What should I pack when moving to Ireland?
We asked people living in Ireland to list three things they wish they had brought and three they wish they had left behind. They responded...
"Pack items that will keep you warm, such as sweaters, thick socks, scarves, and gloves, as Ireland's climate can be unpredictable. Comfortable rain gear, such as a raincoat and waterproof shoes, can also be handy, as the country can experience a fair amount of rain throughout the year. Don't forget your electrical adapters to ensure your US and Canadian appliances work in the Irish power outlets. Bring your passport, necessary visas, and immunization records with you just in case. If you are planning on working, also make sure to pack your work visas and all other necessary paperwork. A few souvenirs like local t-shirts, postcards, and mementos might help ease any homesickness, so don’t forget a few of those as well," wrote a member who made the move to Ireland.
"Easily what my husband and I wish we had brought for our retirement new home, and still hope for, are our two sons, grown and on their own, our grandkids, growing quickly, and our friends. Although they are missed dearly, hi-tech gadgets allow us face to face chats so it's not too difficult being without. The number of things we wish we had left in the States include too many pots and pans, too many electronics requiring adapters and transformers, and clothing! We had read stories online about the cost of such in Ireland and found that not to be true where we live, on the western side in a more relaxed locale with easy access to major stores. We have found all of the above items to be less costly than imagined," explained one expat living in Tobercurry, Ireland.
- What do I need to know before moving to Ireland?
- How do I find a place to live in Ireland?
- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Ireland?
- What is the average cost of housing in Ireland?
- Should I buy or rent a home in Ireland?
- What should I pack when moving to Ireland?
- What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Ireland?
- Why do people move to Ireland?
- What are healthcare services like in Ireland?
- What are medical services in Ireland like?
- What are typical rents in Ireland?
- What appliances are typically included in a rental?
What should I pack when moving to Ireland?If you live in Ireland, newcomers to Ireland would love to hear your answer to this question.
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.