Make sure you have at least one pair of comfortable walking shoes, especially if you plan to see Paris on foot. The distances between the various monuments may seem small on a map but believe me they can be miles apart.
Miscellaneous: If you plan to stay for more than 3 days, it's worth buying a Paris Travel card and a Museum Pass.
The travel card is valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days and can be used in the metro and the buses. If your card covers all zones you can actually use it to commute between Paris and your airport, which will be a lot cheaper than taking a taxi or a coach.
The Museum Pass is for 1, 3 and 5 days and not only can be used in the museums but many other monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, Conciergerie etc
If you are from the UK, you can purchase them from the website below.
Good walking shoes are a must, if you plan to walk the city. While the sidewalks are modern and excellent condition, many of the older walkways have be been left original. For short walks any low healed shoe will work, however if you plan to do a lot of walking, I would make sure your shoes have good insoles.
I used my good old walking athletic shoes, and still found that I could feel the cobble stones through the soles, not to mention the knees and feet were feeling the mileage after several hours of walking.
Cobblestones are terrible for your feet so be sure you bring a couple of well-fitting, comfortable shoes. Interchange the shoes as necessary. However, if the pointy toe/stiletto heel look is for you (I like it too), hey, go for it. Just be careful:)
In winter (for women) it is not only necessary but also nice-looking to wear knee-high boots. However, to be practical, make sure the soles are non-skid and the heels not too high.
Remember that Paris is a very big city. As a visitor you will spend a lot of your time walking up and down stairs to different monuments, trying to sort out the complex metro system which consists of hundreds of kilometers of underground tunnels etc. It is therefore essential to have a good pair of walking shoes.
It will be well worth the investment.
Luggage and bags:
The most important thing that you need to bring is a working brain. This is as simple as having a bit of common sense, Paris
is about as dangerous as any big EUROPEAN city. Be as
alert as you are in everyday life. Many people are extra relaxed on their vacation. These
tourists are easy victims be cause they let their guard down. Crowds and distractions are a devil's playground for pickpockets and thieves. If you're watching a show...make sure
that your handbags, wallets and photo equipment handbag is in front of you or in front ockets...not dangling over your shoulder or sticking out of a back pocket.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take good walking shoes. Most attractions can be reached by bus and metro and some are close to each other accessible by a quick hike. Don't forget that the city is built on 7 hills. It's not flat terrain like most are used to.
Photo Equipment: Just a hint: If you have a mini fold up stool...BRING IT! Often you can take better pictures if you can stand slightly higher than the people around you. It gives a great view and a better picture.
Luggage and bags:
Depending on where your going to stay I suggest pack light. It doesnt mattter or your luggage or bags but carrying everything around regarless of traveling through the country side, or city hopping, carrying a large amount of luggage is a major pain in the ass.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are a must since you will be doing more walking then a New Yorker! ..and you want to walk, the sites are to fantastic to miss not to. Also bring evening shoes in case your going to go and hit it up at some clubs. During the summer a light jacket is all you need and of course a beret to go with that dashing french scarf you'll be forced to buy at the Galleries Lafayette!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Luckily we didn't need anything major on our trip just some midol and bandaides. And ladies i highly suggests you bring your own femine products because it's very difficult looking for pain killers and tampons with all men shop keepers!
Photo Equipment: A basic 35 mm camera or a digital one will do simply fine
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a bathing suit just in case....if you never been to the "beach" in Paris you'll be QUITE surprised lol. But I did happen to see a few couples swimming in the river- not to mention they were drunk.
Miscellaneous: Have a marvelvous time!!!!!!!!
Luggage and bags:
For some reason there are hardly any escalators in the Metro. So do not take a bag which is to heavy to lift up everytime. Neither bring a bag which is to breadth to walk through the metro tourniquets, ask
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You can't allways be stylish and you can better walk all day long painless on hiking shoes than suffering on high heels.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plasters for blisters.
Photo Equipment: Who needs photo equipment when you've got
Miscellaneous: Braafbrokjes for the dog!
If you plan on walking around Paris like most tourist do, then go and find the worlds most comfortable shoes, buy them, and then wear them while walking around Paris. A fellow VT user rex Vaughn commented on how I seemed to be resting all over the place and sure enough, half the reason for my many rests was because my feet were soooo sore. My entire small toe on each foot was blistered and painful due to my stupid shoes I was wearing.
As soon as I got home I went and bought myself a kick pair of walking shoes. Now every time I wear them I think of Paris! hehe.
Miscellaneous: Bring a giant laser!
Luggage and bags:
If you're going for a weekend you really don't need to pack much at all. I went to Paris for the weekend three days ago and it was great only having hand luggage, when you get off the plane it's nice not having to wait for baggage and its alot easier if you have to leave your hotel early and want to visit places at the other end of paris before your flight leaves.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If there's only one thing you bring make it walking shoes or a comfy pair of trainers, your feet will swell up and heels are useless, especially on the cobbled streets. At night most places are fine about people wearing trainers, as long as you have enough money to pay for a meal they don't care what shoes you wear. The same goes for bars and clubs, as long as you have money to spend, anything goes. As for clothing at night, dress up if you want, or dress down, I used to get away with going into posh clubs with trainers on simply because I was wearing a nice suede coat, much easier if you cant be bothered to get dressed up.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: plasters for blisters are good, but anything else you can buy in the french pharmacies which are astounding compared to ones in Britain. My best find was Dr Riggolo's Mustard Poltice - wonderful for when you have chesty coughs and need to bring some flegm up, mmmm, also they have many types of bite cream and iboprufen gel, much more than we have in Britain
Wear strong shoes for Paris, good walking boots are best, we wore our comfiest sandals but still our feet ached because of the huge amount of walking we did
Miscellaneous: we really wished we had taken a pedometer with us ! it would have been really interesting to see just how far we had walked
Luggage and bags:
Have something with wheels. Pack as light as you can if you know that you are going to be walking around until you check into your hotel
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes are a must! A jacket for sure in the fall. The weather can be very cool.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you like washclothes BRING THEM!
Photo Equipment: Take your cameras of course, but try to have a pocket to put them in...that was the good point of having a jacket....I could hide my VHS recorder under my coat!
Miscellaneous: If you want to make telephone calls, you will need your credit card or French Telecom cards......none of the phones took Euros. The only reason that we could come up with was because they didn't want money in the phones due to the high rate of theft.
I brought good walking shoes. There are lots of cobblestones that are hard on you if you wear heels. I also wore jeans and black pants. Basic neutral colors seem best if you don't want to stand out. In the winter bring a warm coat and wear a scarf. An umbrella is a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring basic headache and cold medicine. I got a cold while there and had trouble describing my symptoms to the pharmacist. All I knew how to say was "je suis malade". I couldn't tell her I had a sore throat. The pharmacies are clearly marked with a neon green cross.
Photo Equipment: A good camera is a must. Bring plenty of film and if you use a lithium battery, make sure to bring and extra!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I made the mistake of bringing only one pair of shoes, which ended up being the source of foot hell. We walked much more than we expected. While this necessitated me buying new shoes (not such a bad thing) much of the damage had been done (a bad thing). :) So find the most beautiful comfortable shoes you can (french women dress extremely well) and then bring a second pair. Your feet will thank you.
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are a real tourist, like those who take the camera even for the hotel's bathroom, please take a good sneakers... you will walk for milles... I can say that in average we walked 15 a 17 Km/day.
If you 're planning to go in the winter take your best coat, gloves... because it's really cold....
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A lotion or cream for the muscles and tired legs..
Photo Equipment: Watch out with digital cameras... ! in the X Ray of the airports!!
Make sure to where extra socks, especially for all the walking that you will do! My wife has two pairs of socks on and she still got blisters!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Cream for the blisters (fortunately another VT member, tini58de, gave us some cream that helped with the pain!)
Photo Equipment: More film and a video camera if you have one
Miscellaneous: Band-aids for those blisters!