What to Pack for Paris in January (Paris Packing List January)

Packing List for Paris in January

Packing list for Paris in January: learn what to pack and how to dress in Paris in January to strike the perfect balance between practical and stylish.

A Paris holiday is a chance to explore incredible sites and attractions, eat delicious food, and immerse yourself in French fashion.

But packing for Paris is also a bit daunting. Of course, you want to be comfortable for long walks exploring the city or visiting Paris’ most famous museums. However, locals in Paris are notoriously well-dressed, so the last thing you want is to be the tourist that sticks out of the crowd.

Paris Packing List January

The good news is that it’s totally possible to be comfortable, look stylish, and be appropriately dressed for the winter weather in Paris. And, we’re going to tell you just how to do that.

Here’s our guide on how to pack for Paris in January.

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Weather in Paris in January

If you are visiting Paris in January, you can expect cold weather and the occasional rainy day. Expect daily highs of 8°C and nighttime temperatures near freezing.

Snow occasionally covers the rooftops of Paris in January, but it does not last long.

Days in Paris in January are very short. If you want to do things with daylight, check out the sunset times in Paris.

January in Paris, Avg. Max. Temperature
January in Paris, Avg. Min. Temperature
Avg. Days of Rain
8 C /46 F
3 C /37 F

How to Pack for Paris in January – Top Tips by Locals

Packing Tips for Paris

What are the must things to pack for Paris in January? The key to dressing in Paris in wintertime is quality, warm clothes.

Men’s clothes for Paris in January should include a warm jacket, a warm scarf, and a wool hat. Cool winter outfits include merino pullovers with a shirt underneath and perhaps a good wool-blend coat.

Good leather Chelsea boots with merino wool socks will keep your feet warm and cozy all day.

Women’s outfits to wear in Paris in January will have a warm coat. Basic items for your winter outfits are turtlenecks, wool ponchos, or oversized cardigans as the second layer. You can complete your Paris outfit with a colorful, warm scarf and a wool hat.

Finally, don’t leave for Paris without a foldable travel umbrella. There are good small umbrellas easy to fit in your day bag.

What to Wear in Paris in January: Style Guide

Paris Packing List Fall Winter

What to wear in Paris in January? If you need ideas for the clothes to wear in Paris in January and how to combine them to look stylish and blend in with locals, check out our winter style guides for women and men.

TIP: You can also come to Paris with half of the suitcase empty and enjoy a Paris shopping tour with a passionate and creative personal shopper! She will help you to choose the best clothes to wear in Paris for your travel style. This fun shopping experience is suitable for women and men. If you are traveling with teenagers, check out this shopping tour for teens in Paris.

What to Pack for Paris – Clothes to Wear in Paris in January

This list of things to pack for Paris in January is for men and women. This Paris packing list, January, is complete with some basic tips for your luggage (suitcase and day bag /backpack), travel essentials, and toiletries.

1. Paris Packing List: Luggage

Carry-on vs. Checked Suitcase:

Use a suitcase that is sized to the duration of your trip to Paris. Remember that some airlines charge for checked luggage, and there is always the chance that your luggage does not follow you if your flight to Paris has a short layover. I am a big fan of Delsey Paris, as it has elegant designs and comes in a couple of nice colors. Plus, the carry-on isn’t too expensive.

Packing Cubes:

How could we travel before without packing cubes? Packing cubes are the single best packing hack that I can recommend for packing for Paris and anywhere else. Personally, I have three packing cubes (red, green, blue) where I keep different items (e.g., casual clothes, hiking /sports clothes, fancy clothes).

Daypack vs. Day Bag:

The answer will depend on your personal style and what you’re doing on a day-to-day basis during your trip to Paris. If you are concerned about safety in Paris, check out this quick guide to anti-theft backpacks or this guide to anti-theft day bags (but not every person in Paris is trying to rob you, so chill out).

2. Paris Packing List January: Clothes and Accessories

Here’s a checklist of what to pack for Paris in January – accessories and clothes to wear in Paris in January. For your convenience, we have added links to our favorite items, which are available on Amazon. A couple of days before leaving for Paris, check out the weather forecast and adjust this packing checklist accordingly.

Women’s clothes for Paris in January:

Casual White Shirt

Black Turtleneck

Straight Leg Dress Pants

Slim Jeans

Little black dress

Black Poncho

Open Cashmere Cardigan

Wool Coat

Fedora Hat or Winter Beanie

Cashmere Scarf

Winter Gloves (with touchscreen function)

– Quality Chelsea Boots and classic sneakers

– Everyday essentials (underwear, socks, pajamas, etc.)

Men’s clothes for Paris in January:

Oxford shirt

Cashmere Pullover

Merino Sweater V-Neck


Leather Jacket

Wool Blend Coat

Merino Wool Scarf

Winter Beanie for Men

Winter Gloves (with touchscreen function)

Pointed Shoes, Chelsea Boots and classic sneakers

– Everyday essentials (underwear, socks, pajamas, etc.)

3. Paris Packing List: Travel Essentials

– Phone charger

Portable Power Bank

Travel adapter

Mini portable hair dryer dual voltage (usually provided in mid-range & luxury hotels)

-Passport + travel documents + visa if relevant

– Prepaid SIM card for France (check here how to get one before landing in Paris)

Travel pillow for the plane

– Travel Insurance (click here for our best tips for a safe trip depending on your country of origin)

-Some cash for small purchases and tips + bank cards (read about tipping in Paris)

-International driving license, if relevant

-Phone/ Camera

Reusable water bottle (it is safe to drink tap water in Paris)

Foldable travel umbrella

Basic first aid kit 

-Medication and prescriptions, if relevant

4. Paris Packing List: Handy Toiletries

You can buy all this in local pharmacy shops or supermarkets, but many people prefer to bring them from home. If packing toiletries for a short trip, you may want to add small bottles of your favorite toiletries to your luggage:

-Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss

-Shower gel/soap (usually there’s soap in the hotels in Paris, but perhaps you want to use your favorite one?)

-Shampoo and conditioner



-Comb and brush

-Face and body moisturizers

-Lip balm

-Women’s sanitary supplies

-Perfume/skin scent


-Shaving cream, blades, and accessories

-Hair ties

And there you have it, a comprehensive guide on how to pack for Paris in January with our top tips about packing for Paris.

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