It’s been a while since we looked over the packing list we created for anyone visiting Ireland. We’ve filled it with some of the basic things you should consider bringing with you. You can download a printable version HERE.
- Drivers License (if renting a car)
- Tickets and Printed Confirmations
- Accommodation & Car Rental Details/Confirmations
- Itinerary Information
- Maps & Directions
- Emergency Contact Numbers
- Medications (original packaging recommended)
- A List of Medications with Dosage
- Glasses, Contact Lenses, and/or Hearing Aids
- Money (credit card, ATM card, dollars, euros, or pounds)
- Pen (to fill out your immigration landing card)
- Any item that would be difficult to replace
CARRYON OPTIONAL ITEMS
- Entertainment: books, magazines, tablet, etc
- Mouthwash (3oz limit)
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste (3oz limit)
- Dental Floss
- Shaving Supplies (3oz limit)
- Brush or Comb
- Bottle for Water (empty unless purchased after clearing airport security)
- Travel Pillow
- Noise Canceling Headphones/Earbuds
- Mini Umbrella
- Copies of your passport, tickets, accommodation confirmation, credit cards (especially the international numbers to call if your card is lost or stolen or if you have trouble using your card)
- Two Pairs of Comfortable Walking Shoes (consider one pair waterproof/water-resistant shoes)
- Waterproof Hooded Windbreaker (may be more effective than an umbrella on a windy day)
- Heavy Long-Sleeved Shirt (for layering)
- Sweater or Sweatshirt (for layering)
- Light or Medium Jacket depending on season
- A Mix of Long Sleeved and Short Sleeved shirts (more long sleeve for winter, short sleeve for summer)
- 2 or 3 pairs of pants
- Shorts (summer option)
- Other Accessories
ITEMS TO CONSIDER
- Camera and Other Gadgets
- Batteries and Battery Charger (charger will likely require an adaptor or electrical converter – Ireland and Northern Ireland use the same electrical standards as the UK)
- GPS/Sat Nav Device with Ireland/UK Maps Installed
- Extra Memory or Film
- Wifi-Enabled Tablet or Smartphone (change settings to avoid data roaming charges)
- Travel Umbrella
- Washcloth (not all accommodation provide them – full-size towels and bedding are provided)
- Moist Towelettes
- Mini Binoculars
- Mini Flashlight
- Ziploc Bags (to organize and protect items)
- Travel Journal and Pen
- Collapsible Bag for Dirty Laundry
- Toiletries (most products are available in Ireland, but they might not have your favorite brand):
- Hair Products
- Shaving Products
- Contact Solution/Eyeglass Cleaner
- Toiletry Caddy or Bag
- Try leaving excess gadgets and electronic devices at home.
- If possible try a hair style that doesn’t require a blow dryer or curling iron – note that some accommodations supply blow dryers, and both items are available in Irish stores)
- Limit the amount of jewelry and accessories you bring
- Pack clothes that are “interchangeable” so you can easily mix and match to save room in your luggage
- Check the baggage restrictions of your airline
- Check restrictions regarding liquids in carryon luggage (currently, liquids cannot be in containers larger than 3 ounces and all liquids must fit in a one-quart, clear bag.
- Try traveling without your laptop computer – internet access is usually available at internet cafes, libraries, and some accommodations – you can also connect via wifi to a portable device such as a smartphone.
- Galoshes, Wellingtons, or other waterproof boots – unless serious outdoor hiking is on your itinerary, you probably won’t find yourself trouncing through a bog on your first trip – you can always swap out wet shoes with that second pair of shoes you bring.
- Fancy Clothes – unless you attend a special event or a very high end restaurant, casual attire is standard in Ireland.
- Travelers Checks – banks will still cash them, but credit cards, debit cards, and cash offer much easier access to money.
Of course this is just a guideline… what would you add?