Since I’ve got a couple of messages about suggestions on what to bring when moving to Ireland, I decided to just talk about the items that I brought with me. I had a baggage allowance of 46 kg (2 x 23kg) with Etihad which was generous but still not enough because I wanted to bring my entire home with me. I wish!
Clothes (of course!)
When moving to a different place, one must consider the type of weather of that particular location. In my case, I traveled during the winter season so I had to bring with me a couple of winter clothes. Jackets or trench coats are number one in the list. I got one of those puffy jackets, which I’m not a fan of. (They make me puffier than I already am!) Aside from winter coats, you also need innerwear that would keep you warm. I bought several Heattech clothing from Uniqlo and I couldn’t be more happy that I did because it definitely helped me combat the cold.
If you are coming over to Ireland during the summer, I don’t think you have to bring loads of winter clothes as you can buy them here as the cold season approaches. With that said, you will have extra luggage space for other things instead.
Don’t forget the shoes!
Just like clothes, the type of shoes depend on the season you are arriving in Ireland. But because Ireland is notorious for its unpredictable weather changes, bring with you a pair that could withstand both the cold and rain. Being a shoe lover, it was difficult for me to just select a few pairs to put into my luggage. So I suggest, be wise and bring something versatile and that would suite your style in different ways. Wouldn’t want to worry your OOTD with the wrong pair of footwear. Ha-ha! Of course I brought a pair of sandals, a pair of doll shoes, and a pair of slippers that I only got to wear when it was finally summer.
Food (but not too much!)
Just something to help me transition to the type of food in Ireland. Food is still food but nothing beats the comfort of food products from home. And because I didn’t bring a huge amount of money, I brought food to keep me sane for a couple of days without having to spend a lot of my pocket-money for my first days in Ireland. It is important to bring only a few, as bringing too much might cause your luggage to be opened during a random inspection at the airport.
Aside from my mobile and laptop, I brought a portable hard drive filled with movies that would keep my mind off from homesickness. If you are a die-hard money saver and if you want to “chill” on your days off, you can put in small amount for a monthly subscription to Netflix. This works very well for me who prefers to stay at home after a tiring, long day at work.
Extension wire and adapter
Speaking of gadgets, if they came from the Philippines, chances are you would need an adapter so you can plug them in the outlets here (see image). I’ve made some research before I arrived here so I was able to bring a modified extension wire that could accommodate the two flat pronged wires of my gadgets onto the 3 flat pronged formation outlets in Ireland.
No one wants to get sick but when you do, the last thing you’d want is a bill in the Euro currency. Because of this, I included in my luggage enough medications to help me with headaches, colds, loose bowel motions, allergic attacks. Just don’t forget to bring along with you a prescription ’cause airport authorities might require that from you. It is also worth mentioning to bring menthol rubs like Efficascent Oil. It’s relaxing and it makes you remind of home in a good way.
A couple of toiletries
If you are a person who easily reacts badly to new products, consider bringing the type of toiletries that you would usually use at home. For example, if a new kind of shampoo would cause more frizz and dandruff or if you develop itch with a different kind of soap, then throw into your luggage a couple of shampoo bottles and soap bars to last for the first few months and gradually try to look for a replacement that you can deal with. Or if you are lucky enough, the nearest Pinoy store would sell the same items you use. Also, girls, if you are so used to wearing Modess or Whisper on your red days, bring loads of them over here as I have never seen the same brand sold in the local stores.
Cosmetics and related items
I’m not the kind of girl who can’t manage to step outside the house without makeup. Ha-ha! But even so, I decided to pack along some basic makeup items that I usually use on occasions such as going out for a party. My face is very sensitive to makeup and there are only a few products that could not cause a major breakout in my face so I have to bring them with me. I also didn’t want to buy cosmetics in Ireland as I knew they could be a bit expensive than in the Philippines. Inside my cosmetic bag were eyeliner, eyeshadow palette, foundation, face cream/moisturizer, pressed powder, a couple of lipsticks. Also, I brought some razor blades and waxing kits for unwanted hair. Ha ha ha!
Special mention for this, applicable only for ladies or perhaps for gents with long locks. Because of the generally cold weather, wet hair could take ages for it to dry. Going out in the cold environment with your hair still soaked would make you susceptible to catching a cold. So make sure to blow dry your hair before hitting the streets or going to work. Besides, the locals aren’t very used to seeing other people with wet hair as how we are in our home country.
Some calligraphy items (because why not?)
I think nearly half of my baggage allowance would consist of my pens, paper and ink because one thing is for sure, calligraphy will always be a part of me and I wouldn’t be able to carry on without it. I had only a few winter clothes because my calligraphy essentials are actually heavy despite their size. I was actually freezing at some stage but that’s what happens when you love something, doesn’t it? My point is, bring something of your interest. If you read books, bring some of your most favorites. If you prefer photography, take your camera and gear with you. There will be days where it could be extremely boring and you will have to do something to spend your free time.
And most importantly, pocket-money
Moving to Ireland, like moving to any other place, will require you to bring money primarily to pay for accommodation and food. The amount of money you need to bring will likely depend on which area of the country you would be working. Some parts cost more than the rest. You can research the usual rent by using Daft or simply Googling about it. Bring twice the amount for rent because landlords would require a month’s rent and a month’s deposit. You also have to consider any reimbursement schemes from your recruitment agencies and/or employers. Most of them would provide a relocation package so this should help alleviate the need to bring a huge amount. There is no one answer for how much you should bring with you, but I hope that this gives you an idea and a projection of the amount. Just make sure the amount is enough. Manage it wisely and you shouldn’t be in danger of becoming a homeless individual in the cold streets of Ireland.
“All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go… not!”
Despite how many days you spent packing your luggage and getting ready for the big move, you will always find yourself with cold feet as the date of departure draws near. I know I did, that’s for sure. There are some things I wished I brought with me to Ireland and some of these I only realized when I arrived here. But there’s a limit to everything, including our baggage allowance. Ha-ha! So plan wisely and pack surely.
Author’s note: You might find my baggage contents bizarre and it’s natural that we have our own preferences so if you feel that I may have missed something in the list, feel free to comment and make suggestions for other readers to get insights from you as well. Considering that this post was made at an unusual time, as it was almost 9 months ago that I flew to Ireland, I might have forgotten other items in my luggage too. I’ll try to remember and if I do, I’ll keep this post updated.