Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in France

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris in Spring

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris in Spring

Paris in June

Paris in June

Tourists in Paris, June

Tourists in Paris, June

On the beach at Biarritz, July

On the beach at Biarritz, July

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, in August

Arc de Triomphe, Paris, in August

Visiting The Louvre, Paris, in September

Visiting The Louvre, Paris, in September

Champs-Elysees, Paris in October

Champs-Elysees, Paris in October

Paris Bistro, October

Paris Bistro, October

Paris in October

Paris in October

Strasbourg in December

Strasbourg in December

January snow, Paris in Winter

January snow, Paris in Winter

General Packing Tips

  • To fit in, opt for a smart, stylish look.
  • When visiting restaurants, leave sneakers behind; this is a time to get those stylish shoes on.
  • Black is always a color that works well here.
  • If you are visiting the big cities, leave your swimsuit at home as it's very unlikely that you will find facilities to use it.
  • Outside of Paris and the cities, whether you are in the countryside or at the beach, dress is more relaxed, conservative and practical but still stylish and smart.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Paris is well known as the home of Haute Couture. Parisian women dress with great style, and throughout France women dress with understated style. Stick to classics... and pop on a bright red lipstick.   
  • If you want to blend in and feel at your most comfortable then pack smart casual dress.
  • There is no doubt that the best way to see Paris is on foot, and be sure to include a stroll down the famous Champs-Elysee dotted with cinemas, cafes and fashionable boutiques. So our advice is to save your heels for evening and pack comfy footwear for daytime (we love Hotter shoes, they're just so comfortable - and stylish too!).
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry and a smart pashmina or scarf (very popular with French women) will transform any outfit.
  • Restaurant dress is smart casual - simple dresses with jewelry and a pretty scarf, or pants with a wrap will work well.
  • In the countryside and at the beach you're best advised to leave your high heels at home in favor of stylish flats. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • Restaurant dress is smart casual but there is no need for ties.
  • In public pools, men are required to wear Speedo style trunks rather than shorts - swimming shorts/Bermuda shorts are NOT allowed and you won't be able to enter the pool if you are wearing them.

Pack for the Weather

  • The weather is very changeable. Temperatures can vary rapidly and dressing in layers is the best way to cope with this.
  • It can rain at any time and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat and small travel umbrella even in the summer.
  • Winter - November, December, January, February and March - can be very cold so dress warmly, with layers, and take a warm smart coat, gloves, warm hat and scarf.
  • In the summer - June, July and August - wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • Spring (April and May) and Fall (September and October) are cooler and dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes.

Other Things To Pack

  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Chocolates and macaroons make popular gifts, and silk scarves are very French.

Last updated 04 June 2015.

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  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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