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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are an american, do NOT pack jeans. Just don't. Nice pants, skirts, comfortable clothes which aren't jeans. People in Paris are much more put together than most places in the US.
On the plane coming back from Paris the last time I went, there was a huge group of french people trying to look american. They had denim on from head to toe. Not only was it really funny, but it made it very clear how they think americans dress.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you live in a warm place better take care: Paris can reach really cold temperatures. I went from Barcelona to Paris in August 20th, leaving behind about 35 degrees, and I arrived with about 20 degrees (I don't remember exactly the temperature, but I felt really cold). So better you take a good pullover and coat (depending on the month, of course). And don't forget the umbrella!
Photo Equipment: Well, if you want to visit Versailles, better take a fisheye! And, in general, if you like photography you better take a good equipment, because Paris is a really nice place where you can take incredible photos. But if you cannot spend much money don't worry, my photos were taken with a $90 compact Pentax (and they are so nice, aren't they? ;-))
Luggage and bags: If you're taking the metro to and from the airport, try to pack light!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Everybody says bring good walking shoes, and it is no joke. I ended up buying some after two days of pain. They were on sale, fortunately, as was EVERYTHING...(January!)
Luggage and bags: Take small bags because everything there is small including the elevators.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It's kind of like the mid-west over there. The weather changes in split seconds. Take whatever you feel comfortable in. If you can afford to fly there, then you can buy some clothes when you are there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just take the normal stuff. Maybe a shower curtain because for some reason, they don't believe in them. Oh, take an adapter for plugging your stuff in.
Photo Equipment: Take whatever you want. I tool like 14 throw away cameras. Used all of it too.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We went to the south of France and had a great time on the Med. Take your time and relax.
Miscellaneous: Don't pick a fight with anyone and if you smoke Virginia Slims, they don't make them there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring an umbrella!
Photo Equipment: Stick to battery powered electronics.
Miscellaneous: Try not to bring things that need to be plugged in, obviously because of the different voltages and outlets. Convertors can be expensive, depending on whether or not you need an adaptor. But, my electric toothbrush was going to cost me 60Euro just to plug in...so I went to a pharmacy and bought a regular one!
Luggage and bags: In any travel situation, it is good to take only what you can carry. Smaller suitcases with less belongings is best because accomodation in Europe (all over) is smaller than some American hotels. I found it difficult in some places to open up my suitcase because it was full-size, thick, and wide (not to mention heavy!). Other places, however, are large enough for full-size baggage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It was rather warm when I was in Paris, and the sun was shining. The weather is quite unpredictable, so I would prepare for the best and the worst. Bring a sweater in case of cool weather, but also bring lighter clothing for a sunny day. Nice, comfortable shoes (probably ones that don't come untied every two seconds) would be best for travel in Paris. If you visit Versailles or the Louvre, not to mention scouting for a nice restaurant near your hotel/accomodation, you'll probably be doing a lot of walking. What else would you need? Sunglasses or a cap. Formal wear for evening shows, dinner, or the cabaret. Clothing and gear should not stress you while packing to visit Paris.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you have prescription medication, prepare it from home. There are several pharmacies in Paris, but it would probably be easier to just have the medicine on hand.
Photo Equipment: Bring video and still. Both will be very handy, as Paris is beautiful and sometimes video is better, sometimes still shots are better. It is dark in Notre Dame and other cathedrals, but they do not always allow flash (Notre Dame doesn't). Photos of the stained glass from the inside turn out very nicely. Zoom, if you have it, is a nice option, but I would not go out and buy a new camera just because you're going to Paris and you are just dying to use zoom (well, if you absolutely must, then you can, I'm not stopping you). Bring lots and lots of film, because though you can buy it in Paris, you'll save time by bringing it from home. Time you can use for sightseeing or other enjoyable things.
Miscellaneous: My mind is muddled at the moment so I will have to come back to this. I have some tips, but I'll put them up with the photos, later.
Luggage and bags: One that will carry as much as you need - but don't feel the need to dress up unless you are really going for a special occasion. Carry a secure bag for walking around with.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack for European weather - when we were there it was in the high 20's C!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Only what you need to take specially - this is France!
Photo Equipment: A wide-angle lens, a zoom lens, and lots of film.
Miscellaneous: Good walking shoes - the one thing you should do is walk in Paris.
Luggage and bags: The best advice I can give to someone traveling through Paris is, 'PACK LIGHT!' My friends and I learned a hard lesson when we squeezed in as much as we could in our luggage.......and didn't leave room for all of the fabulous shopping!! What happens is you end up (at least I did...twice!) buying another bag en route during your trip to hold all the wonderful NEW items you purchased.
Another reason to pack light is that it's easier for you to maneuver up and down the stairwells in the metro. You can always spot the 'unprepared' tourist as they struggle with bringing their 80lb. Samsonites down the flight of stairs while taking breaths of air in between steps!
We found that minimizing your luggage to just a backpack and/or a carry-one rollaway suitcase was the best way to go!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bringing a pair of comfortable shoes would probably be the best thing you could ever do for yourself when traveling to Paris. Paris is definitely a WALKING city and you do so much of it while you're there. Comfortable yet FASHIONABLE is key. You'd want to be sure to blend in with the crowds as you stroll the Champs Elysees or hike up through Montmartre.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are going into the Notre Dame, remember to respect the premises and dress conservatively. No sleeveless t-shirts allowed, not even in summer.
That said, there are probably some t-shirt vendors outside ( and everywhere there are tourists ) so if you are caught unawares, worry not for quick and fast solutions are nearby~ if you buy a lot of tees, the friendly vendor will even throw in a bunch of Eiffel keychains free :)
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Luggage and bags: If you are arriving by plane or train, the best kind of bag to bring is one that you can either put on your back or one that you can wheel. There's quite a bit of walking as you leave the Charles de Gaulle airport, take the little mini bus, then approach the Roissy Rail to take you into Paris. Try to travel light and make sure that your backback is secure as there are potential pick pocketers that like to work in the metro.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Paris is definitely a walking city. In the summer, make sure you wear a comfortable pair of shoes. I found that some of the streets are quite dusty so open toed shoes are probably not the best. Running shoes or a good pair of shoes with good support are good for walking on the city streets and balancing on some of the older cobble stoned streets. I didn't find bringing an umbrella useful because most of the days in July were nice. There's lots of little bookstores, cafes, bakeries, and museums to duck into if you run into the occasional rainshower.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: It's always good to pack a package of kleenex just in case the toilet you are using runs out of paper. For most of the public toilets in Paris, I have found that they usually have attendants there that will either ask you to pay something to use the bathroom or they will ensure there is paper in the stall.
Photo Equipment: Most of the museums do not allow flash photography. I would suggest bringing an assortment of different speed film. For bright light you will want to use 100 or 200 ASA film. For some of the interior shots and some of the small alleyway shots, I would use a 400 ASA film. You might want to try some black and white as well because there are some really great stone buildings with lots of texture and grain.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel
Photo Equipment: Paris museums permit cameras but no flash. Also bring along a tripod for some nighttime photographs. To get photographs of the Louvre it is best to get there early before they open around 9:00 AM. Take photographs of the pyramid entrance and when it opens, start taking your photographs inside the museum before the large crowds show up. I find that if you want photographs without tourist in them, it is best to get there very early before it opens and the tourist show up. If you want to take photographs from the top of Notre-Dame, early afternoon is best since the sun will not be in the same direction as the Eiffel Tower.
Miscellaneous: A good train map of Paris. The one that they are giving away free and the subways stations information booths are to small and hard to read.
Luggage and bags: Travel light. Large bags are a pain when you arrive and decide to take the metro to your hotel.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We went in winter and froze our butts off. Then again we are from Texas so it doesn't have to drop to low for us to be cold.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: My wife teaches cosmetology....Hair is important to her so if you must bring rollers and curling irons and other such things make sure you have a converter.
Photo Equipment: Same thing as toiletries...if you need to plug anything up bring a converter.
Luggage and bags: As always, I recommend traveling light. You have to carry everything you take. See my Amsterdam page for my packing recomendations.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Black, Black and Black! Shoes, clothes, sweaters, etc. Dress nicely and you will fit in well.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I have a first aid kit that I carry on all of my travels. It includes sample packets of Motrin, Tylenol, Band-Aids, cough drops, Tums, etc. If you wear glasses this is a good place to keep your repair kit.
Luggage and bags: I brought so much stuff. But then Im also moving too. I bought 2 limit size pieces plus a limit carry on and a purse. Next time though I will just take a small bag.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear comfy shoes and bring plenty of bandaids. You will get blisters!!! Some foot soaking stuff is a good idea too! Buy a scarf there they are cheap and all the French wear them (the men too). Dont wear those waist bags you will look to much like a tourist. The best thing to do is fit in. They dont wear shorts that much and dont wear American College t-shirts. Its a dead give away that you are American.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bandaids, footsoak, asprin Remember Paris is not a third world country you can find it all there.
Photo Equipment: Bring extra batteries/film as they can be very expensive. You might think about extra chippy things for your digital camera. If you dont have computer acess to down load them too you might have to delete good pictures.
Miscellaneous: Just have fun and blend in!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: France is quite hot in the summer. The weather is bearable though! Best time to visit Paris is in the sumnmer or spring. If you are going to Disneyland or are going to stay in a somewhat fancy hotel, then you should definitely bring a swimsuit along.
Photo Equipment: You need a camera and tons of rolls of film! Of course, those are available in France, but make sure to take lots of photos. France is photogenic.
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