Packing for France was surprisingly simple for me.
Like, too simple. Is this a sign I should move to France? Maybe my everyday style tends toward Parisian? (We’ll have to observe a bit more before deciding that one…) Have I finally learned how to pack without stress? Ooh la la. C’est impossible!
I think a huge part of the packing simplicity was limiting myself to a minimalist color palette – primarily black and white – and that the weather forecast was a temperate mid-70 degrees and mostly sunny. #perfection
Still, 10 days in a carry-on is never simple. Here’s what I brought for a summer trip to France:
- 5 dresses
- 4 tanks (black, white, blue, striped)
- 1 black skirt
- 4 tops (striped, patterned, blue, black)
- 2 pairs of cropped black pants
- 1 pair white jeans
- 2 cardigans, 1 pullover sweater
- 2 “spare” tops (one long sleeve, one short sleeve)
- 1 bathing suit
- 1 pair of wedge heels, 1 pair black heels and 2 sandals
Wearing the black pants, a top and a cardigan on the plane will lighten that load but because these are all summer-weight clothes, you can actually fit a lot in a small space. This all fit in my carry on, plus accessories, cosmetics, a cross-body purse, a clutch for evenings, and PJs!
You can probably get away with fewer dresses, but for me one doubles as a beach cover-up. And I just like to have options. These dresses can be dressed up, or down, so that I could change into one for a nice dinner and not feel as though I’m re-wearing the same outfit from two days ago.
Top off your carry-on with a few scarves and jewelry and you’re ready to jetset for 10+ days of summertime en Francais! Hope this is helpful for some others packing up for summer vacations in Europe!