You are probably aware – either via the news or the astonishing Instagram photos – that the rain has been bucketing down in Paris. To say that it has been a rather damp start to the Parisian summer is a bit of an understatement really!
With so much discussion going on about the Parisian weather this week my mind has been drawn back to this time last year. Exactly one year ago we were in Paris enjoying our photo shoot with Carla Coulson and basking in an early season heatwave. Temperatures were high and the mood in Paris was sparkling.
This year’s inclement weather is a good reminder that when you are packing for a trip to Paris – regardless of the season – you really do have to be ready for anything.
But packing for Paris in summer doesn’t have to be difficult – all it takes is a little bit of thought and some planning.
My best advice for Parisian summer packing (or any time of the year for that matter) is to rely on layers. That way you’ll not only be stylish but you’ll also be ready for whatever Mother Nature dishes up.
I have a stack more summer packing tips, all which you can check out in the original packing for Paris in summer post.
And if you are looking for some really practical help with your travel plans, make sure you download our latest free packing guide, which has been updated for summer.
This printable PDF will help you to you work out the clothes you’ll need for your summer-time visit. It also lists everything else you’ll want to take with you – both in your checked luggage and in your carry-on.
And there’s even room for you to add your own essential items.
There is nothing worse than worrying about what to pack before a trip to Paris but this list will ensure you don’t forget to pack a thing.
Please click here to download your free guide to packing for Paris in summer.
I really hope it helps you get ready for the Parisian summer – whenever it happens to arrive!
Until next time – au revoir.
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4 thoughts on “Packing For Paris In Summer – And Our Latest Free Packing Guide”
The sun came out in the south of France on Thursday, and by Saturday it was quite warm. If your travel plans are flexible, you can just head to better weather. Otherwise, it’s good to have a flexible wardrobe. I have a little raincoat of soft, suedelike microfiber. I got it years ago in Paris. It’s rather shapeless, so I can pile on layers if needed. Still, it looks classier than a windbreaker, and the hood (which looks like a cowl collar when not in use) and the knee length keep me dry in the rain. It doesn’t wrinkle. Washes nicely. It was a real find.
Glad to hear things are warming up – and drying out – over there. Don’t you love it when you find a coat like that? And I’ll bet you get years of service out of it too!
I’ll be in France for two weeks in July! I’ll be fantasy packing until I leave!
Lucky you Laurie – have the best time ever! I love fantasy packing, although I have to admit that starting months out is probably issue. But fantasy packing is like planning for a trip to Paris – at least half the fun!