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Luggage and bags: Pay attention to your bag. It can be stolen by a running thief. Better to have a traditional luggage and a purse attached to the belt.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: WINTER : it snows rarely on Paris but the temperature can be low (+ 1 or 2°c) without freeze. Generally, there is a nice weather at the beginning of February.
Have your wool and a rain coat.
SPRING : March and April are often rainy. May is nice.
Keep your rain coat and have good shoes.
SUMMER : it can be hot but not too much. Often, there are rainy days either in July or in August. The beginning of September is nice.
Have light clothes, a rain protection and good shoes.
FALL (AUTUMN): it goes progessively colder and often rainy.
Take care of you.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some medicines are delivered only with a medical prescription. Bring your own medicine.
The chemistry is identified by a large green cross.
For toiletries : Paris is the town of perfumes. You will find everything you need and you dream in this matter.
The main brands at an affordable price can be bought at SEPHORA (several locations in Paris)
Photo Equipment: Do not forget your flash to shoot photographs in the monuments and outside by night. The films can be very expensive in the touristic areas.
You need to buy accessories : FNAC (Champs Elysees, Grands Boulevards, Forum des halles, la Defense).
You need to make your films developped quickly : Photo Service .
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The camping of Paris is in the Boulogne Forest : it can be damp on Springs and Fall.
If you go there : stay on a week day at 8:00AM, if you see a grey Renault Scenic, say "hello!", I am the driver and I go to the office.
Miscellaneous: Be aware of pickpockets, especially in the Metro (lines 1, 4 and 12 above all). Split your documents and cash in separated pockets or purses.
Electric plug : 2 pins, 220v. It is difficult to find an adapter : see the BHV (near the City Hall) or the Store 'Le Vieux Campeur' in the Quartier Latin (several stores in this area, especially rue du Sommerard)
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
Luggage and bags: bring your credit cards!
backpack to have your souvenirs and gifts.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: comfortable wear. it's good when you walk around.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: don't leave your tissue at home, or you wanna insert coin for a public toilet there :) !
it's pretty easy to get some drug like panadol (pain-killer)
Photo Equipment: it's easy to get your digital camera recharge or have some rolls of film.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: cleansing gel / lotion
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Adventure Travel
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Oh, yeah. When you go to a 'pharmacie', you'll more than likely have to tell the attendant what you need and they'll get it for you. They don't have big aisles to browse. So bring your own embarrassing personal hygeine products with you, if you're shy! :) ROFL...
Luggage and bags: Always have your money in a safe location and in additon best to keep one credit card stored in the safe at the hotel in case you lose your money. If your are not an EU citizen, you must have your passport on you at all times, while all EU citizens need either a passport or national identity card. Always make a photocopy of your passport and store in the hotel safe so if you ever lose it you can go to the embassy or your country and get a new one.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Paris generally has a moderate climate and although it does snow occassionally in the winter, it really gets extremely cold, while summers are warm but rarely excessively hot. If going in the winter bring warm clothes, but not excessively heavy, while in the spring or fall dress in layers as the weather can be variable. In Paris people tend to be more formal than in most other cities so avoid being too casual as you will stand out as a tourist. That doesn't mean you need to be overdressed, however a dress shirt, jeans, and leather shoes is common for Parisians to wear.
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!
Packing List for December
Luggage and bags: Less is better
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I can't stress this enough - attractive COMFORTABLE shoes. My feet and knees ached the entire week and I am only 30! I had even bought cushy insoles for my leather boots. A warm coat, scarf and gloves.
We tried to dress as Parisians do - simple and classy.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get whatever you need in Paris.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Luxury Travel
Luggage and bags: Bring extra bags or luggage w/ u in case u buy alot of GIFTS to bring home .I have to buy extra bags b/c I could not help myself stop shopping and buy chocolate,wine,cosmetic,perfume...that is most famous product in the world .
- Bring credit card and debit card with you ,so u don't have to pay FEE SERVICE when you exchange cash from your counties currency to EURO ( 15 to 20% fee ,yeah they ROB u ).Paris is so convinience to cash money out of ATM (everywhere).Your bank and credit card company will give you the best exchange without fee .IT'S GREAT !
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: -If u love DANCING like me then bring couple nice dresses and at least 1 pair of shoes .
- Bring the comfortable shoes/boot for walking b/c METRO in Paris is main transportation ,we have to walk alot during the day .
-If u r living in snowing place and travel from end of March ,so don't need bring heavy jacket .As Paris has almost no snow during the winter time (every year),so Paris is not cold as North East America.Only feel chilly early in the morning and late at night .
-If u r living in warm places ,so of-course you should bring warm clothes on spring time.
Photo Equipment: *****WARNING : FOR US OR OTHER COUNTRY not use same type of ELECTRIC CORD .In US use FLAT CORE and in France and most Europe counties use ROUND CORE .When my video-camera out of battery ,I was STUCK for 5 days travel without record picture b/c couldn't find the round cord to lug in .Luckly I found round cord in Germany ...it's night mare !
So if u bring lap-top computer,video camera,hair dryer...which need to re-charge electric ,please looking for round electric cord and bring it w/ u so u don't lose time to SEARCHING what store sell this kind.
Luggage and bags: Take a good backpack because there is little doubt you will have to walk a bit with your bags... Also take a small backpack for day trips and some padlocks to keep sticky fingers out of your bags... :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes are a must!!
Photo Equipment: Take a tripod for the wonderful night photos you can take...you'll be happy you did! :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel
Photo Equipment: Paris has lots of interesting places to photograph. Bring along some color and B&W films, you'll find plenty of opportunities to use both!
If you find that you're missing some equipment, don't worry - in Paris it's easy to find lots of photo shops. FNAC, for instance, has several small photo shops that sell equipment and develop film. Prices are correct.
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.
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!)
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? ;-))
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In many cases..Paris needs lots of walk around the city to discover eerything... take the most comfortable shoes and clothes...never forget that it is also walking in some distances even in metro stations.
- Family Travel
Luggage and bags: Just pack your normal stuff. Don't forget to include power adaptors for things like hairdryers.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You can't go to Paris and not buy clothes, so don't overpack your bags. Make sure you leave room in your suitcases for your purchases! I suggest you only pack one suitcase and bring a second duffle bag to fill up with all your purchases! Oh, and bring comfy shoes, you will walk A LOT!
Photo Equipment: Of course bring your camera-- there are many wonderful photo opportunities in Paris. Make sure that you actually GET a photo of the Eifel Tower (I'm standing in front of it in this photo.)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: n/a
Miscellaneous: A suitcase full of money. Paris is an expensive city. Actually, do NOT leave your money in your room. Leave it in the hotel safe. Inquire at the front desk. The concierge should speak english almost certainly.
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.
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