Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It is also one of the most visited places for tourists; in 2018, Paris welcomed twenty-three million visitors.
If you’re headed to France on vacation this year, you’re surely excited to see the Eiffel Tower, view the Arc de Triomphe, walk along the Seine and take a tour of the Louvre in Paris but be sure to remember to pack these essentials so you can spend your time sightseeing instead of running around buying things you didn’t realize you needed.
Anti-Theft Purse or Bag
Whenever you are traveling, keeping your valuable items safe should be your first priority.
There are a variety of anti-theft purses and bags on the market today and many are quite stylish.
Look for a bag that has sturdy straps to keep it from being snatched, and consider a bag with some sort of RFID blocking material to keep your credit cards safe from thieves. A fanny pack may serve you well; smaller fanny packs can be hidden under your clothing to keep them out of sight – and out of mind – from potential robbers.
Theft is fairly common in Paris, so be careful and be aware of your surroundings.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Not only will noise-canceling headphones be useful for you on your long flight, but they will also be a big help to you in Paris as well.
Whether you use them to block out the sounds of hustle and bustle within the big city or use them to listen to a free, downloadable walking tour, you’ll be glad you brought them along.
Universal Power Adapter
European outlets differ from those in the United States. If you want to keep your electronics charged, or if you want to use your American curling iron, you’re going to need an adapter.
Clothing You Can Layer
The weather in Paris can change dramatically over the course of a day no matter what the season. Bring stylish clothing that you can easily layer and be prepared for anything.
Umbrella, Scarf, and Sunglasses
With the weather in mind again, bring accessories appropriate for the season.
It rains a lot in the springtime so you’ll need an umbrella, and in the fall a scarf will help to keep you warm. Sunglasses can be helpful any time of year because even in the rainy season, the sun peeks out from time to time.
Paris is a city you will traverse mostly on foot, so be prepared for a lot of walking. Although you may not look as chic in sneakers as you would in heels, you’ll be very thankful that you opted for sneakers.
Even when you take a tour of the Louvre in Paris, you will do more walking inside than you probably do outside on a normal day. This giant museum’s permanent collection spans 625,000 square feet.
After doing all that walking, you may have tight muscles in your calves, back, and shoulder. A tennis ball is an easy, portable massage device that can give you some relief.
Before you go, learn a few phrases en francais, but also download an app to your phone to help you communicate in those forgetful or unusual moments when you don’t know what to say otherwise.
You’ll find that most people in Paris speak at least some English, but they’ll be happy to see you making an effort to try French.
Reusable Water Bottle
Refilling your water bottle with water when you are thirsty rather than purchasing a new, disposable plastic bottle every time is not only good for the environment, but it’s good for your wallet, too.
Remember to hydrate frequently when sightseeing; it’s easy to forget when you’re wrapped up in all the excitement, but it will help keep you healthy and energetic during your trip as well.
If you’re in Paris, you’re probably going to be drinking some wine, but that will be difficult to do if you can’t get the bottle open. In restaurants, they will open it for you, of course, but if you bring a wine bottle opener, you’ll be prepared to enjoy a bottle in your hotel or in a park as well.
Have Fun in Paris
The important thing to remember when traveling anywhere is don’t overthink things, and don’t overpack. With this list, you will be well prepared for a trip to Paris, so load up your suitcase, add some clothes, and get ready for a grand adventure.
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