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 rucksack and more money!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear in paris you need to have three types of cloths
1 smart dinner dance club wear
2jeans and jumpers
3 more money to buy some, incase you have them robbed from your hotel room
Toiletries and Medical Supplies take more money
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.
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? ;-))
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!)
Luggage and bags Take small bags because everything there is small including the elevators.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear It's kind of like the mid-west over there. The weather changes in split seconds. Take whatever you feel comfortable in. If you can afford to fly there, then you can buy some clothes when you are there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies Just take the normal stuff. Maybe a shower curtain because for some reason, they don't believe in them. Oh, take an adapter for plugging your stuff in.
Photo Equipment Take whatever you want. I tool like 14 throw away cameras. Used all of it too.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear We went to the south of France and had a great time on the Med. Take your time and relax.
Miscellaneous Don't pick a fight with anyone and if you smoke Virginia Slims, they don't make them there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Bring an umbrella!
Photo Equipment Stick to battery powered electronics.
Miscellaneous Try not to bring things that need to be plugged in, obviously because of the different voltages and outlets. Convertors can be expensive, depending on whether or not you need an adaptor. But, my electric toothbrush was going to cost me 60Euro just to plug in...so I went to a pharmacy and bought a regular one!
Luggage and bags In any travel situation, it is good to take only what you can carry. Smaller suitcases with less belongings is best because accomodation in Europe (all over) is smaller than some American hotels. I found it difficult in some places to open up my suitcase because it was full-size, thick, and wide (not to mention heavy!). Other places, however, are large enough for full-size baggage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear It was rather warm when I was in Paris, and the sun was shining. The weather is quite unpredictable, so I would prepare for the best and the worst. Bring a sweater in case of cool weather, but also bring lighter clothing for a sunny day. Nice, comfortable shoes (probably ones that don't come untied every two seconds) would be best for travel in Paris. If you visit Versailles or the Louvre, not to mention scouting for a nice restaurant near your hotel/accomodation, you'll probably be doing a lot of walking. What else would you need? Sunglasses or a cap. Formal wear for evening shows, dinner, or the cabaret. Clothing and gear should not stress you while packing to visit Paris.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies If you have prescription medication, prepare it from home. There are several pharmacies in Paris, but it would probably be easier to just have the medicine on hand.
Photo Equipment Bring video and still. Both will be very handy, as Paris is beautiful and sometimes video is better, sometimes still shots are better. It is dark in Notre Dame and other cathedrals, but they do not always allow flash (Notre Dame doesn't). Photos of the stained glass from the inside turn out very nicely. Zoom, if you have it, is a nice option, but I would not go out and buy a new camera just because you're going to Paris and you are just dying to use zoom (well, if you absolutely must, then you can, I'm not stopping you). Bring lots and lots of film, because though you can buy it in Paris, you'll save time by bringing it from home. Time you can use for sightseeing or other enjoyable things.
Miscellaneous My mind is muddled at the moment so I will have to come back to this. I have some tips, but I'll put them up with the photos, later.
Luggage and bags One that will carry as much as you need - but don't feel the need to dress up unless you are really going for a special occasion. Carry a secure bag for walking around with.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear Pack for European weather - when we were there it was in the high 20's C!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies Only what you need to take specially - this is France!
Photo Equipment A wide-angle lens, a zoom lens, and lots of film.
Miscellaneous Good walking shoes - the one thing you should do is walk in Paris.
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.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear If you are going into the Notre Dame, remember to respect the premises and dress conservatively. No sleeveless t-shirts allowed, not even in summer.
That said, there are probably some t-shirt vendors outside ( and everywhere there are tourists ) so if you are caught unawares, worry not for quick and fast solutions are nearby~ if you buy a lot of tees, the friendly vendor will even throw in a bunch of Eiffel keychains free :)
step in and be awed by the amazing architecture!