Top Tips What to pack
The IrelandWays.com travel specialists have put together a list of what to pack to get you ready for your next walking or cycling holiday in Ireland.
Let us help you to get organised with a small packing list!
Photocopy of your passport
This is a great suggestion from fellow hikers. Take a copy of your passport and other important documents and leave it with a family member or friend so that if you lose it while on the trek, you can just get them emailed. You can also store that copy in the cloud so you can access it from anywhere, in Google Drive, Dropbox or similar services.
Don’t forget to check that your passport is valid, if not, we recommend taking steps to secure a new one as soon as possible.
Roaming charges for mobiles/cell phones can be expensive for travellers from outside Europe. If you intend to leave your phone at home, you can purchase a prepaid card to ring home; or our 24/7 support number. Most hotels and properties will have WIFI and will have facilities to send an email or make a call.
A good book that you have always wanted to read is a great item to add to your packing list. After a long day of walking and sightseeing, you may just want to curl up in a warm bed with a book.
You will find pharmacies in all main villages and towns, but there will be stretches in the mountains and forests with no shops so make sure you take some basic medication you might need with you.
At IrelandWays.com we agree with this motto: there isn’t such a thing as bad weather only the wrong clothes!
Always check the weather online before you travel as this can determine what you will need. If you travel during the summer there is no need to bring heavy hiking boots and they will only slow you down. In this case, we suggest you bring a good pair of walking shoes.
You are in Ireland so it is likely to rain at some stage! Always take a waterproof jacket during your hike (a light one in Summer months) and different layers of clothing so you can taken them off while you are walking and put them back on when you are resting or having a break.
If you are walking, your shoes are the most important piece of equipment so make sure you try them before you go. Please note that a change of clean socks (wool/cotton looped variety) each day can make a huge difference.
If you are hiking in Ireland in the Summer, sun protection including suncream, sunglasses and hats are important to keep your skin healthy.
With our tours we help you with the luggage so you don’t need to worry about carrying any large rucksack or dragging suitcases. You will probably have a suitcase full of clothes for the week but this will be transferred to your next stopping point every day.
You do however need to bring a small backpack or bag that can fit some water bottles each day, your wallet for the nice cafes along the routes and some valuable snacks for that extra boost of energy.
Need inspiration or more information about our hiking in Ireland tours? contact the IrelandWays.com travel specialists
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