What to Pack for a Weekend in Paris

With Easter past and the winter holidays in June seemingly ages away, you’re probably not about to jump on the next plane and jet off to France. You’re probably at your work desk, like me. But when my friend, who lives an enviably travel-packed life, decided to go away to Paris last weekend, I couldn’t stop myself from dreaming. Besides, the June/July holidays really aren’t that far off and it’s never too early to start planning (at least, not if you’re like us at DDIY). Here is my list of essentials for my dream weekend in Paris.


If you’re ever going to be excused for poor style choices and inappropriately short shorts, it’s going to be when you’re a tourist. Unless you’re going to Paris, that is.


Can’t Get on the Plane Without:

  • ID, passport, visa, driver’s license
  • Flight tickets and itinerary
  • Money and credit cards
  • Medication and a copy of your prescriptions
  • Emergency contact details
  • Electrics – phone, laptop/iPad, camera, chargers, international adapter, SIM cards.


Look Like a Local with Neutral-Coloured Clothes:

  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Tights
  • Shirts
  • Blouse
  • Wrap dress
  • Light sweater or cardigan
  • Knitted jersey
  • Black jacket
  • Long coat
  • Midi or maxi skirt
  • Jeans
  • Black Capri pants
  • Nightwear
  • Light scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Ankle boots
  • Flats
  • Fold-up umbrella


The Barest of Cosmetics:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face and body moisturiser
  • Cleanser
  • Travel size shampoo and conditioner
  • Makeup – BB cream, powder, mascara, lip liner, blush, neutral eye shadow
  • Handy cleansing wipes to keep in your day bag


If you’re ever going to be excused for poor style choices and inappropriately short shorts, it’s going to be when you’re a tourist. Unless you’re going to Paris, that is. Tourist or not, you have to step up your game if you want to be treated with respect from the locals. The Parisians are known for their chic style – they are the epitome of conservative class, with a bit of a dark edge to add interest to their refined look. To blend in with the locals, stick to neutrals – black, white, grey and brown. Aim for simple but tailored, comfortable but still classy, and be consistent in your colour palette. Although the summer can get pretty hot, the weather is otherwise quite unpredictable, so be prepared with clothes you can layer. And whatever you do for the love of G-O-D do not wear shorts or flip-flops. If you’ve never been to Paris, you’re just going to have to trust me on this one.

For more ideas, check out this wonderful article by La Petite Noob.

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