What to bring to France
What to put in a suitcase for holidays in France? What exactly is useful, and what to take is not necessary at all? What will help save valuable time? What to wear in the summer, autumn, winter and spring? Read the answers in our article. Before planning your luggage, we highly recommend reading our article “What you can’t bring to France”. It is possible that some items from the suitcase are banned. Cash – small bills If you plan to use cash on your trip, then stock up on small bills of 50 euros or less. The French prefer to pay with cards; large euro bills are rare here. They are often not accepted in stores, as there is no change or equipment for authentication. A banknote of 500 euros will have to be exchanged either in a bank or in a large supermarket. And who wants to spend time on this? Banknotes of 500 and 200 euros in France almost nowhere to pay. Banknotes of 100 euros are accepted, but not everywhere. It is better to ask a banknote to exchange a large bill in Russia in advance. Or buy euros in exchanges in Russia in small batches – 90-95 euros each. About how much money will be needed in France, read our review “How much money to take to France”. Copies of documents It is useful to make copies of documents and store them separately from the originals, for example, carry the originals with you, and keep copies in baggage. Make copies: of a foreign and Russian passport, driver’s license, insurance. In case of loss or theft of the original documents, copies are very useful. First-aid kit In France, you do not need to take any special drugs or do additional vaccinations. The composition of the first-aid kit is usual: antiseptics, antiallergenic, painkillers, and wound treatment products. Be sure to take the usual drugs for you to normalize the work of the stomach and intestines, because French cuisine for the Russian stomach may be unusual. Keep in mind that in France it will be very difficult to buy medicines, since the names of the drugs are different. Many of the drugs that we sell to everyone, in France, can only be bought with a prescription. It is better to play it safe and take all the medicines that may come in handy. Everyone knows their own drugs themselves, here we can’t give advice. We highly recommend taking antiseptic wipes. They will come in handy if you decide to have a snack in a street food or a dish from the store’s cooking, or if you doubt the cleanliness of cutlery in a cafe. Useful technical tools and phrase books If you do not know foreign languages, then stock up on an application that can translate and voice phrases, recognize and translate inscriptions. If you speak English, this partially solves the problem of communication. Many Frenchmen speak English, but they frankly do not like English. You will cause many approving smiles if at least you will speak phrases in French with a phrasebook. GPS navigator will save a lot of time. Without it, in the interweaving of narrow streets of Paris it will be difficult to navigate. Or, using the navigator, you can quickly find the way to the nearest Paris metro station. For drivers, the navigator is almost indispensable. If you go to the Cote d’Azur Take your beach towel. The vast majority of the beaches of the Cote d’Azur are paid. Rent of sun loungers, umbrellas, towels is paid separately. With your towel at least a little, but save. The summer sun on the Cote d’Azur is not as hot as in Egypt, Tunisia or Turkey. Take with you remedies for sunburn, but weak. SPF 10-20 is enough. Shoes and clothes If you are going on sightseeing tours, then comfortable and well-worn shoes are required. You have to walk in France a lot, for example in the Louvre, Versailles, Montmartre or along the Champs Elysees. To visit religious sites, take a set of modest clothes with you. Shoulders and knees should be closed, clothing should not be tight-fitting, no neckline. Men should take off their headdress at the entrance to the temple, women should cover their heads. For women, we highly recommend taking a light scarf. Firstly, it is useful in temples. Secondly, in the summer you can cover your shoulders if you are scorching, and in cold weather you can warm up if you feel that you are freezing. A scarf is a multifunctional and very useful thing. If you are going to have dinner in an expensive restaurant, then take a set of weekend clothes. Many fashionable establishments have a dress code. Men do not have to take a tuxedo, a set of trousers and a white shirt is quite suitable. Women can get by with a light weekend dress. However, there are institutions with a very strict dress code, but this is rare. The climate in France is much milder than in the central zone of Russia, rather the weather here is more reminiscent of Krasnodar or Rostov. In autumn and spring, take the clothes you wear in Russia. Dress in winter easier than in Russia, as in France there is no cold. Even below zero temperatures occur only a few times during the winter. Snow falls in Paris from 3 to 10 times during the winter (statistics 2001-2015). In the summer in Paris, 20-25 degrees.