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Ireland Packing List and Trip Preparation

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Ireland group tour

Ireland Weather in July

In Ireland, everyone talks about the weather. Whether it’s discussing the direction of the rain from a supermarket doorway or musing that it’s 75°F in March from a bar counter, Irish weather can be unpredictable.

In summer (June through August), the average high temperatures are between 64 and 68°F. The warmest months, July and August, get about 18 hours of daylight and it only gets dark after 11:00pm. Hence the well-worn phrase in Ireland, “a grand stretch in the evenings”.

The most important thing to consider is that it rains often in Ireland year round. From all day rain to short showers, to mostly sunny followed by a downpour, you must always prepare for rain and getting wet. July has a history of some stretches of dry sunny days but this history is equally paralleled by stretches of wet. Unpredictable is the keyword.

Average high: 20oC / 66oF

Average low: 12oC / 54oF


Plug Adapters

Plug Type: Basic Universal Plug adapter is all you need. You only need a power converter if bringing your own hair dryer. See link below for images and more details:

“Type G” British BS-1363

https://www.adaptelec.com/Country-Specific-Answers/Electrical-Plug-Outlet-and- Voltage-Information-for-Ireland


Currency

Ireland, Euro (EUR) (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g186591-s601/Ireland:Banks.And.Money.html) 1 USD = .89 EUR

How much $$$ to bring: Ireland is not cheap, however the exchange rate is still not bad all things considered. Lunches will generally range from $15.00 – $20.00 and dinners from $25.00 – $40.00. Please bring enough cash to suit your personal spending habits and have a debit/credit card as back up. Credit cards are accepted at many restaurants and establishments in each area we’ll be visiting but hard currency is important to have handy at all times. Be sure to bring enough extra cash for tipping as well (see below).


Tipping

We recommend 8.00-12.00 EUR per day for our guides and 3.00-4.00 EUR per day for our drivers. There will be some 1⁄2 day and 1 day guides leading us on specific tours only and we recommend tipping these guides 5.00-10.00 EUR total. Tipping for luggage porters (1.00 EUR per bag) and maid service (2.00-3.00 EUR per day). We will be collecting tip money in an envelope and handing it to the guides for the group at the end of the adventure. If you wish to tip our drivers and guides directly be sure to bring envelopes with you or ask for them at the hotel front desk.

* Tipping for everything else is not necessary, however in more recent years it has become expected to leave 5-10% tip at restaurants if you feel the service deserves it.


Recommended Packing List

Clothes

  • Rain jacket w/ hood
  • Layered clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Long sleeve shirts/sweatshirts
  • Lightweight jacket
  • Pants/jeans
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • Shoes/sneakers (comfortable for continuous walking/hiking)
  • Hat

Documents (and backup photocopies):

  • Passport
  • Travel insurance cards/confirmation (if you purchased)

Miscellaneous

  • Earplugs (especially if sharing a room)
  • Daypack/small backpack
  • Money belt
  • Large and small Ziploc bags to protect cameras and other technology in rain
  • Camera, lenses, extra batteries, extra memory cards and related gear (tripod optional)
  • Umbrella
  • Empty re-useable water bottle/bladder
  • Alarm clock/cell phone alarm clock
  • Your medicine (labeled)
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Power converter/plug adapter

o Plug adapter only. You only need a power converter if bringing your own hair dryer *Not needed for most electronics (https://www.adaptelec.com/Travel-Plug-Adapters/EA7-Type-G-Travel-Plug-Adapter-for-the-UK-Ireland-BS-1363)

  • Personal contacts address list (e-mail & emergency contact info)
  • After Bite
  • Anti-bacterial hand lotion
  • Bonine/motion sickness wrist bands (for car sickness during extended drives)
  • Sandals/flip flops or footwear that slip on and off easily
  • Headlamp/flashlight
  • Toiletries (toothbrush/paste, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.)
  • First aid kit including:
    • Prescription medicines
    • Anti-diarrheal
    • Mosquito repellent
    • Antibiotic cream
    • Ace bandage
    • Pain reliever
    • Lip balm
    • Band-aids

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