Exchange in Ireland: what to bring in my luggage?
Exchange in Ireland purchased, passport and tickets in hand and the question: What to pack? It sounds simple, but with airline restrictions on the baggage allowance, it can become a very difficult decision on what to take or not to take, especially on an international trip.
Before you start to pack your stuff you need some useful information like, the specifications about the airline you will fly with and the climate of the country you are going to, in this case, Ireland. Thus, you will avoid taking unnecessary things that will occupy space that could be better used. We have carefully separated some golden tips that will make your life easier when you come, so come on!
Tip 1: Keep an eye on the weight and amount of luggage
Nobody wants to be caught off guard by having to pay for excess baggage or even having items held up at the airport. So, one of the websites you need to check in before you start packing your bags is that of your airline. Carefully read the restrictions on the products and volumes that can be carried in carry-on and checked baggage. If you have any questions, please contact customer service, they are usually very helpful.
It seems obvious, but many people forget this small but very important detail that is – Check the amount of bags that your ticket covers. Some include only hand luggage, others only check-in and there are several other plans and everything interferes with the value of your ticket. So, pay close attention to this!
You may have heard that here in Ireland we have 4 different stations in one day. It sounds like a joke, but it is the reality we live in. Here on Esmeralda Island, in a 24-hour period we can see sun, rain, snow and wind alternately throughout the day, especially the latter. You need to know that not only is it cold here, it is also very windy and the sun is rare. So you already have an idea of the type of clothes you will need to bring.
Cold clothing is very cheap here, we can find jackets, caps, gloves, scarves and various other accessories at Penneys for very good prices. Used jackets, but in good condition, can be found in the so-called Charity Shop with very affordable values like 5 euros on average. But there are also big brands like Diesel and others that launch good offers throughout the year.
Even coming from a country with a tropical climate, for sure, you should have some coats in your closet. It is good to balance between bringing things from your country and buying here, as currency conversion may not be very favorable.
Bring good shoes including boots and sneakers, you can bet, this is what else you will wear when exchanging in Ireland. There are rare times when you can put on a flip-flop or flip-flops, you won’t want to have your little fingers frozen.
When organizing all this, think about the various combinations that can be done with a single pants, for example. You will save space to be able to do some shopping during your exchange in Ireland.
Tip 3: Cosmetics – what buy and what don’t
Thinking about hand luggage, the amount of cosmetics you can bring is 100ml in each bottle and all together must have up to 1kg.
Ireland has a variety of personal care and makeup cosmetics with prices ranging from the most expensive to the super cheap. You can find some common products like Dove, L’oréal, Nivea, Neutrogena, Always among others. Give priority in your bag for those of indispensable and constant use and others like shampoo, conditioner and nail polish you can buy here as soon as you arrive.
Tip 4: Medication and prescription at hand
If you take any controlled medication such as insulin, hypertensive drugs and birth control pills, bring a considerable amount for the period of days that you will be out of your country. Do not forget to bring a prescription indicating the need to use these drugs, as they can be held back by immigration, after all, let’s be sensible – everything is smuggled and the airport agents are used to it.
Tip 5: What to bring with me in the cabin?
Be smart not to go through difficulties
Whether your hand luggage is a small suitcase or a backpack, they should have things you will probably need during the journey, such as: money, laptop, chargers, headphones, a book, face towel, toothpaste , brush, moisturizer, deodorant, 1 change of clothes, 1 pair of socks and underwear.
Believe us, these entertainment and personal hygiene items will be indispensable along the way. Even more because between connections and flights your trip can take up to 16 hours or more.
Obviously, things of value like electronics, cash, cards and documents must also come with you inside the cabin. Otherwise, you must pay to prove that you are carrying valuables in the dispatch bag or risk having them damaged or stolen.
Tip 6: Checklist
Finally, we created a checklist to not forget anything, check out:
- Passport, school letter, proof of accommodation, round-trip tickets;
- Money, cards and valuables, such as jewelry and watches;
- Notebook, tablets, cameras, cell phones, etc;
- Cell phone charger with universal adapter;
- Personal objects such as headphones, a book, etc;
- Basic personal hygiene items;
- Coat (inside the plane and when it arrives in Ireland it will probably be cold);
- Continuous use medication (with prescription);
- Neck cushion;
- One or two changes of clothes in case of lost bag.
We don’t want to take too much of your time, so we’re already reaching the end of our post, okay ?! We know you have a lot of work ahead of you, but relax. Packing your bags is one of the best feelings of preparing for an exchange in Ireland.
We hope that our tips are super useful and help you a lot. To the next!