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Dublin: What to Pack

By Visit Dublin

11th October 2016

With mountains, city and sea all at your fingertips, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to planning your Dublin itinerary. Whether you fancy hiking the hills, taking a dip in the sea or painting the town red our handy ‘what to pack’ guide will make sure you’re suitably prepared for all manner of adventures...

Infographic of what to pack to explore the mountains


Undoubtedly, one of the most exciting things about Dublin is its unique accessibility. Just outside the bustling city, you’ll find the soaring Dublin Mountains – a perfect location for invigorating walks, cycles, picnics and generally getting away from it all!

Fancy an outdoor adventure? First things first, pick up a Dublin Bus Rambler ticket. Then make sure you’ve got a sturdy backpack, rainproof jacket (just in case!), handy maps of the area, and some snacks should you want to stop for a picnic. Views of Dublin city are just stunning from these mountains, so don’t forget to bring a camera and binoculars too.

Infographic of what to pack to explore the city


There’s plenty to see and do in the bustling city of Dublin, so be sure to come prepared! The city-centre is completely accessible by foot, so make sure to pack some comfy trainers and cosy woollies in case it gets chilly. Why not create your own personal Dublin Map? It's sure to come in handy, as will our Discovery Trails app; download ahead of your trip for some fun and interesting walking tour options. Pick up a Dublin Pass and cut out the queuing at some of the city’s top attractions.

Or if you fancy exploring on two wheels, grab yourself a three-day Dublin Bikes ticket. There are stations dotted all around the city, meaning you can pick up and drop off bikes whenever you please. And of course, after the sun sets, there’s a vibrant theatre and music scene just waiting to be experienced, so be sure to pack those glad-rags too!

Infographic of what to pack to explore the sea


Just a half hour on the DART (the city's train system) from Dublin’s city-centre, you’ll find a host of charming seaside villages, so be sure to pack appropriately! You’ll need swimsuits, flip-flops and sunglasses obviously, but did you know that Dublin also boasts some fantastic watersports options? Grab your Leap Visitor Card, and you’ll be free to explore the gorgeous coastal towns of DalkeyDún LaoghaireMalahideHowth and Skerries, where you can try your hand at sailingkayaking and kite-surfing.

Fancy a more relaxed option? These village’s sandy beaches are ideal for a relaxed picnic too, so don’t forget to bring tasty supplies and a trusty picnic blanket. Or if you fancy sampling the region’s culinary delights (we don’t blame you!), there are plenty of delicious restaurants serving up tasty fresh seafood. 

  • These are just some of the fantastic activities waiting to be enjoyed during your Dublin visit. For more, check out our Dublin See & Do section and start planning your break away today!
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