Paris view from Ile St. Louis
Ile de la Cite’ and Notre Dame, Paris

In EMS daypack or tote bag:

passport and/or driver’s license

all flight, hotel, restaurant, day tours, and entertainment confirmations

Moleskine Notebook for the city, or paperback Moleskine with lists.

guide book or photocopies of guide book pages


laptop/charger/card reader and external hard drive

cell phone/charger

Kindle or book

cosmetics (2-3oz Nalgene bottles, Woolite packets in 1 quart ziplock)

pills in a small Mon-Sun organizer (for US trips, or original bottles for international travel)


1-2 granola bars


no wallet – cash/minimal credit cards in inner pocket of bag, or in a money belt, worn under clothing

phrasebook if necessary

Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home with my Canon Rebel SLR and 2 lenses, filters or point and shoot camera – Canon G11. See Photography page for more info about where to buy.


In Rollaboard:

3 bottoms in addition to one worn on plane, one of them dressier

5 nice tops

3 dressier tshirts

1 nice jacket or sweater, depending on climate and destination



rain gear – umbrella or folding raincoat, depending on climate

1-2 pairs of shoes

small black handbag

Eagle Creek cube with first aid kit, extra TSA lockalarm clock, Tylenol, Tylenol PM, blister protection, travel laundry line and other assorted necessary items

zip lock bags and plastic shopping bags for bringing home liquids. Bubble wrap if space permits

outlet adapters for international destinations

folding bag for purchases

On plane – heaviest walking shoes, loosest jeans, nice t-shirt, and fleece or jacket depending on climate and destination

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