What to pack & bring with you for your trip to Paris?

WHEN VISITING THE CITY OF LIGHT, YOU CAN PACK LIGHT AND STILL HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A WONDERFUL TRIP!

What to bring when you’re planning your Parisian excursion? Luggage thoughtfully filled with travel must-haves, certainement.
Lugging a steamer trunk overflowing with this, that, and the other, certainly not.

Whether you’re planning a trip in spring, summer, winter, or fall, you can pare down what you pack without cutting back on style or substance.

Attire You Won’t Tire Of

There are reasons why Paris has long been regarded as the fashion capital of the world, not the least of which is its reputation for haute couture. But fear not; you don’t need high-end, over-the-top outfits to fit in, just some classic style, a bit of panache, and a few well-chosen accessories.

tendance-mode-2012-automne-rentree-pull-over-col-camionneurRemember that Parisians pride themselves on the timeless appeal of their attire; they’re fashionable, but not given to jumping at every here-today-gone-tomorrow trend. Clothing that boasts a simple color palette of gray and black, or a warm neutral if your prefer, provides a classic backdrop for your travel wear, such as black trousers and a dark-colored sweater for men in winter or a swingy skirt for women in summer. Greys and beiges work really well in Paris – I suspect because of the harmony with the beige stone buildings and grey zinc rooftops and tarmac. Feel you need a pop of color? Drape a luxurious scarf around your neck (fabric and weight as per season) for an instant fashion uplift for both men and women.

Keep in mind that Parisians prefer to dress neatly, and expect that others feel the same. Short shorts, jogging attire, and torn jeans may have their place in your closet but they’ll be out of place in Paris. Ballet flats or flat boots for women and dark-colored urban trainers for men are preferred over clunky white sneakers and running shoes (after all, you’ll be ambling among Les Galeries Lafayette, not running around a track!). If you plan on a smart evening out (by taxi rather than walking) then by all means do take your favorite pair of high heels – you certainly won’t feel out of place.

Leave behind the fannypack and backpack; truthfully, bulky is seldom pretty. Opt instead for a stylish ladies hobo bag or a man’s classic shoulder bag. Add to your wardrobe a great pair of sunglasses and an easy-to-carry folding umbrella, and you’ll be ready to weather any activity from the moment arrive. To make sure you’ve packed the wardrobe essentials for the season, you can check out the five-day weather forecast before you leave at france.meteofrance.com.

Things To Bring

How to plan for a stay that’s packed full of relaxation, fun, excitement, and pleasure? It all starts with what you pack and what you don’t. Take a good look at what will add to your day; subtract the unnecessary stuff that will just take up precious suitcase space.

After packing the all-important color copy of your passport, take charge of your electronics: Bringing along an electrical socket travel adapter, your chargers, and an iPad or small laptop will keep you connected. Since most of our rentals include iPod docks, it’s a good idea to pack an iPod loaded with your favorite tunes or some classic French songs (there’s nothing like strolling along the Seine to the sound of “La Vie en Rose” by Edith Piaf). An iPhone loaded with museum and walking tours, neighborhood attractions, or custom Google maps marked with your itinerary can help you make the most of your time. If you like to read when you roam, bring along a few books or a reader like Kindle, or peruse the English tomes available at WHSmith or Brentanos in Paris. Before you finish packing, you might want to think outside the box and include a couple of outdoor glasses for a picnic made especially for two. Très romantique!

In terms of toiletries, there are a couple of things you’ll have to face: Parisians don’t use washcloths on the face, so if you can’t do without this ritual, pack your own. As for fluoride toothpaste, you’ll only find this pricey commodity in pharmacies.

Never Mind: Leave These Behind

Lighten your luggage by leaving behind these nonessentials: Zone 1 DVDs (France is Zone 2, and films are provided in most apartments); hair dryer (also included in apartments); towels, clothes iron, and other personal items. You can buy anything you might need in Paris, so if you forget to pack an essential, there are plenty of places where you can stock up on what you need.

Heading Back With More Things To Pack

The stores seduced. The boutiques beckoned. You browsed, you shop, you bought. And before you know it, you’re planning to leave Paris with more accoutrements than you when you arrived. Purchasing an additional suitcase is your best bet, as shipping items via UPS is costly. An inexpensive, wheeled suitcase, available at a luggage store like Rayon d’Or on Rue du Temple, offers a low-cost way to get your treasures home.

When packing for your trip to Paris, keep in mind what you’ll need to enjoy the day and welcome the night, what clothes will make you comfortable, what things will delight, what items will allow you to remember the familiar or revel in the newfound. Because what you bring to Paris can make a big difference in what you take away from your stay.

Your Tips & Ideas

What have I left out? Has anyone here EVER managed to avoid that “I brought too many clothes” feeling? This is not intended as a definitive list but rather as a trunk from which readers can add their own branches of experiences and opinions. So, what do you think?

73 Comments Add yours

  1. me53 says:

    I liked your article. We followed your advice when we traveled to Paris. For example, we brought “carry-on” luggage which made it much more manageable for getting on and off the planes and trains for traveling around France. We also did as you suggested and bought a suit case in Pairs to bring back those extras with us. Worked wonderfully! Your apartments are well equipped and it was it was great having wifi in the apartment.

  2. Brian Care says:

    Hey Alex:
    Some great, practical suggestions. I always do the basic black wardrobe and it’s fun to shop for a new scarf or sweater. I have friends who own a wonderful cashmere shop on Rue Jacob called Freego and after succumbing to a great sweater and scarf from their collection on my last visit I must have looked so Parisian that an actual resident stopped me on the street to ask me for directions. I’d leave clothes behind to take home something new from Paris. I look forward to more useful newsletters.

  3. Christine Wieden says:

    We are arriving in Paris mid December so you hints & tips are most welcome.

  4. Jacqueline Kerr says:

    Great advice, so good it entices the reader to book their trip and join the Chic Parisians in their unique lifestyle; to partake the delights of their city and feel that you are apart of it. Well done.

  5. Yvonne Hudacek says:

    Dark jeans with l
    black grey and neutral accessories were all that was needed for day wear, with something classic and dressy for night. The only thing that screamed tourist for us was the camera;sneaking photos with your discreet tablet helps here. Our Paris experience was a dream come true, and can’ wait to return again at ome future date to continue that famous “moveablefeast’.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Loved the article. For the last few years of travel I have recorded what clothes I wore each day from those packed. Each year the list has become shorter, now i hope to spend 9 weeks away with 12kg of luggage. Scarves, necklaces and earrings really add zing to that basic palette and keep that luggage weight down.

  7. cigalechanta says:

    A trench coat for rain or shine

  8. Thanks for writing to me again next time I come to Paris It will be great to stay in one of your apartments. I met a gentleman who was renting from you he was from the US. He and his wife loved doing it your way. My Daughter and I fell in love with Paris. It took awhile we were lost since we did not know how to order our food.

  9. Laurel says:

    I once traveled to Paris with just the clothes on my back and a few changes of tops & underwear. No one would ever know I was wearing mostly the same thing every day since I was traveling alone. Everything was black, except my scarf – comfortable black pants & shoes & leather jacket with a few layers on top and silk long johns for cooler weather. As it turned out, in April Paris can be steamy and summery so I ended up finding a one of a kind taupe linen skirt at a clearance bin in Montmartre and some leopard Birkenstock sandals in the Marais. I think you really need an alternate pair of shoes when you are walking all day long. I even managed to bring back a few things in my carry-on. Best trip ever luggage-wise!

  10. Virginia says:

    I only travel to Paris with a carryon and large tote/purse but the first thing I pack is a nylon duffle bag that fits into a pouch. This way when returning home, I put all of my non-breakables and dirty clothes in the duffle and check it at the airport. I still have enough clothes and essentials in my carryon in case of a glitch in flights on the way home. Believe me, I have been without luggage twice in Paris and won’t make that mistake again!

    I also take my own power adapters. Some apartments don’t provide them.
    V

  11. Leslie NYC says:

    I like to bring a tiny spray bottle for spritzing clothes at night. In the morning they look ironed. Also, small scissors. You can then cut the top off a water bottle for a great vase. I always buy flowers for my hotel room. It turns 1 * places into 4 *.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Scarves Scarves Scarves Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring-Parisians wear scarves!

  13. carol says:

    Your article was too general to be of help…just common sense packing. I learned nothing new or helpful.

    1. Duke says:

      As a child I was taught that if you’ve nothing nice to say, say nothing at all. As an adult I’ve been taught to seek first to understand. Please help me understand the purpose of your response.

      1. Bill Kavanagh says:

        I believe Carol’s reply was spot on. The purpose of her reply, as stated, was to say the author is too general. Also the “tip” of packing outdoor glassware for a picnic is silly. Paris is not a third world country and you can find anything you need there, even many of your prescriptions at a much smaller cost. Pack light, and enjoy shopping in t he small stores and markets. Pack your electonic adaptors, email yourself a copy of you r passport and cret card info, so that inan emergency it is easily available. ” If you can’t say something nice….” really does not apply to articles, of supposedly helpful advice, posted on the web. If you are putting yourself out as an author or journalist, take what geoes with it! on a positive note , I will ALWAYS rent an apartment on my travels. It is so much better than staying in a hotel, and it lets you experience the city. I try to stay in different arrondissments each time I vist Paris;each has it’s own special charm!

  14. Richard le Sage says:

    Staying in a well-furnished apartment–particularly for a week or more–of itself will provide the opportunity to simplify the packing requirement; for examples, being able to launder, and eliminating a travel iron. Having said that, while I consider my wife and I good/experienced travelers, we always seem to bring just-a-bit-more than we needed, however modestly. Our “modus operandi” includes (a) sticking to one color scheme, be it blacks/greys or beige/browns; (b) for the man, a single belt. Cordovan is a great dark-but-neutral color, and (c) limiting ourselves to one medium-sized bag each–which we check!–plus one ‘utility carry on” with items we’d need in the event luggage is delayed: pajamas, toiletries/medicines, cosmetics. The freedom that comes with not being a beast-of-burden in the airport is wonderful, and anything forgotten or otherwise needed can be purchased during the trip, In sum, I am beginning to believe it makes sense to feel you’ve packed too lightly when you depart. You’ll probably end up realizing you “did it just right”. Otherwise, I find the following nice to have: a small sewing kit, and one-little-thing that makes an apartment (particularly) or even an hotel room YOUR home: a small framed photo, for example. Beyond that, revel in the freedom that the flat will give you and truly “live” where you are, not just “stay” there. I’m even considering devising a nom de guerre to go along with the identite francais I may develop. Philppe Sel e Poivre? Jules Camembert? Aristide Fromage? Antoine Boissons? Suggestions welcome!

    1. Ron says:

      Maurice de la Fontaine!

      1. Richard le Sage says:

        Merci bien, Ron. I like it.

  15. We enjoy all your information and hope we are learning from it and the people who reply. We are hoping to visit Paris in September 2014.

  16. Christine (Australia) says:

    Suggestions very general! A light jacket/coat, 3/4 length perhaps is very useful, which I always travel with. Whilst jewellery can add panache, take only a couple of favourite lightweight pieces as last time I was overseas, I had some necklets that were quite heavy (in case I needed to look glam) and did not wear them, as I wore the same versatile ones all the time. Scarves much better and so colourful and chic! One skirt and 2 tops to go with it, plus 2 pairs of pants wearing same skirt tops, plus one other one, is a good combination. Also 3 changes of underwear (as one can wash these each night) instead of the 7 sets I originally took when I was last in Europe. I ended up with a lot to wash at the end of the week, and threw some away to lighten the load! A light suitcase and minimum clothes is certainly the way to go, especially with all the stairs in railway stations and in some hotels in France – especially when travelling alone! Had it not been for some very chivalrous men who helped with my suitcase on several occasions when confronted with lots of stairs (one also nicely admonishing me for the size and weight), I don’t know how I would have coped! So with this knowledge I am now set for the next wonderful venture back to France!!

    1. Kate says:

      Absolutely the best suggestions. I, too, travel only with a carry-on and tote. Maximum 3 pairs of shoes makes a difference to weight.

  17. DG Hudson says:

    Knits work well, Casual in Paris is casual with style. I saw lots of black, and classic solutions, I prefer to do my sightseeing and exploring with a leather shoulder bag I bought years ago in LA, which holds my camera (a digital SLR). It’s flexible, and fits snugly under my arm. A baguette fits in nicely, as does a small umbrella, a bottle of water, and other smallish items.

    1. RE Nelson says:

      What is the size of the shoulder bag in inches?

      1. Claire says:

        I’m not DG Hudson, but when I travel I use a leather messenger bag and it’s worked so well I also use it when I’m not on vacation! Mine measures about 11 inches high and 18 inches wide. I carry all kinds of things including my camera, umbrella, ID, small purchases, etc. It even holds a 750 ml bottle of wine! It has lots of pockets, some zippered. Sold by David King of Boston but was made in South America.

  18. Kathleen Sullivan says:

    The suggestions are very limited, but the responses were much more helpful. Here’s what I found invaluable during my two week stay: trench coat, worn on the plane and not packed– an essential Parisian wardrobe item. Just one long scarf–you’ll want to buy more in Paris. They’re everywhere and they’re lovely. My nylon, multi-zippered Baggallini shoulder bag couldn’t have been more perfect: lightweight, secure, and capacious. Using one of the separate zippered pocket for cash and credit cards meant that I could open other compartments in the bag for other items with more security. I always wore it slung across my chest and toward the front. Black knit yoga style pants, assorted knit tops, a black sleeveless dress, ballet flats & walking shoes. Then the usual toiletries, my i-pad and an inactive, former i-phone. I had the sim card removed and bought a card at an internet cafe in Paris so I was paying French rates.

  19. Kathleen Sullivan says:

    I should have added that I traveled with a small, single lightweight suitcase with wheels with 360 degree turn–the best purchase I made for the trip. It made it relatively easy to go from plane to train to apartment 70 steps up from the ground floor.

  20. kathy rowe says:

    I want to thank you so much for this. I plan to spend the month of May in Paris, my first trip there in 30 years. I want to take almost nothing and pick up a few things along the way. What you’ve outlined fits exactly with what i think is my style so your email is very encouraging as are all of the comments. I believe in keeping it simple as do the French and I’m planing just to pretend…

  21. Denyse says:

    Great comments – added some valuable tips! Merci bien! Packed too much last trip – learned the hard way! Paris weather is unpredictable in any season – April was rainy and cool, September hot and changeable – so layer-ability works, as does that lightweight umbrella. Train stations far from Paris typically have many stairs – lugging suitcases is insane. The old adage “when in doubt, leave it out” works!

  22. Janelle says:

    I have been to Paris a few times and found the obsession with wearing black or grey clothes, dull and tiresome.
    I yearned to see people wearing the colours that complimented their skin tone and hair colour.
    Individuality and difference is liberating and exciting!
    Less black, please!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    i travel to Paris twice a year and find the classic black pants with neutral tops with a colorful scarf and of course the right street coat is all I need to really wear. Two pairs of pants with washable liquid to overnight my lingerer and pants to the sink, can get me covered day in and day out. I love to shop and bring home french purchases. So I pack a medium suit case for the trip and sip the next size up suitcase over the travel suitcase. By the time the week is up I always fill the larger empty suitcase. I even have enough room for a linen purchase if desired and of course my Vanvue Sunday morning flea market drive. I have been know care a piece of art too big for the suitcase by hand and have it the coat closet on the plane Nothing pleases me more to bring home knick knacks and thing from the French flea market and have them out for decoration items.
    Final advice one color, 2 pants,one skirt, a couple of tops with a scarf. The perfect coat for the mixture of weather. Two very comfortable shoes. And most important larger matching suitcase zipped around the orginial travel case.

    Cherie Boettcher

  24. BK says:

    This comment is not specific to Paris, and applies both to business and leisure trips…
    What to pack is very dependant upon your personal circumstances, nature of trip, length of stay and season/climate. But in general aim for “less is more” packing. My common sense attitude to packing is: have your valuables, important papers, any medicines and phone charger in the carry on luggage; pack clothing in a complimentary colour palette, that can be dressed up or down and layered if it turns out to be colder than expected. It’s easier to add on layers if cold than to steam in too warm clothes if it’s warmer than you expected. I tend to favour dark clothes for travel as they are more forgiving of the inevitable smudges that come with carrying your luggage, using public transport etc.
    I no longer bring any favourite pieces of jewellery or accessory on travel: it can be impossible to retrieve things that you misplace. Most of us have plenty of other nice options to pack that won’t have us kicking ourselves if we lose them abroad.
    Although it’s true that you can buy most things you forget to pack, those who use large sizes should be aware that anywhere in the world you will always have more trouble finding clothes in large sizes. So having a change of clothes in your carry on luggage is a smart thing to do, in case your checked luggage is delayed or lost. The same goes if you know you will have a formal business meeting right after arrival. Pack appropriate clothes in your carry on luggage, or you might be attending the meeting in casual travel gear because the airline lost your checked suitcase and you didn’t have time to shop for new clothes.
    As to the number and size of bags. For trips up to a week long I only bring one carry on suitcase on wheels, with an extra foldable bag packed inside for anything bought on the trip, plus a large handbag. For longer trips, one medium size or a large suitcase depending on the nature of the trip. Even for a 4 week long business trip, I’ve never had the need to bring more than one suitcase. The trick is to plan your wardrobe so that ideally everything has multiple uses (travel, casual, business, night out), can stand to be rolled for packing in your luggage (so it takes less room) and washes easily . Making a packing list helps out in this and also makes it less likely that you forget anything you need.
    My final travel tip is not to wear any conspicuous jewellery or easily recognisable expensive fashion labels. That way you are less likely to be targeted by pickpockets. You can still dress nicely 🙂 And do use a closed (zippered) handbag that you carry in front of you, which will also deter pickpockets. For convenience and camouflage, I bring a large tote that I put all shopping bags into on shopping trips. You will be less likely to misplace one of your shopping bags and nobody can estimate the value of what you bought.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I went with a student group on a tour of Paris and Normandy over spring break, and kept checking the Parisian weather forecast for a couple of weeks before leaving. COLD was the word, so I included cuddle duds (the lightweight long-underwear) and warm socks with my dark tennis shoes. I’m 66 and didn’t mind looking like a tourist, at least a warm tourist. I also took 3 pairs of dark jeans (travel books say this is a no-no), a few tops, and some colorful scarves, even bandannas for my neckwear. Thin but stretchy gloves also were good.

    1. Claire says:

      Wondering why the travel books say dark jeans are a no-no. French women wear jeans . . . nice, clean, attractive jeans. Cannot imagine why tourists shouldn’t wear jeans unless the jeans are dirty, torn, etc.

  26. Rick says:

    Not intended to be negative criticism, but please don’t be so iPhonecentric. Some of us will not do business with Apple because of unethical business practices and inaccurate claims; now we have to add Google/Android to that list for their contributions to politicals who/which use their dollars to buy more income/wealth inequality power.

    I do enjoy your newsletters, so keep up the good work!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the updates, Alex. We’re back again this Summer even though last Summer was pretty brutal the week of our visit. Love your apartments. We tell everyone about them. Might have to try the country house the following year … 🙂

  28. Anonymous says:

    The BEST English language bookstore is on Rue Rivoli (sadly, because getting to it means an endless walk past all that tackiness))

  29. Anonymous says:

    Don,t meant one obtuse, BUT, why does everyone want so desperately to NOT look like a tourist?? Unless you are a French citizen, you are in fact a tourist.

    1. Claire says:

      When you look like a tourist, you are a target of pickpockets, scammers, etc. They are everywhere in the world including the beautiful City of Lights. If you look like you live there, you’re less likely to become a victim.

      1. Lillian says:

        These were all very interesting and very helpful for any travel. Claire mentioned the leather messenger bag, I would like to know if this messenger bag by David king of Boston can be bought on line. It sounds ideal for travel.

      2. Claire says:

        Hi Lillian . . . Just checked on Amazon; there are many David King bags for sale. Mine is called the Messenger Bag Plus 3. Sells for $86.40. I paid twice that at a luggage store 😦 Claire

      3. Lillian says:

        Thank you so much for responding. I will certainly check it out. Thanks again!

      4. Claire says:

        Mon plaisir!

      5. Lillian says:

        I don’t know if you ever received my reply re:the messenger bag by David King. I just want to let you know I did purchase the bag from Amazon and I just love it, love it. I can use it for all of my travels.
        I also told a friend of mine that’s traveling to Paris in September. Thanks again!
        Lillian

      6. Claire says:

        Hi Lillian. . . no, I forgot to click on the follow-up comments box, so didn’t know you had responded. Yes, the messenger bag is wonderful. Mine will be accompanying me on my October trip to Paris 🙂

  30. Anonymous says:

    I was wondering where you keep the extra color copy of your passport, your article did not say. Also, I have found different sized ziplock bags to come in handy so very often; snacks, extra protection from anything that may leak, keeping organized for unpacking, etc. And they don’t take up room or weight. We use the large size for dirty laundry that has to go in the suitcase in between countries/washing. Joanne says: 1/4/2014 4:53

    1. hyhnancy says:

      I believe the article said to take a photo of your passport and email it to yourself. I keep a “travel file” in my email provider with all the information for my trip this way, too. This way everything is available anywhere in the world. If you feel your email might get “hacked” then just put part of the passport number in the email and memorize the rest. I also imagine there is an app for all most everything, including packing lists 😉

  31. Rob says:

    I don’t try to “look like a native” but I do try to look like a seasoned ( at my age that part is easy ) traveler that is comfortable and appropriate for the time and location. My wife and I are in Paris at least once a year, and found this and the replies useful reminders. I carry a messenger bag all the time. I started when I worked internationally for twelve years. I also find a hat useful – even a beret gets packed and used.

  32. Lynette fraser says:

    I am staying in an apartment this visit as is first time in Paris for my daughter. Last visit end of May last year it was freezing and raining 10degrees Celsius so luckily came from winter in Australia and had a coat with me. I am hoping the weather will be kind to us this May. I am looking forward to showing my daughter Paris but as far as her packing light well that will be interesting…..

  33. Anonymous says:

    Walking by the Seine while carrying an iPad /iphone listening to Edith Piaf singing La Vie En Rose ?
    How many Parisiennes do that?

  34. Anonymous says:

    i get VERY frustrated when i read articles about what to wear in Paris…what colour lipstick to wear…what face creams we must buy etc etc!!! Go to Paris and ENJOY your stay!!!!! One tiny piece of advice I would tell any one (apart from enjoy yourself) is is you don’t wear it at home you won’t wear it while you are away.

  35. Jenny Williams says:

    Not a reply, but a question, for all you knowledgeable people: Leggings and tunics have been in fashion here for the last few years; are they being worn in Paris? They’re SO easy and light to pack and carry! Does someone know?

  36. Carol says:

    Yes, of course you can wear leggings, tunics, boots, anything you want. Just bundle up this time of year. People seem to dress the same the world over, now.

  37. Anonymous says:

    Shoes are the hardest thing for me to manage while traveling. We always do a lot of walking and I need something that is supportive and comfortable. Mostly that means something that ties up around my arch, like a ‘sneakers’. Unfortunately, they look horrible with the new style skinny leg pants. I can’t wear ‘flats’ because they won’t stay on or, are so tight that they hurt terribly. I’d rather look like a tourist than be miserable all the time.

    1. Carol Clark says:

      I go to Paris twice a year as a tourist, mainly going to art and photography museums, taking local busses and metro and doing a lot of walking. I go for comfort: Wear black walking shoes (New Balance), regular slacks and whatever I would wear at home for such outings. As a tourist, you will be going to tourist sites with a lot of other tourists…just be presentable–and comfortable. Nothing is more miserable than sore feet or blisters when there is so much to see and do in Paris– and every other European city.

  38. Sue says:

    I visit Paris yearly, walking everywhere, sometimes many miles a day. I know this might sound nuts but I wear Minnetonka moccasins and they’ve never been a problem. In the past I’ve worn shoes with lots of support but they’re typically clunky and heavy. I couldn’t believe that I could walk for miles and miles in moccasins and never suffer from sore feet, callouses or blisters. And the style I wear is not expensive, about $45, and they come in lots of colors. . . . I have 3 pair.

    1. Carol says:

      Bonjour Sue,
      Besides Paris, I was just in Dusseldorf, Germany a few weeks ago, and near my hotel was a Minnetonka moccasin store! I am from Minnesota originally, so being very curious, I went in to talk to a clerk. She said, “Yes, we order from Minnesota! Much of the beadwork, etc., is actually done by Native Americans.” I am tempted to try a pair, even though I require lace up, good support walking shoes. Can they be bought on line?

      1. Carol says:

        Thanks, Sue. I will check those out.

      2. Sue says:

        You’re welcome! Happy travels . . .

    2. Carol says:

      PS to Sue: What style do you wear that you can walk all day. I just found a store near me that carries Minnetonka moccasins.

      1. Sue says:

        Hi Carol,
        I wear the Kilty Suede Moc Hardsole which I bought on-line. It’s style #406 and is very basic, no beading or other decoration. The “hardsole” really isn’t hard but it distinguishes this style from the softsole which is literally no sole, just the suede material. The hardsole is flexible and lightweight. These moccasins come in over a dozen colors. Hope you like them!

  39. Jenni Bourke says:

    Thank you,Alex, and also the people who share their travel experiences and expertise! I will be in Paris for a short stay in early June, tthen travelling in Europe for a few months, so packing needs to be appropriate and practical. Iadmit I am not always appropriate at home! I like to express my personality in the way I dress and I do find “travel clothing” boring. On a trip in South America, I dressed down to what the locals wear trying to be obscure for security reasons and found it so
    depressing! However, common sense must prevail and personal safety is foremost. Even so, I plan to Enjoy my first trip to that romantic City! Thank you, everyone!

  40. Ken says:

    For men, I assume we should be wearing slacks with a nice button down shirt. But, with slacks it is very easy for someone to swipe your wallet in any pocket. How do you avoid this? Are there slacks with zippered/buttoned pockets?

    1. carol says:

      How about a ‘man purse’…an over the shoulder, across the chest messenger-type bag? Room for guide book, sunglasses, water, money for the day, copy of passport (left in hotel), and whatever else might be needed.

      1. Ron says:

        Right after you land in Paris, go to a department store (BHV is good) and buy the kind of wallet that only holds ID and credit cards. It will fit easily into your front pants pockets. Not easy to see and a lot harder to pick pocket. Plus, it is a nice souvenir.

      2. Ken says:

        In jeans or slacks? It’s pretty easy to steal anything from front or back pockets with slacks.

      3. Ron says:

        Either jeans or slacks. You do have to exercise some responsibility and keep track of what is happening around you. But a big American style wallet on your butt sends a message to the wrong people.

      4. Ken says:

        I have one of those super skinny wallets, I hate bulky wallets with a passion! Are there any slacks or similar casual pants that look nice but also have zippered or buttoned pockets? I’d love for slacks with jean style pockets, but I’ve never seen those before.

      5. Ken says:

        I thought about that, but we’re only bringing carry-on backpacks on the plane and won’t have room for a messenger bag. Some of our flights don’t allow 2 carry-ons either. Thank you Air China!

  41. marg says:

    Hey thanks for all the info everyone- reckon it is the same where-ever u travel to- pack light, versatile clothing-use accessories! Biggest problem for us is shoes- my husband wears size 12/13 so they are heavy no matter the style!! any suggestios helpful- he takes 1 x lace up, 1 x walking and 1 x sandle.

    1. Ken says:

      there are some very light Skechers shoes. I normally wear a size 12, but I’m an 11 in Skechers. They’re comfortable and look good for travel overseas.

  42. Peggy says:

    I enjoy all the tips and comments on what to pack and wear in Paris. I am going to Paris in September ( in about a week.) Is white taboo in September? Are skinny jeans worn in Paris ? What about long skirts ?

    1. Ken says:

      People kept saying not to wear jeans in Paris, but even local shop employees and everyone else was wearing jeans when I was there a few weeks ago. I saw skinny jeans throughout Europe, another thing people said not to wear. Not sure about wearing white after Labor Day in Paris, I thought Labor Day was only an American thing.

  43. Brenda says:

    I always thought I packed lightly until a trip a trip about 5 years ago. We spent 3 months in Europe by car, train, and bus. We sent a suitcase home by fedex from Toulouse and I decided to never be burdened with extra baggage again. Now we travel with one 22 in carry on each. I keep the bag below 15 lbs so I can handle it without injury. Most light bags are around 6 lbs but IT now has a 3.5 lb bag. That is my next purchase so I can take my tripod for my camera without going over 15.

    I wear a pair of black slacks (like Chicos travel pants) and take a pair. Three blouses of different colors that coordinate with one jacket and one lightweight dress blouse for evening. I wear a rain coat with hood and a scarf and pack a scarf of a different weight. If I am travelling where it might be cold than I take tights and shirt like under armor but usually a cheaper brand. One pair of black shoes is usually enough but evening shoes are not too heavy. For Paris I wore a pair of gravity defyer slip on and packed a pair because it rains a lot. Mephistos are wonderful and though expensive they last a very long time. I love the little shop on Rue Cler.

    I pack for 5 days and can travel for 5 months. We mix hotels for short stays with apartments for 3 days or more so we have a washing machine. If not I can rinse cloths in the bathroom and they dry overnight. A month in one of Alex’s apartments in Paris was like home. (Eiffel Chic in the 7th).

    We shopped a little and sent a box home from the POSTE on Rue Cler. It was reasonably priced and the clerk was very helpful.

    For security in any big city of the world I bought a purse and wallet from Travel Smith. Read the description on their site. I also sew a loop of ribbon in all my pockets and carry some small metal clamps to secure things like a small camera or my Decouverte bus pass, or my iphone. I secure loops on the items and hook them in the pockets. Harder for grab and go thieves and does not drop to the ground when I am occupied touring or a bus takes off suddenly.

    I am prepping now for a 3 month trip in Spain and France next spring and welcome any suggestions.

    Brenda

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