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I’m back! I took a blogging/social media break last week to fully soak in our Europe trip. The WiFi also wasn’t great when we got there, so I took it as a sign that I needed to take a break. We were gone for a week and stayed in both London and Paris, spending 3 nights in each city. I had originally planned to share this post as we left for the trip, but I am glad I waited. I feel like I packed all wrong, as it ended up being much colder than we expected due to the wind. I also had spring on my mind, so I thought I would be able to suck up and deal with the cold weather. If you’re going to London or Paris in March, their average temperatures are in the 50s/40s at that time.
My advice is to stalk the weather before you go and to bring a lot of layers and versatile pieces to mix and match, so you have options. I did this, and luckily the rain it was showing daily ended up only being 1.5 days in Paris and none in London. I also recommend bringing warm pieces like gloves, cashmere or wool.
- I highly recommend packing cubes. They save space and help organize your suitcase. These are the ones I used.
- Wear your coat/boots on the plane to save room. I made the mistake of checking mine.
- Keep a few days worth of clothes in a carry on just in case your checked bag gets lost.
- Bring a lot of things that you can mix and match. I ended up wearing pieces over again and re-styling them.
- I noticed and heard that people in Paris especially wear a lot of neutrals. I do wish I had brought a subtle statement coat, since I rarely took my coat off. I wore a lot of accessories with pops of color for this reason.
- I highly recommend packing a cross body purse. While I didn’t ever feel unsafe, Europe is known to have a lot of pickpocketing. My purse that is pictured in these photos is actually a camera bag. It was nice being able to safely carry my camera around.
Average Temperatures in the Spring:
March: London: 53/42 Paris: 54/41
April: London: 58/45 Paris: 60/45
May: London: 65/51 Paris: 67/51
My luggage is from iFly and I absolutely love it! I love that it’s bright, so it is easy to spy in baggage claim. They did gift it to me, but honestly I loved how easy it pushes. You don’t have to tilt the bag or anything; it can be pushed or pulled almost effortlessly when it’s standing straight up. Tip: when you check a bag, it will get dirty, and a magic eraser will help get rid of the stains.
What To Pack in Your Carry On:
Power converter (the electric outlets in Europe are different than the ones here), portable cell phone chargers, pillow, snacks, blanket, ear plugs, sleep mask, dual voltage curling iron (last time I went to Europe mine didn’t work), foot rest, sleeping pills, a few days of clothes and any other necessities you can’t be without in case your checked bag gets lost.
What to Pack for a London/Paris Trip in March:
I highly recommend either a down coat or a wool coat (make sure it has a high percentage of actual wool). My coat was a wool blend instead of actual wool and it didn’t cut it. I wish I had brought my Brooks Brothers wool coat. I suggest buying them from the outlet.
Outerwear If The Temperatures are Warmer:
If you wear a dress, you’ll definitely need heavy tights. I noticed a lot of European ladies wore dresses and tights.
We walked a ton in Europe, so comfy shoes were a priority. I highly recommend these tennis shoes and these ballet flats were great too. If you do wear shoes other than the tennis shoes, I recommend bringing another pair in a shopping bag just in case your feet start hurting. Also, please note the Tory Burch flats are only comfortable when they’re very broken in.
With the colder weather, I highly recommend accessorizing with a wool scarf, a hat and gloves. It also rains a lot, so a cute umbrella was necessary for me for photos.
Thank you so much for reading! I cannot wait to share more about our trip on Thursday.