Paris Packing Tips
These Paris packing tips come from image consultant Olivia Gorun, at AVIVA STUDIO in Burlington, Vermont 802 658 7592. Olivia grew up in Europe, in a family of tailors and jewelers. I especially love her packing grid!
- Go w/ small bottles for grooming, use leakproof bags
- Use a combo of dark and neutrals in outfits
- Dark : black, navy, mocha brown, olive
- Light neutrals: taupe, white, ivory, light gray
- Dark colors are easy to dress up or down
- Great travel fabrics bounce back after “crushing’’
- Take light weight wools, matte jersey,crepes, knits, microfibers, lycra(up to 5%) or synthetic blends
- Leave high maintenance clothing at home
PACKING GRID—HOW TO PACK AND BE SMART
- On a piece of paper make a grid: on the LEFT side list part of an outfit: Outerwear, top, bottom, shoes, undies, accessories, etc
- Across the page create a column for all the days you are gone (five columns for 5 days, 10 columns for 10 days), if night activities are different, have an extra column
- See if you have 3 ways to wear each item, remember to “mix and match.”
- Do not overpack, NOBODY WILL CARRY YOUR BAGS! Take pieces you are used to wearing.
- Consider 3 pairs of shoes, and create outfits based on which shoes you want to travel with.
- You will walk A LOT IN PARIS—think comfy shoes.
- On departure wear the heaviest shoes on the plane and the thickest jacket (have with you a pair of warm socks, they will serve you well)
- Carry your jewelry with you, your clothes can be get lost but your favorite jewelry is hard to replace
- Dark suit (deux-pieces) with matching pants and skirt in light wool
- A twin sweater set
- Shirt or nice T shirt, cotton wear for day/// silk for dress up
- Evening pants chiffon, silk or shimmery
- Accessories—small scarf around the neck, pretty necklace and earring for dress-up, casual for dress-down, tote for day—you want to shop, right? Small evening bag, dressy shoes for night
- Smart walking shoes for travel and day time
- Sunglasses, umbrella, earplugs, eye mask, converter to recharge your camera battery (110/220 V) and a small flashlight.
- Have a copy of your wardrobe plan in your carry on—it is a good documentation for reimbursement by the airlines
- Have a copy of your passport with you—keep that separate from the passport itself, leave a copy at home.
- Get the closest U.S. Consulate number just in case; they are the only ones able to help you in case of international crises.
You can be comfortable and chic, elegant and attractive. And now bon voyage and have a fabulous time!
Merci mille fois, Olivia!