Paris Packing List, Episode 137

Paris Packing List

Fancy older woman wering a hat and jewelry
You may run into this person in Paris, but she’s the exception, not the rule.

Some people fret about what’s acceptable to wear in France, and it is true that there are some things you should NOT wear in France. Annie is in a good situation to talk about that because being someone who doesn’t worry much about clothing, she’s made every mistake in the book since moving home to France. But she’s working on it! Being an artist, Elyse worries a lot more about being stylish and has excellent tips to share. Click Continue reading to see our recommended Paris Packing List!

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Paris Packing List Episode Highlights

  • [4’11”] Americans tend to dress more casually than French people.
  • [6′] There is a Paris Style.
  • [7’50”] How to dress for Paris specifically.
  • [8’30”] No Bermuda shorts, sexy short shorts only for very young women.
  • [10’50”] Paris brings out the dressiness in people, but don’t get too dressy.
  • [11’30”] People don’t dress up to go out at night as much as they used to and you will not get turned away for not wearing a jacket and tie in Paris.
  • [13′] You can wear business casual even at the Symphony in France.
  • [14’10] Scarves will dress up any outfit as a decorative element for both men and women.
  • [15′] Practical tip: bring interchangeable items in dark solid colors and add colorful scarves or wraps. Women can bring summer dresses and capris.
  • [16’20”] Shoes: no sandals with socks, no clunky “nurse’s shoes”, but it’s OK to wear sandals and casual shoes.
  • [17’45] Men wear capris in France!
  • [18’20] Annie’s faux-pas at the Disneyland Hotel and at Louis Vuiton in Paris.
  • [22’44”] How to up your clothing game as a tourist in Paris: accessorize, wear a leather jacket (or a crochet jacket, or any sort of jacket), clothes that are cut closer to the body.
  • [24’20”] Change your outfit at the end of the day, women don’t wear t-shirts with words.
  • [26′] Some women in Paris wear dresses and high-heels, but they are not the majority. When walking a lot, wear closed shoes where your feet can’t move around too much.
  • [28’27”] No shorts for women over 30 in the city. Capris are fine. Sun-dresses and skirts are commonly worn in France.
  • [29’25”] Whatever you wear, you MUST have a bag that zips and goes across your torso. Men should not have their wallet in the back pocket of their pants.
  • [30′] Clean pants and a nice polo shirt works great for men, even if you are going to a nice restaurant.
  • [31′] A lot depends on who you hang out with. Fancy situations call for fancier clothes and accessories.
  • [32’44”] Layers are important in the winter.
  • [35′] French people wear fitting clothes, but don’t do it if you’re uncomfortable.
  • [38′] No baseball caps, berets are for old folks, Panama hats are stylish and can be worn by both men and women.
  • [40″] If you’re a “fluffy person” (aka fat) do what you want, wear what you want, don’t worry about what other people think. You don’t have to wear black.

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Paris Packing List and General Travel Checklist

 

Before leaving

·  OOTO e-mail

·  OOTO voice mail

·  Busy time in Exchange

·  Check weather

·  Send Itinerary to SO

Papers

·  Plane ticket

·  Print boarding pass?

·  Hotel info

·  Appropriate ID

·  Business cards

·  Pens

·  Writing pad

·  Cash

·  Credit cards

·  City info

·  Maps

·  Presentations

Clothing

·  Underwear

·  Socks

·  Dress shirt

.  Dressy tops

·  Casual pants

·  Belt

·  Dress shoes

·  Jeans

·  Sneakers

·  T-Shirts

·  PJs

·  Slippers

.  Sun-dress

.  Skirts

 Toiletries

·  Razor

·  Deodorant

·  Hairbrush

·  Hair gel

·  Toothpaste

·  Toothbrush

·  Floss

.  Makeup and beauty products

Weather-related

·  Umbrella

·  Overcoat

·  Sweaters

·  Jackets

·  Scarves

·  Sun lotion

·  Bug spray

Miscellaneous

·  Static spray

·  Tote bag

·  Iron

·  Steamer

·  Clothes bag

·  Camera

·  Binoculars

·  Sunglasses

.  Cork Screw

Computer?

·  Laptop

·  Extra battery

·  LAN cable

·  Modem cable

·  Power Cord

·  Perform backup

Phone

·  Charger

.  Earbuds

·  Extra battery

International

·  Adapter/transformer

·  Change Announcement

·  Foreign Language Book

·  Currency

Carry-on

·  Meds

·  Prescriptions/Certificate

·  Recreational reading

·  Cough drops

·  Kleenex

·  Ear plugs

·  Glasses

.  Change of clothes

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One thought on “Paris Packing List, Episode 137”

  1. Paris Packing List- Episode 137-This episode will definitely get a second listen from me. You both had me laughing, smiling and then ROFL. I love the witty banter and the highlights and show notes.

    Thank you for sharing a little bit about both of your styles with us. I’m certain most of us have had a fashion faux-pas but it’s best when we can laugh at ourselves and learn from it.

    Love, love, love the episode highlights and packing list!

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