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Packing for Paris: what NOT to pack

Packing for Paris Series: Part 3

Welcome to part 3 of my Packing for Paris series. In this series, I’m sharing my thoughts on how and what I pack when I travel to Paris. Or in this case, the 4 things I NEVER pack when traveling.

After posting Part 2, I started thinking of other things I pack when I go to Paris which lead me to think of the things I never pack. Those items that just take up valuable space in my carry-on bag or are just a nuisance to keep up with.

So, here is the list of 4 things I simply don’t see the need to take with me when I travel:

1.) Hairdryer
With the exception of maybe hostels and couch-surfing, most hotels and apartments have hairdryers. There is really no need to take such a bulky item. Even those travel fold up hairdryers take up valuable space that could be used later for bringing back a beautiful Parisian scarf. If you are really concerned about being without a hairdryer, check the amenities of the place you are staying to see if one is listed.

2.) Jewelry
The only piece of jewelry I travel with is an inexpensive wedding ring. Even before I was married, I used to wear a wedding ring when traveling. (Doing so just keeps unwanted attention away which can actually serve as a simple safety precaution.) I know many travel fashion experts suggest using costume jewelry as a way to accessorize and change up your outfits. I find that I get more mileage out of scarves than I do jewelry. For me, jewelry is just too much trouble to keep up with from trying to keep necklaces from tangling to remembering where I put those earrings. One simple wedding ring is all you need. Be sure the ring is simple and not something anyone would really want to steal and at the same time, is not a big deal if it does get stolen or lost.

3.) Travel steamer/iron
On the same order as packing a hairdryer, many hotels and apartments have irons that can be used. Even if one is not available, there are two options you can do that save room in your bags. One option is when taking your shower, hang your clothes in the bathroom to let the steam soften the wrinkles. Then give your clothes a big shake. I, however, prefer to travel with Downy Wrinkle Releaser. If you haven’t used this stuff before, it is AMAZING. When I get to where I’m staying, I hang up my clothes and spray this magic on them. Overnight, almost all the wrinkles will fall out. It easily fits in my 311 bag especially because of reason #4.

4.) Liquid makeup
Granted this is more of a personal choice. I wear mineral makeup everyday so it is not something I just wear when traveling. However, one unexpected benefit is that it doesn’t have to go in the 311 bag saving TONS of space for other liquids like Downy Wrinkle Releaser.

What about you, what are items you leave at home to save space in your bags?

Bises (kisses),

Packing for Paris series:
Part 1: How I convinced my friends to carry-on!
Part 2: 3 Things I ALWAYS pack when I travel.

Interested in exploring more of my “for Paris” series? Check out series 2: Prepping for Paris and series 3: Paying for Paris.

7 Responses to Packing for Paris: what NOT to pack

  1. Akaleistar says:

    I like the idea of packing scarves instead of jewelry 🙂

  2. Nora Walsh says:

    Great tips on what not to pack! I totally agree with everything. I usually try to pack as less as possible, and I am very careful not to pack items that I can easily find in the place I am going to. Best regards

  3. Linda says:

    Great tips! As someone who travels with small kids, i would definitely leave the car seats and bulky stroller at home, and just use umbrella strollers: light to go up and down buses and in the métro.

    1. theparisitinerary says:

      Absolutely good advice! An umbrella stroller is a must in the city! I am amazed at the women trying to navigate the metro with a large stroller.
      Bises, Kimberly