What to Pack for France in Spring

April 4, 2024

Spring Paris Outfit

There is so much that traveling to France offers and springtime is always a favorite time of year for me to visit my favorite country. As the founder of En Route to Rêverie I help people plan their trips to France and as such I am also over there often.

France is a large country and you can easily combine visiting Paris in the Spring with other popular parts of France including the Loire Valley, Provence, Normandy or Champagne.

If you’re heading to France in the spring, I have you covered when it comes to what to pack! Ensuring you pack properly and plan accordingly for the ever unpredictable weather will ensure you have a comfortable and memorable trip to France.

What to Pack for France in the Spring Packing List

What To Pack For France In Spring

Spring is such a lovely time to visit and packing for France should be exciting, not overwhelming! This post will help guide you on how to pack effectively so you are comfortable and stylish.

1. Leather Jacket

I never go to London without my favorite leather jacket in tow. I wear it over evening outfits most often but it can be worn over a sweater or button down for daytime outings, too.

2. Cashmere Sweater

France in the Spring can still be chilly! Don’t let sunny days fool you as you may endure wind and other elements and therefore having one heavier sweater (preferably cashmere) is essential.  You can use code MEGHANDONO15 for 15% off your order on any Jenni Kayne sweaters.

3. Basic Tee

I bring a basic tee in white and in black for every trip. This one from MM.LaFleur is a favorite as it has a great fit, a thick fabric that makes sure it travels well and slightly longer sleeves making it really flattering to wear on its own or layered.

4.  Trousers

My favorite pairs of trousers are my do-it-all pants for France. They dress up easily but can also be worn casually. I love them for travel days, too.

If you like more of a ponte pant, this pair from Talbots is comfy and flattering. I also love the M.M.LaFleur Curie Pants.

5. Striped Tee

I always bring a long sleeve striped tee in my suitcase when going to Paris and spring is no exception. I own striped tees in a variety of colors but love a navy and white combo like this one this time of year. Depending on the weather for your trip, you may also consider a great striped sweater instead.

6. Sunglasses

A practical yet chic pair of sunglasses. This brand has a lot of affordable styles for both men and women.

7. Crossbody Bag

I love a bag like this because it holds enough but also seamlessly goes from day to night as we all know its hard to bring as many bags as we want to on any trip.

8. Striped Sweater

This is my favorite year-round striped knit. I own it in three colors because it is great for travel. Lightweight yet warm but not too warm. It’s not too thick making it perfect for not taking up too much room in your suitcase. I size up to a Large in this style.

9. Cashmere Tee

As you will likely encounter a chillier day in France in the springtime (in 2022 it snowed in Paris on April 1!), I like to bring a sweater or two and find that a cashmere tee ends up being a great layering piece in particular. This one comes in a variety of pretty colors. I size up for a roomier fit.

10. White Sneakers

My do-it-all sneakers that I wear with black pants, jeans, dresses and even skirts when visiting Paris and other parts of France. We all know how essential a good pair of walking shoes is when traveling! Read my full Common Projects Sneakers Review where you’ll also find more affordable lookalikes.

11. Umbrella

You will no doubt endure some rain when in France in the Spring so come prepared and have a good umbrella on you. This is the one I always bring with me to France!

12. Converse Sneakers

Casual sneakers for daytime outings. They are good for rainy days as well as they dry quickly.

13. Full Skirt Dress

I love this dress so much I own it in three colors. Because of its versatile styling abilities, it is great to travel with. It also steams easily which I appreciate!

14. Cropped Jacket

This one has a great weight to it and is so versatile I own it in both black and in ivory. 

You could also consider more of a knit jacket like the J.Crew Emilie style or the Sezane Betty Cardigan. (Recommend sizing up in both!)

15. Oversized Blazer

An oversized blazer is always in my suitcase for trips overseas. I love the Sezane Christie Blazer and also the Michelle Jacket

16. Ballet Flats

No trip to France is complete without some ballet flats in your suitcase in my opinion. Make sure you break in your shoes before you begin logging steps in France.

Ballet flats are an easy way to look put together and as long as yours are comfortable, you should be good to wear them with jeans, black pants, skirts or dresses. If you need more outfit inspo for Ballet Flats, don’t miss my Ballet Flats Outfit Ideas post.

17. Market Tote

I love bringing a straw market tote when traveling to France in Spring or Summer. The brand Hunting Season makes some beautiful ones and for more affordable options check out Mango’s bags.

18. Trench Coat

No trip in the spring is complete without a trench coat. It’ll likely be your most worn piece. I highly recommend one with a hood like this one! I love that the hood is detachable.

Related: How to Style a Trench Coat

Shop for France in the Spring


France Packing List for Spring

If you want to pack light remember the importance of mix and match styles. I recommend you check the weather several times before you depart and rely on high quality basics you’ll be able to wear and re-style multiple times.

If you’ve just got a trip to Paris on the books, don’t miss my Paris Packing List for Spring. I also have other seasonal packing lists for the city of light.

You can save the below packing list image to your phone as you outfit plan or Pin this image for use and reference later!

What to Pack for France in the Spring Packing List


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  1. That little black dress is so cute. Love how versatile it is! Paris in the spring is THE BEST!

    xo Jessica

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