Packing for a trip to France can be a challenge. The first thing you should do is not to over pack. Of course it is easier said than done. Aim to fit all your belongings in a carry-on (e.g. 22 inch wheeled suitcase). You can zoom through customs when you land, and can easily take public transportation into the city.
Choose to travel with a carry-on
Even with the new security restrictions enacted, always travel with a carry-on to France and avoid the potential for “lost luggage” due to the overload carriers are experiencing with checked luggage. Paris is packed with stairs and since elevators and escalators are very rare, you have to be prepared to haul anything you’ve got with you up and down an endless array of stairs. Loading yourself down with luggage can make your trip a complete nightmare.
You will find the most helpful advices on packing below.
- Since many flights to Paris are overnight, you will likely be arriving in the morning. Your goal is to land in Paris well-rested and ready for a day in the town.Fill a small complimentary bag with an eye mask, earplugs, sweat socks, and instant toothbrushes.
- A short, afternoon shower is not uncommon in Paris. Pack a small, lightweight umbrella in case of quick downpours.
- To recharge your cell phone, digital camera and other electronic devices, pack a universal adapter.
- Leave any shoes that you can’t comfortably walk at home. Don’t let your choice of shoes slow you down. In Paris, if you decide that you need to ditch your shoes, pick up a new pair suitable for walking at any of the major Paris department stores (e.g. Galeries Lafayette, Printemps or Bon Marche).
- Bring copies of your airline itinerary, passport information, and credit card account numbers and leave them on your hotel safe so if something happens, you will save hours of headaches.
- If you are visiting the big cities, leave your swimsuit at home as it’s very unlikely that you will find facilities to use it.
- In public pools, men are required to wear Speedo style trunks rather than shorts – swimming shorts/Bermuda shorts are NOT allowed and you won’t be able to enter the pool if you are wearing them.
- The weather is very changeable, temperatures can vary rapidly and dressing in layers is the best way to cope with this.
- As for the clothes, black is always a color that works well here.
- If you want to blend in and feel at your most comfortable then pack smart casual dress.
- In the summer wear plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses and a sunhat.