For those of you who are interested, I made a checklist of what to bring for a trip to Paris, France for women.
I love France and travel there every year.
In this article, I have compiled a list of what I bring to France each time and what I feel I should have brought with me.
I’ve also included a checklist at the end of the article, so you can use it to make sure you have everything you need for your trip to France.
- An explanation of what to bring on your trip to France (Paris)
- Things you don’t actually need when traveling in France
- Things I regret that I should have brought to France
- What to wear when traveling in France
- List of items that are convenient to bring on board
- Save version! Checklist of things to bring on your trip to France (Paris)
- Be fully prepared for your trip to France and enjoy your trip
An explanation of what to bring on your trip to France (Paris)
I’m going to break down what to bring for your trip to France into two categories: essentials and useful things to bring.
Let’s start with the essentials, the things you should never forget!
Essentials for traveling in France (Paris)
First of all, you cannot go to France without your passport. Please check your passport on the morning of your departure so that you don’t forget anything else.
Your passport must be valid for at least the number of days of your stay plus three months.
Check the remaining validity of your own passport as soon as you decide to travel.
By the way, France does not require a visa. If you are traveling for 90 days or less in a 6-month period, you can stay without a visa.
I keep my passport in a security pouch like the one below.
If you have an airline ticket in advance, be sure to take it with you along with your passport.
These days, there is an electronic version of the ticket called an e-ticket.
Print out the page that shows your ticket and the flight number and time of your flight, and bring it with you to the airport.
Take some cash with you.
Euros are cheaper to exchange in Japan than in Europe.
For your information, the amount of money you will spend locally should be days in Japan x $100.
Even if you plan to pay with a credit card, it is a good idea to bring some money with you in case you cannot use it.
In addition to cash, be sure to bring a credit card with you.
You never know what kind of trouble you might encounter overseas. If you need more money than you have, you will not be able to do anything without a credit card.
Also, in France, there are times when bills are not accepted and only credit cards are accepted.
If you need more money than you have, you will not be able to do anything without a credit card.
Form showing the contents of your overseas travel insurance coverage
Make sure you have travel insurance. If you get into trouble in France and are treated in a hospital, you will be charged a large amount of money for treatment.
The shape of the electrical outlets in France and Japan are different. For this reason, you need a “C plug” to connect to the outlet.
If you’re only in France, you can use a C plug, but in the UK, you need a BF plug, which has a different shape and is more complicated…
If you like to travel abroad, it is useful to have one plug that can be used in any electrical outlet in the world.
The above plug is compatible with outlets in 150 countries and has four USB ports for easy charging.
By the way, the voltage is also different between France and Japan.
However, recent smartphone and camera chargers are made with voltages that can be used overseas, so you don’t need a transformer to charge your iPhone or camera.
You can connect it to the C plug and charge it directly.
The voltage in France is 220V and the frequency is 50HZ, so if the charger you bring with you says “100-240V, 50/60Hz”, you can use it without a transformer.
Be sure to bring medicine that you are used to taking on a regular basis.
Japanese medicines are hard to come by in France, and even medicines with the same effect may be too strong.
I bring Ibu, a painkiller, and a rhinitis medicine. Eve is also effective in reducing fever, so it’s a good idea to have it with you.
Don’t forget your makeup tools. Don’t forget to bring what you are used to using on a regular basis.
Make sure they’re properly closed in your bag after you’ve done your makeup that morning!
There are many opportunities to take pictures on a trip. If you have lipstick or blush that is a little brighter than usual, it will look great in photos.
If you normally wear contacts, don’t forget to bring them with you.
I bring a spare pair for the number of days I will be traveling plus three days.
If you use glasses, don’t forget to bring them.
I forgot my glasses once and had an inconvenient trip. Be sure to check them the morning of your trip!
I always take an Olympus camera with me.
I recommend them because they can take quite beautiful pictures even for beginners.
If you are bringing a camera, make sure you also have a set of charger and SD card.
Charger for your smartphone
Don’t forget the chargers for your camera and smartphone.
Don’t forget to pack a charger for your camera and phone, especially for your phone on the morning of your departure.
Shampoo, conditioner, and body soap
Shampoo and conditioner may be provided in some hotels. However, most of them are rinse-in shampoos, and the quality may not be good.
If you are concerned about the quality of the shampoo and conditioner, it is a good idea to bring a travel set from Japan or something you are used to using.
It is also a good idea to have a “hanging toiletry case” for your shampoo and make-up so that you can use them easily in the hotel.
Lotion, milky lotion, body cream
France can be very dry, so don’t forget moisturizing lotion, milky lotion, and body cream.
If you have trouble transferring them, trial sets are convenient.
Changing clothes, underwear, and socks
Bring a change of clothes for each day of your trip. If you have clothes with a bit of a fancy color, they will look more vivid in photos.
It is also convenient to bring more socks than the number of days you will be traveling, as you may need to wear them after taking a bath in the hotel.
These days, there are also travel pouches that can be compressed, so if you want to pack a change of clothes, this is a good idea.
Hotels in France do not provide pajamas.
If you forget your pajamas, you may be surprised at how difficult it is to find them, so be sure to check and bring them with you if your hotel does not have them.
There are also small foldable pajamas for travel.
Toothbrushes are also often not available in French hotels.
Check the hotel’s animeties, and if they don’t have it, bring it with you.
It is also useful to have mouthwash for in-flight use, as not being able to brush your teeth for 12 hours can be unsettling.
Slippers are also not available in French hotels.
It is hard to spend time in shoes, so bring them with you.
If you have a foldable type, it is easy to use on the plane.
Rain gear (folding umbrella)
The weather in France is changeable. It rains a lot, so take a folding umbrella with you.
In the summer, an umbrella that can also be used in the rain is useful.
I also bring a water-repellent parka with me.
Really handy to use as a hoodie on a regular basis, and in place of a raincoat when it rains!
Airplane carry-on bag for liquids
If you want to bring liquids on board, you need to put them in a zippered, resealable, clear plastic bag with a capacity of 1 liter or less.
The liquid itself should be placed in a container of 100 ml (g) or less.
The size of the bag is not that strict, but it is a good idea to have one that meets the regulations just in case.
Winter clothing for November to April
It is very cold in France (Paris) from November to April. Don’t forget to bring your winter gear. The following are the main items you should have.
- Ear warmers
By the way, spring arrives later in Paris than in Japan, and even when I visited during GW, the daytime temperature was still 8 degrees Celsius on some cold days.
It’s definitely too cold to wear a trench coat, so be sure to bring warm clothes. I have cold feet, so I bring a pocket warmer to keep my feet warm.
Wings for any season
Even if it’s not the middle of winter, it’s a good idea to bring a jacket. France is cool in the morning and evening even in summer.
A cardigan, hoodie, or something else that can be thrown on quickly will be useful.
What to bring on your trip to France (Paris)
Paris is a city with many pickpockets. To prevent pickpocketing, I keep a coin purse in addition to my wallet for bills.
When I buy a metro ticket or a drink, I take money out of the coin purse.
If someone sees where I put my wallet, it could lead to pickpocketing, so I use a coin purse that is safe from being taken.
There are also security pouches that you can put your passport, credit cards, cash, and other important things together and hide them under your clothes.
There are so many pickpockets in Paris, so having a security pouch like this that you can wear on your person will help you travel with peace of mind. (Reference: Do you need a security pouch? It’s not tacky anymore! (Manage your valuables well with a stylish pouch)
Many people take pictures with their smartphone cameras these days, don’t they?
If you take pictures with your phone and upload them to social networking sites, you will run out of charge in no time. You may not be able to take any more pictures.
For such situations, it is convenient to have a mobile battery that can be charged outside.
The one above is compact enough to fit in your pocket, but it can charge your iPhone more than twice.
There are no cold drinks or wet wipes in restaurants in France.
When you buy a sandwich and eat it, you want to wipe your hands.
If you are concerned about cleanliness, be sure to bring wet wipes and hand shine gel with you.
Many toilets in France do not have toilet paper, so be sure to bring pocket tissues with you when you go sightseeing.
I also bring a box type in my suitcase.
Tissues in Europe are hard and not very good for blowing your nose…
Also, the tissues provided in hotels are sometimes limited, so it is more convenient to take the whole box with you.
Ziplocs are very useful for traveling. I use them for the following purposes.
- Place wet clothes or folding umbrellas
- Place uneaten snacks
- Storage of pamphlets and receipts
Keep more than one of these in your bag for convenience!
Refrigerant and cooling bag
Wouldn’t you like to buy cheese or butter as a souvenir in Paris?
I want to buy butter to take home with me, so I bring a cooler and a bag to keep it cool.
I keep the refrigerant cold at the hotel, and on the day I leave, I put the butter and refrigerant together in the refrigerator bag. Go straight to your suitcase.
The suitcase is in a cold place on the plane, so I can bring it home cold, even if it takes a dozen hours.
You can buy quality French butter and cheese very cheaply, so take some home with you.
When strolling around the city or sightseeing, it is useful to have an eco-bag with you.
In France, supermarkets charge for bags, and sometimes you buy souvenirs that don’t fit in your bag.
I carry a plastic bottle and a guidebook in my eco-bag when I go sightseeing.
I keep my valuables in a separate bag, and use my eco-bag for things that I use often and are not afraid of being stolen.
I try not to open the bag with important things in it too often.
I think it’s a common thing for people who have been to Paris, but I buy so many souvenirs that they don’t fit in my suitcase anymore. .
For such a situation, you should prepare a carry-on bag for your souvenirs.
You can have two carry-on bags for a full carrier.
A large bag that folds up is useful for anything. One that zippers shut is good.
Plastic bags are useful for storing trash, organizing your luggage, and other things.
Prepare multiple bags and keep them in your bag.
Disposable plates, chopsticks, forks, spoons, etc.
In France, when you buy yogurt or salad, they don’t provide you with a spoon or fork.
You can’t get them in supermarkets, small stores like convenience stores, or anywhere else.
So please take disposable plates, chopsticks, forks and spoons with you.
Airplanes and hotels are very dry, so it’s a good idea to have a few masks with you.
Also, if you find yourself drooling or sleeping with your mouth open while sleeping on the plane, a mask will help.
When I go to Europe, I bring hangers with me in my suitcase.
For some reason, the hangers in European hotels are attached to the closet and are difficult to use…
So, it is convenient to bring hangers for the clothes you are bringing with you.
Hair irons that can be used overseas
Nowadays, there are hair irons that can be used overseas without converting the voltage. .
I bought one because it cost about $30.
I’m happy that I can curl my hair anywhere in the world!
Things you don’t actually need when traveling in France
Transformers are often not needed
Although France and Japan have different voltages, transformers are not necessary in many cases.
The reason for this is that the latest smartphone and camera chargers are made with voltages that can be used overseas.
If you want to charge your phone or camera, there is no need to convert the voltage.
You can connect it to the C plug and charge it directly.
If you want to use an electrical appliance other than a charger, check the available voltage.
The voltage in France is 220V and the frequency is 50HZ. If the electrical appliances you are bringing with you say “100-240V, 50/60Hz”, you can use them without a transformer.
Things I regret that I should have brought to France
A spare pair of socks
When my socks got soaked in the rain, I regretted that I only had enough socks for the number of days.
It is recommended to bring more socks than the number of days you will be traveling.
I’ve been to France without rental WiFi, but it’s definitely a good idea!
With rental WiFi, it’s easy to look up a place on Google Maps and get on a bus.
If you have a WiFi rental, you can easily look it up on Google Maps and get on a bus, making your trip much more convenient.
I have tripped and fallen on the cobblestones.
It wasn’t enough to go to the hospital, but my ankle was swollen…
I had a hard time finding a poultice, and I wished I had brought some Anmelts with me.
I wish I had brought some Ammerz with me, as it would have helped with the muscle aches and pains!
I think it is definitely a good idea to have a credit card to make your trip more convenient.
In Europe, there is a culture of paying with cards rather than cash, and there were places where only credit cards were accepted.
What to wear when traveling in France
Don’t float away from the simple clothes of Parisians
Although many French people are fashionable, the colors of their clothes are very simple. I got the impression that most of them wear black, beige, or white.
I was surprised at first at how simple they were.
Basically, you can wear whatever clothes you like, but if you wear clothes with a lot of lace or other decorations or flashy colors, you will stand out very much.
However, if you wear clothes with a lot of ornaments such as lace or flashy colors, you will be very conspicuous. If you are dressed conspicuously in Paris, you may be targeted by pickpockets.
If you want to prevent pickpocketing, simple colored clothes are recommended.
▼ Click here for more information on pickpocketing in Paris.
Flats are better for shoes.
France has a lot of cobblestone streets. Many of the streets are quite uneven…
I found it very difficult to walk in heeled shoes, so it is better to bring flats or sneakers.
I think you will be walking a lot of distance, so please choose shoes that you can move around easily.
For the bag, I recommend a shoulder bag
The best bag to use while sightseeing is a shoulder bag that can be slung diagonally.
Why shoulder bags are recommended
- You can keep an eye on your valuables
- Easy to get your stuff out
- Light and secure
Always keep the bag with your valuables in front of your body and keep an eye on them.
▼ For more information on managing your valuables and bags while sightseeing, please refer to the following article.
List of items that are convenient to bring on board
Here are some of the things you should bring with you for your carry-on when you pack your luggage.
It is a good idea to separate your carry-on items from your checked suitcase items when packing.
Keep your valuables close to you and in your carry-on
- Credit card
Checked baggage (checked luggage) is for people to check in, so please do not put any valuables in your suitcase.
Be sure to take your own expensive camera and other items with you on the plane.
Put items that are hard to get locally in your carry-on
- Makeup tools
- Chargers, mobile batteries
Although it is rare on direct flights, there is a possibility that your checked luggage may not reach France due to some kind of trouble.
In such a case, if you don’t have your contacts or makeup that you normally use, your trip will be ruined.
It is better to bring items that are difficult to obtain locally in your carry-on.
It is a rule that mobile batteries must be carried on board, so please handle them with care.
Save version! Checklist of things to bring on your trip to France (Paris)
Click on the box on the far left to check the box. Use it to make sure you don’t forget anything.
A list of essentials for your trip to France (Paris)
Form that shows the contents of your travel insurance coverage
C plug (because the shape of the outlet is different from Japan)
Camera, phone charger
Shampoo, conditioner, body soap
Lotion, Emulsion, Body Cream
Changing Clothes, Underwear, Socks
Rain Gear (Folding Umbrella)
Carry-on bag for liquids
Winter warm clothes for November to March
List of useful things to have for your trip to France (Paris)
Rental wifi (Global WiFi)
Coolant, Cooler Bag
Larger bag to hold souvenirs
Disposable plates, chopsticks, forks, spoons, etc.
Hair irons that can be used overseas
Be fully prepared for your trip to France and enjoy your trip
I have explained what to bring for your trip to Paris, but you can get by with your passport and credit card. So don’t forget these two things.
However, it is also true that it will be an inconvenient trip if you don’t have the things you usually love to use. Please be prepared and enjoy your trip without forgetting anything.
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