- Check the validity of your passport
- Check any visa or entry requirements
- Make any necessary bookings (sights, accommodation, travel)
- Inform your credit-/debit-card company of your trip
- Organise travel insurance
- Check mobile (cell) phone compatibility
- Check rental-car requirements
- Check airline baggage restrictions
- Put all restricted items (eg hair gel) in hold baggage
What to Take
- Electrical plug adapter for the UK and Ireland
- Umbrella, because the rumours about the weather are true
- Lightweight waterproof jacket – sometimes an umbrella is not enough
- Comfortable walking shoes – Northern Ireland's towns and countryside are best explored on foot
What to Wear
A rain jacket is essential, as is a small backpack to carry it in when the sun comes out. For sightseeing, comfortable shoes can make or break a trip. If you plan to enjoy Northern Ireland's beautiful countryside, suitable hiking gear is required in higher areas, but not for casual strolls in the countryside. Some bars and restaurants have dress codes banning jeans, T-shirts and trainers (sneakers/runners). Avoid wearing football jerseys on nights out, too.
Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/ireland/northern-ireland) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.
Culture Northern Ireland (www.culturenorthernireland.org) Entertainment news, reviews and listings.
Translink (www.translink.co.uk) Public transport information.
Northern Ireland Tourist Board (www.nitb.com) Official tourist site.