Packing for Summer, Paris
Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
People make a big deal about not looking like a tourist but really people in Paris don't dress much differently than we do in the US. Wear what's comfortable for walking around Paris, for most mid level restaurants, dress clothes are not required.
Paris can get quite warm in the summer months and even in the shoulder months of May and September
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: At lower priced hotels, you might want to bring your own toiletries, most hotels provide soap but not all give you shampoo, bath gel or conditioner
Luggage and bags:
I travel light and therefore I only bring an REI backpack that has a detachable smaller backpack that I can use whenever I wanted to go for a walk and leave the bigger backpack at the hotel with a lock on it.
The backpack is water resistant and has two pockets for easy access for an umbrella and an aluminum water bottle. It has a pocket on the front for my journal and for my maps and address book. It has two smaller pockets on the side for other things I needed.
The backpack has shoulder straps or can be used for as a backpack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I brought a jacket that has a detacheable lighter jacket inside. It has a hood that can be hidden and can be pulled out when it gets cold or when it rains. It has two pockets for any use - I use it to keep my shawls and my gloves and on the other side for my camera. It has a zipper on it so it is pickpocket safe. There are two inner pockets, too for camera or for anything you can keep there for easier access.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Might as well bring 4 plastic bottles (3 oz) for your shampoo, gel, lotion, etc. On one bottle, I put some Q-tips. Put these in a zip lock and store them in your backpack for easy access so you can take them out when you pass security. This will keep eliminate delay and inspection. Also bring a bottle of Advil or Tylenol. For women, bring some sanitary pads. In the ziplock, put your small hair brush or comb (I just brought a small comb) and some moisturizer, deodorant and sunblock lotion.
Photo Equipment: I brought a Sony Coolpix 1080p because it is easier for me to bring. I also brought a chip that can store 10000 pictures with a back up of another chip that can store 4800 pictures.
There are two rechargeable batteries I brought for backup.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I brought some umbrella and an aluminum water bottle for refills. Bottled water is expensive in Europe. It ranges from 1.69 to 2.99 euros for a small water bottle and because I drink a lot of water, it is best for me to bring one.
It saves me a lot of money and saves the environment.
Miscellaneous: Bring some journal to write your experiences, a book to read while in flight, an extra pair of shoes just in case your other shoes get wet.
Also, I brought a small hand towel that I put in my jacket so I can always put hot water on it to wash my face while in flight.
A belt bag to put your sunglasses, a coin purse, and a mini toothbrush and toothpaste so you can have an easy access.
A passport bag to store your passport and credit cards. Make sure that these are the only things that you put in. You have to tie it in your neck and store it inside your clothes all the way down to your tummy. Make sure that the tie doesn't show on you neck. Keep it discreet.
Luggage and bags:
If you're not likely to travel with just a carry-on, then bring a suitcase with wheels...you'll need it--much easier to drag the bag with wheels than try to carry it. Also, packed in the bottom of your suitcase, stuff a collapsible duffel bag. You can check it on the way home (after stuffing it with some dirty laundry and such). Frees up more room for souvenirs.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Try to blend in as much as possible. Opt for black as being your main wardrobe color. You can accessorize with accents of red, for example. Parisians do wear denim so feel free to bring your favorite pair along.
Bring the following, based on the length of your stay and whether or not you're doing laundry:
5 shirts, mix varies by season--include white T-shirt (for layering)
one pair of underwear and socks for each day (it may also be wise to bring at least one extra pair of each just in case your plane is delayed or anything like that)
2-3 sweaters for layering
3 pairs of pants...1 in black, 1 pair jeans, 1 in your own favorite fabric/color
dressy outfit for a nice dinner or outing to Moulin Rouge
shoes: bring 3--one dressy, two comfy for walking. Wear heaviest on plane.
black leather jacket
tie or scarf
umbrella...as soon as the first rain drop falls from the sky, the umbrella vendors are out in full force.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Forget bringing sample sizes...if you have a lengthy stay, then you'll have to bring many samples or buy the products there.
Feminine hygeine products
Razor, unless you want to go "natural"
First Aid Kit: Bandaids, antiseptic, Ibuprofen/Tylenol, Moleskin for blisters, Immodium AD, cold/allergy medication, tweezers.
Spare glasses, contacts
Any medication you need, put it in your carry-on, never in checked luggage.
A loofah and soap: Many hotels don't have washcloths available.
Put your shampoo/conditioner/cleanser/anything spillable in zip-loc bags to prevent leakage.
Photo Equipment: Tons of film! You never run out of subjects to capture in Paris.
I bring a point-and-shoot camera and a small digital camera.
Bring a mix of color and black and white film. Always have the security guards in the airports and elsewhere hand inspect the film. Don't put the film in your checked luggage...the x-rays are 5 times as powerful for checked luggage.
Miscellaneous: Bring a journal, record your trip, jot down addresses, names of people you've met, that great wine you had at dinner, etc.
Zip-lock baggies: Great for food for picnics, containing wetness, bagging potential leaks before they happen. I put my toiletries that have the potential to leak in a zip-lock bag to prevent a big mess.
Address list for sending postcards.
Small flashlight, esp if you are going to the Catacombs.
Tiny locks...get the Travel Sentry locks (they have them at Target, for example). These locks allow the TSA to open your locks with a "special" key. It's also a good idea to lock your luggage in the hotel.
Bring Shout wipes to eliminate stains.
Luggage and bags:
I prefer to travel light so only 1 soft bag
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will be doing a large amount of walking so a good pair of shoes is essential. I prefer outdoor shoes (eg Merrell) that I can dress up or down unlike sneakers/tennis shoes that can't. I like to travel light so pack items such as convertable pants that double as shorts & longs for day time/night time plans.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just the normal stuff here with the addition of some liquid hand cleaner.
Photo Equipment: I never go anywhere without my small digital camera. Paris has a huge amount to see and take snaps so make sure you are familiar with your gear. My camera has a rechargeable battery which means I have to bring a powerpoint adapter - don't forget yours as a flat battery is fairly limiting.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even in the summer you must bring a light jacket and even rain gear for a trip to Paris. I was there at the end of July and two days it rained while two days it was fairly hot. Be prepared for these changes in weather.
Luggage and bags:
The airport sucks, so make sure you have luggage thats easy to move around... which means wheels! Especially since you most likely have to take a bus from one terminal to another to catch the RER.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes cos you do a lot of walking! Weather gear... bring a light rain jacket. One minute its blazing hot, then all of a sudden... its pouring rain!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Please bring deodorant! Being crammed in a metro station with a bunch of people really showed how many people weren't using it.
Photo Equipment: Gee... amazing sights... do you bring a camera? Hmm.... what do you thiink... hehe.
Miscellaneous: Bring some sort of converter for your electronics if you come from another country. Bring a travel guide to Paris. Don't worry about looking like the tourist... in the summer, Paris is full of tourists. The smart ones have travel guides...
Luggage and bags:
Bring one rolling suitcase or duffel bag. It's not wise to check two bags - it becomes a huge hindrance.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Teva sandals saved my life. They're not as conspicuous as sneakers, and they go with almost anything. This was the best I could do, as French women seem to wear real shoes (as opposed to the flip flops of obvious American tourists).
Bring a compact umbrella and take it everywhere you go. Vendors seem to increase the price of umbrellas when it rains.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you bring band-aids and protective ointment for your skin.
Miscellaneous: It's true. The French dress up a litte more than Americans. Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts are comfortable, but you'll feel out of place. French women wear nice slacks, skirts, and dresses. Individual style is a must! If you wear a t-shirt, dress it with a pearls or a scarf.
There are GAP stores everywhere if you're in a bind.
Miscellaneous: Bring your sunglasses. At least every time I am in Paris the weather is lovely! On the picture you can see Eiffel Tower on a cold december day in the afternoon smog --- isn't it wonderful?!