Packing for Paris
Packing can be painful, especially when you're traveling to a place where the weather fluctuates. Often times, I return home with a suitcase full of things I didn't use. If this sounds like you and you're preparing for a trip to Paris, here are some packing pointers:
items I used the most
- trench coat
- lightweight jacket
- two scarves
- comfortable, but stylish walking shoes, ankle boots, heels & rain boots
- two pairs of jeans (light & dark)
- two blouses (like this), two t-shirts & one sweater
- one long skirt & one dinner dress
- sun hat
- camera (a throw-away or a polaroid would be fun)
- small notebook & pen
- French/English pocket dictionary
- map of the city & guide book
- wireless speaker & aux cord
- sleep mask
- toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, shaving cream, razor, face wash, makeup remover, body wash, travel loofah, tweezers, hairbrush, comb, bobby pins, elastics, sunblock & chapstick.
- essentials: passport, driver's license
I wish I had packed…
- a blanket for picnic
- a packable picnic tote
- a small umbrella
- a fiction book set in Paris, such as My Life in France, The Little Paris Bookshop, Lessons in French, A Moveable Feast to name a few...
- a backpack, or messenger bag big enough to fit sweaters for when it cools down and a camera
- a sketchbook & pencils
- plastic stemless wine glasses
- wine opener & stopper
some other tips before take off...
- Print two copies of your passport: one to leave at home and one to bring with you.
- Write down the phone number of the place you are staying with country code (in Paris, it's 011 + 33 + 1 + Local Number).
- Print directions to the place you're staying (for Metro and a cab).
- Call your bank to let them know you're traveling internationally. While you have them on the phone, ask about whether you should use your credit card, debit or to withdraw money after you land.
- Call your cell phone provider and ask about international plans. Some have monthly add-ons that allow you to make calls or send texts when you land in Paris.
- Print plane tickets.