Moving to a different country is a struggle in itself for most people and the added pressure of packing doesn’t help! The aim of this article is to ease that stress a little by reminding you of simple things you may have forgotten to pack. If you are traveling to Ireland from a country that is not on the green list (view green list here) you will have to quarantine to 14 days upon arrival as a result of Covid 19. Along with packing essentials we have also included a few tips to help you once you are settled!
The essentials for your carry-on bag include:
- Face masks, hand sanitiser (under 100ml) and a bag to dispose of used masks. Recommended time for wearing one mask is four hours – make sure you have enough to change
- Check the airline website for passenger requirements as they may differ from airline to airline
- A towel and a change of clothes for when you arrive at your accommodation.
- Your important documents
- Euro currency
- Some snacks
- Your phone and charger. A travel adapter is also useful.
- Border letter
- UL offer letter
- Passport and anything visa related – make sure your passport is in date
- Proof that you have completed the COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form
- Proof of funds
- The documentation for extending your visa to study and for opening a bank account. You will receive information from us soon on how you can open a bank account.
Tips to remember
- Keep your luggage safe: Make sure that your name, Irish address and contact number are on the inside and outside of all your luggage
- Airline restrictions: Check your airline’s website for luggage size and weight restrictions for all your flights.
- Restricted goods: For information on what goods you can and cannot bring to Ireland, please see here.
- Medication: Where necessary, please ensure you have enough approved prescription drugs for the length of your stay. This is very important as some of the medicine approved for use in your home country may not be available to be prescribed by a doctor here in Ireland.
- Computers and electronics: Please note, if you are travelling with your computer or other electronics, that voltage in Ireland is 230/400 volts, 50Hz and we have a three prong socket. Don’t forget to check the ratings of your electrical items before bringing them with you to Ireland. It may be advisable to purchase some electrical appliances, remember to take an adapter with you or purchase one when you arrive in Ireland.
- Clothing and Irish weather: Ireland is famous for its changeable weather! It is advisable to bring a warm coat with you and an umbrella for rain showers. A hat, scarf, gloves and warm socks are a good idea also.
- Cell phone: If your phone is unlocked (open to all networks) and accepts a SIM card, then you can buy an Irish SIM card after your 14 days of restricted movement. There are several different providers in the market, all with different “Pre-Pay” or “Pay As You Go” plans. Most give you free calls and texts for one month with some data when you top up by €20. This site compares different Irish plans.
Best of luck to those of you travelling and those of you furthering your education, Go n’éiri an bóthar leat! (Irish for ‘May the road rise to meet you’)
To find out more about the University of Limerick and our UL Global division, give our website a visit: https://www.ul.ie/international/