How To Pack For Paris In Spring

How To Pack For Paris In Spring

Paris in the Spring sounds so romantic and wonderful. It’s one of the best times to visit when the city comes alive again, the cafés are bustling, and the flowers are starting to bloom all around the many parks. If you are lucky enough to visit Paris in Spring, you want to make sure you’re well-packed to enjoy the city of light.

I’ve put together a Paris in the Spring packing list for those visiting and maybe aren’t sure what to take. Paris can still be a bit chilly even in Spring, so make sure to take lots of layers. I’ve also included a checklist you can download to make sure you’ve crossed everything off your list. If you’re looking for outfit ideas, you can check out the latest monthly Paris packing lists.

Spring is a great time to visit Paris because it’s before the rush of the summer crowds, school isn’t out yet, and you can enjoy some beautiful weather. Along with the beautiful weather though, it can also be cold and rainy. It can be beautiful and sunny one minute and then you’re experiencing rain showers ( in French it’s called, les giboulées) the next minute.

Weather In Paris During Spring

What’s the weather like in Paris in the Spring? The temperatures are all over the place and can range anywhere from 40- 70 degrees. Also, remember Paris is by the Seine, so I always find it chilly no matter the time of the year.

Remember to check the weather before you go so you know what to expect. Although, I find it best always to expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather in Paris. It can be chilly in the morning, warm in the afternoon, and chilly and raining again the next minute.

Paris Packing Tips For Spring

Pack Layers

The best thing to pack are layers, layers, and more layers. You can’t have enough layers when it comes to packing for Paris in the Spring. Even though the weather is getting warmer, there are still chilly mornings and evenings.

I always take my favorite long-sleeve tees from Everlane, camisoles from Cuyana, and short-sleeve tees to wear underneath whatever I wear for the day. Also, make sure to pack gloves and a cashmere scarf, this one from Nordstrom is perfect. to have handy for the day if needed.

Take Neutrals And Basics

Parisians are very neutral when it comes to dressing and when packing for Paris in the Spring, I prefer to keep my wardrobe neutral as well. This way, I can mix and match my outfits plus I like to blend in and maybe look more Parisian than standing out like a tourist.

Having a good mix of basics will serve you well on the trip and make it easy to get dressed for each day. Pack several pairs of jeans in different shades of blue and black. Several pairs of your favorite black or tan trousers, and neutral blouses. It’s also a good idea to pack a black dress or skirt for your evening outings.

How to pack for Paris in Spring to look chic, classic, and timeless like a French person.

Get Pieces Tailored

One important thing to think about when packing is if you order items that need to be tailored, make sure to save time for this. I always try and have my items ordered at least a month before I leave so I can visit my tailor.

What To Pack For Paris In Spring

pieces to pack for Paris in spring for classic and timeless style.

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Tops

Some of the tops to pack are a white button-down like this one from J.Crew, a blue oxford shirt from Frank and Eileen, a striped top, and a silk top. I would also pack several sweaters to keep you warm like this cashmere one and this striped sweater which can also act as a cardigan as well.

A few elevated pieces would be this tweed jacket from MANGO, this sweater from Sézane, or this gorgeous jacket from ba&sh Paris.

Bottoms

Pack several pairs of denim such as this AGOLDE straight leg, Madewell Straight Leg black, and this J.Crew flared pair. Parisians mostly wear straight-leg denim (no skinnies) so if you want to look like a local then that’s the way to go.

Also, a good pair of black trousers, like this pair from J.Crew which can either be dressed up or down is a great option. Take a dress or skirt option for dinners if you have something special planned.

Accessories

I carry this Longchamp tote with this insert, around Paris in the Spring during the day because it’s lightweight, holds a lot, and is nylon. For evenings, pack a small leather bag or clutch. A French market tote is also a great accessory for Spring in Paris, take it for shopping at a flea market, or a weekend farmers market.

Make sure to pack an umbrella to carry in your tote for the day as you are sure to bring it out at some point. I think I’ve been to Paris once where the weather was incredible and I didn’t need an umbrella the entire trip, but that was definitely out of the ordinary.

Also, pack a silk scarf to elevate your outfits and look like a French woman. Invest in a classic one like this YSL scarf or this alternative from Tuckernuck.

Outerwear

You will also want to pack a few different coats based on what you will wear most. Smart options are a trench coat, from Sézane or MANGO. You can also pack for Paris in spring, a black or navy blazer, and one other sort of jacket (leather, wool, or denim).

Shoes

Shoes are difficult because everyone’s comfort level varies. Whatever you take, make sure it’s comfortable enough to walk miles and miles all day long and on the cobblestone streets. You can read more about what shoes I pack for Paris here.

Some good ideas for shoes that I have taken and worn are sneakers, ballet flats, loafers, and waterproof booties. Last Summer, I wore these Sèzane sneakers for the whole week and they were incredibly comfortable. I have also worn these Axel Arigato and Stan Smith as well, which are also comfortable.

I pay more for my shoes but I am okay with that because being comfortable all day is more important than buying cheaper shoes and having blisters for the entire trip. I promise the investment will be worth it.

It’s also a good idea to take some gel insoles and these Moleskine pads to put on the back of your shoes. Also, Paris is not the place to break in new shoes either.

Travel Gear for Paris in Spring

When it comes to travel gear, I’ve learned over the years what works the best and items you may not think about but have helped me. When traveling on a plane this is what I always have with me. A great carry-on bag for the plane which is comfortable enough to carry everything I need. I have this carry-on bag and love it because it carries so much. Inside the bag, I pack my eye mask, and water bottle. ( I like to put these on when I am on the plane). Of course, my headphones are always with me as well as my Mer Sea wrap that goes everywhere.

Here are a few beauty tips for when I travel to Paris. I try to stay away from more than one alcoholic drink on the plane due to hydration. I also put this hydrating face mask on when I board to keep my face hydrated and use this eye cream when we land to help with puffiness.

For my suitcase, I use the AWAY carry-on and also Amazon suitcases. I also use these packing cubes to help I can pack more and these laundry bags. This luggage scale always goes with me so I know how heavy my bags are, and this travel steamer is perfect and works very well.

You can see my entire list of essentials I always pack for Paris.

Paris Spring Packing Checklist

Included is a downloadable PDF packing list. Print this and check it off to make sure you have everything for your trip. You can download the packing list HERE.

Best of all, enjoy your trip to Paris and savor every moment. There’s truly no other place like Paris.

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2 Comments

  1. Do you have a link
    to the sandals and jeans you are wearing in the photo of you in What to
    Pack for Paris in the Spring?
    You are wearing jeans, white top
    with puffy sleeves, and light colored sandals.

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