Packing for a month in Paris:
I will add more specifics to this list regarding manufacturers, weights and measurements when I return from Paris in June.
My husband, Tom, refers to me as a bag lady … I have an addiction to useful bags and I have specific purposes that each bag must fulfill or I don’t use it and I pass it along. I am bringing seven bags with me. Perhaps that doesn’t sound like traveling light, but believe me, it is.
the top three bags from left to right, including their packed weights, are my handbag (5 pounds), personal bag (8.5 pounds) and my checked bag (24 pounds). Total weight of everything I am bringing is 37.5 pounds. That includes about three pounds of surprises I have packed for my friend, Luisa, who will be joining me in Paris. Though my Rick Steves wheeled suitcase is within the size limits for a carry-on, the weight restrictions for flying on international flights and flights within Europe are less than the USA. A maximum weight for a carry-on is usually between 12 and 15 pounds. I pack my camera gear, ipad, chargers and irreplaceable art supplies in my carryon along with toothbrush and minimal essentials to get me through a day or two if my luggage is delayed.
The bottom row of bags are my little shoulder bag that carries my passport, credit card, money, nail file, little notes, small sketchbook, pen and key. I often don’t carry a pocketbook with me when I’m walking and sketching; I use this instead. It slips easily into my pocket book so I don’t have to keep switching items back and forth. The middle bag is one I’m experimenting with this time around. It is new to me. It works as an over the shoulder bag and as a hip bag. It appears to be perfect for holding my sketching supplies when I’m standing and sketching on the streets, in museums, etc. The two bags on the right are two fabulous fold up into nothing shopping bags that work well for carrying groceries and other treasures found during my walks.
The grocery bags are shown above in their folded state along with my Rick Steves stretchable clothesline with velcro ends. I wasn’t sure if the clothesline would be that useful but it definitely was when I was in Provence last summer. I pack very few clothes which means I wash my clothes often. Finding places for my clothes to dry can be a problem, solved with this stretchy clothesline.
Clothing: The asterisks indicate clothing I wear on the plane rather than packed in my luggage
I bring very few clothes.
Little Black Dress
Ultra Light Travel Skirt with zip pockets (ExOfficio Nomad Skirt)
Ultra Light long-sleeved shirt for sun protection
Ultra Light middle layer long-sleeve zip up
Light weight middle layer long-sleeve zip up shirt ***
Light weight rain/wind jacket
Ultra light long-sleeved thermal shirt
Three ultra light short sleeved shirts
One ultra light tank top ***
Light Weight Cargo pants with roomy pockets ***
Ghost down jacket ***
silk chemise for sleeping
ultra light leggings for sleeping and cold days under my skirt
four pair of underwear (one worn on plane)
two bras (one worn on plane)
one nice scarf
one pair light weight wool ankle socks
one pair lightweight wool kneesocks
two pair low cut socks
one pair smart wool ankle socks ***
one pair walking sandals
one pair 5.10 sneaker-like shoes ***
one pair flox gloves with finger tips cut off
one sun cap
That’s plenty for a month, two months, three months or even four months until the weather begins to chill.
Toiletries and Miscellaneous Items:
More to be added later today (May 1, 2015) ….