France What to Pack

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France What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Paris What to Pack

    While I try to take as little as possible these are some items that I must take along with me on most of my travels. I travel during any season and adjust my packing list according to the weather, type and length of travel. Following is just a sample of the items that I usually take along: For Paris, I usually take with me 2 pair of slacks one...

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  • Footwear

    Paris What to Pack

    I always take an extra foldable bag. You always come back with more than you left with. No matter what they say about not wearing tennis shoes....take them anyway. You absolutely need the MOST comfortable shoes for walking!!! A small umbrella is an absolute necessity. Color coordinate your wardrobe so that all the tops go with all the...

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  • Backpack

    Paris What to Pack

    If you go into the museums or art galleries and you are wearing a small rucksack they ask you to wear it front ways, instead of on your back. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, paris is very dusty on the ground so don't wear any thing to fine. Drink plenty of bottled water in warm weather. Not allowed flash on cameras but you are able to take...

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  • Rainwear

    Paris What to Pack

    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. Pack an umbrella! Weather in Europe is unpredictable, and short showers are common all through the year. Pack your own tylenol/asprin if you're prone to headaches, as medications are...

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  • Electronics

    Paris What to Pack

    You're going to Paris and you have your iPhone, your Kindle and your laptop not to mention your digital camera. All of these things are electronic and will have to be recharged at some time. The first thing you do is look on each appliance either on the plug or bottom or back to see what voltage it is. Look for 100-240 volt or 100-240 v on the...

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  • Packing for Winter

    Paris What to Pack

    i agree with everyone. cold is pretty relative depending on where you live. i am from santa barbara county, california. i went to paris in jan. '08 and although it wasn't snowing, it was freezing and windy and dreary. it also rained for about 4 days. it kept our exploring to mostly indoor venues. museums, restaurants... we walked but ended up just...

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  • Toiletries

    Paris What to Pack

    To protect your feet from blisters, you'll want to use some Moleskin. This adhesive cotton padding is soft & puffy yet thin. You cut it out with a hole in the middle where your blister is. You don't cover the blister. This creates a raised area around the blister protecting it from pain while walking. You'll find this is definitely a lifesaver when...

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  • Packing for Summer

    Paris What to Pack

    * Map and guidebook; * Crackers; * 2 Liter of water; * Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots; * 1 extra t-shirt; * Shorts with many pockets; * Sunglasses; * Fleece type jacket; * Hat / cap; * Raincoat. * Lip balm; * (Neck) sunblock; * Band-aids. * Camera and lots of films! * Filter; * Extra batteries; * Lens 210 mm. * Binocular; * Compass.

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  • Style

    Paris What to Pack

    We all have expectations of what to see and do in Paris, but we shouldn't forget ourselves. Fashion and Style are more than mere words in Paris, they are a way of life. Even the most casual outfit seems to come straight out of a fashion magazine when worn by a resident of Paris. Pack your best and most fashionable garments and feel the...

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  • Rolling Luggage

    Paris What to Pack

    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...

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  • Guidebooks

    Paris What to Pack

    Here are my guide books that provided me details about a geographic location, tourist attractions, or most interesting itineraries in Paris. Casa Editrice Bonechi – Italy. “The Golden Book”. Paris. 1995, 128 pages. France. Le Petit Fute. Michel Strogoff & Ass., City-Guides, Country-Guides, Paris-Luxemburg-Moscow. 1999, 64 pages. France....

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  • Internet Access

    Paris What to Pack

    Easyeverything ( boulevard Sébastopol ) The biggest cyber café in Paris !! Address: 31/37 Boulevard de Sébastopol (1st district) Number of PCs: 375 Opening hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week Métro : Châtelet-Les Halles

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  • Maps

    Paris What to Pack

    If you plan to rent a car to visit the area sourrounding Paris, do not forget to bring a very good route map. Signals in this area are not so good (I compare them to the ones you find in Italy) and it is easily to get lost. Then, you are never given information about how far is the destination you are about to reach.

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  • TYVEK Waterproof Rain Gear

    I recently came across a Dutch gentleman on a pilgrimage of Buddhist temples in the LOIRE valley of all places. (Yes, temples-NOT cathedrals).He was walking ~40kms per day from temple to temple -- presumably on the Chemins de Grande Randonnée. I thought I traveled light, but he said I was carrying too much weight.... So my tip of the day is...

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  • SIM card in France for the travellers

    Hi,I just bought LeFrenchMobile, they are all in english and you can call Europe at the national rate. I never saw them in shops thus. The good thing with them is the credit that never expires! I love it as i'm always going back and forth to UK.

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  • European Weight Limits are Different...

    While the U.S. allows a 50 lb. weight limit on luggage, it is a bit lower in Europe, and other Eastern hemisphere countries, so it pays to remember this in packing so that you are not unpacking at the counter, and trying to decide what clothing to throw away to avoid the steep overweight penalty. If you have clothing and shoes that are beginning...

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  • Pack Light - and DO LAUNDRY

    The "luggage area" of trains and taxis in Europe are teeny. A great trip can be quickly ruined by having to lug, shove, hurl and otherwise drag a huge suitcase around. Fortunately for the traveler - the apartments in Paris are small too. What does that have to do with anything you ask? It means that the apartments aren't big enough for clothes...

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  • A city map of Paris

    Paris is a large city - one of the largest in Europe! Purchase one city map before you travel to the city of Paris or you can purchase a map from any souvenir shops and/or bookstores in the city. Most city maps cost less than 10.00 euros each. The map as depicted in our image on the right is an excellent city map by Blay Foldex which costs only...

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  • Artwork painted by French artist from...

    You may purchase some lovely artworks painted by some famous French artists from the streets of the city of Paris even though they are just reproductions. The artworks can be purchased for just several euros per piece. The artwork of the famous Moulin Rouge as depicted on our photograph above measures approximately 35cm X 26cm and costs just two...

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  • Some things just cost too much in rural...

    Like Hats to keep the sun off during a warm spell. Like Beanies to keep your head warm in a cold snap. Take 'em from home! My Scottish ancestry makes me unable to forgive myself for leaving the woolie beanie at home one May. Paid an outrageous 32 bucks for a crappy modern non-fluffy thing which in Australia would sell for 6 dollars. I have found...

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  • Bring Good Walking Shoes!!

    Bringing good walking shoes is important! You don't want to be walking all over Paris in high heels, especially if you're sight-seeing. Even if you use the subway, there's still a lot of walking involved in France. And using a taxi too often will get expensive. Comfortable shoes, a bit of French, and you're good to go!!

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  • Basic phrases in French

    -yes = ouino = nonGood day = BonjourGood evening = Bon soirGood bye = au revoirWatch out! = Attention!please = s'il vous plaîtthank you = merci or merci bien (thank you very much)sorry/excuse me = excusez-moihow much = Combien?the bill please = L'addition, s'il vous plaîtwhere is = où est...toilet = toilettescan I have/I want: je voudrais ......

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  • French Embassy and Consulate in the UK

    In case any of you tourists from England need any help before your travels to France, or for anyone French needing help from your own country, here is the French Embassy and the French Consulate in England, which also counts counts for Wales.French Embassy 21,Cromwell Road, London. SW7 2EN. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~French Consulate21,Cromwell...

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  • Just practical stuff really

    A decent handbag that is not easily gotten into, don't leave the zip open if you don't want pickockets to filch your purse etc. Suitable locks on suitcases for exactly the same reason too. A bumbag for just general sightseeing would be much safer for you and your belongings. Good walking shoes, how can you expect to walk around and seeing the...

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  • Entering France, visa and such

    For information about this, either contact the French embassy in your country, or for some initial information, see this link of the French Foreign Affairs Department (you can't get more official!):http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/france_159/entering-france_2045/index.htmlor click hereFor US citizens, click here

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  • Mobile Phone Charger's require 2 pin...

    Hi,Remember to carry a two pin adaptor for your Mobile Phone Charger. Many newer Cell Phone adaptors have three pins. These will not go into the two holed sockets that the French use. So do carry a converter in case your cell phone has a 3 Pinned adaptor plug.

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  • The Backpacker Guitar

    In Marseille I met a guy from San Diego. Steve, that is his name, travels with a special guitar for backpackers. It is a lot lighter and smaller than a normal guitar, so it saves space and it's easy to carry. The price is around 200$US

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  • Stamps

    You don't need to go to a post office (La Poste) if you simply need stamps for your postcards. Any 'Tabac' sells them. A 'Tabac' is a bar (light snacks, drinks, coffee) that sells tobacco and stamps. As of 2006:The tariff for post cards or letters up to 20 gram: outside Europe is €0,85. Inside Europe it's € 0,60.For a destination in France,...

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  • leave the fake bags at home

    don't even dare to bring any of those fake louis vuitton bags with you. or any french-branded bag/luggage for that matter. you're in france remember? you'll be spotted as a poser a mile away. there's something about france that makes you wanna dress up a little bit more than the normal. people just seem to be so fashionable and dressed to the...

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  • Power point adapters

    France uses the European three pin plug – one fixed on the wall socket and two on the plug itself, running at 220V. With the numerous power consuming gadgets we now carry, it is imperative that you have a suitable adapter for your appliances if your country uses something different. I’d recommend you take it with you, because finding a suitable...

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  • Pack lightly

    A knapsack leather biking gear. a few black t shirts , a pair of black jeans . black trainers , black socks and black calvin klein's . LOL Tooth paste and brush, after shave deoderent . Disposable camera in case you drop it while taking picture on the bike! trunks and a towel . very important , bike log book , insurance details all original...

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  • Pack

    If you go to Bretagne don't forget always your umbrella and warm clothes, spring could be insidious and you could have rain and fog and some cold weather... so you'd better be ready for all this!

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  • Pack to Rennes

    Don't forget your camera equipments and also take good pills for headache when you are there for working, and never forget to take a scotch, yes that's how I fixed my hole in the shoe, to survive the other 5 remaining days! then I throw it in the garbage of course LOL!

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  • Things for the Tour de France Viewer

    Day pack to carry your supplies and to stow the swag you get from the sponsor caravan. Rain gear, hat, sunglasses, fleece/jacket (if you'll be viewing the stages on the north coast) Sun screen, band aids, Definitely bring a camera! I recommend bringing extra batteries as well. Blanket or towel to sit on, folding camping chair or stool would...

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  • Maps

    Maps are so needed in Paris, you have almost a map for every kind of transportation, metro, bus, trams, and also the maps of the city, you could be lucky and have free ones like Fiona *parsix* while passing the metro, some times they put free maps *it is rare* :-)

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  • Pills after great big parties are needed...

    Actually you won't need any of them, but I always keep my bag full of Asperin as you'll never know when headache attack!especially after hot slasa nights like the one we had, too much fun, no sleeping, and lots of drinks, and loud music, better to have with you than wasting your time and searching in Pharmacies for the magical Pills LOL

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  • Change money!

    You'd better change the money to Euro in your country than making it in Paris, in France you will lose the good price of the changing, I did it and changed the $ to Euro's before I came to France, please remember that too!

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  • Don't forget

    Paris is a huge city, full of activities and nice places to visit, so you will need really your camera equipments, and loads of films for it!please get ready to have many pictures, so better to have all that you need, to avoid the waste of time in searching for places to buy it, it is much better to have everything, and just enjoy the maximum in...

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  • Pack to Paris

    You should not forget Paris is a European famous city, not far from London, thus shall always reminds you about a possible raining weather in the winter and fall!an umbrella is one of the very needed stuffs to be packed to Paris, you must have a place for it in your bag!

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  • Be prepared

    If your heading up into the mountains you have got to use some common sense of the differance in temperatures...we was all prepared with warm clothing etc in easy to get places in the cab...we still got caught out at the place of the photo due to high altitude and a strong wind. Everything that could go cold on the body went cold and it just...

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  • Shovel

    A shovel if you want to dig so many tonnes of snow out...otherwise just find an alternative route :O) The pass was blocked by snow as you can see

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  • Gravity

    Its a good idea when you are off roading to try and bring the weight down off your roof rack...if you are just out for the day and have a base camp, best thing is run light as possible. If the roll of the vehicle or the possible damage to equipment inside doesnt get you then the dust will. On a lot of the tracks the dust is really bad and what...

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  • Clothing At Hand

    Easy access water proof bags or boxes....boxes are better for you can store them more neatly and safely, but it will cost you around 200 pounds for reasonable quality storage boxes. Trainers are fine for this trip but flip flops are essential for when the day is finished...your feet tend to get a bit hot and suffocated after a full days driving in...

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  • Push me, and then just touch me, till I...

    Push me, and then just touch me, till I can get my Satisfaction, LOL like Benny Benassi sings LOL well don't forget your Umbrella, you'll never know when it could rain, and it rained indeed the day before, so i was lucky to have an umbrella and shelter, This photo shows Dr.Firas helping in extracting the old layer of the door before painting, but...

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  • Pack

    Don't forget to pack your umbrella, with warm clothes, and jackets, even have a hat to keep you warm, nice sweets could give you energy for the day, and I always like to offer some to kids I meet in my travels, I feel good after this!

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