What with the nightmares at airport security, so glad we are going by train. A few days summer holiday in France- by eurostar – and wish me luck so we don’t get stuck in the tunnel. Tickets are bought, hotels are booked and now is packing time.
Packing list for 2 nights in Paris + 7 nights in Provence The essentials: Silk underwear. (This is Paris ok? Don’t go for polyester it’s not the same) Pearls or diamonds (fake ones of course!) faux jewellery is stylish, but fake fashion, is tacky and these are the facts. Don’t go to Paris without really good underwear, (undies) and most importantly, never go carrying a fake ‘designer’ bag! (Here) Either could cause you embarrassing delays at customs…to say the least.
The city outfits: Spare pair of boyfriend jeans (loose fit is best for hot weather) 1 pair of shorts (treat with care, some cultures cannot handle hotpants and find them shocking, it’s important not to offend.) 2 shirts (one silk /one linen) 2 cotton/linen tops (or largescarves to make up as tops.) 1 cashmere cardigan (for chilly evenings) 1 linen shift dress (I use the CHANEL flip flops as evening shoes for ease) 1 evening clutch (a clutch can really lend a simple pair of jeans+silk shirt outfit an aura of effortless dressing up.) 1 maxi dress
At the pool: 2 bikinis 1 beach pool cover up 1 set of yoga wear Waterproof & stylish Flip flops for the hotel lounge/spa Straw hat.
Extras: iPhone+charger / Hair brush / Lavender oil for motion sickness.
Cosmetics & personal items Now it’s the time to use those sample sachets cluttering up my bathroom. I usually request mini sizes and samples when Updating my beauty box. France has an over abundance of pharmacies selling the best cosmetics in the world, so I use that as stocking up trip. French soaps are divine.
Most good hotels will provide toothbrushes, and what have you. At home I use an electric toothbrush, but for short trips abroad, don’t bother packing anything like that. The voltage system tends to be different anyway, so no electrical things (no hair ironed either, I give it a break). (except the iPhone and to be honest, wish I had the discipline to leave that behind, but how would I update this blog without it?)
For the train journey I wear jeans, comfy walking shoes, (not trainers) and carry a light weight trench and a scarf. (this is France after all, scarves are compulsory.) Everything fits in a tiny wheelie suitcase, with room to spare. As my wardrobe is already paired down, travelling clothes & colour palettes are easy to put together.
Tip for chronic over packers: – break down your trip into ‘activities’, for example, sight seeing, shopping, eating out etc to list what you really need lug around with you. (Things can be washed easily enough) no just in case items, no uncomfortable clothes or shoes you can’t walk in, should ever be packed. (More here) Will update with photos of the trip, but my LSH (Long Suffering Husband) is yelling at me, to get off the Internet and do something useful…
Bon voyage to me and anyone else travelling