What to Pack for Paris in The Spring

Paris in the Spring can be warm and beautiful but also cold and rainy. I have spent the last 5 Springs in Paris and I always forget how cold April and May can be. It is best to pack for all types of weather. I always end up buying an additional scarf or sweater while I am in Paris because I have never packed enough. Note, if you are going to Paris in May it is the rainiest month of the year.  

Jackets and Coats

Dress in layers. You are going to be chilly in the morning and the sun might show up towards the middle of the day. Be prepared with a scarf. I pretty much wear a leather jacket the entire month of April and May. You can pick one up in Paris or bring your own. For the rainy days, pack a trench coat. 

rebecca plotnick spring on the seine iheartparisfr


Comfortable shoes are essential! I walk a ton, and I think it is the best way to see the city. It all depends what works best for you. If you take the metro, still be prepared to walk as you transfer stations. You might be surprised how many steps you still get in this way. White Sneakers are very trendy in Paris right now. I love these from Madewell and Everlane. I can easily walk 10 miles in them.  If you feel more comfortable in sneakers, go the stylish route vs the American tourist look. I love these from Sèzane and Madewell has a few great options as well. I spent half of April and half of May in Paris last year and I was mostly in my Blondo boots until up until the last days in May. 


Jeans are completely acceptable as long as you style them well. (Save the athleisure wear for the plane ride) Dress them up not down with accessories, a trench coat or leather jacket and a pair of flats or heels if you are adventurous. 


I like to pack a few blouses for layering with camisoles for colder days.

I pack at least two striped shirts, they are addicting. Classic denim and white shirts are versatile and can be mixed and matched with different accessories. 


The midi length is all the rage right now. From skirts to dresses this is the length. I recently bought this pleated JCrew skirt in navy that I will be wearing in Paris this May. It comes in a variety of colors and I love the dress version too.  

spring cherry blossoms notre dame rebecca plotnick photo by iheartparisfr


I always recommend traveling with a small wallet for euro coins. I prefer to leave my big wallet and valuables back at the apartment or in the hotel safe and travel with a few euros, my ID, and a credit card just in case I find something I can’t live without. I prefer to pay with euros vs a bank card so I take out money at my affiliate bank or bring euros along with me from the US. I love the wallets from Cuyana but any small wallet will do the trick. Keep this in your zipped bag for safe keeping. Don’t miss my 10 Safety Tips for Traveling Paris

For travel accessories, I love my Cuyana bags that just make life easier when it comes to packing. I also love the ease of my Away Bag that has a built in charger. Chances are my battery is running low by the time I land. I love to pack an extra longchamp bag just in case I need to use it as a carryon if I buy something I can’t live without. 


Don’t forget the sunglasses.

While it might be sunny in Paris, it still might be cold. A scarf or two is essential. 

Photos of me by IheartParisfr, Katie Donnelly Photography and Jacqueline Claire Photography

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  1. I leave next week with my two boys and husband. We are so excited to return to this beautiful city. I bought the blondo boots per your recommendation and they are super comfortable. I will be posting as many pictures as I can. Thank you so much all the helpful info.


    • Hi Angela,

      This makes me so happy! I hope you have the best trip to Paris with your family. I can’t wait to see your photos. Don’t forget an umbrella 🙂


  2. On your spring packing list, you show a number of trench coat options. The picture at the end comes up as, page not found. Can you please tell me who makes this coat? I love your recommendations!

    • Hi Lori,

      Thank you! It is from Cuyana. One of my favorite brands 🙂 Sadly, it says it isn’t offered right now. I am going to check and see if they are bringing it back. I know they don’t mass produce so maybe it is just sold out?