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
one long skirt & one dinner dress
camera (a throw-away or a polaroid would be fun)
small notebook & pen
French/English pocket dictionary
wireless speaker & aux cord
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 backpack, or messenger bag big enough to fit sweaters for when it cools down and a camera
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.