Paris, the city of love and light, attracts more than just lovers. Visitors flock from all over the world, to see all the sights that this city has to offer.
Its architecture is instantly recognizable; its history is sensational – it’s clear why Paris is one of the world’s most visited cities.
France’s delightful capital is filled with cafés, boulevards, fashion boutiques, plenty of museums and the 12th-century Notre-Dame cathedral to keep you busy.
French culture includes lounging in cafés (cigarette in one hand, glass of wine in the other), and they’re famous for their cuisine.
So, you’re finally headed to Paris. Fantastic! If you want to travel “in the way of the French,” you'll probably want to pack light for Paris – after all, you don't want to cram too much into your suitcase when preparing for your adventure.
As with every destination in the world, Paris will have specific conditions you’ll need to consider in your packing.
So, you'll want to pack smart when headed to the “City of Lights.” Here are some tips to consider.
1. Pack as little as possible
The first thing you’ll need to know when embarking on your journey to Paris is that the city will provide most of your amenities and services in places you’re staying.
Try packing what supplies you think you’ll need first, and then repack until you sufficiently reduce excess baggage.
It wouldn’t be necessary to bring in a hairdryer or other space-consuming and messy toiletries because you'll probably be able to find them in your hotel.
For some occasions, you can bid adieu to most of the travel necessities other destinations would command and which Paris will not deem necessary.
2. Bring something black, and dress well
If you’re packing clothes, instead of packing a red shirt and black jeans, it would be better if you pack a black shirt instead.
Parisians have an unspoken uniform of black attire, and limiting your packed wardrobe to black items will make packing easier, and assure you you’ll fit once you get there. Plus, black goes with everything.
3. When in doubt, shop
As mentioned in tip number one, you won’t need to bring that much stuff with you.
Now that you’re in Paris, you can easily buy the things you forgot or new things you’ll need from practically anywhere in the city.
Smart shoppers know where, when, and how to shop in Paris, and thus save a lot of hassles at the airport baggage counter or a lot of space to pack in their treasury of souvenirs.
We hope that you enjoyed reading about how to pack smart for your trip to Paris.
Whether you’re a frequenter or a first-time visitor to Paris, the charm of this city will always catch your attention and keep you coming back for more.
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LC is an ex-expat who is currently re-exploring her home country of Australia. Follow her adventures at home and abroad via her blog Birdgehls, where she writes about travel, expat life, gushes on about various animals and bemoans her often futile attempts to go completely green. Or, you can look her up on Facebook.
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