Recently, I returned from a solo trip to Paris, France. It was a wonderful experience that I can’t wait to repeat and I learned a whole heckuva lot about myself. One of the takeaways from the trip that I am most proud of might be a little unexpected, however. I patted myself strongly on the back on this trip for being such a good packer!!
This may seem a little odd to those of you who are normally stellar packers, but you’re talking to a girl who could easily take 10 pairs of shoes for a 3 day trip. What if I need dressy heels for a dinner out? What if I need casual heels to wear with jeans? I might need these water shoes in case we go canoeing. Folks, it is BAD. So when I fit all of my items for a week long trip to Paris in one small suitcase (ok, it was slightly larger than a carry on, but STILL), I was pretty darn proud of myself.
Since I’m now feeling like quite the pro, I wanted to pass along a few of my packing essentials to you guys. This list is for ALL travelers, but would especially benefit anyone traveling to Europe in the spring.
First and Foremost: The Bag!
Secondly, you are going to want a carry on bag that can fit all of your essentials. I stuffed my Stella & Dot bag to the brim with things like: Bose headphones, a journal, a book to read, a bottle of water, snacks, glasses & contact solution and various other travel needs (have you guys tried these wipes from Ban?? They were seriously my jam after a 9 hour flight.
Beyond that I took one lightweight coat (similar to this one), one dress that could be dressed up or down, and a variety of tops. I packed mostly black items so it was very easy to mix, match and rewear. Stripes are essential in packing for France, and these were a few of my choices. Luckily for you, they are all on sale now! If I could pack differently in one way, it would be this: PLEASE take some actual sneakers! I thought my feet would be fine in the Vans, but turns out, those are not so comfortable after multiple days of walking 9+ miles. The Sam Edelman boots were also quite comfortable but, again, not after all that walking. I finally broke down on my next to last day and brought a pair of Nikes- a chic, black pair!- but Nikes still. I swore that I wouldn’t be one of those Americans wearing sneakers and jeans, but I was surprised how many French women I saw in leggings and sneakers throughout the week. If you are going somewhere to “see the sights”, take it from me, you need a pair of real sneakers.
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