I leave for Ireland this week, and I thought I’d share my pre-Ireland trip checklist.
CARRY ON LUGGAGE
- Passport – be sure to check the expiration date
- Drivers License – check the date on that too – required only if you plan to drive in Ireland
- Credit Cards & Enough US Dollars to Cover Two Nights Lodging – beyond that, I use ATM’s (remember to call each ATM & credit card company and tell them you are traveling overseas…otherwise, your card might be suspended for “suspicious activity”)
- Medicines & Prescriptions – stored in original, labeled containers
- Tickets - printout from Internet confirmation email is usually fine too
- Glasses/Contact Lenses
- Copies of Car Rental and Accommodation Reservations
- Camera & Memory Cards
- Light Jacket or Sweater - in case it’s cold on the plane
- Travel Socks – for improved circulation
- iPhone – with my international calling AND data plan activated
- Travel Toothbrush, Toothpaste & Mouthwash
- 1-Quart Ziploc Bag – for liquids…they’re charging for Ziploc bags at Dublin Airport now
- Wet Wipes
- Distractions – this is where books and music come in handy
- Granola Bar, Nuts, an Apple and Water Bottle – FYI, any liquids will not be allowed beyond security…except in checked bags
- Emergency List – includes US & Irish contact numbers, credit card numbers with customer service contact numbers, copies of passport and important documents – one copy is kept with me and another with a trustworthy person back home
- Duty Free Purchases – alcohol is cheaper in Duty Free than in Irish stores, so I often buy a few liters before leaving the US – airline personnel tend to overlook when Duty Free purchases slightly exceed carry on restrictions
- Laptop, Charger & Adapter - I don’t recommend bringing your laptop. I’m there for a couple months, and use it for business, but for most travelers it will be more of a burden and there is a risk of damage or theft.
- Ear Plugs or Noise-Canceling Headphones
- Camera Charger & Plug Adapter
- Hooded Weather-Proof Jacket
- Spare Set of Comfy Shoes
- Laundry Tote – folds to the size of a deck of cards
- Gifts for the Relatives
- Clothing – I don’t travel with much because I keep clothes at the cottage
THINGS I DO NOT TRAVEL WITH
- Wellies/Galoshes – although there are a few times they would come in handy, I don’t travel with a set. One pair of my shoes, however, is weatherproof (one-step below waterproof)
- Travelers Checks – the abundance of ATMs in Ireland has made Travelers Checks unnecessary for me
- Shorts – okay, there are about five days a year when shorts would be nice in Ireland, but the chances of them happening while I’m there is usually pretty slim
- Umbrella (Bumbershoot) – the wind has trashed so many of my umbrellas in Ireland I count on my weatherproof, hooded jacket to keep me dry
- Hairdryer – it’s easier to buy one in Ireland than packing one and then trying balance the plug converter in the socket…many accommodations provide hairdryers too
- Shampoo – ever since I had a bottle of shampoo explode in my luggage, I just use what is available at my accommodations or buy some when I arrive.
- International Drivers License – If your license is printed in English, there is no benefit to getting an International version when visiting Ireland.
- Expensive Jewelry or Hard-to-Replace Items – It just makes sense to leave these at home…you don’t want to lose them, and you don’t want to make yourself a target for thieves.
- If my computer wasn’t required for the work I do, I’d leave it home too.
I’ve found there are only FOUR things that you absolutely can’t travel without: Passport, Credit Cards, Drivers License and Medicines & Prescriptions. If you have these things, you’ll be able to work out alternatives to anything else you may have left behind. So DOUBLE, TRIPLE and QUADRUPLE CHECK for these items!
MORE RESOURCES TO HELP YOU PACK FOR IRELAND
OTHER IRISH TRAVEL INFORMATION
- 5 Things You Should Know When Renting a Car in Ireland
- Ireland’s B&Bs Provide More Than A Warm Bed And Hearty Meal
- 10 Tips for Getting Through Irish Immigration
- Choosing the Best Guide Book for Ireland
- 5 Mistakes Visitors Make When Visiting Ireland