Prepare to dress in layers. Even in the summer it can seem chilly if you are
used to warmer climes. A tee shirt, light shirt, sweater and light jacket are
not too much to wear on some days. You can always remove a layer.
Some type of water resistant coat or jacket isn't a bad
idea. This IS Ireland and it has been know to rain here -
often. An umbrella is useful but tends to get cumbersome
and much of the time the rain isn't that bad, or the sun
pops out and you still have to carry the umbrella. Getting out of the rain is
always a good
excuse to pop into an enticing little shop you just happen to be passing or
into a nearby pub.
Bring COMFORTABLE SHOES. This can not be stressed enough! Even
if you use public transportation or hire a car you will
still do a lot of walking. This is not the time to break in
a new pair of footwear or show off those high heeled boots.
Also be sure to bring warm socks. Cold, wet feet don't
make for a pleasant outting.
Don't forget the camera!! Film for all types of cameras and
developing is readily available. Check on tape for your
video camera though as it is a different format here and
may not play on American VCRs
Have any prescriptions filled before you leave and be sure
you have enough to last your trip. The chemists in Ireland
are very helpful and knowledgeable but some medications are
known by different names here or possibly not available at
all. On the other hand many brands you are familiar with are
available and things like shampoo and toothpaste are easy
to pick up here so you don't need to lug a months supply
overseas. The same with film, batteries, etc.
Instead of bringing all your sweaters and leather boots
plan on buying them here. The prices on leather goods is
very, very reasonable and sweaters of Irish wool are
You are allowed two pieces of checked baggage and one carry on per person on
international flights. Pack as much as you can in one bag, leaving the other as
empty as possible for
all the goodies you will be taking home, such as Irish woolen sweaters, Irish
Crystal, tons of Traditional Irish
music cd's and whatever else strikes your fancy. Remember in Ireland taxes (VAT-
which is Value Added Tax) are included
in the marked price. VAT is 21% and many places refund that to tourists so
purchases are an even better bargain.