packing for paris – with kids!



I’m currently surrounded by a sea of clothing + suitcases, with only two (gulp/eeek!) days until our departure. I’ve shared my packing for paris tips before (un + deux), but this time is much different – I’m packing for my children too! I’m a planner by nature, so I began taking inventory of Henry + Marie’s wardrobe as soon as we booked our tickets, and promptly identified the items they needed. For instance, since our international flight takes place at night and they will (hopefully) be sleeping for a good bit of it, I thought it would be smart for them to wear inconspicuous pajamas to the airport, along with their comfiest soft moccasins. They’ll also be toting their lovies + a few small favorite toys in their adorable backpacks. I wanted to involve them as much as possible (at almost three years of age) – they’re so excited!

I must admit – I have a lot of fun dressing both a boy and a girl. I always do my best to try and coordinate (not match) their outfits.  I tend to stick to the classics for them, with a little French twist, of course, and an indie/hipster add-on here and there. As with any adult-packing advice, comfort is key, and neutrals make mixing + matching outfits simple + easy. Layering is always a good idea, as weather can be fickle this time of year…I was sure to include a lightweight coat and rain boots for the occasional pop-up Parisian rainstorm. I’m not going to go crazy with the number of items I bring for them, as one of the many benefits of renting an apartment is having a washer/dryer…three cheers for airbnb! Now if I can just get them to use the (basic) French they know while wearing these cute duds…wish us luck!

clothing by GapKids | backpacks by Fjållråven | boots by Hunter | bow tie by Forage Haberdashery


    • thank you Virginie, I appreciate your comment + support! merci de votre aide!

  1. I can’t even imagine traveling abroad with kids but whatever happens, yours will be the best dressed on that plane! Can’t wait to see you.

  2. Thanks for the post! I am going to go in Paris with my daughter next month. I am totally confused on what to pack. Your post is really helpful. Best regards

    • my pleasure Marion, thank you for letting me know it was helpful! have a wonderful trip, and be sure to look through my Paris archives for my favorite spots (with and without kids)…still have more to share too!

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