For a suggested packing list, please click here. Remember, whatever you pack, YOU will have to carry. Be conscious of the weight of your bags, since transporting them around the world on planes, trains, and buses will be difficult if you over-pack.
Preparation for Day of Travel
Students should be sure to:
- Bring your passport and visa (if applicable), as well as photocopies of each.
- Bring your Letter of Invitation to University College Dublin.
- Bring all health insurance documentation.
- Carry with you any additional documents provided by customs and immigration at the airport.
- Record the serial numbers of important items that you are bringing with you (phone, camera, laptop, tablet, etc.). This will be useful in case any items are lost or stolen. We recommend leaving a copy of these numbers with family members.
- Be sure to call bank and credit card companies to notify them that accounts will be accessed from a different country during the time spent abroad. We recommend making a photocopy of all credit and ATM cards to leave with family members in case these cards are lost or stolen.
Students are encouraged to bring raincoats, an umbrella, and appropriate shoes and rain boots since it rains regularly in Dublin. We recommend bringing clothes that can be layered and mixed and matched, since the weather will vary greatly. The weather is never warm enough for flip-flops, short skirts and light dresses, and revealing garments are not common among Dubliners.
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An adapter is a device that allows American devices to plug into Irish outlets. You can purchase these at any electronics store. Consider purchasing a universal adapter for use outside Ireland if you plan to travel.
The electricity supply in Ireland is 230 volts. Check whether the electrical goods you plan to bring will work at this voltage. Some devices, such as hair straighteners and blow dryers, may require a converter.