What To Pack For Paris Using Just A Carry-On

C’est facile!

by NYLON x Away

So, you're going to Paris. Lucky you! You've made all the arrangements, swallowed a bit of pride charging the airfare price, and are ready for that big adventure. What to pack, though? And is it possible to avoid those gnarly checked baggage fees? Of course! Carry-ons may be small, but with efficient packing, you can make it work. Ahead, all the goods you should be on the hunt for in your closet (or store, up to you!) when planning your Parisian looks. Bon voyage!

The Carry-OnStart with the obvious. You want something that's durable but also functional. Away's carry-on is that and then some. Does your current carry-on have a phone charger, a TSA-approved lock, and is guaranteed for life? Might be time to glow your luggage game up.

Away, The Carry-On, $225, available at Away.

A Statement JacketListen, it gets chilly at night in Paris. You're going to want something to bundle up in. Some may argue that you should be wearing this on the plane, but keep the statement coat special and only take it out of your bag when the time is right.

J.O.A., Blushed Sherpa Coat, $178, available at Anthropologie.

Classic Skinny JeansLive your Audrey Hepburn fantasy by bringing along your pair of trusted black skinny jeans. No, really. Packing one pair of jeans is a-okay. You can mix and match with various tops.

Levi's, Runaround Super Skinny Jeans in 'The Eclipse,' $59.50, available at Levi's.

A Sweater To LayerAlways, always, always travel with something to layer. You never know when the weather may require it. Just make sure it's a sweater that goes with everything. With the proper folding, this will take up minimal suitcase space.

Madewell, Tier-Sleeve Pullover Sweater in 'Hthr Metal,' $88, available at Madewell.

An Easy, Breezy TeeKeep it simple and pack a handful of your trusted t-shirts. You can never go wrong with effortless clothing.

BDG, Boston Oversized Striped Ringer Tee, $29, available at Urban Outfitters.

A Little Black DressWhen in Paris, make a point to dress yourself up and treat yourself to a fancy dinner, complete with a fancy outfit.

Rebecca Minkoff, Vicky Dress, $248, available at Shopbop.

A Change Of ShoesTraveling with one pair of comfy shoes is great, but remember to pack something a little more dressy because you want to be prepared for whatever upscale event comes your way.

Sarto by Franco Sarto, Kalindi Cutout Heels in 'Black,' $168, available Anthropologie.

Cute SocksReserve a small corner in your carry-on for some fun socks because life is too short for boring anything.

Doll's Kill, Spotted Ya Sheer Socks, $6.40, available at Doll's Kill.

A NecktieHey, the secret to French style is an expertly tied scarf.

NFC, Je Ne Sais Quoi Necktie, $38, available at Free People.

Reliable SunglassesProtect your eyes, but make it fashion. Oh, and when packing, slip them between your t-shirts for extra protection.

Bonnie Clyde, Pico Glasses in The Last Throne, $84, available at NYLON Shop.

A HatDon't be a tourist and buy a beret from a souvenir shop. Come correct with your own take on the French classic. C'est chic!

Nicholas K, Lolita Leather Beret, $168, available at Free People.

A Dopp KitDopp kits are essential for your cosmetics and toiletries. Keep it organized, and your trip will be organized. Plus, a nice one will last for years.

Anya Hindmarch, Stack Triple Make-Up Pouch, $297.24, available at Anya Hindmarch.

A BlowdryerDue to the electric setup in Europe, you're better off packing your own travel blow dryer than trying out whatever is left where you're staying. Just know that you're going to absolutely need what follows...

DRYBAR, Baby Buttercup Blow Dryer, $138, available at Sephora.

An Electrical AdapterDO. NOT. LEAVE. YOUR. HOUSE. WITHOUT. ONE. OF. THESE. Your non-French plugs will blow out if you don't. Pack a few and save your gadgets and other pluggable devices.

VCT, CT VP-109 Universal Travel Grounded Plug Adapter, $5.80, available at Amazon.

A Nice CameraSure, your smartphone may take awesome photos, but this is Paris we're talking about! Invest in a good camera and turn your trip into something worth the cost of film.

Leica, Sofort Mint, $299, available at Leica.