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Too Much Stuff
Luggage and bags: Look at the photo below. Would you want to haul all that stuff up a Parisian stairway? Those stairways can be mighty small and steep.
Bring some essential clothes in your carry on bag in case the airline loses your suitcase.
Extra empty duffel bag (thin material) On the way home you can check some of your souvenirs in your good bag and dirty clothes in another. You can wrap clothes around wine bottles and check the bags.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 1 small bag per person, no exceptions. windbreaker in summer, hat, sunscreen, handkerchief, twine for clothes line in hotel, to tavel light over one week, you will be doing wash in your room--plastic clothes pins.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring copies of your medical prescriptions and eye glass prescriptions.
Wipes to clean your hands, and phone numbers of your doctors, banks and close friends.
Stomach settling medicine like pepto bismol,etc.
band aids, headache and pain medicine. reading glasses?--always an extra pair of those cheap ones from home.
Photo Equipment: Your charger for camers will need a converter and the appropriate plug for that country. They are all different. AAA has these or a good travel agent.
Buy your film there and have it processed. The airport can fry your film in your carry on/ checked baggage. Digital is safe.
Bring extra cards for your digital camera. Batteries...European ones at the souvenir stand are terribly inefficient.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Buy your mini fold up stove in Europe. You can't bring gas on the plane.
You can buy fold up chairs and table in Europe at a camping store. They make towels that are very small but suck up a lot of water. mini binoculars. Small tent. Sleeping bag that crushes down and fits in a small bag the size of a canteloupe, plastic bag of dishwashing soap, sponge with scraping side, flip flops for the shower.
Miscellaneous: 1 water bottle to refill when you get there. Pack it in your checked bags. Bring the plastic one from the plane.
1 small bag of raisins, nuts, etc. for emergencies--like the stores are closed. Peanut butter is a lifesaver for backpackers.
Bringing children? Paper towel, toilet paper--crush it down, take out cardboard core, put in plastic bag. Extra baggies.
1 pocket knife for cheese and meat, cork screw, soda cap opener, plastic forks, ketchup and honey in those small packages from McDonalds, diary, pens, addresses from home, needle and thread, nail clipper, mini flashlight, maps, copies of passport front pages, driver's licenses, and have someone who is back home with the numbers on your credit cards,
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Wheel it on!
Luggage and bags: I'm not going to recommend what type of luggage you take -Paris is like most cities ( the pavements aren't extra bumpy or the streets super narrow) so really, whatever you are comfortable with - though I don't know how I managed before wheeled luggage was invented(my boyfriend lets out a snort of derision at this point as I have never actually carried any luggage -but it's better for him!).Although I don't think there are more pick-pockets in Paris than any other large city, I did make sure that I took a shoulder bag with both a top zip and a zipped inner compartment . You do see some fellow visitors with their backpacks at the front, hugging them for dear life - I'm sure nothing short of a flashing light on your head says 'I am a tourist and here is my cash! '
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
What to bring with?
Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Whether snowy/wet/sunny/warm or cold weather, layer your clothing.
Wear thermal underwear (these are easily bought at the local clothing shops), with warm leggings and a top under a toasty jacket for the cold. I have my trusty grey duffle coat, plus a white snow jacket for this type of weather, and they are a godsend!
Wear flat shoes that have a good grip, as when it is snowing, and afterwards, when it is sludge, it's really difficult to walk and keep your balance!
Always remember to bring a cap/hat that covers your head and neck for when it gets hot, as well as sunglasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: : Sunscreen (Factor 35 is the minimum factor I use, no matter what the weather is), headache tablets and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.
Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a EUROPEAN plug extension.
Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
Not for Back Packers
Luggage and bags: Gosh there are porters and luggage carts bring a nice suitcase and put the heavy stuff in there. Only carry a small carry on with essentials and complain about all those people stuffing the overheads with their life possessions.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Paris is an elegant city. If you are over the age of 30, I suggest you acknowledge this and dress as elegant as you can. You will not be out of place; especially if you are a woman.
I won't go as far as saying men should where a tie, but if you go to le Moulin rouge for a show ( and you should) you will feel good wearing a jacket or a suit with a nice shirt.
Walking is a must so take good shoes, but not runners please. Spring weather calls for a light coat, the obligatory scarf, tied just so and maybe a sweater or two.
You can never go wrong with a jacket so I would always wear a jacket in the evening. If you end up in a more casual place just sling it over your shoulder. Alors..men start dressing again. You partner will be a lot happier!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can buy anything you need there. And since you will, leave the colognes etc at home and get them duty free or at a boutique in Paris.
Photo Equipment: The smallest digital you can get that doesn't ruin the cut of your jacket.
Miscellaneous: I made the mistake of buying a travel guide and those little books weigh a fair bit. I discovered most things can be downloaded from the web and then tossed, once consumed.
the joys of packing...
Luggage and bags: i brought a large suitcase (with wheels) and a medium duffel bag as carry on for a ten day trip
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: shoes... i was fine with cute sandals for short trips shopping or out to dinner, but when we were hardcore, i wore some cute european style tennis shoes. comfort is key, but style is the keychain :)
for clothing at the end of june.. i would reccommend capris, longs skirts, blouses, and sweaters to layer with. it did get very chilly!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: most hotels we stayed at did not provide wash cloths or loofahs (or shower curtains!!ahh!!) so bring one of those. of course, all the other essentials. i also brought tide sink detergent which comes in little packs. it was perfect for washing my white jacket!
Photo Equipment: digital camera. 2 memory cards ( 1 gig & a 256 mb). plus two disposables for backup.
Luggage and bags: A wise idea for anyone planning on doing any shopping is to bring two suitcases instead of trying to jam everything into one. Reason primarily is that if you luggage is over a certain weight limit (check with individual airlines - the weights were different in different countries) you will get charged a fee (i paid 30 USD once and then 30 EUR in Spain to France). You can check two bags at no additional cost so why not have the room purchases and save the cash.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In winter, be sure to bring an umbrella and weather tolerant coat/ boots. Weather was rainy a good amount of the time we were there - rain, snow, rain again.
Be fashionable. I wouldn't wear old T-shirts or ratty jeans and sneakers unless you want to be imeedaitely spotted and labeled as an "American Tourist". If you still go with this outfit, see my tip under warnings and dangers for beggars - as you'll be a target.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring benedryl in case of any sort of allergic reaction. Who knows what the process is to get medications there for stuff we can readily get over the counter in the states.
- Women's Travel
Your friend: A 22" rolling suitcase
Luggage and bags: Done this so many times: packed too many clothes for just a week! What with 9/11 and security checks paring down to one 22" suitcase is the way to go nowadays.
Select all the clothes you wish to bring and leave half of them at home! There will be more room in the suitcase for souvenirs...
But be sure to take your suitcase full of valuables with you onboard the plane-do not check it in. If you do need to check in the suitcase, do not put anything of value in there. In fact, one great way to bypass the unlocked suitcase thing, is to get some cable wire ties which are really cheap. Pass them through the zippers on the suitcase to secure them; that way your zippers won't open up accidentally and you get a sort of reassurance no one will open your suitcase as easily as if there were no protection at all. However, if security needs to look inside your suitcase then they can snip off the ties. For yourself, you can snip off the ties with a nail clipper.
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WHERE TO LEAVE MY LUGAGES
Luggage and bags: A: AUTOMATIC LUGGAGE SAFE:
* Angers, Avignon-centre, Bordeaux, Cannes, Lyon-Perrache, Marne –la Vallée Chessy, Marseilles, Nantes, Nice, Paris Austerlitz/Est/Lyon/Montparnasse/Nord, Toulouse.
En gare de Paris Montparnasse.
You will pay by cash (Card sometimes accepted) depending of the size.
Rates: 3,40 € (1), 5 € (1) ou 7,5 € (1) for 72 hours.
Paris-Montparnasse, you can pay with cash or card.
B- MANUAL LUGGAGE SAFE:
** Dijon, Lille-Flandres, Lyon-Part Dieu, Metz, Mulhouse, Rennes, Strasbourg. Ouverture périodique en gares de Saint-Raphaël, Bourg-Saint-Maurice, Moutiers et Saint-Gervais-les-Bains.
Rate: 4,50 € (1) per lugage (valise, colis), and per day (24 hours), 5,30 € (1) per bike, wheel chair, etc... per day (24 hours)
(1) Rates on 01/08/2002.
ATTENTION: it may be closed for security issue.
for security reasons, you cannot leave electronics and alarm clock in the lugages....
Packing for Paris
Luggage and bags: I take one airline approved rolling suitcase (that fits in the overhead compartments) and a duffle bag packed in side for any souvenirs I might bring home!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For two weeks of travel I take 3 skirts and 2 pairs of pants. I take 5 T-shirts and 3 light sweaters to layer in case it is cold. I also take one black dress for dinners that may not be casual. The most important things I take are two pairs of good walking shoes. One I wear on the plane and one I pack in my suitcase.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bandaids in case of blisters! (I tend to walk a lot when I travel so this frequently is a need of mine)
Photo Equipment: Digital Camera-then you don't have to worry about film and can delete and retake pictures along your trip.
Miscellaneous: Binnoculars for the cathedrals and the Eiffel Tower.
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