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The moment has arrived. Your Parisian holiday.
You’ve spent time en route to the City of Light dreaming of sipping champagne at a café, watching the city go by. Or perhaps, you’re eager to begin your tour of the Musée Rodin. Now post flight reality has set in. You’re standing in a sea of tired, impatient travelers at the airport, waiting for your bag.
Nothing starts a vacation off on the wrong foot more than lost luggage, and time wasted waiting at the airport for your bag. Save yourself the stress by packing your essentials in just a carry-on.
To make the most of your space, start with the proper luggage. The right carry-on suitcase is stylish and practical. Invest in a proper sized bag that is lightweight and rolls easily (bonus for interior or exterior pockets). Packing cubes are the key to making the most of your space. Use them to keep your clothes organized, wrinkle free and looking their best.
Along with your carry-on suitcase, you’ll need a large, zippered tote bag. This classic Longchamp bag can take you from the plane to the city. Use your tote to store valuables, flat shoes, toiletries, or accessories.
What should actually be in your carry-on? Blend in à la femme Parisienne by building your capsule travel wardrobe around classic neutral colors, cultivating an effortless look to take you from day to night.
Chic Carry-on Essentials
A white and black t-shirt
Textured white button-down shirt
Blazer – let your personality play a bit here
Pajama, socks, and undergarments
Tan ballet flat or loafer
To make the most of your Parisian look, do as the French and accessorize. Une petite clutch performs double duty as an evening purse, and keeps your tote bag organized. Silk scarves, interchangeable jewelry, and, of course, a red lipstick are all you need. Don’t forget a small umbrella – this is Paris after all. Finally, don’t leave home without Sink Suds. This compact laundry detergent is a lifesaver.
Et voilà. You will be sipping your champagne in no time.
- Here’s how how to wear a scarf like a French woman.
- A great read: Being a Tourist in Paris-It’s All about the pleasure.
- Do you know how to speak French in the City of Light?
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