Packing is one of the most significant challenges in a big move, particularly when that move is to a different country. Trying to fit your life into one or two checked bags and a carry-on may seem like an an impossible task, yet most of us end up managing it somehow. An essential packing checklist can help you with this task.
In reality, packing your essentials is a healthy exercise in minimalism, an increasingly popular trend these days. It might also prove to be quite therapeutic in the end, not to mention practical as well.
That being said, essential packing is something that all of us could use a little help with, and that is why we have put together this informative essential packing checklist. This is not a definitive packing list, but rather some tips on what we think you’ll need as you begin or re-commence your life in Ireland.
First off, let’s have a look at your carry-on bag.
Carry-on bag – the basic checklist
Although it is the smallest part of the luggage that you will bring with you to Ireland, your carry-on bag will contain some of the most important documents. It is imperative that you make sure that items such as your passport, visa and travel insurance certificate (if applicable), and any documents you’ll be required to show at immigration control are contained in your carry-on bag. If you want to be 100 percent safe, then you should pop them all into a small zip-pocket bag before you add anything else to your carry-on bag.
Before you zip up that pocket, add in some cash (€100 should be more than enough for essentials and ground transportation on arrival), your bank cards, and the written address and telephone number of where you’ll be staying on your first night. Don’t rely solely on your phone for this, as the battery could die. Similarly, if you take medication or contraception, then you need to add it into this bag too.
Once all this is done, you need to make sure to pack your phone and a charger. Also, why not take the time to download some playlists or podcasts as you might experience some airport delays and public WiFi can be patchy at best!
If you have a laptop and other breakable or expensive items, try to bring them in your carry-on luggage, so you can keep an eye on them at all times. Ideally, your laptop should be stored in it’s own specific bag that you could place in or with your carry-on.
If your flight to Ireland contains a layover or two, then make sure to bring a book, headphones, a travel toothbrush and paste, gum or sweets (candy), and a hairbrush, if you typically use one. They may seem like small things now but in the chaos of a busy airport, they could prove invaluable. It’s also a good idea to pack some spare clothes (if space is limited, pack only spare underwear and a t-shirt), as you have to be prepared for one of your checked bags being misplaced.
Finally, contrary to rumours, Ireland does indeed experience the sun and sunglasses may be the first thing you want if you land in the middle of the day after a long flight! So, make sure you pack a pair of your favourite shades.
Now for the hard part, getting the rest of your life into a suitcase or two!