What to Pack for Paris

Knowing what to pack for your trip to Paris can be overwhelming. Follow this guide for everything you need to know.

Basic Essentials

Passport pouch – Prevent pick-pocketing with this little pouch which makes it next to impossible for anyone to access your valuables. It fits nicely under your clothing and protects your passport, cash, and credit cards. Pickpockets are most likely to operate in crowded areas such as Metro stops or around the Eiffel Tower etc. This pouch is comfortable and has a low profile, it even comes with $250 Theft Insurance to reimburse you if items are stolen.

Wallet –  With cash, debit and credit card(s), ID, and a duplicate copy of front page of your passport.  ATMs are widely available therefore it is unnecessary to carry large amounts of cash.  It’s advisable to keep excess cash in your room safe. You should always let your bank know you’re travelling before departure. 

Travel documents –  Including passport, travel insurance and visa if necessary. In some countries, children travelling without both parents are advised to obtain a consent letter for children travelling abroad.

Medications – Carry all of your medication, even vitamins and supplements, in their original, labelled containers in a clear plastic bag in carry-on luggage. Prescription medication is exempted from the liquid restrictions but must be presented to the screening officer separately from your carry-on baggage. Carry a copy of the original prescription and ensure that both the generic and trade names of the medication are included in case of loss or theft. Make sure the name on the prescription, the medicine container and your passport all match.  A doctor’s note describing why you are taking the medication is also recommended.

Toiletries – When travelling via air, always keep in mind the TSA 3-1-1 rule for carry-on.  The 3-1-1 rule limits the amount of liquid you can bring on an airplane in your carry-on luggage. Liquids, gels and aerosols must be in travel-size containers that are 3.4 ounces (100 mL) or smaller. All containers of liquid must be kept in a 1 qt., transparent, plastic, resealable bag. Only one bag is allotted per passenger. Some travellers use bars of soap instead of body wash and others experiment with dry shampoos to make more room in their quart sized bag. A fantastic option is to purchase everything locally once you’re in France. 

French Power Adapter – When travelling from outside of Europe you will most likely need an adapter to plug into the power outlets.  The French power outlets are unlike the ones in North America. It’s wise to choose one that works in many countries so that it can be used elsewhere. This one is compact, works in over 180 countries and has built-in overload fuse.

Scarves or Wraps – Pashmina scarves, in particular, are one of the best travel accessories. Lightweight and easy to pack, they are extremely useful. Not only are they fashionable and provide warmth, but they can also be used to cover your shoulders when entering churches and other sites. 

Clothes and shoes – Most hotels and apartments in the area have laundry facilities or can wash your items for a small fee. Travellers only need about a week’s worth of outfits and a few pairs of shoes. It is more economical to do one or two loads of laundry than checking an additional bag.

Windproof Umbrella – The weather in Paris can be unpredictable and it often rains without warning. Having a quality windproof umbrella is a must-have for any season in Paris.

Packing List

Struggling with what to wear on your trip to Paris? Check out this informative post from Kelly over at Girl with a Passport. 

Clothes

4-7 pair of socks
4-7 pair underwear
2-3 jeans or pants
3-5 t-shirts
2 long sleeve tops (sweaters/blazers/sweatshirts)
1-2 skirts or dresses
Rain jacket or waterproof coat
Sturdy, closed-toed shoes
One extra pair of shoes
Scarf or wrap

Extras

Reusable shopping bags or totes
Reusable water bottle
Umbrella
Noise cancelling headphones
Headphone splitter
Small notepad or journal
Pens
Stain Removing Supplies
Plastic Packing Bags
Travel Pillow
TSA-approved locks
Small Pair of Binoculars
Sleep mask
Earplugs
Wine bottle opener
Mini flashlight
Sunglasses
Bug spray (depending on the season)
Bathing suit and beach cover-up (depending on your plans)

Toiletries

Medications
Toothpaste & toothbrush
Deodorant
Travel size shampoo, conditioner, body wash
Makeup
Mini hairbrush
Contact lenses & travel size solution, or glasses
Razor & grooming kit
Facial cleansing wipes
Travel towel
Feminine hygiene products
Tissues
Sunscreen
Lip balm
Mini first aid kit (including sea/car sickness tablets)
Antibacterial or baby wipes

Tech Gear

Chargers & converters (check compatibility)
Power adapter
Tablet, E-Reader, phone, computer, & necessary chargers
Camera & camera bag, lens, batteries (2), memory cards (2), & necessary chargers
External hard drive to back up your photos
GPS


Seasonal Items for Spring

When travelling to visit Paris during the spring visitors need to be prepared for warm and sunny days but also rainy and chilly days. Layering is essential and your list of spring clothes should include a few basic, easy to combine items. Light, breathable fabrics, which are easy to dry are ideal.

Check the weather forecast before your departure and choose what to pack for Paris accordingly.

Essential items include:

  • A trench coat or rainjacket and closed-toed shoes for cool, wet days
  • Pants or jeans and tops to create different outfits
  • A sweater/cardigan or two
  • Shawl/scarf to give you an extra layer in case you get chilly
  • Quick Dry Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Foldable umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes are perfect to walk the city’s cobbled streets


Seasonal Items for Summer

Summer in Paris is the driest season. Temperatures average from 21°C to 27°C (70°F to 80°F). Despite the warmer daytime highs, it can cool down significantly at night.  The French don’t wear shorts unless at the beach. To avoid looking like a tourist, women should pack skirts or a couple of dresses, and men should wear pants.

Check the weather forecast before your departure and choose what to pack for Paris accordingly.

Essential items include:

  • For women: Nice blouses or t-shirts and skirts or a couple of dresses
  • For men: Nice shirts and pants
  • A sweater/cardigan
  • Shawl/scarf to give you an extra layer in case you get chilly
  • Refillable water bottle – This Yeti bottle (pictured) is very durable and will keep your water cold all day.
  • Sunglasses
  • A light hooded rain jacket – Compact and lightweight the Meaneor Women Packable Hooded Long Sleeve Outdoor Waterproof Raincoat Jacket won’t take up too much room in your suitcase.
  • Comfortable shoes to such as sneakers or flats. When the weather is too hot you can replace your flats or sneakers for a pair of nice comfortable sandals.


Seasonal Items for Autumn

If you visit Paris during the fall you can expect moderate temperatures with daily highs ranging from 11 C° to 21 C°. There are still some sunny days and blue skies, combined with cooler, wet weather.

Check the weather forecast before your departure and choose what to pack for Paris accordingly.

Essential items include:

  • A trench coat or jacket and closed-toed shoes for cool days
  • Pants or jeans and tops to create different outfits
  • A sweater/cardigan or two
  • Shawl/scarf, hat and gloves to give you an extra layer in case you get chilly
  • Quick Dry Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • A light hooded rain jacket
  • Foldable umbrella
  • Comfortable walking shoes are perfect to walk the city’s cobbled streets


Seasonal Items for Winter

Winter is tied with spring for the rainiest season in Paris. Snow in Paris is rare, even in the coldest months of January and February. When travelling to Paris in wintertime, always bring a warm coat, scarf, and hat.

Check the weather forecast before your departure and choose what to pack for Paris accordingly.

Essential items include:

  • A rain jacket and closed-toed shoes for wet days
  • A warm coat with a hood
  • A hat, gloves, and scarf in case you get cold
  • Wool socks
  • Pants or jeans and tops or long-sleeved shirts to create different outfits
  • Sweaters/cardigans, poncho
  • Foldable umbrella
  • Comfortable boots for cold days


Packing Tips

Don’t include unseasonable clothing when packing for Paris. It is advisable to check the weather forecast before your departure. Include a few additional layering items if necessary.

Don’t pack skimpy clothes even in the height of summer. Europeans reserve this attire for the beach and there aren’t many near Paris. Depending on if your hotel has a pool it may be appropriate to pack a swimsuit.

Don’t pack non-essential valuables. Items such as jewellery can easily be lost. They also make you a more likely target for theft. 

Don’t pack camouflage gear. While acceptable in most of North America, in Europe, camo clothing is exclusively for those in the military. 


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