Paris is my favourite city in the world and I like to go as often as possible – mainly to stalk Parisian women for style tips. Packing for Paris is always a little bit more exciting because I already know exactly what we’ll be doing when we get there. When I’m picking out what to take, I can hold onto visions of sitting outside cafes (people watching), wandering the streets of Le Marais with my camera and staying out until my feet won’t carry me any longer.
The thought of what to pack for Paris in winter could easily send you into a panic because of how unpredictable the weather is, but there’s really no need to take more than a carry on. This little lot lasted me 3 nights and 4 full days with ease. despite the torrential rain on 3 out of 4 days.
Paris might be known for its fashion and impeccable style but comfort comes first, even for the locals and I have no interest in packing for a street style fashion show. I’ve made so many packing mistakes in the past and all of them were due to a lack of practical thinking. I can’t think of anything worse than trying to explore somewhere exciting like Paris in uncomfortable shoes and clothes that don’t keep you warm.
With comfort and my Parisian style heroes in mind, here’s my carry on packing list….
I’ve included all the links to the items in the collage below, for inspiration. A lot of the items from my capsule wardrobe have been discontinued or sold out now (the beauty of a capsule wardrobe is you don’t have to keep buying new clothes every season), so I’ve replaced them with up to date versions I’d try now.
This packing list would work for any winter city break but seen as my style is heavily influenced by what I’ve ingested every time I’ve been to Paris, it’s particularly geared towards it.
CARRY ON EXTRAS
Headphones (the best way to eliminate airport anxieties)
DSLR Camera and charger
Phone charger with continent adaptor
Hair and Beauty
Mascara, liquid eye liner, brow gel, lip balm
Travel size toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, solid deodorant
Cleanser, serum and spf
4 x pants
1 x strapless bra
3 x cosy socks
1 x tights
A good book
Notebook and pen
It absolutely poured it down when we were there and I really should have taken an umbrella – luckily the hotel had plenty on hand for us to borrow.
This is EVERYTHING I took with me on this trip including what I wore to the airport. Really hope this inspires you to pack a little lighter in future and gives you some ideas of what to take with you on your next city break. Any questions, just let me know in the comments below – I always reply.
What are your city break essentials?
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