How to Pack for a Trip to Ireland
Ireland is famous for "soft days" and year-round cool temperatures. You'll enjoy your visit more if you pack accordingly.
- Prepare for cool, damp weather year round.
- Pack appropriately for the type of travel. Suits for a business trip, skirts, jeans, trousers for sightseeing.
- Casual attire works best for sightseeing. Jeans, khakis, wash and wear trousers, tee shirts and sweaters work well. Pack a skirt or wrinkle-free dress for church, dressy dinners. (Blazer and slacks for men.)
- Pack an umbrella and water-repellant coat, no matter what the season.
- Pack boots, scarf, gloves, warm woolens, turtlenecks, and all-weather coat for winter weather.
- The rest of the year, bring layered clothing: lightweight wool, hefty cotton, fleece. Pack one pair of shoes, wear the other.
- If you bring a computer or small appliances, pack an appropriate power adapter to recharge batteries. The three-pronged "D" adapter is the one needed for Ireland.
- Bring a carry-on bag that includes basic medications and necessities in case your luggage goes astray. Include your passport and any other important documents.
- Bring only the items to accommodate your needs. Two or three changes of trousers, three or four tops are adequate for most visits. Leave heirloom jewelry at home.
- Leave room in your suitcase for purchased sweaters and gifts.
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