tapes with us.Related to:
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Bring Shoes -- I forgot mine!!
Luggage and bags: I packed all my gear in my panniers, which double as bags.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I forgot to bring walking shoes, and had to buy a pair while I was there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always bring TP (Toilet Paper). You never know when you will need it. And it can be embarassing if you don't have it.
Photo Equipment: Bring lots of film, Ireland is beautiful.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: People don't think of Ireland as a beach place, but it was hot when I was there, so always be prepared, bring a bathing suit.
Miscellaneous: The toilets in Ireland are a step up (down) from outhouses, so if you have room, pack your own toilet seat. They are pretty nasty.Related to:
Be ready for rain
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!Related to:
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Refrigerator's magnets as souvenirs
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.Related to:
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Bring Your Raincoat!
Luggage and bags: Pack lightly....especially if you will be traveling around the country and not staying just in one city and are staying at B&B's. I brought a soft travel bag as opposed to a hard suitcase.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Definately bring a waterproof jacket with a hood if you will be visiting mostly parks and the countryside. I would advise to pack mostly casual clothes and comfortable shoes. Although bring at least one or two nice outfits and heels for night
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get whatever you need here very easily. Just bring the usual ..although lipbalm may be very helpful as it can get very windy
Photo Equipment: A VT friend suggested to me to bring a panoramic disposable camera and it was an excellent idea! It really captured how dynamic the landscapes are! I went in December which is rainy season and it was quite cloudy, so I used 800 speed film for my regular camera . Maybe this was not necessary, but I would definately not use anything less than 400 sp
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: An umbrella may be helpful if you are walking around a city, but will not help at all at very windy places such as the Cliffs of Moher
June and July
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.)Related to:
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Luggage and bags: Rucksack is always good. You should take into account the humid and rainy weather.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good comfortable shoes are essential. Warm and waterproof clothes, an umbrella. Raincoat is useless, because the weather is changeable and the humidity will just make you sweat.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can find most of the things in Ireland.
DOn't Forget to Bring Warm CLothes
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.
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.
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