In the winter - scarves are a must! If you don't want to appear like an obvious tourist, you would wear dark, solid colored clothing. Nice slacks - polyester blend or gabbardine. No tennis shoes or flip flops. Hard closed up shoes with a slight heel. I took a trench coat instead of a thick wool coat and that worked well for me.
Photo Equipment: Digital recorders/cameras are a must have! And, spend the money for the titanium batteries - they last. I was constantly reviewing my photos to make sure they were good and this process uses up the batteries quick.
Miscellaneous: Don't just bring one adapter and don't count on the people at Radio Shack to tell you this is all you need. If it wasn't for my friend, she brought several (a kit) and only a couple of them worked out for us. Also, your high watts dryers, straighteners or curling irons will blow out the electrical - you need to bring electronics with low watts. We had 4 curling irons and my $6 iron was the only one that worked. If you travel a lot, I suggest you buy hair dryer, curling iron and/or straight iron with the 220 plugs which I have done since this trip.
Luggage and bags:
You're going to Paris and you have your iPhone, your Kindle and your laptop not to mention your digital camera. All of these things are electronic and will have to be recharged at some time.
The first thing you do is look on each appliance either on the plug or bottom or back to see what voltage it is. Look for 100-240 volt or 100-240 v on the label. If you have that, you need a plug adapter but you do not need the heavy, expensive converter. These appliances work just fine at home and in Europe. Go to your nearest luggage store, luggage department, Target, Walmart, Radio Shack or even Walgreen, CVS or Rite Aid Pharmacy and they will have plug adapters. I use one that adapts to all the countries in Europe so I only have to carry one. I usually carry a few of them for a couple chargers and my laptop. These cost a little more but if you are traveling to more than one country, the alternative is often carrying a small bag of different plug adapters and then figuring out which one to use when you get there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Now the question is, what do you do if your appliance says only 100-120 volt or 100-120 v?
In this case you need a voltage converter to step the European 220-240 volt power supply down so it won't fry your American 120 volt appliance. If you are using it for a hair dryer, be sure you get one that can handle a hair dryer. Quite frankly, better to use the hair dryer supplied in virtually all hotels and B&Bs so you don't short circuit their power supply and fry your hair dryer. If you have a battery charger that is not 100-240, throw it away and go get one that is dual voltage. You should replace chargers every few years anyway and this is a good time to do it.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you decide you need a power converter, you can get those at luggage stores and luggage departments, electronics stores like Best Buy, Frys and Radio Shack. They are sometimes found at upscale Target stores but not as easy to find as the universal plug adapters. You will also need a plug adapter because your new power converter will not fit into the European wall outlet and the plug adapter will take care of that problem.
Photo Equipment: It all sounds much more complicated than it is. Simply:
100-120 v appliances need a power converter and a plug adapter
100-240 v appliances need only a plug adapter
You can get more information and photos of all this at the website listed below.
Luggage and bags:
nowadays, a carry on with wheels,
but i like my basic Jansport
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: some elegant simple classic clothes, thermal, washable,
Keens for everyday plus a light formal shoe
Photo Equipment: at this stage still a Canon SD1100IS , but eyeing a GPS and longer Zoom
Miscellaneous: Printable Travelsmiths Packing List
Superb Interactive Packing list that one inputs own needs, try it
My video and photo cameras in Paris:
SONY Video Camera Recorder (Video 8) CCD-TR303E (1993-2003).
With SONY AC Power adaptor and charger AC-V35 (1993-1995)
and Hama Camcharger Combi II – universal battery charger/discharger for 6V NI-Cd video batteries.
Ten years of life until its audio recorder failed. Its charger failed after 2 years working. The second charger worked 8 years.
Its accumulator had about 30 minutes of life. Its 8mm video cassettes were 60-85-120 minutes long. They have been transmitted into VHS video cassettes 180-240-300 minutes long and into mpeg files about 3Gb/hour weight.
Kodak STAR auto focus (made in China) analog photo camera (36 shots/film). 1993-2000.
A very simple camera which we used to call a soap-dish. Every shot was rather expensive that’s why we should think over before taking a picture. Unfortunately I had only 1 or 2 films for every trip that time.
Luggage and bags:
For a short weekend trip a rollaboard will do but for a more extended journey such as ours we took a regular suitcase(for the two of us), a backpack and an empty bag for any purchases we made during the trip.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We visited at the end of summer and the weather was a bit unpredictable. Fortunatly we came prepared with layers and jackets to keep warm.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, conditioner, lotion, razor, shaving cream, deodorant, tooth brush, toothpaste, hair brush, hair gel, contact lenses, contact lens solution, glasses.....the basics.
Photo Equipment: My digital camera, video camera and memory card reader.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Jackets and umbrelas are always a good idea
In case you want to bring any electrical appliances with you, here is the system France uses : 230 volts and 50 Hz. It is a round pin plug and receptacle with male grounding pin (see picture)
An adapter will allow you to plug an appliance designed for one type of outlet into another type of outlet. Despite the fact that more than a dozen different types of plugs are in use, a typical travel adapter kit usually contains about five adapters which are capable of dealing with most of the outlets shown here. Adapters often manage this versatility by bypassing the ground/earth wire.
Beware : an adapter by itself will not change the electrical voltage. You must be sure that your appliance can handle different voltages (either automatically or through a voltage switch). If it can't, you will need a voltage converter.
Luggage and bags:
Pack as light as possible of course. Try shipping back items that are heavy (bottles of wine, etc) instead of lugging them back with your luggage. Also pack and extra carry on bag for bring back any purchases that might not make it into your existing luggage. Packing a couple space saver bags might be helpful as well.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Thick soled shoes!
I'm a high heel kind of gal and couldn't imagine being in Paris in sneakers! So i suffered in high heeled - thin soled boots. For my next trip, I'm still sporting the heels, but I'll bring thick/soft soled boots so i can tolerate those cobblestones.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most better hotels will have shampoos and soaps as well as hair dryers.
Photo Equipment: Make it a digital camera. Take tons of photos - you can always delete them later. Extra memory cards or or a laptop to load your photos onto as you take them each day.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Compact Umbrella
Miscellaneous: Finally, bring an elec converter/adapter. Get one with a surge protector should something go wrong. I cooked my hair dryer in London when the converter wasn't working properly. I'm getting the one with a built in surge protector for the next trip.
Bring a jacket....we figured it would be nice so we just brought light jackets or a sweatshirt and ended up freezing...especially at the top of the eiffel tower.
Photo Equipment: Batteries are like 5 euro for 4 so make sure you have some extra..I of course ran out and had to buy some.
Photo Equipment: digital camera is the best way to take pics-absolutely crisp shots afforded. However, be sure to get a converter (if nec.) for the battery charger! Nothing quite so sad as realizing you have a dead battery and can't take shots of all the beautiful Parisian scenery!!:(
Miscellaneous: It's helpful to pack a mini flashlight for those midnight trips to the WC. Hotel rooms are compact making your chances of stubbing your toe easier and sometimes the light switches are not in convenient locations. So one way to avoid this is to have a flashlight handy.
Luggage and bags:
Make sure you can reasonably carry your bags if you plan on taking the metro and not a taxi. There are plenty of stairs to manuever around so don't overpack. Also, bring a bag that is secure (not like a one snap bag) b/c it'll be harder for people to swipe say, your wallet.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Everyone in Paris wears scarves. Bring a couple of every and any color.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your own deodorant. They may not have your brand here.
Photo Equipment: an adaptor if it has flexible voltage (read 110-220 V) or a transformer if it's only one of the two. It would be a shame to have your battery die at Sacre Coeur.
Miscellaneous: An alarm clock, a wash cloth (european hotels don't consider this a necessity) a duffel bag to carry souvenirs home in, and Hershey's chocolate kisses to bribe airport customs! ;-)
Miscellaneous: A typical Parisian hotel doesn't equip its rooms with alarm clocks as is standard in the US. You can always request the reception desk to set-up an automatic wake-up call if you need that. But if you wish to know the time in your room you need to bring a travel alarm clock with you. There are some brands that include feature a built-in flashlight also.
I'm glad I brought along my laptop; it didn't weigh too much, but I could download all my photos daily and look through them on the same day!
It helps a lot creating good pictures for the next days, adjusting light, flash, camera settings etc.
I could also read through some websites that I've downloaded earlier (the hotel room has no internet access) to check for example, Disneyland's Parade timings.
On top of this, I could play my daughter's fav movies (bring a few) cos she has no interest in CNN. This routine turns out to be very comforting to her.
Elite restaurants and clubs require special dress codes. So organize your belongings according to the type of spending time.
If you perefer walking along the banks of Seine, i recommend you sport or light shoes.
Photo Equipment: Prices are relatively high in Paris. I recommend you to prepare equipment before travel. City offers you wonderful views and try to find right angle and light.
Miscellaneous: Paris is a world capital. And a detailed search and enough reading about its richnesses before arrival may help you much. Maps and city plans are highly useful.
Luggage and bags:
It's important to be well prepaired when you go to Paris. Be sure to have a good map of the center city, and it won't be hard to get around.
As for bags, you may want to have a bag with wheels if you are going to walk to get to your hotel, and a sack to take with you on sightseeing.
It's also a good idea to get to know the most common words and frases in French so you'll be able to order food and drinks without problems.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: To explore Paris the best way, you need to bring a good comfortable pair of shoes, cause you'll be walking a lot.
Photo Equipment: Paris is one of the most photographic places in the world, with a million things worth 'shooting' so bring a camera for sure and a lot of film, or a big memory card if you have a digital camera.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are a lot of beautiful parks in Paris where you can go relax or have some fun, so it might be a good idea to bring a blanket, maybe a frisbee or your rollerskates.