Setting out on a journey to Provence promises a delightful blend of picturesque landscapes, rich history, and culinary delights. Whether you’re strolling through nature, exploring charming villages, or indulging in exquisite French cuisine, proper packing is key to ensuring a seamless and enjoyable trip. Here’s a tried and true list of 10 essentials to pack for your unforgettable adventure in Provence.

  1. Sun gear — sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat that will stay on on a boat.
  2. Three pairs of shoes… sandals, sneakers (preferably water proof) and something for going out at night. I love flats after a day of touring. Comfort is these most important quality of your shoe choice.
  3. Always have a rain jacket or wind breaker.
  4. Cotton clothing or “breathable clothing”. You might find yourself rinsing out that favorite tee shirt at night and need it to dry quicklyShorts, tees, shirts, skirts, dresses and light weight pants (in the Spring and late fall you might want long pants). The important thing is to think layers.
  5. Scarves. You will find scarves everywhere in Provence. I find a scarf is useful for dressing up an outfit. Easy to pack and can be purchased at all markets.
  6. Colored electrical tape for emergences. I have used this tape form identifying my luggage to fixing a broken heel on my shoe or a broken handle on my bag. Also, the tape can be put over annoying lights keeping you awake in your hotel room, example, tv light.
  7. Portable reusable shopping bag. A must at all the markets and even at the super marches (grocery stores).
  8. You will need a power plug travel adapter for sockets type E in France. Also you need a voltage converter in  France. They use 230 V where we operate on 120 V in United States. Without a converter, you risk serious damage to your devices
  1. Carry a Visa or Mastercard with a chip and PIN code. American Express is not accepted everywhere. Use credit card over ATM when possible.
  2. A small change purse to keep coins in. While in a restaurant, gratuity is included in the price. But, if you are happy with the service, you can leave 1 to 2 euros. I find I always come home with a lot of change which can not be purchases back in dollars.

Packing for a trip to Provence involves a thoughtful combination of practicality and style. These suggestions take into consideration the region’s climate, favorite activities, and the experiences of our Jackdaw Journey guests and my own Provençal adventures.  Follow this list and you will be sure to savor every enchanting moment en Provence!

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