• Passport: if you do not have a passport, you’ll need to get one and I suggest you do that very soon. Better not to wait until a couple of months before the trip. It can take longer than 6 weeks to get a passport in some cases and it’s probably better to avoid the expedited passport service fees and stress. Apply here.

  • Camera/phone

  • Phone charger

  • Power adapter: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/us/ireland/

  • Any medications or supplements you need

  • Toiletries and personal items

  • Waterproof hiking boots and gaiters: you can get by with waterproof low top shoes, but even if it isn’t raining (and we could very well get very little rain during our time here—I’ve been here plenty of times in the winter and spring and experienced very little or light rain) when we go through boggy heather, your feet will probably get wet, even if you pair gaiters with the low tops.

  • Waterproof backpack, small to medium sized, or backpack with rain cover

  • Pair of regular tennis or other walking shoes, Gortex or similar waterproofing recommended.

  • Flip flops/slip-ons: if you like them for the shower or slipping on to quickly go outside.

  • Pair of casual/fun/non-waterproof shoes or boots for going to the pub etc, totally optional, not essential

  • Waterproof rain jacket with a hood. A jacket that covers past your rear is good.

  • Wool socks: there are many good brands out there now and theclymb.com and sierratradingpost.com often have good prices. Long enough to go above your boot tops is good.

  • Wool base layers: Not necessary for the bottom half but can be nice.

  • Pants: waterproof or water repellant long travel/hiking pants, a couple a pair

  • Tops: a couple of t-shirts, a couple of sweaters and/or long sleeve tops

  • Whatever you like to sleep in

  • Underwear, comfortable bras

  • Maybe one “nice” non-hiking/galavanting outfit for the pub

  • Journal and pen: no, you don’t have to write in it, but I encourage it. I think you’ll be glad you did, even if you never go back and read it.

  • Your favorite art supplies/pens/sketching tools if you like to art.

  • Insect repellant: biting bugs probably won’t be much of an issue, but IMO always good to have along

  • Credit and/or debit cards:

    -You may want to call your card companies and bank to see who offers the best foreign transaction fee and rates on direct purchases and ATM withdrawals. 1% for direct point of sale purchases is good and is offered by some credit unions; 3 % is common.

    -Though I generally pay for most of my purchases with my debit card when I’m in Ireland or the U.K. it’s a good idea to take out 50-100 euro upon arrival. There are major Irish bank ATMs in the airport. You’ll need to check with your bank to see what their fee is at other banks’ ATMs. Many credit unions do not charge an additional fee, though the bank that owns the ATM probably will charge a fee, usually around 3 euro.

    -Also, be sure to let your card companies know about your upcoming trip to Ireland so that they will not put a freeze on the card/s you plan to use while in Ireland.

  • Travel wallet/pouch: the slim type that you can wear cross body over your shoulder is good. You can carry your passport, cards, cash. Better than carrying a big purse when we’re out and about.

  • A book: download some to your device or bring one of the paper kind.

  • Special foods, tea, or coffee you like to have around. There is very good food in Ireland and a wide variety, but if there is something you really want to have around like a particular chocolate, bring some with you.

  • If you like giving gifts to people you meet, bring a little something. Totally optional, does not need to be fancy or expensive. Handmade is great.

  • You will not need towels, bed linens or laundry soap. These will be provided along with laundry facilities.

  • Questions? Drop me an email me at info@womenescape.org