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Posted by on Jan 12, 2014 in Irish Travel Resources | 12 comments

Our Printable Packing List for Ireland

dogsuitcaseIt’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.

The list:

CARRYON ESSENTIALS

  • Passport
  • 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
  • Snacks
  • Mouthwash (3oz limit)
  • Deodorant/Antiperspirant
  • 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
  • Guidebook(s)
  • 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)

CLOTHING

  • 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)
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • 2 or 3 pairs of pants
  • Shorts (summer option)
  • Pajamas
  • Belt
  • 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
  • Earplugs
  • 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
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving Products
  • Contact Solution/Eyeglass Cleaner
  • Toiletry Caddy or Bag

TIPS

  • 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.

DON’T BOTHER

  • 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?

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12 Comments

  1. If you are going in the summer, don’t forget a small container of sunscreen. Visited this past July, and the temperatures were in the 80′s the whole time, no rain.. You never know what your going to get when you go to Ireland, Better not a sunburn!!

    • Kate – Last summer was AMAZING. I think all of Ireland sold out of sunscreen :)

  2. A useful back-up for travel documents is to scan or photograph them, then load those files on to your kindle, phone or laptop. (You could also use eg Dropbox, but you might worry about security, and you would need wifi to access them in the cloud).

  3. We packed some recyclable grocery bags so we would have them for trips to the market. We then had them for use on the way home to hold dirty clothes or any items that we wanted separated or wrapped in our luggage. On the same note…we also had a few plastic bags in our luggage so we could temporarily store wet things until we could get back to our room for the evening to dry them out.

  4. Hello,

    This is a comment but rather a question, please?

    I was wondering, please, if someone might know where I may be able to help look for an adaptor/electrical converter in Canada? I am planning on immigrating to Kerry, Ireland in the spring/summertime.

    Thank you so much.

    Ava

  5. Hello,

    I do apologize but this is not a comment but merely a question–that is, if someone might be able to help me with it.

    I live in Canada and plan to immigrate to Kerry, Ireland and was wondering, please, if someone might be able to help me purchase an adaptor/electrical converter?

    This would be greatly appreciated.

    Ava

    • I took the easy way out and ordered one from Amazon.com They had a good selection and I didn’t have to run all over the place looking for one.

      • Ms. Mapes,

        Thank you so much replying. :) I do appreciate it so much.

        Ava

  6. One comment on driving in Ireland. I have a Garmin GPS and I bought the Maps for Ireland, so I would be running around Ireland like I knew what I was doing! However….. I quickly found Ireland does not use Street numbers like we do in the US. So when trying to find your hotel on Shamrock Lane, you may spend a lot of time. So don’t hesitate to ask for directions. Use your GPS to get you in the general vicinity! And definitely take the extra plastic bags! Happy travels.

    • If you are relying on a GPS device or App on a GPS-enabled device, here’s something you can do ahead of time.

      Many destinations have websites which list an address down to the street level. Some even list GPS coordinates. (Watersedge Guesthouse in Kenmare does – see http://www.watersedgekenmare.com/map.html)

      Most now have a map linked to Google. For others, Google a nearby landmark to bring up up a map. (Of course you can just Google the destination name, town, city, etc. – most pop up on a Google search). Click on the exact destination location on Google Map. – Ref: https://maps.google.com.
      When the cursor is exactly where it should be, you will see the GPS coordinates as part of the URL. Example: for Trinity College Dublin, the URL is https://www.google.com/maps/place/Trinity+College+Dublin/@53.343794,-6.254572,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x48670e9b2dc78edd:0x2700fe0d8c716167. . . . In this example, the “53.343794,-6.254572,17″ show the Lattitude/Longitude coordinates 53.343794 and -6.254572.

      If you need to fine tune the search, clicking on “Street View” and using the navigation features to locate the building or landmark is not overly difficult. Again, the Lattitude/Longitude coordinates will be displayed when you are “facing” the destination. In each case you can also navigate to major intersections to find coordinates for turns, etc.

      Next, power up your GPS and save those Lat/Lon coordinates as waypoints.

      Mapping Apps are also available for portable devices (Google offers one). Make sure you are within cell or WIFI coverage if required by the App to function.

      Coordinates already stored on your GPS device (or saved as a separate file) should be available at any time until you delete them. If saved as a separate file or printed out, key them into your GPS or mapping App when required to bring up the desired map location.

      Some travel guides may also show GPS coordinates for listed destinations. (If not, why not?).

      I also usually do a printscreen (PrtSc) of the map and of the streetview which I can save as a file on a tablet and /or print on the back of the hardcopy confirmation documents.

      (Feel free to edit this reply. You won’t hurt my feelings.)

  7. More and more CAMERAS have GPS capabilities. (The usefulness of this feature may vary from camera to camera.) If GPS is part of a camera’s features (and if enabled), the GPS data can be used later by viewing the image’s “metadata” to see where an image was captured.
    For explanations, see: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metadata . . . and, see: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geotagging

    To repeat an earlier tip; Make sure you’ve set the correct date and time on the camera (for the time zone you are shooting in) so it also appears correctly in the metadata. It may be useful when trying to ID a location without the GPS tag.

    Nikon says this:
    “Geotagging can also be helpful for photographers who like to share with fellow photographic enthusiasts exactly where they captured a specific image, so others can find that spot and make their own images of the same subject.”
    “When traveling outside of the U.S. with plans to use a GPS device incorporated into or as an accessory to your camera, check with the country you plan to visit to see if there are limitations to use. Certain countries prohibit the use of GPS recording equipment within their borders.”
    “One caveat to posting digital images that have GPS information on websites is that anyone can see where your photograph(s) were taken, so if you don’t want people to know where you shot that . . . , make sure the GPS information is not in the image’s metadata when you post it to the internet.”

    Normally, you’d want this GPS feature turned OFF or the info removed from metadata before posting to the Internet (esp. Facebook) since location information can make it easier for STALKERS and thieves (your expensive photo equipment might be shown in metadata as well). There are apps available to edit an image’s metadata prior to posting.

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