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What To Pack for Paris

So Many Clothes, So Little Space in that Suitcase
Opéra, Bourse, St Lazare, a Paris Neighborhood
Last updated May 21, 2024
It can be hard to narrow down what to take on a trip, and even tougher when coming to the Fashion Capital of the World! Rather than bringing everything you own, try to pack light (there are lots of stairs), focus on comfortable shoes, and be sure to leave space for shopping.

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Boots or sandals? One bag or two? When packing for Paris, you have to consider how long you’re staying and what season you’re in, but my general advice is to pack light and bring only what’s necessary for the weather. Between September and early May, bring boots, sweaters, and a warm coat. For hotter months like June, July, and August, bring sundresses, sunscreen, t-shirts, and comfortable sandals.

Packing comfortable shoes is the most important thing to remember, as you will probably be walking A LOT. If you’re planning to go to a dinner party, a nightclub, or a trendy bar, I would advise packing one outfit for a night out on the town!

Now don’t pack too many clothes—Paris is where you come to shop ‘till you drop! The fashion capital has the crème de la crème in luxury, and fashion-forward styles are easy to find at more affordable shops too. It’s important to leave space in your luggage for souvenirs, and I don’t mean the Eiffel Tower key chains! Home decor, art, beauty products, perfume, not to mention the cheese and wine you’ll want to take back with you… Be smart and pack only the necessities, or take an empty suitcase and shop your heart out!

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