Paris Made Simple

baggage for Paris

This was my most recent packing list and check list for our two week vacation in Paris - Spring 2014


  • 5 - 7 Shirts - long and short sleeved, good for layering 
  • 2 Jeans/pants
  • 1 Skirt/dress
  • Underwear - 5 each
  • Pajamas
  • 1 Fleece/sweater - button/or zip-up
  • Socks
  • Shoes: 
    1 Sandal (Summer/Late Spring)
    2 Sneakers
    Boots (Fashion/Winter)


  • Makeup
  • sun screen (During sunburn months)
  • cotton swabs
  • cotton squares
  • samples of shampoo/conditioner
  • nail clippers, files
  • Razor, shaving cream


  • Carry-on Backpack
  • Purse/case
  • mini-backpack - for using in Paris, day trips
  • Water bottle - be sure there's no water in it if you take in your carry on (they don't like that...) Change purse (yes, even you MEN) change is used A LOT.
  • Several Zip-Lock bags
  • Mini sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • First Aid kit

PACK IN CARRY-ON* (overhead)

  • All Electronics:
  • Cell Phones, French Sim Card (or cell phone plan)
  • Camera, SD Cards
  • Laptop with case/tablet with wireless keyboard (keep handy for security)
  • Chords/chargers for all electrical devices
  • Back-up batteries
  • mp3 player/
  • Electric plug adapters - takes dual power, but has 2 or 3 round prongs for France
  • Electric Converters - Converts 120V (American voltage) to 230V (French Voltage) and has round prongs
  • Minimal Cosmetics
  • Tooth paste - sample (put in Liquids Bag)
  • Toothbrush
  • Floss
  • Medicines - if liquid, show with liquids bag but doesn't count toward 5-1oz limit, but do check)
  • Brush/comb

*all carry-on liquids need to be in one ziplock bag, accessable for putting in bin during security. Maximum 5 - 1 oz. containers - toothpaste, liquid cosmetics included
IN PURSE/TRAVEL BAG (for under your seat)

  • Passports
  • Itinerary
  • Flight confermation
  • Hotel/Apartment confirmations
  • Insurance Card
  • Financial/contact info
  • ATM card (s)
  • Credit Cards (s)
  • Eyeglass prescription
  • Written medical prescriptions
  • Small face photos for passes - get when getting your passport, or just at CVS or other pharmacy
  • Antihistamine - I use to help me sleep  with strange environment and time zone
  • Food if you want a free snack on the flight/when you arrive at the airport - remember, only buy drinks AFTER security


  • Charge cell phones
  • Call credit card/ATM companies - give dates you will be away
  • Print boarding tickets and/or confirmations
  • Confirm hotel/apartment arrangements
  • Be sure all prescriptions filled
  • List contact numbers for those staying home
  • 72-hours before - order special meals

Remember, there are lots of "gadgets" that they sell for travel. Some are really useful and others are just another way to spend money. 

Vacuum pack bags are great. The one caution is that you need to watch the weight. It would be easy to pack a lot and then get to the airport and have to pay the fee for having too much!

If you have special needs, your list will include other things. For instance, I actually vacuum pack a special pillow!

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