Wednesday, February 17, 2010

But Kimber, what should I pack?

Some of you enterprising readers may already be trying to plan your very own trip to Ireland. So today I would like to share a packing list for your average Irish day-trip:

The one word you need to get really comfortable with is layers. Say it with me. Layers.
- Start with a T-shirt (long or short sleeved)
- Then a light sweatshirt
- Then a puffy vest or similar
- Rain jacket: it will rain
- Umbrella, but only if you don't mind being scoffed at by the Irish
- Nalgene (or other water container)
- An extra pair of socks (for when yours get soaked from trudging across a bog)
- A snack
- Light hiking/Heavy walking shoes

Other items to bring on your trip should include:
- An international chip for your cell phone
- A camera
- A logbook to record your adventures
- Plug adapter (for those crazy European plugs)

Pants might also be a good idea, but I'll leave it up to you to decide how you handle that situation. If you're going to be moving around the country a lot, it's best to pack light. One suitcase and a backpack should be enough. That's about it. Personally, I love packing lists. They make the trip seem so much more imminent.

To conclude today's post, I would like to introduce you to another classic Irish song. This one is called "Mo Ghile Mear," which means "Our Hero" in Gaelic. It refers to Bonnie Prince Charlie, whom many of the Irish hoped would reclaim the English throne and reestablish Catholicism in Great Britain. Enjoy.

This is a pretty epic version by Sting.

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