After visiting Paris in both the summer and fall, I am so excited to finally visit the city in the spring. Packing for a Paris trip is all about blending style with practicality. And when packing for a trip to the city of light, it’s important to choose classic pieces in a neutral color palette. Since the weather forecast can be a bit unpredictable, it’s important to be prepared for warm, chilly, and rainy days. From strolling along the Seine to savoring croissants at quaint cafes, you’ll want to be prepared for both the romantic ambiance and the city’s unpredictable weather. Whether you’re exploring iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower or immersing yourself in the local art scene, this ultimate Paris packing list will leave you prepared for your time in Paris.

 

What to Pack for a Trip to Paris in the Spring

 

When packing for Paris, I like to think of classic French style –  a thoughtful balance between versatility and style. French women are always so chic, so just opt for iconic pieces.  You’ll need a great layering piece this time of year – it’s a good idea to pack a trench coat or leather jacket, and light sweater. Bring a comfortable pair of shoes and pack some classic ballet flats. The average temperature should be in the 50s and 60s with a high of 68° and low of 52°. Just think of classic Parisian fashion and light layers for warmer days. 

I almost always opt for neutral colors since it’s easier to mix and match pieces.

 

Footwear

When packing shoes for Paris, versatility and comfort are key. Paris is a city where you’ll likely spend a lot of time walking, exploring charming streets, and visiting iconic landmarks. So you’ll want shoes that not only complement your outfits but also provide support for your feet throughout the day.

Start with a pair of stylish yet comfortable walking shoes or sneakers. I like a solid white tennis shoe since those can be worn with everything from pants to dresses. I love my white Kiziks – they slip on so they’re great when going through security, and they’re so comfortable. Sambas are classic, and they’re comfortable, but don’t work with everything – still a great option though. Opt for neutral colors like black, white, or beige, which can easily coordinate with different outfits and won’t clash with anything. Look for shoes with cushioned insoles and good arch support to keep your feet happy during long days of sightseeing.

For a touch of elegance, pack a pair of flats or low-heeled shoes. I prefer flats since they’re more comfortable, and while they’re a splurge, my Chanel ballet flats are some of the most comfortable shoes that I own. I love that they go with everything from denim to dresses, and I can walk the city in them. Another favorite that are also a splurge but great for walking, are my Gucci loafers and mules. They are the most comfortable designer shoes that I own and great for days where you don’t want to wear sneakers. 

If you’re going to go out at night, consider a heel or ankle boots, but make sure they’re comfortable enough to walk in. 

 

Packing for Paris

Packing for Paris requires a blend of chic style and practicality. You’ll want to navigate the city’s cobblestone streets of Paris with ease while still exuding the effortless elegance the city is known for. Opt for comfortable yet stylish attire for exploring the city during the day. Pack a selection of jeans and pants that can be paired with a chic button down or lightweight sweater for a sophisticated look. A little black dress that you can wear day or night. I do choose mostly neutral pieces but love to add it one or two printed dresses for fun. Add a few versatile dresses that transition seamlessly from day to night with the change of accessories.

Don’t forget layers that can be mixed and matched with various outfits or worn on their own. I’m bringing a trench, light jacket, and a few cardigans that I can wear with pants and dresses. Dress pants are always a good option, but I prefer dresses and jeans since there’s a bit more versatility there. You can also drape a cardigan over your shoulders, which feels chic and adds interest to an otherwise simple outfit. 

Use packing cubes to organize your clothes by type or by outfit – whichever you prefer. I like to keep outfits in one and pajamas in another as it makes finding everything easy. You can see my travel essentials for a long flight here.

 

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What to do before traveling to Paris

Call your credit card company and let them know the dates you’ll be abroad. Make sure your cell phone has a plan that either automatically offers coverage overseas without an exorbitant extra cost, or set up a temporary plan. Consider travel insurance and take a photo of your passport in the event of an emergency. If traveling alone with a child, you’ll want a copy of their birth certificate and a notarized travel consent form

Download the entire area on Google maps on your phone, and pin the addresses of all the places you want to go. Learn a few key phrases, like how to order food and ask for the check. You don’t have to be perfect, but it’s always nice to try to speak the language. 

 

Essential items for your Paris trip

You’ll want to bring the usual travel essentials, and prepare for wet weather with an umbrella or two. 

Chic Day Bag: Opt for a stylish yet functional day bag to carry essentials while exploring the city. A crossbody bag or backpack with secure closures will keep your belongings safe without sacrificing style.

Portable Charger: Keep your devices powered up on the go with a portable charger. This ensures you can capture every memorable moment and stay connected throughout your travels.

Map: I like to download the city’s map and bookmark all the places I want to go. This makes getting around a lot easier. 

Reusable Water Bottle: Stay hydrated while reducing waste by bringing a reusable water bottle. Paris has many public water fountains where you can refill, helping you save money and stay eco-friendly.

French Phrasebook or Language App: While many Parisians speak English, making an effort to speak French can enhance your cultural experience. Pack a phrasebook or download a language app to help you communicate with locals.

Medications and First-Aid Kit: Pack any necessary medications, along with a basic first-aid kit for minor injuries or ailments. Familiarize yourself with the location of pharmacies in your area in case you need additional supplies.

 

Travel Essentials

Travel Adapter: Don’t forget a universal travel adapter to charge your electronic devices. France uses European-style plugs, so ensure you have the appropriate adapter to keep your devices powered.

Airtags: You will want to put these on any checked luggage in case it gets lost on the way to Paris. 

Travel Documents: Keep any necessary travel documentation with you. I would normally advise you to leave your passport in your hotel room, but you’ll need it if you’re going to do any shopping. I would recommend a crossbody or fanny pack – something that is on your body to keep these documents safe and close. 

 

 

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