Sharing my Paris packing list with you all today! I originally planned to have this post published before I left for Paris. However, I decided it would make more sense to publish it after my trip so that I could tell you what I actually used and what other items I wish I would have packed. I am happy to report that I used all but one dress in my suitcase! Here is my Paris packing list and tips to help you plan your next adventure…
The first thing to check before any trip is the weather. We were very fortunate for the beautiful spring temperatures of 55-81 degrees while we were there. Second, what kinds of activities will you be participating in? I brought my favorite pair of walking shoes, dressy heels, and sandals. Third, how long are you going for? This will help you figure out how many outfits to plan for.
PARIS PACKING LIST – CARRY- ON:
The items included in my beautiful, vintage-inspired Steamline carry-on case:
- Passport, ID, & copy of the first page of your passport
- Cash, credit & debit cards cards
- Vanity kit: face mask, toothbrush, toothpaste, chapstick, tissues, deodorant, & hand cream
- Sleep mask, earplugs, inflatable travel pillow & headphones
- Laptop & chargers for laptop, cell phone & back up battery case for iPhone (don’t forget converters for European outlets!)
- Snacks & a reusable water bottle (I love RXBars. Pack at least one protein bar for each day that you are there.)
- Warm sweater, hat and an extra set of clothes
- Valuables: jewelry + designer handbags and/or shoes
- Small first aid kit (band-aids, ointments, pain & stomach medication)
- Medications & prescriptions
I always carry this large zip bag with me to the airport. It’s the perfect size everyday bag for touring.
PARIS PACKING LIST – CHECKED LUGGAGE:
- Makeup, hair and skincare products (don’t forget sunscreen!!)
- Pajamas, underwear, & socks
- Hats + extra sunglasses
- Wine bottle opener & pocketknife
- Trenchcoat (love this lace one here)
- Luggage locks (I prefer the combination types to keys in case you lose your keys)
- Bathrobe (if you are not staying at a hotel)
- Umbrella (you never know! Love this one)
I wanted to get an attractive yet durable suitcase set for the trip and found this Steamline Luggage Carry On and Vanity Case. The cases are both beautifully made and come with TSA approved locks, silent wheels, and case covers to protect them while traveling. They also made great props in a few of my photos here, here and here. I packed an extra set of clothes and an overnight vanity bag (facewash, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) in case anything happened to my luggage. I always fly with Delta I’m very fortunate to never have lost luggage- yet- but you never know, it could happen.
Taylor carried her DSLR camera and lens while I opted for my GoPro4 and this Gimbal for GoPro to stabilize the footage. It was a little heavy, but manageable. We both carried our laptops to edit photos during the trip and be able to research online more easily than with our phones. But other than that, laptops are not necessary to bring with since there is plenty of entertainment on the flights and you spend most of your day touring anyway. My advice is to never, NEVER, check your camera and/or laptop. It’s too valuable and could get broken inside your checked bag or worse, the entire bag could get lost.
We flew Delta with flights operated by Air France. I like the familiarity of knowing what to expect when you fly with the same airline. I carry the American Express Delta card which gives me and my companion one free checked bag each, priority boarding and zero international transactions fees. I also get miles for all my purchases which then I can trade in for a free flight like I did to the Hamptons last year.
I also carry the American Express Platinum Business card which gives me a $200 flight credit to my airline of choice (Delta) and free access to a variety of airport lounges. The lounges are nice because they are much quieter than the terminals, offer free-wifi, food, beverages, and well-kept bathrooms. Some even offer showers and private meeting rooms.
It’s not a bad idea to double check which features you’ll have access to while on the plane. For example, sometimes you have access to an outlet to able to charge your laptop during the 10-hour flight. That was not the case on our flights, but I came prepared with my charger just in case.
I have a habit of packing more than I need to when I travel so for this trip I tried to minimize what I packed. As a blogger, I was pretty impressed that I was able to narrow it down to 3 pairs of heels, 2 flats 2 hats and 2 small handbags. One trick I use is to set out my suitcase or carry-on a week before and when I think of something I need to pack, I drop it in the suitcase. Then, the day before my trip I organize everything, check a handy packing list to make sure I am not forgetting anything, and make sure that I can close my suitcase.
WHAT I WISH I INCLUDED IN MY PARIS PACKING LIST:
The only other thing I wish I would have packed more of were protein bars. Particularly my favorite RXBARS. There were a few times on the trip where I could have used a quick snack.
I can’t wait to show you all photos from our trip! Follow me on Instagram for first looks. I’ve tagged all my Paris photos with the hashtag #LauraLilygoestoParis which you can follow to see more of the photos I’ll be sharing.