11 amazing and unforgettable days in France. That’s potentially A LOT of clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories. I find that a trip is much more enjoyable when I pack light, keep it simple, and recycle clothing in innovative ways.
Here’s all the clothing I packed for my 11 day trip to France at the end of August, in a small roller carry on bag. I also had my toiletries, makeup, camera, computer, and enough room to bring home 3 bottles of wine and some small souvenirs. Schlepping around a huge rolling bag is absolutely impossible if you’re running around a country trying to see all the sights. If you’re staying put, then fine. But we went to Nice, Ville-Franche Sur Mer, Monaco, Arles, Avignon, Honfleur, Bayeux, Mont. St. Michel, Versailles, and Paris. WHEW!
The first thing I had to keep in mind was that in the end of August the climate changes. It was extremely hot and tropical in the southern riviera, to windy in Provence, to cooler in Normandy and Paris. I had to make sure I was equipped for a spectrum of weather situations.
I saved my arsenal of dresses (these are the easiest to throw on and style) for the warmer days, and the jeans and tops for the flights and cooler temps of Normandy. Since layering is key (it can start off freezing and end up sunny and hot by the end of the day) I layered a basic tee or tank with a sweater and a scarf and peeled off as the day went on.
Since I brought a couple of shift dresses I also decided to pack a skinny belt to change the shape of the dresses on the second wear. When I wore this pullover over this dress, I added the belt to avoid looking like a shapeless blob.
As far as bags, I actually brought a second one that’s not in the collage. I’m not sure I needed both. Both were of similar size (I brought this satchel then added in another cross body at the last minute). A good travel bag has space for a water bottle, scarf or sweater, camera, and the basic wallet and phone stuff.
One thing I regret is only bringing one pair of shoes. My feet got sick of the same shoes every day for 11 days. I wish I would have brought a pair of flats or sneakers as well!
I plan to write another post detailing the toiletries I brought along! With such a streamlined wardrobe, little tweaks make a difference. For, example, it is nice to bring some fun lipsticks to jazz up your look at night and wear your hair in different styles. It is amazing how different an outfit looks with a top knot versus your hair down!
Have a lovely Labor Day weekend to those in the states, and a fantastic regular weekend to everyone else!
Currently Sipping: Iced Cascara Coconut Milk Latte