Suitcase Guide to Paris, good for every season
Why reading a suitcase guide when you are planning to go in Paris? Because this city is so peculiar and the weather change constantly, season by season! Plus, here you will find all the suggestions to make sure you are not forgetting anything before you leave.
Before starting to packing your case, be sure of the dimensions and the maximum weight you can take with you. These rules are variable for each airline company. And remember that if you are leaving by night and you have all the day to go around Paris on your last day here, you can book a storage space for your luggage.
In this suitcase guide to Paris you will find what it is really useful to bring with you and which clothes and garments are useful for each season. I always promise myself to bring only the necessary, like few dresses and lots of accessories but I always end bringing more that I really wear and need!
I hope that following this suitcase guide you will do better than me! If you have any advises, please share them as a comment!
But remember: you will be a master in preparing suitcases only when you will leave for somewhere with free space for what you will buy in your destination!
Suitcase Guide to Paris, must-haves
The first part of this suitcase guide to Paris is about what you need to take with you leaving aside seasons and wheater forecasts. When you travel, it is also a good idea bring with you your camera.
Why? This way, you will not count too much on the battery of your phone! Plus, the quality of your pictures of Paris will be higher.
Another reason to take photo with a camera rather than with your phone is that you will be living the moment, without being stressed by social pressure! You can upload them on facebook or instagram later.
If you want to master the suitcase guide of Paris, you can’t forget to bring a map or a city guide with you! It’s true: with our telephones we always have a GPS navigator, but looking up and not on your phone screen, you will learn to orientate yourself in Paris in a very strong and tech-independent way.
Another element that could make a big difference while traveling is your European ID – if you have one – or your Student ID. In many museums you will enter for free!
Leaving aside seasonal outfits, in every suitcase guide about Paris you will find very useful advice about shoes. I’m telling you: bring both sneakers AND elegant shoes!
That’s the same for bags. Bring with you a small rucksack or a shopper bag and other alternatives that are more elegant. The perfect idea? Bring with you something you can fold, like folding rucksacks or folding bags. If you don’t need them you will not have waste space in your luggage.
Something that we tend to forget is to bring something to distract ourselves during the flights.
I love to read something while I’m on the plane or listening to music
or watching a film on my netbook. Think about this too!
Suitcase Guide to Paris in Winter
This is because, just like in the coldest places, when you go outside it is very cold (about 5 Celsius degrees / 41 Fahrenheit degrees but sometimes it might be of -0 Celsius degrees) and in the inside it could get very warm!
What you need to take with you is surely a very thick jacket. If you are afraid that it will take space in your luggage just think that I recommend wearing it in advance.
Thick trousers or jeans are necessary too, better if with woolen tights underwear. I truly recommend bringing sweaters too. In the end, boots and shoes. Better if waterproof!
I know, I know: it is not very elegant and you might have some troubles if you have to participate a fine dinner. Just make sure to be always warm enough.
Do I forget something? Of course! You can’t go to Paris without an umbrella! Note down on the list of the must-haves in Winter!
Suitcase Guide to Paris in Spring/Autumn
It is necessary a suitcase guide for Spring and Fall because during these seasons it is natural being a bit confuse about which clothes take with you. During Spring and Autumn it’s like seasons mix! You can have sunny days for one day and then cold, rain and wind on another.
What you can do to prepare the perfect suitcase? Just make sure to take thick clothes and comfy shoes. A headscarf and a hat could be useful too.
An umbrella is necessary, so a waterproof jacket. A good idea is to bring a very small back or a pouch to wear under your jacket to take what you can’t lose closer to you.
Anyway, during these seasons you can have the chance to be very chic!
Just remember that the most important thing is to have always with you a headscarf or a waterproof jacket so even the most sudden thunderstorm will not get you unprepared!
Suitcase Guide to Paris in Summer
The suitcase guide to Paris is about what is better to wear during very hot days! During July and August Paris is very very warm. It is the perfect place and time of the year to show your best summer clothes!
What stands even for this season is that I recommend wearing comfortable shoes. In Paris, you will walk a lot and you can’t be tired too early. There are plenty of monuments to visit and lots of things to do.
So, in Summer, combine shorts, skirts, dress and shirts with your most comfortable shoes and just take one pair if you know will have to go to a very elegant event.
Even if during Summer Paris is warm for most of the time, I recommend bringing a headscarf, an umbrella and a raincoat, just to be 100% sure you are bringing all the necessary for every inconvenient.
Get the Parisian Look
Now that you have read the suitcase guide for every season, you are ready to know what it takes to dress like a Parisian.
If you don’t want to stand out, just dress in a very minimal way. Parisians are very casual but elegant. They are not particularly whimsical or fanciful.
During the day you can just go with a shirt and jeans or a skirt and casual shoes. Ballerina shoes are very popular but not so comfortable to go around Paris, so they are not good for travelers. Boots are better: practical and elegant.
Parisians don’t use gym outfits to go outside too. Sportswear is good only for gym, so don’t be offended if somebody stares at you: they just are not used to it. If you are planning to go in some bistrot or café, make an effort and put on clothes that are not for the gym.
Even if the Parisian look is very basic but elegant, you can try mixing up cardigans, shirts or t-shirts, dress and so on to give to your outfit your personal touch without being too much “a contrary note”.
Or, just stand out and enjoy showing the world your own style! I always like to learn new things from the most personal styles. Otherwise, Paris would not be one of the cities of fashion!
Now that you are sure about what is in your suitcase, think about where you want to go first! If you don’t have lots of ideas, take a look on the arrondissements page and read something about each arrondissement attractions!