These are suggested items, please use your own discretion on what you might need.
• Day pack (Used for daily excursions) This one folds up! Foldable Day Pack
• Phone, watch, alarm clock if needed, and appropriate chargers
Most phone providers have an international plan for purchase, otherwise use wifi at hotels.
• Credit and debit cards (call banks first). ATMS in the airport or city are best for getting local currency.
• Outlet adapter (I will provide everyone with one of these as a gift)
If you plan to have a lot of items to plug in, this adapter with 3 plugs and 4 USB ports is handy and you can plug it into the converter for additional outlets
• Portable phone charger- you may be using your phone a lot on long drives
• Personal entertainment (Reading materials, Kindle, cards, ear buds, etc.)
• Camera (Optional) With extra memory cards and batteries/charger
• Reusable water bottle (optional)
• US Hair dryers will not work but our hotels will have them, and if you want to bring a curling iron or straightener, it has to be dual voltage or it won’t work, even with a converter, unless it can convert to 220v. This is an example of a Dual Voltage Curling Iron
Health & Safety:
• Face masks (may be required some places)
• Hand sanitizer and/or wipes
• Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
• Care Kit (things like lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, Ibuprofen, bandaids, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, tummy meds, prescription drugs you may be taking, motion-sickness if needed)
• Covid tests (no longer have to be lab tests for return, but carry in case of illness).
• Toiletries (I like these clear bags for seeing everything- and won't get wet on counters)
• If you can manage with a carry-on bag that will ensure there is less chance of lost luggage, but a checked size suitcase is fine and can be accommodated. I like ones that are soft sided and spinner wheels, but completely up to you!
• Day bag like a backpack or tote bag to keep with you on the bus (and plane)
• I have recently discovered packing cubes and really like them! Packing cubes
The landscape of Ireland is unique and so is the weather. April is the least rainy month of the year, and the average daytime temperature should be in the mid-50s.There will be rain though, that's why it's called the Emerald Isle!
Dressing in layers is recommended as weather can change. Layered tops with a waterproof jacket or poncho to go over a down jacket is also helpful. In general, comfortable clothes and several pairs of good walking shoes are a good bet. Casual dress is fine, you want to be comfortable and warm. We will be going to some pubs at night (optional) and the last night is at the Merry Ploughboy show in Dublin, so you might not want athletic wear but no need to get too dressed up.
Our hikes won't require hiking shoes unless you want them, athletic shoes should be adequate. I will be bringing a pair of athletic shoes and a pair of short sturdy boots. Two pair of shoes is always a good idea in case one gets wet. For the bike ride, athletic clothes and shoes are recommended, they will provide helmets.
Rain pants aren't a bad idea if you have them, we will be doing all the hikes, walking, touring, and bike ride rain or shine! We used them a lot in Iceland but that involved walking behind waterfalls, etc. There is room on the bus for stashing your raincoat, hat, rain pants, etc. to pull out as needed.