Packing for a Long Weekend in Paris

This weekend I will be travelling to Paris to celebrate my birthday with Mr B. The thing with going away for a few nights is that you have to travel light, so that you can exit the airport pronto, not a moment to waste, whilst still leaving room in your suitcase for any stylish finds you want to bring home?

I often google guides to packing before I go away any where and i’m guessing that’s not just me, right?
So I thought if you all do it, I would contribute my guide to packing for a three night stay in a European city.

First up, to travel in you need something stylish, in the hope you might get upgraded on your flight and also you need something that doesn’t crease too much, whilst also bearing in mind that if it’s appropriately stylish you can hit the streets without having to change clothes.

So here goes my personal guide to packing for a mini city break.

My outfit of choice for comfortable travel is Zara’s black crepe jumpsuit. Accessorize with a striped long sleeve t shirt, blazer & sandals, a la Emmanuelle Alt. My choice are these duck egg blue lovelies from Urban Outfitters.

I’m packing a dress to take me from day to evening,my choice comes from Little White Lies at Urban Outfitters, worn with cowboy boots or afore mentioned sandals depending on the weather.

I think I’m going through an 80’s Abba phase and for my other day to evening choice, have bought this retro inspired denim jumpsuit from Mango.

I am coveting these leopard print skater shoes from Carvela but am keeping room in my bag for a Parisian purchase, but they are ideal for pounding the streets and look cool enough to take you into the evening.

If you’re taking only hand luggage, as we are, don’t forget, everything needs to be less than 100ml in size, so I’ve bought clear plastic zip lock bags, with small screw top bottles for all my favourite toiletries, £1.00 from Primark or Muji sell similar. To reduce the need for too many toiletries, I use a Garnier dry spray tan on my face, individual false lashes are a godsend, as I think I’ve said before, to avoid the need for mascara and gel nail varnish on my nails and pinkies, from a salon means they remain chip free for a couple of weeks.

Finally, if you’re only travelling for a few days, check online or in a good guide book, such as the Rough Guide books, on the opening days & times of local attractions, museums & markets. For example, we really want to visit Clignancourt antique market which only opens on Saturday, Sunday & Monday, so we know we’ll have to go there on the Monday.

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  1. Anonymous 18 May, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Hi Karen,

    Have a wonderful weekend, I think I remember from earlier blogs that it is your birthday. Love your style tips. You should blend in with the Parisians. Great hints to travelling light. I don't know the meaning of the word. Really inspirational. Look forward to hearing about your weekend in later blogs.

  2. Karen Barlow 22 May, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    Thanks Amanda, just got back from an amazing 4 days in Paris & yes three outfits was enough believe it or not! The only down side to travelling light is that you have to be very economical with what you bring back, so everything has to be small & light. I got some gorgeous blended perfume from a bespoke perfume lab style shop in Le Marais,a necklace, a couple of t shirts as gifts and some vintage paper product bags to frame for our kitchen, so not too bad really??

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