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Luggage and bags: Ladies, bring a purse that can be worn across your torso. Theives are common, and a bag slung only over one shoulder can be easily slipped off and taken in a crowd.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack an umbrella! Weather in Europe is unpredictable, and short showers are common all through the year.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Pack your own tylenol/asprin if you're prone to headaches, as medications are expensive here.
Photo Equipment: Pack your camera...and the charger!! It's unbelievable how many photos you'll take! In two days I amassed 300, and my poor camera died before the last day was over.
Miscellaneous: Bring your own bottled water when walking through the city! Drinks are expensive. Sodas and water can often cost as much as 5euro/bottle, and refills are rarely (if ever) free in restaurants.
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Getting Ready to Go
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As Paris weather can be tricky, its best to pack according to season. This includes umbrella and rain gear in the spring and winter. Also bring good shoes for lots of walking.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all the usual necessities as they may not be readilly available.
Photo Equipment: Bring camera and lots of film. you'll need it. paris is a particualarly photogenic city with lots of museums and mouments. If you use a digital camera, make sure you have plenty of batteries and ample space on the card.
Don't forget your umbrella
Luggage and bags: Everyone looks at packing differently. We check our bags through but still pack in a carryon. Most of the things you take, you never wear. Why carry them all over the world?
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always bring at least one pair of very comfortable shoes. If tennis shoes are the only thing comfortable for you, bring them. If you look like a tourist, it's okay; you are a tourist.
Bring many light layers so you can pile them on in chilly wet weather and take them off when the temperature climbs.
Don't buy all new clothes if you don't want to look like a tourist. New stiff clothes scream "Tourist." Bring things you've worn and that are comfortable. Enjoy yourself. This is the trip of a lifetime . . . every single time it is still the trip of a lifetime.
Always bring rain gear. If you never have to use it, that's great. Be sure you have shoes you can wear on slippery cobblestones and/or wet slippery autumn leaves.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't worry about it. Anything you can get in Peoria, you can get in Paris. There are plenty of stores with every toiletry imaginable and many much better than you can get at home.
If you have prescription medicines, be sure you have the prescription written for generic drugs as the name may be different in Europe. Best to take a supply in your carryon bag.
Photo Equipment: If you are coming from the US, be sure your camera battery charger is dual voltage. Look on the back for 110-240 V and you are safe in Paris. You will need a plug adapter because in Paris the wall plug accepts two round prongs. These adapters are available at luggage stores, Target, Walgreen, Radio Shack and department stores. So are the dual voltage battery chargers. Try to find the general 3-prong adapter as these are becoming more common.
Miscellaneous: Just a reminder . . . don't forget that umbrella. Paris is beautiful in the rain, the lovely gray that you see in the 1930 and 1940 black and white Paris photos, but rain is wet. 8^)
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My first winter
Luggage and bags: Pack lightly. During winter we don't sweat and don't need to change cloth very often. Metro stations are occasionally with escalator so prepare to take you luggage up and down by stairs. Rolling suitcase is a better option.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I usually wear 3 - 5 layers : T-shirt, light long shirts, sweater or light jacket, & winter coat. It's better if you wear black, just like the Parisian do.
Wear only water proof jacket or coat. Also wear that can protect you from wind, don't wear knit-sweater only. You'll still feel the wind chill. Also wear only shoes that can keep your foot warm, for example leather boots, if necessary wear double socks.
Also bring : hat, scarf, glove, long underpants.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In the place where I come from, I live in humid and hot weather every day. In winter my skin become very dry, so don't forget to bring oil for dry skin or a good moisturizer.
Bring your medicine, and also instant hot drink like ginger or tea. Tea in Paris is awful. So better bring one from home.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera and huge capacity of memory card.
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When I think of Paris, I think of beautiful sunny weather and strolling along the river Seine. And yes, that is what I did! But, it isn't always that sunny, so be prepared for some rain! During my latest visit to Paris in October I had both. Quite a bit of sun, but also some cloudy skies and a bit of rain.
I've added two charts that give you some idea about the weather in Paris. I wouldn't go here in the midst of summer as it can get very hot in the city (+35C). On average the temperatures are much more bearable though. June has an average high of 23C, July 25C and August 25C. After that the temperatures quickly get lower with 16C in October and only +7C in December and February. In April it slowly starts to warm up again with an average of +16C.
The rain seems to be quite constant throughout the year, although a bit less in mm in early spring (March and April). Rainy days are around 12 to 13 the year round, but December/January has on average the most rainy days with 16 to 17 of them.
Miscellaneous: PACK IT! Umbrella, waterproof boots, etc. I was here over the winter and experienced rain, sleet, sun and snow. Be prepared for all types of weather. If you buy an umbrella from the dude outside the Louvre, he'll charge you 10 USD!!!
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Changeable Weather - Pack an Umbrella
Miscellaneous: I'd advise packing a small travel umbrella. The weather in Paris, even in the summer, was very changeable -- incredibly hot and muggy one day, cool and rainy the next. The only umbrellas we could find in the shops were luxury men's brollies priced at 42 Euros, or golf umbrellas, much too wide to fit on the narrow sidewalks, so we ended up walking in the rain.
I also wished that I had brought a 24-hour digital watch, which would have saved me the trouble of translating opening times and train timetables in my head.
The Umbrella: Your Friend in Paris
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Alot of people want to know what is Parisian weather like during different parts of the year. Of course, the weather can be generalized for a specific season. However, Parisian weather is highly changeable. This means that one can visit in October and arrive in Paris to full sun and balmy temperatures. But the following day may do a 360 degree change and turn out to be cold and drizzly. It happens and it's unpredictible. One piece of advice is to pack a small, folding umbrella. This way you are prepared and you don't have to go to spend extra euro for an umbrella.
Climate in Paris
Miscellaneous: Rainy season: There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 11 – 18°C ( 51 - 64°F ); min: 3 - 9°C ( 38 - 49°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 24°C ( 70 - 75°F ); min: 12 - 14°C ( 52 - 57°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 9 – 20°C ( 49 - 68°F); min: 3 - 11°C ( 38 – 51°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 6 – 7°C ( 43 - 45°F); min: 1 - 2°C ( 34 - 36°F )
Climate and cold dogs
Miscellaneous: Check the climate in of Paris:
Check the weather (5-day forecast for Paris) just before you go:
or even 10-DAY FORECAST:
Don't forget umbrella and/or raincoat even in summertime.
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Luggage and bags: Pack light or count on using a taxi! You will not be able to maneuver those rolling bags very well up and down stairs to Metro tunnels.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take a hat for unexpected rain, comfortable shoes for walking (because you'll want to do alot of that), and better take at least one outfit that will do in a more upscale restaurant by your hometown standards. Paris does not really know the meaning of business casual. Unless you really want to stand out, DO NOT wear tennis shoes!
And there is a phrase you will see often in my Europe pages that relates to footwear: cobbled streets! Think about it! Especially when you're actually packing.
Photo Equipment: Take some black and white film. You'll thank me later! Film is a little pricey here...plan ahead.
Miscellaneous: Many hotels do not include coffee/tea pot in room. Yes, good reason to stop at all those cafes and sip coffee at a little bistro table. However, if you are like me and have to have a cup of coffee BEFORE getting a move on in the AM, then take an immersible coil or small travel size coffee pot by Franzus (14 oz.). Whatever you buy over there in the small food shops will be cheap no need to take any food/beverage items with you. Splurge on the exquisite breads, pastries, coffees, cheeses and meats in the shops!
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