MY SAMPLE PACKING CHECK LIST
FOR YOUR SUITCASE TO CHECK AT THE AIRPORT
Be very careful about weight. Check your airline’s website for weight limits and fees.
CLOTHES (these suggestions are for a 2 week stay)*
Shirts - 5
Jeans/pants - 2
Skirt/dress pant and shirt - 1 (optional, depending on where you will visit or eat)
Under things - 5 each
Socks - 5 pair
PJs - 1
Fleece/sweater (easy on/off) 1
Sandals/dress shoes - 1 (if appropriate)
Walking shoes - 1 (wear another)
Moisturizer (traveling is dehydrating!)
Sample shaving cream
Small first-aid kit
Several Ziploc type bags
Mini sewing kit with safety pins
Electrical PLUG adapters
Electrical POWER adapters
FOR YOUR CARRY-ON
Remember to review rules for pocket knives and liquids - pack all liquids in one large Ziploc type bag, keep all electronics in one place for easy security checks.
SIM Cards for phones
Chargers for phones
SD Cards for camera
Chargers for camera batteries
Laptop with case/tablet
Cords/adapters for devices
Back-up batteries/power sources
Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss
Comfort items (neck pillow, etc.)
Water bottle (empty until through security)
French/English language guide
Paris Map with public transportation/metro map
Snacks (more protein/less sugar) Meat/vegis/fruits -eat before customs on the other side.
IN PURSE or easily accessed carry-on pocket
Contact information for hotel or apartment
Medical Insurance Card
2 Credit Cards
Written medical prescriptions
Small face photos for passes
Download printable list here!
2-3 DAYS BEFORE LEAVING (much of this can be done on-line)
Carry packed luggage around, repack as necessary
Charge cell phones
Call credit card/ATM companies
Print boarding tickets (just in case, I like to have a hard copy)
Confirm hotel/apartment arrangements
Be sure all prescriptions filled
List contact numbers for those staying home
72-hours before - order special meals
Remember, there are lots of "gadgets" that they sell for travel. Some are really useful and others are just another way to spend money.
Vacuum pack bags are great. The one caution is that you need to watch the weight. It would be easy to pack a lot and then get to the airport and have to pay the fee for having too much!
If you have special needs, your list will include other things. For instance, I actually vacuum pack a special pillow!