Just left Paris after spending 3 full and 2 half days there. I must have packed and re-packed at least 6 times to prepare myself and still forgot some essentials. It was my first time, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect and even though I did a lot of reading ahead, I still feel like I could have been better prepared. Hopefully my experience will help you.
Here are some suggestions of what to pack to get you through:
- Toiletries including wet wipes (make sure your toiletries are travel sized if you plan to only take a carry on bag and don’t forget your toothpaste)
- Portable chargers
- *Universal converter (I forgot mine and couldn’t charge anything until I purchased one)
- A face cloth (I find that European and Middle Eastern countries usually do not supply face cloths, it’s like they don’t use them. They will supply you with hand towels and bath towels but where are the wash clothes to wash your body and face with, anyway)
- Comfortable shoes for walking eg.. Birkenstocks or hiking sandals (Do not make the mistake I made and pack only flip flops and converses or shoes for looking pretty. Take your ugly, worn shoes. You can always crop them out of your pictures)
- A cardigan to tie around your neck or waist and to throw on when it gets chilly
- A small cross-body handbag or passport holder with pockets. A cell phone cover with pockets would work too. (I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about the pickpocketing there. I’m pretty sure I was pick pocket proof)
- A dainty silver or gold necklace, bracelet, earring studs
- A fitness watch (You’ll want to track all the steps you take. I reached my step goal x2 or more each day)
- An LBD (can be dressed up or down, worn alone or with a shirt over it) (FYI: Little Black Dress)
- A long white button up shirt (can be worn alone as a dress or over your little black dress tied in the front, now you have 3 outfits instead of 2 plus a bathing suit cover up)
- A swimsuit if staying in a hotel
- A pair of skinny jeans of course
- 2 graphic t-shirts
- A special Parisian outfit to wear for those pictures under the Eiffel tower (I ordered a black bubble skirt from Etsy that could be worn long or buttoned-up to be short and purchased a ruched sleeved white shirt from H&M, and finished the look with a black and gold head scarf as you can see in the picture above)
- Sunglasses and a hat
That should be enough for at least 5 days.
You can use your credit cards in Europe and your debit card to access Euros from the ATM. Check with your banks on the foreign transaction fees and inform them of your travel plans.
As far as phone apps go, download Yelp, Google Maps offline and Google translate. Trust me they will come in handy.
What are some essentials that you pack when you travel?